October 21, 2014
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President Obama proclaimed October 15 “Blind Americans Equality Day” to honor the contributions of Americans who are blind or have low vision.
The White House “Champions of Change” program honored innovators who are breaking down barriers to employment for people with disabilities. We congratulate one of the honorees, Tim Springer, the Founder and CEO of SSB BART Group, a Northern Virginia company. Tim was also a presenter at our 2014 Mid-Atlantic ADA Update.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) Chair Jenny Yang spoke at the event, praising the “the tremendous impact that one individual, one company or one government agency can have to eliminate barriers to employment for people with disabilities." The EEOC press release also announced updated information on its enforcement activities under the ADA.
A post on the Department of Labor’s “Work in Progress” blog highlights the screening of a new video that took place at the event. The 60-second “Who I Am” public service announcement features nine workers with disabilities.
Statistics from a variety of factors in three broad categories - “economic environment,” “quality of life,” and “health care accessibility and quality” were used to rate the 150 most populated cities in the country and identify those with the most suitable conditions for individuals with disabilities.
The city with the highest overall rating in our Mid-Atlantic region was Chesapeake, Virginia (#9), followed closely by Baltimore, Maryland (#14).
Cities with “top ten” ratings in specific areas included Baltimore (rated #3 in health care accessibility and quality), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (rated #3 in quality of life), and Chesapeake, Virginia (rated #5 in economic environment).
This article discusses the ways the ADA has positively affected the workplace, enhancing employee productivity and reducing turn-over.
This article offers ten tips for employers to keep in mind as they engage in the interactive process with workers with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations.
This tip sheet and its companion piece, What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?, are designed for young people with mental health issues.
This article highlights programs that support individuals with disabilities in integrated, competitive employment.
This article examines strategies used in Vermont to eliminate sheltered workshops and promote integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
New objectives for a comprehensive inclusion training program for law enforcement recruits will help better prepare officers for interaction with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This assessment of the recently dedicated American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial praises its accessible and “neighborly” design.
Settlement Agreement: Enterprise Will Improve
Availability of Adaptive Driving Equipment on Rental Cars
The Department of Justice and Enterprise Holdings entered a settlement agreement designed to improve the availability of hand controls, left-foot accelerators, pedal extenders, spinner knobs, or other adaptive driving devices on cars rented by Enterprise subsidiaries across the country.
EEOC Sues FedEx, Charges Company with Nationwide
Discrimination against Deaf and Hard of Hearing Workers
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against shipping company FedEx, alleging that it failed to provide accommodations such as American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and closed-captioned training videos for applicants and employees who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
The EEOC is asking any current or former FedEx Package Handlers or applicants for the Package Handler position who are deaf or hard of hearing and believe they may have been discriminated against, or anyone with information relevant to the case, to contact them. Find details, including the specific phone number and e-mail to contact the EEOC about this case, in the Notice of Disability Lawsuit against Federal Express Ground Package System, Inc., also available as a video presented in ASL.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against a Rockville, Maryland based company, charging the employer terminated a worker whom it could have reasonably accommodated with some schedule adjustments and time off after she was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit charging a pharmaceutical service company with failure to reasonably accommodate an employee who experienced post-partum depression. According to the EEOC, when the employee was ready to return to work following leave, the company had several vacant positions for which she was qualified, but terminated her employment instead of transferring her to any of the open jobs.
This article discusses the factors that define essential job functions and highlights an illustrative court decision from the Western District of Virginia.
This article reviews legal theories and court decisions that apply the ADA to websites.
U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) announced the launch of a comprehensive Web portal spearheaded by ODEP's Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT). PEATworks offers tools and resources to help employers and the technology industry adopt accessible technology as part of everyday business practice.
AbleData: New Tips Sheets on AT
This blog post encourages both public and private entities to make their information and communication technologies more accessible, noting that it makes good business sense as more and more interaction takes place online and via smart phones.
Air Carriers Access Act
This article explores the provisions of the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA) and the occasional conflicting needs of airline passengers who use service animals and those who have allergies.
Trainings, Participation Opportunities, and Other Time-Sensitive Items
ADA in Focus Webinar Series
- The ADA and Law Enforcement: There’s More to It than Ramps
November 13, 2014
Seeking Employers and Human Resource Professionals
in the Hotel and Lodging Industry:
Survey on Accommodating Workers with Disabilities
We here at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, our parent organization TransCen, and researchers at the University of Maryland at College Park, are conducting a survey of employers’ experiences providing reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities in the hotel and lodging industry. We hope our study’s findings will guide development of training and technical assistance activities to help lodging industry managers handle requests for reasonable accommodations.
The electronic survey only takes about 12 to 15 minutes. As a token of appreciation for completing the survey, we are offering a voluntary opportunity to enter a lottery to win a $10.00 VISA gift card. You have a 1 in 5 chance of winning a card.
The Temple University Collaborative on Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities is seeking mental health agencies to help recruit participants for a study on factors associated with community living and participation.
Seeking Human Service Professionals for Study
on Community-Based Residential Services for Adults with Disabilities
The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RRTC/CL) is recruiting human service professionals for a study on innovative programs in community-based residential services for adults with disabilities.
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!