May 19, 2015
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The National Council on Disability (NCD) released Transportation Update: Where We've Gone and What We've Learned, a report on the accessibility of ground transportation options such as rail, buses, and taxi systems.
“More people with disabilities are riding public transit than ever before and yet, in many areas, significant barriers to ground transportation for Americans with disabilities remain pervasive,” said NCD Chair Jeff Rosen.
These media articles also report on the release of NCD’s publication:
This commentary from I. King Jordan urges the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take steps to maintain high quality interpreting to facilitate Video Relay Services (VRS).
This article advises employers to review policies to ensure compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the ADA, and state laws.
EEOC: Proposed Rule on Employer Wellness Programs
A host of articles discuss the background and provisions of the recently proposed rule on employer wellness programs issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act was recently introduced in Congress. The bill seeks to phase out special wage certificates that allow some employers to pay sub-minimum wages to some workers with disabilities.
This opinion piece offers advice for workers experiencing mental health issues.
This blog post outlines “Schedule A,” which is designed to streamline the federal job application process for workers with disabilities.
Journalism Educators: “How to Use the End of the Telethon
to Teach Students to Cover Disability Rights”
This article offers advice on how to approach and report stories about people with disabilities and disability issues.
A profile of our ADA National Network (ADANN) reports on the training initiatives, community partnerships, materials, events, and other activities of the ten regional Centers.
Trainings, Events, and Participation Opportunities
The App Factory at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the U.S. to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows). Proposals are due June 30, 2015.
Young people with disabilities may be eligible for scholarships to attend the annual conference of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).
Former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. attorney general Dick Thornburgh reminisces about the passage of the ADA, recognizes its successes, and contemplates its enduring promise for the future.
This blog post urges disability service providers to work together with legislators and other stakeholders to ensure that people with disabilities continue to have viable community living options.
A panel of young people who’ve grown up since the passage of the ADA talk about the positive effects the law has had in their lives, and the challenges that remain to ensure true equality.
This article examines progress and remaining challenges, with a focus on the Pittsburgh area.
Check out this site for information on the ADA, the history of local access and inclusion efforts, anniversary celebrations and events in the Pittsburgh area, and more!
Enter your photos of people with disabilities working, playing, and participating; send us your snapshots of accessible products and facilities!
We are sponsoring the contest to celebrate 25 years of the ADA! Our contest is organized in five categories, just like the five titles of the ADA (employment, state and local government programs, public accommodations, telecommunications, and miscellaneous).
Prizes will be awarded for 1st place ($50.00 Visa gift card), 2nd place ($25.00 Visa gift card), and 3rd place (an ADA 25th anniversary tee shirt) in each of the five categories.
It’s easy! Upload your digital photos and enter on our “ADA in Action” Photo Contest page by June 5, 2015.
We Want to Hear from You for “ADA25”!
This summer, July 26 will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act! We are asking you to share your memories, experiences, and perspectives on the ADA.
What has the ADA meant to you? Did you work for the passage of the ADA? What positive experiences have you had implementing the ADA in your workplace, school, or community? How do you plan to celebrate?
So share a sentence or a story, a snippet or a sonnet! We would like to post a few selections on our ADA Anniversary webpage and feature them in our materials as we mark this momentous milestone!
Send your contributions to Celebrate ADA; we will select several contributions to be posted.
Remember to pledge your support for the ADA as we prepare for the 25th anniversary of the signing of one of the world’s most historic civil rights laws. Celebrate progress and commit to the principles of the ADA!