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Big Lots Stores to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit (11/26/19)

National retailer Big Lots Stores, Inc., will pay $100,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Read more...

Walmart to Pay $80,000 and Implement Nationwide Change in Policy to Settle EEOC Disability Lawsuit (11/15/19)

Walmart Inc. will pay $80,000 and implement nationwide changes to its disability reassignment policy to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Read more...

FTA Releases Guidance on Automated Transit Bus Systems (11/1/19)

As the transit industry explores the use of automated transit buses, many stakeholders have questions about the impact of new technologies on transit agencies, employees, riders, and the general public. In response, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued guidance on how accessibility and other requirements issued by the Department... Read more...

NCD Issues Progress Report on Enforcement of Disability Rights Laws (10/31/19)

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a report that evaluates the work of several federal agencies in regulating and enforcing major disability rights laws, including the ADA and the Fair Housing Act. The report assesses and offers recommendations on the implementation, enforcement, and compliance activities of the Department... Read more...

Access Board to Assess Feasibility of Wheelchair Restraint Systems on Aircraft (10/15/19)

The inability to use one's wheelchair on airplanes makes air travel very difficult, if not impossible, for many people with disabilities. To address these challenges, the U.S. Access Board is undertaking a study to assess the feasibility of equipping aircraft with restraint systems so that passengers can remain in their... Read more...

EEOC and Dish Network Conciliate Disability Charge Over Application Practices for $1.25 Million (10/9/19)

DISH Network has agreed to pay $1,250,000 to compensate the original complainant and other aggrieved applicants who claimed they were denied an opportunity for employment at DISH Network due to an alleged discriminatory online application process. Read more...

ADA Update Conference Los Angeles, Ca. 2019 app (9/11/19)

Access evaluations, sessions and presenter descriptions with this app. Click on "read more" to download. Read more...

Pacific ADA Center’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Update Conferences in September 2019 (9/9/19)

Topics include: U.S. Department of Justice Cases & Settlements U.S. Access Board Review of ADA Standards & Recreation Accessibility Employment Requirements under ADA Website Accessibility Service Animals Healthcare and the ADA And more! Read more...

This Friday, July 26, 2019, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will turn 29 years old. The ADA has created considerable opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in society. (7/22/19)

The ADA has created considerable opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in society. Show your commitment to the ADA by signing the Pledge On Campaign and see a timeline of the ADA. Read more...

Legal Victory for Deaf Patients (7/9/19)

A deaf patient won an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) arbitration claim filed against Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and others, alleging Kaiser failed to make appropriate accommodations for him. Included in the court’s decision are requirements that Kaiser South Sacramento provide training for staff regarding recognizing the signs of a... Read more...

DOJ Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision (6/21/19)

Twenty years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C. determined that the confinement of people with disabilities in institutions who are otherwise eligible for community-based programs violates the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The result was that people with disabilities who can handle and benefit from... Read more...

TIME WARNER CABLE AND CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS TO PAY $99,500 TO SETTLE EEOC DISABILITY LAWSUIT (5/30/19)

According to the EEOC's lawsuit, an employee requiring a leave of absence for surgery to remove a cancerous nodule from her thyroid was fired while she was recovering from surgery, 10 days after the surgery and three weeks before she was set to return to work. The EEOC charged that... Read more...

CORIZON HEALTH / CORIZON LLC TO PAY $950,000 TO SETTLE NATIONWIDE EEOC DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT (5/16/19)

Corizon Health Inc. and Corizon LLC have agreed to pay $950,000 and provide other significant relief in a public consent decree to settle a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The Corizon companies provide health care in jails and corrections... Read more...

VERONA RESORT AND SPA TO PAY $16,000 TO SETTLE EEOC PREGNANCY AND DISABILITY SUIT (5/13/19)

EEOC filed suit against Polaris Guam LLC dba Verona Resort and Spa in 2017, charging that the company refused to allow an employee with gestational diabetes to be allowed to wear open-toed shoes and be able to sit while fulfilling her duties as front desk agent. Verona failed to provide... Read more...

Over $3.25 Million Paid by Greyhound to Individuals in Disability Settlement (5/2/19)

The Department of Justice announced payments by Greyhound Lines, Inc. totaling $2,966,000 to over 2,100 individuals who experienced disability discrimination while traveling or attempting to travel on Greyhound. The payments were part of a broader settlement from 2016 resolving the Department’s complaint that Greyhound, the nation’s largest provider of intercity... Read more...

Federal data reveals hundreds of wheelchairs mishandled monthly by airlines (5/2/19)

A new federal law authored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is forcing airlines to reveal how much they break or lose wheelchairs."This isn't a destroyed bag, or this isn't the inconvenience for ripped clothing. This is somebody's mobility." (WIFR) Read more...

Safeway to Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (4/19/19)

An applicant who was deaf applied on line for a job at Safeway and was selected for an interview. He then requested an interpreter for the in-person meeting. He did not receive a call-back about the request for an interpreter or the interview. The position was subsequently filled. Read more...

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Enforcement and Litigation Data (4/10/19)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns for the 76,418 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2018. The data show that disability was the third most frequently filed charge with 24,605 charges (32.2 percent). Read more...

U.S. Department of Justice reaches voluntary compliance agreement with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). (4/1/19)

The complaint alleged that AICPA and NASBA discriminated on the basis of disability in failing to provide necessary testing accommodations for individuals who are blind or have low vision in the provision of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam. Read more...

Pacific ADA Center Training Workshop for the 2019 CASp Examination (3/4/19)

Pacific ADA Center will offer a four-day workshop to provide a comprehensive review of the relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully pass the examination to become a CASp in the State of California. Read more...

Uber, Lyft to pay into fund to provide wheelchair-accessible trips (2/28/19)

“Accessibility in ride-hailing services for individuals who use motorized wheelchairs has been lacking. Thanks to the new TNC Access for All Act (SB 1376), ride-hailing services will be rolling out a new wheelchair-accessible program in California by July 1, 2019. This will help to ensure equivalent service for wheelchair users.” Read more...

DOJ Settlement with Selma Medical Associates (1/31/19)

Selma Medical Associates, Inc., a privately-owned medical facility providing primary and specialty care, allegedly refused to accept an individual with opioid use disorder (OUD) as a patient in a family practice due to the individual’s use of Suboxone, a prescription medication for treatment of OUD. Read more...

Ninth Circuit Reverses Robles v. Dominos Pizza LLC, Holds ADA Title III Suits Don’t Violate Due Process Rights (1/15/19)

A recent website accessibility decision out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to websites, while dismissing arguments that doing so would violate the due process rights of defendants in the absence of regulations from the Department of Justice. Read more...

ADA National Network Learning Session: The latest in American Red Cross efforts to integrate people with disabilities in emergency planning and response. (1/10/19)

The webinar will outline the American Red Cross Disability Integration program that is rolled out across the US to Red Cross regions and Divisions. Current disaster relief operational successes, such as the video relay phone installations and sensory kit distribution will be discussed along with the challenges that arise during... Read more...

White Paper: Local offices of emergency management (OEM) and preparedness for people with disabilities (12/14/18)

The increased frequency and severity of large scale natural disaster events in the US is well documented. In 2016, there were 103 Presidential Declared disasters, almost a 25% increase over 2015. This past year, 2017, the US experienced 217 large scale natural disaster events. These included hurricanes, tornadoes, severe weather,... Read more...

100 Percent Healed Policies – One of the EEOC's Enforcement Priorities (11/21/18)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is making it a priority to educate employers whose policies require an employee returning from medical leave to be fully recovered and to work without any restrictions. According to the EEOC’s 2016 guidance leave under the ADA, an employer will violate the ADA... Read more...

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All”. (10/1/18)

NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities throughout American history. Read more...

NEW U.S. Access Board animations on accessible sales and service counters (8/8/18)

NEW U.S. Access Board animations on accessible sales and service counters are available now as part of its online guide to standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). You can view all the animations here. Read more...

28 Years of the American with Disabilities Act (7/26/18)

View the most recent report on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enforcement from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) “28 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act”. Read more...

Today marks the 28th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). (7/26/18)

For a timeline on the history of the ADA go to https://adata.org/ada-timeline. Read more...

ADA Movie Captioning and Audio Description Rule Equipment Deadline takes Effect this Month (6/28/18)

The ADA Title III Movie Captioning and Audio Description Rule contains requirements to have and maintain the equipment necessary to provide closed movie captioning and audio description whenever showing a digital movie made available with these features. These requirements went into effect this month for covered movie theaters that have... Read more...

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Teachers Test Prep to Ensure Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities (6/27/18)

The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with Teachers Test Prep Inc, (TTP), to resolve allegations that it violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not offering its online courses in a manner accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and by... Read more...

Traveling by Air with Service Animals Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) (6/12/18)

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on amending its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on transportation of service animals. Read more...

Curb Cuts (5/31/18)

If you live in an American city and you don’t personally use a wheelchair, it’s easy to overlook the small ramp at most intersections, between the sidewalk and the street. Today, these curb cuts are everywhere, but fifty years ago — when an activist named Ed Roberts was young —... Read more...

Opioid Crisis: Keeping the Workplace Drug-Free and ADA Compliant (5/31/18)

The opioid epidemic is affecting workplaces across the country. Because opioids can be lawfully prescribed (but are increasingly abused), employers must tread carefully when taking adverse action against opioid users to avoid running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

Coconino County, AZ, agrees to ensure Accessible Voting (5/8/18)

The U.S. Justice Department recently reached a settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Coconino County, Arizona, to make the County’s polling places, including over a dozen polling places located on Indian reservations, accessible to individuals with mobility and vision impairments. The County will also train its... Read more...

U.S. Access Board Launches YouTube Channel (4/23/18)

The U.S. Access Board has launched its own channel on YouTube to further share and disseminate information. It features a message from Executive Director David M. Capozzi on the Board's mission and the services it provides to the public. Animations on accessibility that the Board has developed as part of... Read more...

Federal Communications Commission Seeks Comments on Accessibility of Communications Technologies Required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (4/5/18)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comments filed electronically or on paper by May 8, 2018 on the state of accessibility of services and equipment used with analog and digital telephone handsets, cordless phones, “mobile” or wireless services, and smart phones. Read more...

For Aspiring Doctors with Disabilities, Many Medical Schools Come Up Short (4/5/18)

One medical resident with a physical disability was about a year and a half into training when the medical institution finally installed an automatic door he needed. Another student faced frustrations when arranging accommodations for taking tests, with it seeming like the medical school was "making up rules along the... Read more...

Text-to-911 launches in metro Phoenix (4/2/18)

People who need emergency services in the metro Phoenix area have a new way to ask for help: via text message. After spending $150,000 on software updates and dispatcher training, the Maricopa County Association of Governments launched text-to-911 capabilities Monday. Read more...

2017 Profile of Older Americans (4/1/18)

A Profile of Older Americans: 2017, an annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population compiled primarily from U.S. Census data, is now available as a web-based publication in a user friendly format along with data tables and charts in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Read more...

U.S. Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Phoenix on May 23, 2018 (3/21/18)

On May 23, 2018, the U.S. Access Board will hold a town hall meeting in Phoenix where members of the public can pose questions to the Board and share comments or concerns related to accessibility. There also will be panel discussions with local speakers on specific topics. Read more...

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Learning Care Group Inc. to Resolve ADA Violations (3/20/18)

The Justice Department has reached a settlement agreement with Learning Care Group (LCG), the second largest for-profit child care provider in North America. The settlement agreement resolves complaints under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that LCG was discriminating against children with insulin dependent diabetes, on the basis of disability,... Read more...

Nevada law requires prescription drug label readers (1/31/18)

Effective January 1, 2018, a Nevada law now requires retail community pharmacies to provide free prescription medication bottle label readers for customers with vision or reading disabilities. The label reader must be provided upon request from the individual who uses the medication for the length of the prescription. Read more...

See EEOC’s Public Portal for general inquiries, making appointments and submitting complaints (1/25/18)

Click the "Read More" link below for more information or to access the portal. Read more...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Digest (1/22/18)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law. Read more...

Delta Enhanced Requirements for Customers Traveling with Service or Support Animals (1/19/18)

In compliance with the Air Carrier Access Act, Delta provides in-cabin travel for service and support animals without charge. Delta’s new guidelines, effective March 1, 2018, require that all customers traveling with a service or support animal show proof of health or vaccinations 48 hours in advance. Read more...

Court Vacates EEOC Rules on Wellness Disclosures (1/8/18)

A federal district court vacated the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) rules on how employers’ wellness programs must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Read more...

ASL Services Available at EEOC (12/29/17)

Deaf and hard of hearing persons whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) may communicate directly with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) about issues of discrimination they may be facing. EEOC representatives who are fluent in ASL are available to take complaints, answer questions and guide callers... Read more...

FHWA Issues Guide on Accessible Shared Streets (12/4/17)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a guide on access to shared streets for people with vision impairments. Read more...

Chariot Transit, Inc. enters landmark settlement agreement with the United States Attorney's Office (11/29/17)

Chariot Transit, Inc. entered a landmark settlement agreement with the United States Attorney's Office to resolve allegations that the San Francisco-based company violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against customers with disabilities. Read more...

U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent & Educator Guide on Section 504 in Public Elementary & Secondary Schools (1/25/17)

The Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education recently released several guidance documents, including a Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools. Read more...

Justice Department Publishes Final Rule on Movie Captioning and Audio Description (1/19/17)

The U.S. Department of Justice has published an advance copy of a final rule that amends its regulation implementing title III of the ADA, which covers public accommodations and commercial facilities - including movie theaters. Read more...

U.S. Access Board Issues Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment (1/11/17)

The U.S. Access Board has issued new accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) under section 510 of the Rehabilitation Act. The standards provide design criteria for examination tables and chairs, weight scales, radiological and mammography equipment, and other diagnostic equipment that are accessible to people with disabilities. Read more...

U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology (1/11/17)

The U.S. Access Board released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. Read more...

Pacific ADA Center Offers Training for 2016 CASp Examination (10/1/16)

This comprehensive four-day training covers both state and federal accessibility requirements and will prepare attendees for the State of California's Certified Access Specialist program (CASp) Exam. Read more...

Webinar - ADA National Network Learning Session: National Fire Protection Association's Emergency Evacuation Planning for People with Disabilities (9/1/16)

General advice about major disasters says each of us will very likely need to take care of ourselves for the first 24 to 72 hours. The former chair of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Disability Access and Review Committee said " Every one of us should be prepared to... Read more...

ADAAA Final Rule Published (8/1/16)

Now available for public inspection in the Federal Register is a final rule revising the Justice Department's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II and Title III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The final rule will take effect on Monday, October 10,... Read more...

Public Comment Period Extended for State & Local Government Web Accessibility Rulemaking (7/1/16)

This week, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta approved an extension of the public comment period for the Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities. The public comment period will be extended for 60 days, and will... Read more...

Justice Department issues Letter of Findings regarding Nevada's discrimination against inmates with HIV and inmates with other disabilities (6/20/16)

On June 20, 2016, the U. S. Department of Justice issued a letter finding that Nevada's policies and practices for housing and employing inmates with disabilities violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

New Accessible Technology Section added to ADA.gov (4/29/16)

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a new accessible technology section for ADA.gov, its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website. http://www.ada.gov/access-technology/index.html Read more...

AMC Theatres Sued for Discriminating Against the Blind (2/24/16)

A group of blind movie patrons filed a federal class action suit this week against AMC Theatres, one of the nation's largest movie theater chains, alleging that AMC discriminates against blind moviegoers. Read more...

Poorly Designed State and Local Government Websites Might Violate Federal Rules (2/23/16)

In the Internet age, making government accessible does not just mean improving handicap entrances to public buildings and polling places - although those things are certainly vital, too.As more state and local government services move into the digital space, it has become increasingly important that services provided on the web... Read more...

City Of Phoenix Makes Evacuation Plans for People with Disabilities (2/22/16)

For the past several months, the City of Phoenix has been working on its emergency operations plan, specifically focusing on people with disabilities also known as the "access and functional needs" community. Read more...

Many Medical Schools Seem Unwelcoming to Students with Disabilities; Accommodations Are Vague (2/19/16)

According to a new study, only a third of schools said outright that they would accept a qualified student with a disability. Read more...

New Business Is Working for Its Employees, Facility, Training, and Purpose (2/19/16)

According to disabilityscoop.com, the 150-room Courtyard by Marriott, developed by Arc Innovation, the for profit arm of The Arc of Indiana, was designed not only for the comfort of its guests, but to offer jobs and training to people with disabilities. Read more...

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement and Litigation Data (2/12/16)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released detailed breakdowns of the 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination that the agency received in fiscal year 2015. Read more...

2015 Year in Review: Statistics on Employment for People with Disabilities (2/10/16)

A collaborative report by the Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD) monitors the employment of people with disabilities, using the latest national data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more...

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Greyhound to Resolve Nationwide Pattern or Practice of Disability Discrimination (2/8/16)

Under the terms of a consent decree filed by the Justice Department today, Greyhound Lines, Inc. (Greyhound), the nation's largest provider of intercity bus transportation, will implement a series of systemic reforms to resolve allegations that it repeatedly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

US Department of Justice Publishes ADA Progress Review (1/25/16)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reviewed progress made under the ADA in the Justice Blog entitled "Twenty-Five Years of Progress for Americans with Disabilities." Read more...

ADA Coordinator Conference-- San Diego, California (12/9/15)

The ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP) presents the ADA Coordinator Conference January, 21-22, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Read more...

Amazon reaches deal with consumers who are deaf for more video captioning. (10/19/15)

Amazon has agreed to provide captioning on nearly all of its videos for rent or sale by 2016 as part of a deal with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The deaf advocacy group announced that by the end of next year, Amazon will caption 100 percent of movies... Read more...

U.S. Justice Department Releases New Frequently Asked Questions on Service Animals (7/20/15)

The U.S. Department of Justice released a new technical assistance document - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Service Animals and the ADA. This document is intended as a companion to DOJ's Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals released in 2011. Read more...

City Of Berkeley Commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) With a Proclamation (7/15/15)

On June 30th, 2015, the City of Berkeley presented a proclamation on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Erica C. Jones, Director of the Pacific ADA Center. Read more...

U.S. Justice Department Reaches Settlement with edX Regarding Access to Online Courses (5/18/15)

A private company, edX, has agreed to make MOOCS more accessible to disabled users. MOOCS are "massive open online courses" and they used extensively in higher education these days. They're used by more than 3 million students taking 450 courses produced by more than 60 universities and institutions. The... Read more...

Access Board Proposed Rulemaking on Information & Communication Technology (5/18/15)

The U.S. Access Board, an independent federal agency, released a proposed rule to update accessibility requirements for information and communication technologies (ICT). The proposal, which is officially known as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), refreshes standards for electronic and information technology in the federal sector covered by Section 508... Read more...

US DOJ Settles Lawsuit Against Days Inn for Denying Vet with Service Animal (2/10/15)

The Department of Justice reached an agreement today to resolve a lawsuit it brought against Sairam Enterprises, Inc., the owner of the Days Inn Tulsa located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The proposed consent decree resolves a 2014 lawsuit that the Department filed against Sairam alleging that on July 31, 2010, it... Read more...

2015 National ADA Symposium (2/9/15)

The National ADA Symposium is a four day comprehensive conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 19th annual ADA Symposium will offer an opening reception, pre-conference, keynote, 72 break-out sessions, advanced discussion groups, exhibits, and hands-on learning activities. Read more...

DOJ Issues New Resource Regarding Rights of Voters with Disabilities (10/6/14)

The Justice Department announced a new technical assistance publication about federal laws that protect the rights of voters with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Voting Rights Act, and the Help America Vote Act. Read more...

U.S. Access Board Enhances Animations on the ADA and ABA Standards (9/11/14)

The U.S. Access Board recently released a series of animations as part of its new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. Read more...

Extension of Comment Period for Proposed Rule. Movie Theaters - Movie Captioning and Audio Description (9/3/14)

The proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register on August 1, 2014, and the comment period was to close on September 30, 2014; however, on September 2, 2014 the Attorney General granted a 60-day extension of the comment period for Movie Theaters. Read more...

Comment Period Open for Proposed Regulations on Movie Captions and Audio Descriptions (8/27/14)

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to amend the ADA Title III regulations to require movie theaters to show movies with closed movie captioning and audio description so those with hearing and visual disabilities can better access the movies. Read more...

FCC Adopts Rules To Promote Widespread Text-To-911 Availability (8/27/14)

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules requiring text messaging providers to enable Americans to text 911 in an emergency. Read more...

Justice Department Developing Disability Training For Police (7/23/14)

The Justice Department's Community Relations Service — a division that steps in to help communities address tension stemming from civil rights issues — is currently working on the effort, Attorney General Eric Holder said. Read more...

EEOC Releases Updated Guidance and Fact Sheet on Pregnancy (7/16/14)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, along with a question and answer document about the guidance and a fact sheet for small businesses. Read more...

FCC Submits Report to Congress on Video Description (7/3/14)

On June 30, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report to Congress (Report) on video description, as required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) Read more...

Drug Store Chain to Pay $180,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit (7/3/14)

South San Francisco Walgreens Fired Longtime Employee With Diabetes Over a $1.39 Bag of Chips, Federal Agency Charged Read more...

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Disability Discrimination (7/3/14)

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit here yesterday against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., alleging that the giant retailer fired an intellectually disabled employee at a Rockford Walmart store after it rescinded his workplace accommodation. Read more...

The Federal Communications Commission Seeks Comment on Emergency Alert System Improvements Including Accessibility (7/2/14)

On June 26, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released proposed rules to change the way that alerts are provided to the public under the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Read more...

Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (6/27/14)

July 26, 2014 is the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Pacific ADA Center encourages everyone to use the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit Read more...

NCD Statement on the 15th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision (6/24/14)

Fifteen years ago, on June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court issued its landmark "Olmstead v. L.C." decision fundamentally changing the lives of Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, who had both been languishing in an institution for years after their initial treatment ended. Lois and Elaine filed suit under the Americans... Read more...

911 Services Increasingly Available by Text Across United States (6/24/14)

Starting in May of 2014, the nation's four main cell phone networks: Sprint, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and AT&T will support text messaging to 911 Read more...

Walgreens Launches Nationwide Program Offering Talking Prescription Devices for Customers with Visual Impairments (6/3/14)

Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain, today announced the launch of a nationwide program offering talking prescription devices to customers with visual impairments. The initiative introduces a new service that complements other accessible prescription information Walgreens currently provides. Read more...

Pending Consent Decree by DOJ Against Law School Admission Council (5/21/14)

The Justice Department filed a joint motion today for entry of a landmark consent decree to resolve allegations that the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) engaged in widespread and systemic discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

U.S. Access Board Issues Guidelines for Emergency Transportable Housing (5/13/14)

The U.S. Access Board has issued guidelines that address access to temporary housing provided by the government in emergencies and natural disasters. Read more...

U.S. Access Board Enhances Animations on the ADA and ABA Standards (4/16/14)

The U.S. Access Board recently released a series of animations as part of its new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. Read more...

National ADA Symposium will be held in Denver, Colorado on June 15-18, 2014. (3/10/14)

The conference schedule features 72 break-out sessions providing information on a wide range of topics related to the ADA presented by nationally recognized experts. Read more...

New York City Must Add Accessible Taxicabs (12/19/13)

Fifty percent of New York City's taxicabs must be accessible by 2020, as required by a recent settlement between New York City and United Spinal Association and other disability groups. Read more...

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Oklahoma Child Care Center to Ensure Equal Rights for Children with Disabilities (12/17/13)

The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement with Camelot Child Development Center of Oklahoma City and Edmond, Okla., under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

Southwest Airlines to Offer Closed Captioning on Wireless Inflight Entertainment in Early 2014 (11/27/13)

Southwest Airlines will be among the first carriers in the United States to introduce closed captioning to its wireless video entertainment product when the low-cost giant rolls out CC in early 2014. Read more...

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