June 16, 2015
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This new publication from the Department of Justice offers a brief but comprehensive overview of Title II of the ADA, which covers all programs, services, and activities of state and local governments. The document outlines the basic provisions of the law and includes important updates from the 2010 regulations and facility standards.
June: PTSD Awareness Month
June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD offers a variety of information and materials for individuals, family members, and treatment professionals. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers job accommodation ideas and resources for employers and employees.
This article reports on the results of a recent survey on employment and disability, which revealed progress for workers with disabilities in obtaining employment and overcoming barriers ranging from lack of adequate education or training to negative attitudes of supervisors and co-workers.
“Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities:
What We (as Parents and Community Supporters) Can Do to Ensure Success”
This blog post from Mary Anderson Hartley, lead consultant for 21 and Able at United Way of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, offers advice to parents of young people with disabilities preparing for adulthood.
This article offers advice for employers managing leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the ADA, state laws, and other employer policies.
This article outlines some of the benefits employers can gain by working with vocational counselors to enable workers who have acquired disabilities to return to work.
This article discusses case law in relation to workers with allergies and fragrance sensitivities.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides several sample policy statements that employers can customize.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) launched a dedicated new communications service that allows deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to communicate with the agency directly in American Sign Language (ASL), rather than through typed text or other third-party intermediary services.
Among applicants to U.S. medical schools, those with disabilities who obtained extra test time for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) had no significant difference in the rate of medical school admission, but had lower rates of passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step examinations and of medical school graduation, according to a recently released study.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has once again pushed back the anticipated issue date for proposed regulations governing accessibility of online content for places of public accommodation governed by Title III of the ADA.
DOJ: Amtrak Letter of Findings
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a letter of findings, concluding that Amtrak has violated the ADA by failing to make stations accessible.
Rehabilitation Act: Section 503
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued sample Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs). Employers, such as those covered by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, who are required to practice affirmative action in relation to workers with disabilities, may find the samples helpful in formulating their own programs.
FCC: New CVAA Rules Enhance Access to Emergency Information
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules under the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”) to ensure individuals who are blind or have low vision can gain access to televised emergency information. The new rules require that emergency information be made accessible on a secondary audio stream on tablets, smartphones, laptops, and similar devices when subscription television providers, such as cable and satellite operators, permit consumers to access programming over their networks using an app on these devices.
This article also reports on the new rules.
Trainings, Events, and Participation Opportunities
The White House is seeking to identify and honor long-time disability rights advocates and young leaders with disabilities who are dedicated to disability advocacy. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, June 18.
The Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is conducting a survey to learn how people of all ages and abilities use wireless technology. The survey is open to all users and focuses primarily on cellphones, but includes questions about other devices such as iPads, Android and Fire tablets, and Microsoft Surface.
Individuals who have ever been diagnosed with any sort of disability and have been employed in any job (including internships) within the past five years are invited to participate in a survey regarding self-identity. Participation is anonymous. The survey should take about 10 minutes, and participants will be eligible to win one of five e-gift cards to Amazon.com valued at $50 each.
The LEAD Center is soliciting success stories that illustrate creative approaches and strategies to achieving positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities through the use of Customized Employment (CE). Success stories can be submitted by individuals, teams, or organizations.
The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is seeking stories, reflections, or other creative work from young people with disabilities. IEL is particularly interested in stories related to transition to adulthood, including secondary and postsecondary education, internships, employment, independent living.
The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution are hosting a unique celebration of arts, culture, and history in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, and the 40th anniversary of VSA.
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!