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Register for the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Exam Training Course (3/31/23)

The Pacific ADA Center is offering an online course from April 3 - 6 to provide a review of the knowledge, skills, and abilities covered on the exam to become a CASp in California. Read more...

DOL Provides Funding to Expand Employment Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities (2/28/23)

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has selected ten states, including California, to participate in its National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network initiative. Read more...

JAN Long COVID in the Workplace Webinar (2/27/23)

On March 9th, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is offering the training "What You Should Know About the Impact of Long COVID in the Workplace". Read more...

The ADA and the Use of Software, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence (2/23/23)

A new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission document provides tips for workers with disabilities on how to deal with new technology that can make it harder for them to get or do well at a job. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: State of Equitable Care for Persons with Disabilities: Fifty Years after Civil Rights Laws (2/23/23)

Despite multiple laws requiring the provision of equitable care, research repeatedly demonstrates that Americans with disabilities experience disparities and inadequate care. The presenters will discuss major areas in which these disparities persist: data gaps, effective communication, physical access to care, competency training for healthcare providers and staff, and nondiscriminatory health... Read more...

New Home Modification Toolkit (2/22/23)

This Toolkit is designed to provide professionals with tools to increase home modification availability and awareness for older adults and persons with disabilities. Read more...

EEOC Hearing on Artificial Intelligence and other Automated Systems in Employment Decisions (2/17/23)

Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public hearing to look at the benefits and harms of using automated systems, including artificial intelligence, in employment decisions. Read more...

Interview Series on Section 504 at 50 (2/13/23)

To remember the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Southeast ADA Center has a special virtual interview series. Read more...

Judge Rules that Redondo Beach Schools Must Integrate Students with Developmental Disabilities (2/10/23)

The Ninth Circuit said the schools must integrate students with developmental disabilities into the general classrooms when those students are making enough progress toward their individualized education plan (IEP) goals. Read more...

FREE Virtual Training on the Fair Housing Act’s Accessibility Requirements (2/9/23)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide a virtual training on the Fair Housing Act’s Accessibility Requirements on February 14, 2023. Read more...

Fountain Valley, CA to Build Universally Accessible Playground (2/1/23)

Fountain Valley will have a playground for all individuals by the end of the year. Read more...

San Jose Airport to Improve Disability Access (2/1/23)

Mineta San Jose International Airport in California was granted nearly $11 million by the Federal Aviation Administration to upgrade its facilities to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

Beginner’s Checklist for Inclusive Artificial Intelligence (AI) (1/31/23)

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology created a checklist to help staff make sure an organization uses AI tools in inclusive ways. Read more...

City and County of Honolulu Agree to Improve Paratransit for People with Disabilities (1/30/23)

The Justice Department entered into a settlement agreement with the City and County of Honolulu under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act to improve its paratransit. Read more...

Updated EEOC Guidance on the ADA and Individuals with Hearing Disabilities in the Workplace (1/27/23)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance document, “Hearing Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act”. Read more...

National Institutes of Health Working Group's Recommendations to Promote Disability Inclusion (1/24/23)

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) Working Group on Diversity has recommendations on how the NIH can support the inclusion of people with disabilities in the scientific workforce and in research. Read more...

How to Retain the Talents of Employees with Disabilities (1/24/23)

Throughout January, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is sharing best practices and effective strategies to help employers retain their disabled employees. Read more...

Eye Surgery Practices Agree to Pay $1 Million and End Discriminatory Policies (1/20/23)

The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree with Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Centers and American Vision Partners to settle its lawsuit saying the eye care practices violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Publishes New Interactive Data Maps (1/19/23)

The ODEP has two new interactive data maps to help policymakers, employers and others better understand the disability employment landscape in their states and across the U.S. Read more...

Report on Federal Technology’s Accessibility for People with Disabilities, Older Adults and Veterans (1/18/23)

The Senate Special Committee on Aging report identifies accessibility gaps across the Federal government that affect people with disabilities, older adults and veterans, and sets out recommendations to address these problems. Read more...

New Online Training: Accessible Parking (1/17/23)

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center has a new free, online training on accessible parking. Read more...

Upcoming Webinar: Organization-Wide Accessibility- Everyone Plays a Part (1/13/23)

Join the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 for the “Organization-Wide Accessibility: Everyone Plays a Part” webinar from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET. Read more...

Protections Against Employment Discrimination for Service Members and Veterans (1/12/23)

A new document discusses where service members or veterans, including those with disabilities, can get help if they feel they have been discriminated against in employment. Read more...

Access Board Senior Accessibility Specialist Bill Botten Retires (1/6/23)

Bill Botten, the U.S. Access Board’s Senior Accessibility Specialist and Training Coordinator, has retired from federal service. Read more...

Expressing a Commitment to Disability Inclusion (1/5/23)

An Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion web page talks about ways organizations can talk about their commitment to disability inclusion to meet their diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals. Read more...

New Blog Post on Disability: A Key Component of Diversity (1/4/23)

The U.S. Department of Labor's recent blog post, “Disability: A Key Component of Diversity,” has quotes from presenters at the Office of Personnel Management’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Summit 2022. Read more...

New Resource on Supporting Employees with Long Covid (1/3/23)

A new web resource from the Job Accommodation Network helps employers and employees understand ways to support workers with Long COVID. Read more...

Deadline to Submit Uber Settlement Claims is Coming Up (12/23/22)

Individuals with disabilities may be eligible for Uber credits or money payments under a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Uber about discriminatory wait time fees. Read more...

Free COVID-19 At-Home Tests Again Available Online (12/23/22)

The White House has announced a new limited round of free at-home COVID-19 tests for the winter. Read more...

New Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology (12/16/22)

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has a new online resource that helps employers and their purchasing staff build accessibility and usability into their information and communication technology procurement processes. Read more...

JAN 2023 Accommodation and Compliance Webcast Series (12/15/22)

Registration is now open for the monthly virtual training series presented by Job Accommodation Network (JAN) staff and guest speakers. Read more...

Efforts to Protect the Civil Rights of People Living with HIV and AIDS (12/13/22)

On World AIDS Day 2022, the U.S. Justice Department stated its continuing commitment to protecting the rights of people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Read more...

Disability Resources for Native Americans (12/12/22)

To celebrate Native American Heritage, the Southeast ADA Center shared a list of disability-related resources and information. Read more...

Ways to Support Mental Health and Well-Being in the Workplace (12/9/22)

The U.S. Surgeon General has a new report that outlines ways for organizations to develop, put in place, and update policies, processes, and practices that best support the mental health and well-being of all workers. Read more...

Employers' Practical Guide: Reasonable Accommodation During the Hiring Process (12/8/22)

The new guide by the Job Accommodation Network discusses some of the most common situations employers face when dealing with accommodation requests from applicants and candidates with disabilities. Read more...

NEW Fact Sheet on Telehealth and Federal Disability Laws (12/7/22)

The Pacific ADA Center has a new fact sheet that discusses how Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to health care providers’ telehealth services. Read more...

NEW Fact Sheet on Role of an ADA Coordinator (12/6/22)

The Pacific ADA Center has a new fact sheet that discusses the responsibilities of an ADA Coordinator. Read more...

Circle K to Pay $8 Million to Resolve EEOC Disability, Pregnancy, and Retaliation Charges (12/2/22)

Circle K Stores Inc. has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to resolve disability, pregnancy and retaliation discrimination charges. Read more...

Updated Neurodiversity in the Workplace Toolkit (12/2/22)

The Neurodiversity in the Workplace Toolkit, a resource developed by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion, has recently been updated with new content and features. Read more...

Passengers with Disabilities: Barriers to Accessible Air Travel Remain (12/1/22)

The U.S. General Accounting Office has a new report that talks about the air travel challenges individuals with disabilities face and the actions airports, airlines, and the Department of Transportation are taking to address them. Read more...

Contra Costa Kids at Work violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (12/1/22)

The United States reached an agreement with Contra Costa County Kids at Work, an infant center and preschool, that resulted from their refusing to accommodate and disenrolling a two-year-old child with developmental delays and scimitar syndrome from its program. Read more...

Agreement with University of California, Berkeley to Make Online Content Accessible to People with Disabilities (11/30/22)

The Justice Department has reached an agreement with the Regents of the University of California on behalf of the University of California, Berkeley to deal with UC Berkeley’s inaccessible free online content. Read more...

NARIC Stakeholder Disability and Rehabilitation Information Needs Assessment (11/30/22)

The NIDILRR-funded National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is recruiting participants for stakeholder interviews to understand the information needs of the community. Read more...

Justice Department has a New Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Website (11/29/22)

The Department has a new and improved version of ADA.gov. that is user-centered and designed to help people better comply with the law. Read more...

Remembering Bobby Silverstein (11/28/22)

Silverstein was a giant in the disability rights movement. His advocacy work on disability rights spanned over 40 years, including his major role in drafting and getting the Americans with Disabilities Act passed. He passed away on November 17, 2022. Read more...

Funds to Upgrade ADA ramps in Solana Beach, CA (11/23/22)

The Solana Beach City Council approved a resolution that seeks Community Development Block Grant funding for Americans with Disabilities Act ramp improvements throughout the city. Read more...

Potential Jurors Can’t Be Removed Because a Relative is Disabled (11/22/22)

The Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled that California's anti-discrimination law does not allow the removal of a juror because the juror has a family member that is disabled. Read more...

Event on DEIA and the Federal Government's Approach to Disability Employment (11/21/22)

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management will host the virtual event "DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility) Summit 2022: A Whole-of-Government Approach to Disability Employment" on December 6 – 8, 2022. Read more...

International Day of Disabled Persons (IDDP) (11/18/22)

The annual celebration of the IDDP will take place on December 3rd. This year's theme is "Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world". Read more...

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has a New Newsletter (11/15/22)

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) has a new newsletter to keep people up-to-date about inclusive emergency management activities. Read more...

Disability Community Remembers Advocate Lois Curtis (11/10/22)

Federal government leaders and staff join the disability community in mourning the loss of the great advocate, Lois Curtis. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Geographic Differences in Disaster Risk Vulnerability for People with Disabilities in the U.S.: A Look at Data and Mapping (11/10/22)

This webinar will highlight findings from a set of research projects examining geographic differences in natural disasters risk for people with disabilities across the United States. Read more...

WHO Launches Training in Assistive Products (11/9/22)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching Training in Assistive Products (TAP), a free online training resource to prepare primary health and community workforces to help people with disabilities get assistive technology. Read more...

EEOC Disability-Related Resources Web Page (11/3/22)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has a web page listing disability-related resources. Read more...

New “Know-Your-Rights” Video Series on Special Education (11/2/22)

The Arizona Center for Disability Law, in partnership with Good Point Creative, has developed two series of know-your-rights videos about special education. Read more...

ADA-Compliance Problems with Some Santa Barbara, CA Parklets (11/1/22)

Six outdoor dining parklets in downtown Santa Barbara are not currently accessible to people with disabilities. Read more...

Participants Needed for Study on the Use of Service and Emotional Support Animals at Work (10/31/22)

The Southwest ADA Center is looking for participants for its study on the experiences of employed people with disabilities using service animals and emotional support animals at work. Read more...

City of Phoenix Opens Accessible Fishing Dock (10/28/22)

The City of Phoenix recently opened an accessible fishing dock at Papago Park. Read more...

Funding for California's Disability Access and Education Revolving Fund Continues (10/28/22)

The continuation of $4 payments into a fund to increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements was approved by the Governor. Read more...

Individuals Eligible for Payment under Uber's Settlement with the U.S. Justice Department (10/28/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking individuals to check their email and Uber app to see if they've been notified, they are eligible for ride credits or money payments from Uber. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Healthcare and Civil Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic: HHS Office for Civil Rights on Telehealth and Effective Communication (10/27/22)

People with disabilities have encountered numerous hardships during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including discrimination in the healthcare system. Read more...

New EEOC "Know Your Rights" Poster (10/24/22)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has a new "Know Your Rights" Poster for employers to post. Read more...

Allergies and Workplace Accommodations (10/21/22)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has guidance on workplace accommodations for people with allergies. Read more...

Justice Department Provides Information on Efforts to Protect the Right to Vote (10/20/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is providing information about its efforts to make sure all qualified voters can vote and have their votes counted in the upcoming general election. Read more...

New Online Course: Addiction, Recovery and the ADA (10/19/22)

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center has a free online course on Addiction, Recovery and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

Looking for Participants for a Study on Spanish Language Resources on the ADA (10/18/22)

The ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center is looking for participants for a study on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information, products, and services created for Spanish speaking communities. Read more...

Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Amendments to California Building Code Accessibility Provisions (10/17/22)

The California Division of the State Architect will hold a public meeting on October 24th to present proposed code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes and ask for public comments. Read more...

Combating Improper Seclusion in Schools (10/14/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a new web page with resources to help prevent discriminatory use of seclusion in schools, especially against students with disabilities. Read more...

Accessible Voting Options for People with Disabilities (10/13/22)

Disability Rights California has written an article that provides voting information and resources to make sure individuals with disabilities are ready to vote in the November elections and beyond. Read more...

Plain-Language Guide to Federal Voting Rights Laws (10/12/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice has a new plain-language guide to federal voting rights laws. Read more...

Employer Chat on Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being (10/11/22)

On October 13th, the Labor Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment will be joined by corporate, disability advocacy, and labor employers to discuss workplace mental health and well-being issues. Read more...

Twitter Chat on Employment and the ADA (10/7/22)

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the ADA National Network will be hosting a Twitter Chat on Employment and the ADA on Wednesday, October 26th. Read more...

Renewal of FCC Disability Advisory Committee and Nominations for Membership (10/4/22)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its intent to recharter its Disability Advisory Committee and is looking for nominations for membership. Read more...

Voting Access Information and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities (10/3/22)

As the U.S. prepares for the November 2022 midterm elections, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund has a created a web page to make sure all voters including those with disabilities are aware of their voting rights. Read more...

Updated Neurodiversity in the Workplace Toolkit (9/30/22)

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion recently updated its Neurodiversity in the Workplace Toolkit for employers. Read more...

EEOC Sues BaronHR and Radiant Services for Discriminatory Recruitment and Hiring (9/29/22)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against the Southern California national staffing agency alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Read more...

Exploring Inclusive Hybrid Work Models (9/28/22)

The Employer Assistance and Research Network on Disability Inclusion has a policy brief that talks about ways organizations can develop and use hybrid work models that are inclusive of people with disabilities. Read more...

Seeking Comments on Accessibility Guidelines for Self-Service Transaction Machines (9/27/22)

The US Access Board is looking for comments on accessibility related to different types of Self-Service Transaction Machines (SSTMs), use and design of SSTMs, location of SSTMs, and the economic impacts on small business, non-profit, and governmental entities of using these machines. Read more...

Resources for National Disability Employment Awareness Month Activities (9/16/22)

The Office of Disability Employment Policy has resources available to assist organizations in planning and implementing National Disability Employment Awareness Month activities. Read more...

Region IX ADA Coordinator Network Summit (9/16/22)

Join us for the Pacific ADA Center's Region IX ADA Coordinator Network Summit at the Renaissance LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, CA from September 15-16, 2022. Individuals can attend in person or online via Zoom. Read more...

Effective Communication with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, and Low Vision Incarcerated People (9/15/22)

A new paper by the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse at the University of Michigan Law School discusses best practices for jails and prisons to serve the needs of persons with communication disabilities in their custody. Read more...

FDA Finalizes Rule that Allows Access to Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids (9/14/22)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule to improve access to hearing aids which may in turn lower costs for millions of Americans. Read more...

New Monkeypox Outbreak Resource Page on ACL.gov (9/13/22)

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) created acl.gov/monkeypox for information and resources on the Monkeypox virus. Read more...

Update: Free at-home COVID Tests for Blind and Low-Vision People (9/1/22)

Although the U.S. government program that provides free standard COVID-19 tests will be stopped on Sept. 2, this does NOT apply to the tests for people who are blind or have low vision. Read more...

NEW Introduction to the ADA Documents in Easy to Understand Language (8/31/22)

The Pacific ADA Center has created 3 new documents that provide introductory information on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) topics in easy to understand language. They are available in English and Spanish. Read more...

NEW Fact Sheet on Accessibility of Sidewalk Dining, Retail, and Community Spaces (8/31/22)

The Pacific ADA Center has a new fact sheet on making sure sidewalk dining, retail and community spaces are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Read more...

Reminder to Make Televised Emergency Information Accessible to Viewers with Disabilities (8/25/22)

The Federal Communications Commission released a Public Notice to remind video programming distributors of the requirement to make televised emergency information accessible to persons who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing. Read more...

U.S. Access Board Releases Technical Bulletin on Signs (8/24/22)

The U.S. Access Board has published a technical bulletin on accessible signage that covers the requirements for signs in Chapter 7: Communication Elements and Features of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. Read more...

Webinar: What’s Race Got to Do With It?: An Intersectional Approach to Disability Rights (8/24/22)

This ADA National Network webinar on September 13th will talk about the concept of intersectionality, with an emphasis on the ways in which ableism and racism are interconnected. Read more...

COVID.gov Webpage on Long COVID (8/12/22)

A new section of COVID.gov—a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website that is a hub for information related to COVID-19—provides information and resources for people experiencing Long COVID. Read more...

Judge Rules Uber Does Not Need to Offer Wheelchair Accessibility. (8/11/22)

A California federal judge has ruled that Uber is not required to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles, finding that it would be too burdensome on the company. Read more...

ADA Learning Session: "What Did They Say - Why Effective Communications is Critical in Emergency Management" (8/11/22)

This webinar reviews the importance of effective communication in emergency management. Using real life examples and from the field, the speakers will address what effective communication means and how emergency managers can improve their public communication to make it effective to people with disabilities. Read more...

Funding to Make Public Transportation Rail Stations Accessible (8/10/22)

The Federal Transit Administration announced it will provide $1.75 billion to make it easier for people to get on board at the nation’s oldest rail public transportation systems. Read more...

Website Accessibility Regulations On The Horizon (8/5/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice is intending to begin the rulemaking process for website accessibility regulations that apply to state and local governments under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

How Federal Nondiscrimination Laws Can Help Make Sure Telehealth Services are Accessible (8/5/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put out a guidance document on how federal nondiscrimination laws can help make sure services provided through telehealth are accessible. Read more...

Websites Are Not A Public Accommodation Under the ADA, Says California Court of Appeals (8/4/22)

The California Court of Appeals finds that websites of online only businesses are not "public accommodations" covered by Title III of the ADA. Read more...

Accommodating and Retaining Educators with Disabilities (8/4/22)

A recent case study by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) looks at the role workplace accommodations play in keeping teachers with disabilities. Read more...

Celebrating Service Animals (8/3/22)

The National Rehabilitation Information Center has a blog post that provides information on service animals, the difference between service and support animals, legal rights and responsibilities, and much more. Read more...

USDOT Announces Winners of its First-Ever Inclusive Design Challenge (8/3/22)

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the winners of its $5 million Inclusive Design Challenge. Read more...

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