February 24, 2015
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President Obama signed a veteran suicide prevention bill into law, calling on all Americans to "reach out and do more with and for our veterans."
The Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is now accepting applications from people who have vision disabilities and wish to receive a currency reader to denominate U.S. currency. U.S. citizens or individuals legally residing in the U.S. and its territories who have vision disabilities can obtain a currency reader device at no cost. The currency reader, known as the iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier, is compact in size, easy to use, and provides a response within just a few seconds. A user simply inserts a Federal Reserve note into the device, presses a button on the side, and the reader identifies the denomination. The device operates on a standard AAA battery and can read U.S. currency in circulation today. The reader can be set to indicate the note’s denomination by voice, a pattern of tones or series of vibrations.
This article highlights recent statistics about enforcement activity and complaints received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
A professor of psychology and marketing explains why he thinks it may be a good idea to disclose a history of mental illness in a job interview.
This article outlines the issues surrounding employment policies and workers who smoke.
This article offers advice for employers implementing policies related to communicable diseases.
A new interactive video series presents real-life scenarios similar to those human resources (HR) professionals face in the workplace every day. The viewer selects a response from a few possible options, and a legal expert explains why one option is the best choice. The first in the series highlights a situation where a worker is having an allergic reaction in the workplace.
This article offers advice for employers who suspect a worker may have a hoarding disorder.
Disability and civil rights groups protest the City of San Francisco’s appeal to the Supreme Court in a case that involved a police shooting of a woman with a psychiatric disability. Pointing to statistics that indicate a high percentage of people killed by police have mental health problems, advocates say that awareness and protection are more important than ever.
Trainings, Events, and Participation Opportunities
March 4, 2015: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern
This free webinar will explore approaches to successful interactions with people who have intellectual disabilities.
The U.S. Access Board released proposed rules to update accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. The Board will hold two public hearings and also invites public comments.
Lex Frieden, a disability rights leader who worked to craft the ADA, is profiled in this article.
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!
We Want to Hear from You for “ADA25”!
Next summer, July 26 will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act! There will be ceremonies and celebrations, and we can’t wait to get started!
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!