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American Cruise Lines to improve fleet accessibility in ADA settlement

Posted on January 19, 2024

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut reached a settlement agreement with American Cruise Lines. The cruise line was not following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some people complained that the cruise ships weren't easy for wheelchair users to get around or access.  The settlement will lead to improvements. The deal covers...
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Lawsuit against Nevada Detention Center for ongoing mistreatment of people who are deaf

Posted on January 17, 2024

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  filed the lawsuit charging Clark County Detention Center staff with disability discrimination against a person who is deaf.  The lawsuit says the police violated the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. Even though the lawsuit is about one person, the ACLU says it's a bigger problem, and they want the...
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Justice Department files statement of interest in lawsuit about treatment for gender dysphoria in prison setting

Posted on January 11, 2024

The Justice Department filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit about not allowing treatment for gender dysphoria in a prison setting. The statement says gender dysphoria is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)’s definition of “disability,” and prisons cannot deny the right medical care for people with gender dysphoria. The Georgia Department...
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Justice Department’s proposed rule to improve access to medical care for people with disabilities

Posted on January 10, 2024

The Justice Department sent to the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that aims to make it easier for people with disabilities to use medical diagnostic equipment (MDE). MDEs include things like medical examination tables, scales, dental chairs, x-ray machines, and mammography equipment. They...
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Government not meeting minimum accessibility standards on federal websites, GSA report finds

Posted on January 9, 2024

The General Services Administration (GSA) gave its report to Congress on federal website accessibility. The law, Section 508, says government agencies have to make their websites and digital things accessible. But many websites still have problems, like not describing images. The report says most agencies aren't doing well in following this law, and less than...
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A Census Bureau proposal could shrink the U.S. disability rate by 40%

Posted on December 22, 2023

The Census Bureau wants to change how it counts people with disabilities in the U.S. Disability advocates worry that changes to the disability questions on the Bureau's yearly American Community Survey and how the results are shared could cause problems with the government's official numbers. It might make it harder for disabled people to get...
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Providing an Accessible Workplace

Posted on December 21, 2023

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has a new article called "Providing an Accessible Workplace." The article talks about laws federal agencies have to follow to make sure individuals with disabilities can fully access job facilities, physical spaces, and information technology. Also, it provides information about where agencies can find more resources to help them...
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Supreme Court avoids ruling on disability rights case

Posted on December 12, 2023

Supreme Court avoids ruling on disability rights case involving activist Deborah Laufer. Laufer reviewed hotel websites for ADA compliance. The case questioned if she could sue hotels for not disclosing accessibility information if she didn't plan to book a room. The case could have stopped the ability of “testers” to bring lawsuits to benefit the...
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Justice Department gets agreement with Arizona prisons to stop discriminating against people with vision disabilities

Posted on November 17, 2023

The Arizona prisons are changing how they treat people who are blind or have low vision. They weren't giving them aids or services like Braille, audio materials, or screen reading software so they could communicate well. It was also hard for people with vision disabilities to ask for help or complain about the problems. The...
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Justice Department reaches agreement with Alameda County, CA to improve mental health services

Posted on November 8, 2023

The Department of Justice reached an agreement with Alameda County, California, and others who had filed complaints, to improve community-based mental health services. The Department found that Alameda County violated Title II of the ADA by putting people with mental health disabilities in institutions when they could have been helped with community-based services. The agreement...
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The Justice Department has new guidance on the ADA and public employment and day services for people with disabilities

Posted on November 3, 2023

The Justice Department has new guidance about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)'s "integration mandate" applies to public employment and day services. The integration mandate says state and local governments have to provide services to people with disabilities in the most inclusive setting possible. Many people with disabilities are in sheltered workshops and day...
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Justice Department settles with Hawaii apartment builders over disability discrimination

Posted on October 30, 2023

The Justice Department reached a settlement with a Hawaii developer and others who were accused of not designing and building five multifamily housing complexes with the required accessible features. This violates the Fair Housing Act, which is a law that ensures housing is accessible to everyone. The agreement requires the companies to pay a fine...
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Quest Diagnostics lawsuit over inaccessible kiosks can go to trial

Posted on October 30, 2023

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) won a case in California against Quest Diagnostics. The case is about their self-service kiosks being inaccessible to blind people. This violates the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The case can now go to trial and is for all legally blind people who visited Quest in 2018 and 2019...
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Public Awareness Campaign to Ensure Air Travelers with Disabilities Know Their Rights

Posted on October 24, 2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has a new campaign called #AccessibleAirTravel to celebrate the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and let travelers with disabilities know about their rights. The ACAA, created in 1986, makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities in air travel. DOT has created the Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill...
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EEOC sues Union Pacific over using flawed test to disqualify workers

Posted on October 13, 2023

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has joined more than a dozen former workers in suing Union Pacific over the way it used a vision test to disqualify workers the railroad believed were color blind and might have trouble reading signals telling them to stop a train. Union Pacific fired some of their workers when...
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Justice Department sues Colorado for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted on October 13, 2023

The Justice Department is suing Colorado because they're putting adults with physical disabilities, including older people, in nursing homes when they could live at home. Colorado was told about this problem in March 2022 and given steps to fix it, but they didn't. The law says people with disabilities should get help in the best...
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New proposed rule to update Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to increase equity and protections for people with disabilities

Posted on October 11, 2023

Section 504 prohibits discrimination against individuals based on disability in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance or are operated by a Federal agency. HHS is proposing to update the regulations to clarify important requirements that are not currently addressed and improve consistency with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments...
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New resource guide about recruitment, hiring, and employment of individuals with disabilities

Posted on October 11, 2023

This Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Labor Document document talks about the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which helps people with disabilities get jobs. It was the first law of its kind in the United States and served as a model for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Section 501 stops job discrimination...
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U.S. Access Board Releases Training Videos on Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines

Posted on October 11, 2023

The U.S. Access Board made five new videos on the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines. The first four videos offer a chapter-by-chapter review of the guidelines to better understand the accessibility requirements to make sidewalks, crosswalks, shared-use paths, on-street parking, and other pedestrian facilities accessible to people with disabilities. The fifth video, “What’s New in the...
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The 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act marks progress in ensuring access to information and technology for people with disabilities

Posted on September 19, 2023

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act, a law made in 1973. This law makes sure that people with disabilities can use federal programs and have jobs. The federal government updated the law in 1986 with Section 508. Section 508 makes sure that information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector...
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