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Pacific ADA Center (Region 9)

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

ADA News and Information

Help with Ordering Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests (1/26/22)

A new website to order free, at-home testing kits is taking orders and assistance is available for people who do not have Internet access or who need additional help in placing their orders. Read more...

Handling Vaccination Accommodation Requests under the ADA (1/25/22)

A new Job Accommodation Network publication discusses a sample process for determining whether an employer must grant a vaccination exception or delay as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

Covid-19 Home Tests and Accessibility Problems for People With Disabilities (1/25/22)

For people with disabilities, many of the Covid-19 home test kits are hard or impossible for them to use on their own. Read more...

Ed Roberts Day – Celebrating the Life and Work of Ed Roberts (1/21/22)

January 23rd is Ed Roberts Day, celebrated by many organizations and state and local governments to honor the life and legacy of this leader of the disability rights and independent living movements. Read more...

Amtrak Pays Over $2 Million to Individuals in Disability Settlement (1/14/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Amtrak paid over $2 million to more than 1,500 individuals who experienced disability discrimination while traveling or trying to travel by train. Read more...

Justice Department Updates its “Common Questions About COVID and the ADA” (1/11/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice has updated its “Common Questions About COVID and the ADA” to address medical facilities' visitor policies and outdoor retail and dining spaces. Read more...

Justice Department Sues Ophthalmology Practice for Discriminating Against Individuals with Disabilities who Use Wheelchairs (12/23/21)

The Justice Department sued Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center, PC, an optometry and ophthalmology provider based in Tempe, AZ, for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Has New Accessible Routes (12/23/21)

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate putting in new sloped walkways for accessible entry on the National Mall side. Read more...

How to Handle Captioning and ASL Requests for Virtual Meetings (12/23/21)

The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology published “How to Handle Captioning & ASL Requests for Virtual Meetings.” Read more...

Videos of Effective Job Accommodation Products and Services (12/23/21)

The Job Accommodation Network released new Solution Showcase videos. These videos show examples of products and services that can be used as effective job accommodations. Read more...

U.S. Access Board Online Event: Equity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities (12/15/21)

The U.S. Access Board will host an online event on equity in healthcare for people with disabilities on January 12, 2022 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (ET). Read more...

EEOC Technical Assistance Update: When COVID-19 May Be a Disability (12/15/21)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 technical assistance adding a new section to make clear when COVID-19 may be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. Read more...

California Students with Disabilities Can Enroll in Independent Study, Judge Rules (12/3/21)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered the State of California to make sure that fifteen students with disabilities are provided with meaningful access to remote instruction, special education services, and contact with other students. Read more...

Assistive Technology and Long COVID (12/3/21)

A new issue brief from the National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center describes how AT Act programs are helping individuals who have long-term effects from COVID-19 and gives examples of common assistive technology solutions. Read more...

Ninth Circuit Says Restaurant Does Not Discriminate Against the Blind By Providing Only Drive-Through Service (12/2/21)

The Ninth Circuit Court holds that a restaurant’s practice of only providing service at the drive-through and refusing to serve pedestrians at the drive-through line does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

Transportation Needs of Older Adults, Younger Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers from Underserved Communities (12/2/21)

The Federal Transit Administration funded National Aging and Disability Transportation Center released the report of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Transportation Survey findings. Read more...

Public Meeting on Onboard Wheelchairs Used on Aircraft (12/2/21)

The Department of Transportation and the U.S. Access Board will hold a virtual public meeting to collect information on wheelchairs that are designed for use on aircraft during flights. Read more...

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