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ADA National Network Learning Session: Global Disability Leadership Before, During and After Disasters (9/9/21)

Disability leaders are very active in global disability inclusive disaster and climate initiatives. Learn about what's happening in Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Justice, Humanitarian Action, Community Resilience, Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Disability Inclusion Strategy, Building Back Better... Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Disability Accessibility in Health Care, What's New? - Recent OCR Cases and Guidance (8/26/21)

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, religion and the exercise of conscience. This seminar will focus on what HHS OCR does to... Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Achieving Whole Community Inclusion in Emergency Management (8/13/21)

Are you "planning for or planning with" the whole community? Ensuring inclusion is a daunting task with many variables to consider that impact all of your agency's core capabilities. Read more...

New, Free Book Explores 30 Years of Community Living for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (7/30/21)

In mid-July, Administration of Community Living grantees made available the free digital book, "30 Years of Community Living for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities." Read more...

In Hawaii, New Disability Paid Parking Exemption Permit Needed to Avoid Paying for Metered Parking (7/30/21)

As of July 1, 2021, people with disability parking passes or license plates will need to pay for metered parking unless they are approved for the new Disability Paid Parking Exemption Permit Read more...

California Federal Court Holds Domino’s Website Violates the ADA (7/28/21)

A California federal district court has found that the website of Domino’s Pizza violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), overturning the Ninth Circuit Court’s earlier finding. Read more...

Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Comply with the ADA by Improving Access for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (7/28/21)

Southern California Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals have agreed to resolve claims that they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide at one of their facilities a qualified sign language interpreter or other appropriate form of auxiliary aid or service to a deaf patient.... Read more...

New Research Brief: Digital Access for Students in Higher Education and the ADA (7/27/21)

The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) Network Knowledge Translation Center has a new research brief, Digital Access for Students in Higher Education and the ADA, that describes how the ADA and other disability rights laws affect the digital access of students with disabilities in higher education. Read more...

New ADA National Network Fact Sheet: Healthcare and Face Coverings: Reducing Communication Barriers for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients (7/27/21)

This fact sheet provides tips about effective communication, and was written to assist healthcare providers, family members, and individuals who support people that are deaf and hard of hearing. Read more...

Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557 (7/26/21)

Guidance by the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice says long COVID can be a disability under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read more...

Join us at the 2021 ADA National Symposium (7/26/21)

The upcoming 2021 National Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Symposium, a comprehensive conference on the ADA, is a hybrid event offering options to attend onsite, virtually or both. Read more...

New Laws Let Americans with Disabilities Vote Online, but the Debate about Voting Access vs. Election Security Continues (7/23/21)

A handful of states have passed laws that let voters with certain disabilities return their ballots online. But there is concern that the technology is not yet advanced enough to allow for a private, secure online voting system. Read more...

Bay Area Historic Movie Theaters Move Towards Greater Accessibility (7/22/21)

One of the pandemic’s few silver linings is that it gave some of the Bay Area’s closed historic movie theaters, like the Roxie, the time and space to undertake much-needed accessibility upgrades. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Challenges and Opportunities: Lessons Learned from ADA Coordinators Working within Diverse Healthcare Organizations (7/22/21)

A growing number of healthcare organizations are hiring fulltime ADA Coordinators. It is unknown how ADA Coordinators are integrated into healthcare organizations, including what types of roles and responsibilities they have and the types of initiatives they lead. Read more...

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Invites Feedback on its new ADA.gov Website (7/21/21)

ADA.gov, maintained by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, is inviting visitors to explore and provide feedback on an in-progress version of its improved website, with the goal of making the site more user friendly. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: How Personal Assistance Services Promote the Self-Determination of People with Disabilities Recovering from Disaster. (7/8/21)

The Personal Assistance Services Addendum to the Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning Considerations released in January 2021 increases collaboration, planning, and knowledge surrounding the importance of establishing continuity of services for people with disabilities, prior to a disaster. Read more...

RESCHEDULED - ADA National Network Learning Session: Achieving Equity in a Time of Scarcity: Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Experience (7/1/21)

This presentation will review the experiences of Medicaid beneficiaries and people with disabilities in California and nationally related to vaccine prioritization and deployment, and reflect on lessons for policy and practice that will support greater equity moving forward. Read more...

Executive Order to Help Improve Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Government (6/25/21)

President Biden signed an Executive Order to help improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the Federal workforce. This Executive Order makes clear that the United States is strongest when the its public servants reflect all the American people, including people with disabilities. Read more...

National Institute of Standards and Technology Seeks Public Input on Removing Barriers to Voting for People with Disabilities (6/25/21)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for comments from the public about barriers to private and independent voting for people with disabilities. Read more...

Judge ​Considers Requiring Lyft to Provide Wheelchair Users Equal Service (6/25/21)

A trial to determine if Lyft ride-share service violates the Americans with Disabilities Act recently finished in San Francisco. A decision may soon determine if the company will have to provide service for those who use powered wheelchairs. Read more...

Biden-Harris Administration Efforts to Support Full Participation and Equality for People with Disabilities (6/25/21)

The White House released a fact sheet that talks about policies and funding to provide access and equity for people with disabilities in federal programs. Read more...

U.S. Justice Department Reaches Agreement with San Luis Obispo County Jail to Ensure Physical Access for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities (6/25/21)

The U.S. Justice Department entered into a settlement agreement that deals with complaints, under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that San Luis Obispo County Jail facilities were inaccessible to inmates with mobility disabilities and denied them equal access to the Jail’s programs, services and activities. Read more...

NCD Report Calls for Adoption of Accessibility Standards for Medical and Diagnostic Equipment (6/25/21)

A National Council on Disability (NCD) Report calls for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights to adopt the federal accessibility standards for medical and diagnostic equipment. Read more...

Tip Sheet on Making Content Accessible in Websites, Public Documents and Other Digital Products (6/25/21)

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research has created a tip sheet that discusses accessibility of websites, public documents, and other digital products. Read more...

EARN: Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Plans (6/24/21)

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) put out a new document titled Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Plans. This document lists what disability-inclusive COVID-19 health and safety plans for reopening workplaces should include. Read more...

EEOC Puts Out New Information About COVID-19 and Employment (6/4/21)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has put out new information to help employees and employers understand their rights and responsibilities at work during COVID-19. Read more...

U.S. Justice Department Settles with Amtrak to Resolve Disability Discrimination Across Intercity Rail System (5/30/21)

The Justice Department announced that it reached a national settlement agreement with Amtrak to resolve findings of disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the agreement Amtrak will fix inaccessible stations and establish a $2.25 million fund to pay claims to people who experienced a... Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Service Animals: At Home, At Work, and Everywhere Else (5/27/21)

Service animals serve a diverse range of purposes and service animal requirements are different depending on the setting. These two factors have led to misunderstandings about the rights of people with disabilities who utilize service animals which in turn results in discriminatory treatment and accessibility challenges. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Disability Inclusion and Considerations in Vaccination Centers and Operations (5/21/21)

This session will discuss accessibility considerations for vaccination centers centered primarily around physical accessibility, communication access, and programmatic access including staff training and information sharing. Read more...

The ADA National Network State of the Science Conference is happy to announce that you can now have full access to recordings and transcripts for all three days! (5/20/21)

Visit our ADA State of the Science YouTube Playlist to find all recordings. Each video is the entire length of the day. However, every presentation has its own time-stamped link for each individual presentation. Read more...

U.S. Attorney's Office Reaches Settlement with the City of Santa Barbara (5/19/21)

The City of Santa Barbara, California has agreed with the United States Attorney’s Office to improve access to its Intercity Rail Station and comply with its obligations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

NEW Factsheet: The ADA and Caregivers- Frequently Asked Questions (5/14/21)

The ADA National Network has published a new factsheet: The ADA and Caregivers- Frequently Asked Questions. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Prepared4ALL: Whole Community Emergency Planning (5/13/21)

Disasters and emergencies, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, disproportionately affect Americans with disabilities, chronic and mental health conditions (PWD). To close this gap AUCD developed Prepared4ALL, a public health campaign to link disability organizations and PWD to local emergency management and public health preparedness agencies Read more...

U.S. Attorney's Office Reaches Settlement with the City of Oxnard (4/27/21)

The City of Oxnard, California has agreed with the United States Attorney’s Office to improve access to its Transit Center Intercity Rail Station and comply with its obligations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

ADA National Network Special Session: Vaccine Access for People with Disabilities: Guidance, Funding, Strategies, and Best Practices (4/22/21)

ACL Acting Administrator Alison Barkoff and HHS's Office for Civil Rights Acting Director Robinsue Frohboese will discuss new information on guidance, funding, strategies and best practices related to vaccine access for people with disabilities. Read more...

NEW U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Resources to Help Improve Vaccine Accessibility for People with Disabilities and Older Adults (4/16/21)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published new resources to help states, vaccination providers, and others leading COVID-19 response activities improve vaccine accessibility for people with disabilities and older adults. Read more...

Uber Ordered to Pay $1.1 Million After Woman Who is Blind Repeatedly Denied Rides (4/8/21)

Uber has been ordered to pay $1.1 million after an arbitrator ruled its drivers discriminated against a woman who is blind and her guide dog on 14 separate occasions. Read more...

27 Southern California Hotels Sign Agreements to Improve Access for Persons with Disabilities (3/29/21)

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles announced that it has signed agreements with 27 hotels across Southern California to resolve investigations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

Federal Emergency Management Agency ​​Best Practice Information and Checklist to Ensure Vaccine ​Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (3/26/21)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ​established a federal multi-agency civil rights group ​to develop a checklist that will help states, territories, and tribes ensure ​accessibility of vaccines to underserved communities including people with disabilities. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: How Crisis Standards of Care Can Ensure Equity for People with Disabilities During Times of Crisis (3/25/21)

As hospitals around the country are increasingly stretched to their limit by increasing numbers of patients presenting critically ill with COVID-19, many find themselves unable to provide the usual standard of care for their patients. In these situations, healthcare institutions may be required to shift to operating under so-called Crisis... Read more...

U.S. Access Board Hosting Meetings on Making Autonomous Vehicles Accessible (3/18/21)

The U.S. Access Board is hosting a series of meetings on making self-driving or "autonomous" vehicles accessible to passengers with disabilities. The sessions are free and open to the public. Read more...

Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Draft Accessibility Plan Open for Public Comment (3/18/21)

​Lassen Volcanic National Park seeks public comment on its draft accessibility plan. The draft plan contains findings from a self-evaluation process and suggested actions to implement to improve accessibility throughout the Park. Read more...

Input Requested: Vaccine Survey For Adults with Disabilities (3/17/21)

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is conducting a survey to better understand the reasons why people with disabilities choose whether to receive the vaccination for COVID-19 Read more...

Vaccination Eligibility Announced for Individuals with Disabilities (3/12/21)

The following is an announcement from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES): On March 15, people with certain significant, high-risk medical conditions or disabilities will become eligible for vaccines statewide, to help save the lives of people who are at high-risk of death and severe complications from COVID-19. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Health Care Disparities for People with Disabilities and Potential Role of Physician Bias (2/25/21)

This presentation will review the evidence for health care disparities affecting people with disabilities. It will then introduce a recent nationwide survey of physicians from 7 specialties about their experiences with and perceptions of caring for patients with disability. Read more...

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Nevada ​Regarding Inmates with HIV and Other Disabilities (2/11/21)

The U.S. Justice Department reached a settlement agreement with the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) that inmates with HIV cannot be illegally segregated or otherwise discriminated against based on their HIV status, and that inmates with disabilities are provided an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from NDOC programs. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: A Closer Look: COVID-19 Accessible Materials for People Disabilities Project (2/11/21)

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected many groups, including the 61 million people in the United States living with a disability. As part of the COVID-19 Accessible Materials for People with Disabilities project, we invite you to join us for a webinar focused on strategies, and solutions for people with disabilities as... Read more...

Understanding Your Employment Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Guide for Veterans (2/9/21)

This guide answers veterans' questions about returning to a civilian job or seeking a new job after developing a service-connected disability. It also explains the kinds of adjustments (called reasonable accommodations) that may help you be successful in the workplace. Laws addressed include an interaction among the Employment and Reemployment... Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Accessible Medical Care and Long-Term Care Facilities (1/28/21)

This session will provide an overview of the minimum requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards for Medical Care and Long-Term Care facilities. The presenters will review the scoping and technical requirements for accessible routes, parking at specialized facilities, patient rooms for both medical and long-term care facilities, alarm... Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody: Colorado's Development of a statewide Access & Functional Needs Program (1/14/21)

"Access & Functional Needs" is one of the current fault lines of effective emergency planning and response. While the concepts and importance of access & functional needs planning and response are becoming better understood among different emergency partners, operationalizing access & functional needs responsibilities is still challenging. Read more...

Traveling by Air with Service Animals (1/11/21)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (Department or DOT) is issuing a final rule to amend the Department's Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transport of service animals by air. This rule is effective January 11, 2021. Read more...

EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Technical Assistance on Vaccines (12/30/20)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing vaccine questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...

​U.S. Department of Justice on ADA & Education (12/11/20)

When enacting the ADA in 1990, Congress expressly identified education as one area where discrimination against individuals with disabilities remained persistent. Since then, the Justice Department has played a significant role in ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal educational opportunities. Read more...

U.S. Department of Justice on ADA & Education (12/11/20)

When enacting the ADA in 1990, Congress expressly identified education as one area where discrimination against individuals with disabilities remained persistent. Since then, the Justice Department has played a significant role in ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal educational opportunities Read more...

Factsheet on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Addiction and Recovery for State & Local Governments (12/3/20)

The Pacific ADA Center and New England ADA Center, members of the ADA National Network, published a factsheet on the ADA, addiction, and recovery for State and local government programs and services. Read more...

Sierra Academy of Aeronautics Settle EEOC Disability and Retaliation Lawsuit (11/20/20)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled a lawsuit against KS Aviation, Inc., doing business as the Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, in Atwater, California. According to the EEOC, an employee of Sierra Academy asked for a medical leave of absence due to her disability. The company failed to engage... Read more...

U.S. Access Board Launches New Website (11/16/20)

The U.S. Access Board has redesigned and updated its website at www.access-board.gov. The new site features a streamlined design to make information easier to find. New menus and cross links enhance navigation of key resources, including the ADA Accessibility Standards and the Section 508 Standards. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Efforts to Increase Health Care Access and Quality of Care for People with Disabilities (10/22/20)

During the year of the 30th anniversary of the ADA, it is a time to reflect on the state of various rights and access for people with disabilities. Work on improving health care access and quality is particularly important because although great strides have been made, there is much progress... Read more...

Ontario, CA Airport to Host Virtual Town Hall to Evaluate Services to People with Disabilities (10/9/20)

Ontario International Airport (ONT) will host a virtual town hall meeting to discuss ways the airport can better serve individuals with disabilities and ensure that everyone’s journey through ONT is convenient, thoughtful, and inclusive. The Town Hall will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, October 30. Participants must register... Read more...

"ADA National Network Learning Session: American Red Cross Disaster Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic" (10/8/20)

This webinar will cover several aspects of disaster response from the perspective of the American Red Cross during the COVID-19 pandemic including preparation and guidance development for disaster response, the strategy for non-congregate sheltering and the challenges of this strategy. Read more...

EEOC Settles Disability Employment Discrimination Lawsuit with Cable Company in Hawaii (10/2/20)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Oceanic Time Warner Cable LLC and Charter Communications, Inc. (Oceanic) in Hawaii for terminating employees with disabilities on leave without engaging in the interactive process. The settlement requires Oceanic to pay $800,000 in monetary damages, change its policies regarding leave and provide training... Read more...

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020 (10/1/20)

This year marks not only the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Both milestones are being commemorated with a range of events and activities centered on the theme "Increasing Access and Opportunity." Read more...

Hospitality Industry Article Promoting Good Accessible Design (9/23/20)

A hospitality industry interior designer shares her thoughts about good accessible design in hotels. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign - An Innovative Community Based Approach to Disaster Preparedness (9/10/20)

This webinar will highlight the efforts of this ground breaking $50 million approach to whole community preparedness. We will discuss how centering the community first, preparedness efforts are more accessible, relevant and effective to target populations. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforcing Disability Rights Authorities (8/27/20)

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex. This seminar will focus on OCR's role in enforcing those laws that protect the rights of those... Read more...

The U.S. Department of Justice - Furthering the Promise: The ADA Mediation Program (8/26/20)

With the enactment of the ADA, Congress expressly encouraged the use of alternative dispute resolution to resolve issues of conflict in disability rights matters. The Justice Department’s voluntary ADA Mediation Program provides an efficient and effective alternative dispute resolution process for resolving complaints under the ADA. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA Perspective on Emergency Management, COVID-19 and People with Disabilities (8/13/20)

This session will provide an overview of FEMA's roles and responsibilities in the midst of COVID-19, how FEMA continued to serve people with disabilities during that response, and how we continued to plan and prepare for the 2020 natural disaster season in the midst of the pandemic. Read more...

Happy 30th Anniversary Americans with Disabilities Act (8/12/20)

On behalf of the Pacific ADA Center, we wish the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) a Happy 30th Anniversary! As a civil rights law, the ADA promotes equal opportunity and breaks down barriers for all people with disabilities. Thanks to the ADA, we have equality for all! We are pleased... Read more...

EEOC Technical Assistance Documents on Opioid Addiction & Employment under ADA (8/7/20)

The EEOC released two technical assistance documents on opioid abuse and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

U.S. DOT's Online Event Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (7/30/20)

A U.S. Department of Transportation online event will bring together leaders across the government to acknowledge accomplishments in transportation that have resulted from this landmark civil rights legislation. In addition to celebrating the ADA’s success, speakers will also discuss what actions are needed to insure accessible transportation in the future. Read more...

ACL and OCR Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA at Livestreamed Event (7/30/20)

At noon ET on Thursday, July 30 the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – both at U.S. Health & Human Services (HHS) will host a virtual celebration of the ADA 30th anniversary. Read more...

​California Company Settles with EEOC for Disability Discrimination in Hiring (7/29/20)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled a disability discrimination lawsuit with Guidewire Software, Inc., a California based software publisher. The settlement occurred after an applicant with a hearing disability requested an in-person interview rather than a telephone interview as a reasonable accommodation, but Guidewire never contacted the... Read more...

Join the U.S. Access Board for a Virtual Celebration of the ADA (7/29/20)

July 29, 1:30 – 3:00 (ET) Meeting link: www.zoomgov.com/j/1609886567 Read more...

Webinar on Face Coverings and the ADA - Application Under Title III (7/28/20)

Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the Southwest and Northwest ADA Centers invites you to attend a special session of the ADA Audio Conference Series. During this webinar misinformation shared via social media, press and broadcast media regarding the use of face coverings will be discussed. Read more...

EEOC Creates Web Page to Mark ADA's 30th Anniversary (7/26/20)

On July 26, 2020, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To mark the ADA’s 30th anniversary, we have created this web page to provide helpful information about disability rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Read more...

U.S. Department of Justice Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative: The Promise of Equal Access to Health Care (7/23/20)

The ADA guarantees people with disabilities equal access to medical providers like doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and hospitals. The Department of Justice continues to vigorously enforce the ADA to eliminate physical and attitudinal barriers that keep people with disabilities from accessing the medical care they need. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Physical Access in Health Care (7/23/20)

In this session, an overview of the physical access requirements for different types of health care facilities will be discussed. Elements addressed will include: 1) general ADA requirements; 2) parking; 3) building and office accessibility; 4) accessible exam rooms and waiting areas; and 5) medical diagnostic equipment. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: California's Emergency Plans for Wildfire Season in a COVID19 Environment (7/9/20)

This presentation will focus on plans for fire season and specifically address California's efforts regarding practicing integrated emergency communication, transportation/evacuation, and sheltering in a COVID-19 environment. Read more...

New Study Shows the Percentage of Working Age People in Nursing Homes by State (7/1/20)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates the right to live in the community with supports instead of living in a nursing home. This right was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark Olmstead decision in 1999. Read more...

The Department of Justice Warns of Inaccurate Flyers and Postings Regarding the Use of Face Masks and the Americans with Disabilities Act (6/30/20)

Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband reiterated today that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from face mask requirements are fraudulent. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: The Geographic Distribution of Accessible Medicaid Participating Primary Care Offices in LA County (6/25/20)

The webinar will present the findings from a study that examined the geographic distribution of accessible Medicaid participating primary care offices in LA county. The presentation will describe a methodology for collecting and utilizing data on office accessibility that has been implemented with thousands of primary care offices in California.... Read more...

Online Civil Rights Complaint Portal (6/24/20)

A U.S. Department of Justice online portal allows people with disabilities to make a civil rights violation complaint under all titles of the ADA and other applicable laws. Read more...

Counter Displays Do Not Breach ADA Rights of Persons in Wheelchairs (6/19/20)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in three related cases against Starbucks that accessible sales and service counters are not required to provide a minimum of 36 inches of clear or usable counter space for disabled patrons. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Integrating the Access and Functional Needs Coordinator Role into your Emergency Operations Center (6/11/20)

This webinar will cover how a local agency has incorporated the role of the Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Coordinator into its Emergency Operations Centers and review some of the activities they were involved in during the COVID-19 activation. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Who Let the Dogs (and Miniature Horses) In? Service Animals in Health Care Facilities (5/28/20)

This webinar will address the definition of a service animal, places a service animal can and cannot visit with his/her handler, the questions that can be asked of the person with a disability, and how to interact with a service animal. We will also review a sample service animal policy... Read more...

COVID-19 ALERT: Fraudulent Facemask Flyers (5/26/20)

The Department of Justice has been made aware of postings or flyers on the internet regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which include the Department of Justice’s seal. These postings were not issued by the... Read more...

EEOC and FedEx Ground Settle Nationwide Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (5/19/20)

FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. will pay $3.3 million and change their policies to resolve a companywide disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC charged that FedEx Ground denied deaf and hard-of-hearing package handlers reasonable accommodations and that it discriminated against deaf and... Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: Using the California Power Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning (5/14/20)

This webinar will focus on the 2019 California Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS) including stories from the community, barriers experienced, coordination across public and private agencies, and effective strategies that could become best practices. Working together as individuals to build a resilient community that keeps each other safe, aware, engaged... Read more...

U.S. Access Board Issues Guidance on Toilet and Bathing Facilities and Drinking Fountains (5/6/20)

The U.S. Access Board released technical bulletins on accessibility to restrooms, bathing facilities, and drinking fountains. This material explains specifications for water closets, toilet compartments, showers, bathtubs, and drinking fountains in the ADA Accessibility Standards. Read more...

DHS and HHS Civil Rights Stakeholder Teleconference on COVID-19 (5/6/20)

EMA’s Office of Equal Rights will continue hosting regular teleconferences concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, to share information and to respond to civil rights-related concerns and questions. FEMA’s Office of DisabilityIntegration and Coordination (ODIC), the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL), and the U.S. Department... Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: COVID19, Health Care, and the ADA (4/23/20)

Given the unprecedented demands posed by the COVID19 pandemic for the provision of health care, it is critical for health care providers to understand how the decisions they need to make for dealing with this crisis connect with the ADA. In this webinar, several ADA National Network staff from across... Read more...

U.S. Access Board Initiates Update of Accessibility Guidelines for Rail Cars (4/10/20)

The U.S. Access Board is initiating rule-making to update its accessibility guidelines for rail cars covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and seeks public comment on this effort. The U.S. Access Board has extended the deadline for comments to July 14, 2020. Read more...

Webinar: ADA National Network Learning Session: Research on ADA Coordinators' Involvement in Accessible Emergency Management (4/9/20)

ADA Coordinators assist state and local governments in making the agency's program and services accessible as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Emergency management has been identified in case law as a program and service that must be accessible under the ADA. This webinar will examine the results... Read more...

Target Corporation Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (4/2/20)

Target Corporation agreed to make changes to its hiring and training practices and pay damages to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The federal agency charged that the nationwide retailer failed to interview a qualified applicant because he was deaf. Read more...

HHS issues bulletin on civil rights, HIPPA, and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (3/28/20)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) reminds covered entities of their obligations under laws that prohibit discrimination. “HHS is committed to leaving no one behind during an emergency, and this guidance is designed to help health care providers meet that goal” -... Read more...

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Walgreens to Resolve HIV Discrimination (3/27/20)

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement with Walgreens, a national retail and pharmacy chain. The settlement agreement resolves a complaint under the ADA that alleges that a Walgreens pharmacy in Nevada refused to give a customer a flu shot because he has an HIV diagnosis. Read more...

EEOC Addressed COVID-19 Questions In March 27 Webinar (3/19/20)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addressed questions arising under any of the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...

What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19 (3/18/20)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act. The following publication answers common employer questions about what to do after a pandemic has been declared. Applying these principles to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following may be useful: Read more...

U.S. Department of Education Issues Statement on The Importance of Accessible Online Education in Light Of Covid-19 (3/18/20)

For further information see the press release at https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-webinar-fact-sheet-protecting-students-civil-rights-during-covid-19-response Read more...

The U.S. Census and American Sign Language (3/11/20)

In 2015, in the United States’ Census report showed that there are 380 possible languages and 39 language groups. However, American Sign Language (ASL), the natural language of the American Deaf community is not included in the enumeration of languages in the United States, nor is sign languages as a... Read more...

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