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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

5 Things To Know About Coronavirus And People With Disabilities (3/8/20)

The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has everyone hopefully, taking steps to control the outbreak and prepare to get through whatever may come of it. But one group faces additional risks and consequences, as well as anxieties: people with disabilities and or chronic illnesses. Read more...

U.S. Attorney to Monitor LA County Vote Centers for ADA Compliance (2/19/20)

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will deploy personnel to monitor Los Angeles County vote centers during the February 22-to-March 3 election period for compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, for voters with physical disabilities. Read more...

Rancho San Miguel Markets Settles EEOC Disability Lawsuit For $100,000 (2/4/20)

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a deli clerk with a disability provided Rancho San Miguel Markets a doctor’s note requesting an accommodation. Her request was denied, and she was subse­quently fired, the EEOC said. Read more...

U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council (1/31/20)

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council (WDC) hosted a panel on building a disability-inclusive workforce during its annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Moderated by the WDC-led Disability Employment Working Group Chair Pamela Nabors, the panel included remarks from Michael Gritton and Mary Rosenthal of KentuckianaWorks, as well... Read more...

Blocking the Ballot Box: Ending Misuse of the ADA to Close Polling Places (1/30/20)

Despite the fact that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires all polling places to be accessible to people with disabilities and the Help America Vote Act of 2002 mandates that all Americans have the right to a private and independent vote, polling places and voting stations across the... Read more...

U.S. Access Board to Conduct Q&A Webinar on 508 Standards (1/28/20)

open question-and-answer session on the refreshed 508 Standards with Section 508 Specialists at the U.S. Access Board and the General Services Administration. Presenters will review questions that commonly arise in applying and meeting the 508 Standards. They will cover how the standards are used in the acquisition of information technology,... Read more...

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Enforcement and Litigation Data (1/24/20)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns for the 72,675 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2019. Read more...

U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Comment on Proposed Amendments to Regulation of Service Animals on Flights (1/22/20)

The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals by air. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Traveling by Air with Service Animals can be found HERE and... Read more...

Pacific ADA Center April 2020 Training Workshop for the CASp Examination (1/21/20)

Pacific ADA Center announces its annual four-day workshop to provide a comprehensive review of the relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully pass the examination to become a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) in the State of California. A CASp is a qualified individual who is certified to review buildings... Read more...

HUD Seeks Comment on Adopting Additional Safe Harbors under the Fair Housing Act (1/17/20)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a notice to adopt additional safe harbor standards under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The FHA bans discrimination in housing on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, and religion. The FHA regulations recognize several alternatives to its accessibility guidelines... Read more...

Hawaii Medical Service Association to Pay $180,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (1/7/20)

Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), the largest health insurance company in Hawaii, has agreed to pay $180,000 and provide injunctive relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Read more...

It’s Time for American Businesses to Step to the Plate on Hiring Workers with Disabilities (1/1/20)

Administration for Community Living's Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities Julie Hocker authored a new blog from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) about American businesses hiring workers with disabilities and ACL's Disability Employment Challenge. Read more...

U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Comment on Proposal to Improve the Accessibility of Lavatories on Single-Aisle Aircraft (12/16/19)

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Air Carrier Access Act regulation on the accessibility of lavatories on single-aisle aircraft through a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Comments are due by March 2, 2020. Read more...

How Autonomous Vehicles Can Affect People with Disabilities (12/10/19)

Transportation "is a real game-changer" for persons with disabilities, said Michael Reardon, supervisory policy advisor, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. Without access to personal vehicles, people earn lower incomes and attain degrees at a lower rate. Read more...

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...

Webinar: ADA National Network Learning Session: Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment and Prescription Drug Container Labels (3/26/19)

Webinar: ADA National Network Learning Session: Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment and Prescription Drug Container LabelsPrint this Page Thursday, March 26, 11:30am PT-1:00pm PT PST The Access Board, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has issued accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment. These standards provide design criteria for examination tables and... 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...

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