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December 7, 2021
U.S. Access Board Resolves 38 Architectural Barriers Act Cases Through Corrective Action

The U.S. Access Board investigated 38 cases under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968 that were resolved through corrective action in fiscal year 2021. The ABA requires access to buildings or facilities designed, built, or altered with federal dollars or leased by federal agencies. The majority of cases concerned access to U.S. post offices, which is typical of the Board’s yearly caseload.

December 7, 2021
“Going Beyond ‘Compliance Alone’”

This article takes a closer look at the new ADA/504 Coordinator at the University of Maryland and her goals for improving accessibility at the institution. 

“Envision Acquires National Virtual Program to Help Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired Navigate Transition to Higher Education and Employment”

Envision, which provides employment opportunities, programs and services to help people who are blind or visually impaired, has acquired the College Success Program (CSP). The CSP is a one-of-a-kind virtual, national program designed to help support students with vision loss entering college and the workforce.

December 7, 2021
Metro Washington Transportation Planning Board Approves Grants for Programs Serving Seniors and People with Disabilities

The Metropolitan Washington Transportation Planning Board approved more than $6.6 million in federal grant funding for projects that expand mobility options for seniors and people with disabilities. Combined with required local matches, this action will release more than $9 million for programs that fund things like wheelchair-accessible vans, programs to educate seniors about mobility options, and programs that provide rides to medical appointments and other destinations.

December 7, 2021
Proclamation on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

President Joseph R. Biden issued a proclamation commemorating December 3, 2021 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

New Report Examines Rates of Social Isolation and Loneliness Among People with Disabilities

Recent research found that people with disabilities experienced loneliness, low perceived social support, and social isolation at significantly higher rates than people without disabilities.

"The Everyday Assault of Women with Disabilities"

Women with disabilities are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted as non-disabled women. This article highlights the harassment and violence they face, and asks why more is not being done to address the problem.

December 7, 2021
“Kessler Foundation Commits Funds for SHRM Foundation’s Program Encouraging Hiring of Jobseekers of Different Abilities”

Kessler Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to the SHRM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to develop its Employing Abilities @Work certificate program. The goal of the program is to empower human resource professionals to effectively recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities.

December 7, 2021
Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Maryland School District to Protect Students with Disabilities

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland announced a settlement agreement with the Frederick County Public School District in Maryland to address the discriminatory use of seclusion and restraint against students with disabilities.