E-Bulletin February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018

We post our bi-weekly bulletin to keep you up to date on disability-related resources, news, and other items of interest. This information is being provided solely for non-commercial, nonprofit educational purposes, including news reporting and research. It is not intended for commercial purposes. Further, we understand that our readers generally read the articles and information online, at the websites provided in the hyperlinks, rather than relying solely on our synopses or copies. We are not responsible for the accessibility or the content of other websites. Please be aware that some links provided are time sensitive, and may become inactive at any time.

We include links to articles, editorials and opinion pieces, press releases, and other materials that represent diverse perspectives. Inclusion does not imply endorsement of any products, services, sources, information, or opinions expressed in these materials.

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Business News

“House Passes Bill to Amend Title III of the ADA in Attempt to Curb Drive-By Lawsuits”

This article reports on the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent passage of the ADA Education and Reform Act, which would require potential plaintiffs to give businesses notice about architectural barriers before filing lawsuits.

“Why Congress is Close to Gutting a Key Provision of the ADA”

This writer of this opinion piece says “attacking the ADA” through the ADA Education and Reform Act isn’t the way to deal with “a small group of shady lawyers” who take advantage of the law for “sheer profit.”

“It’s Time to Restore the Integrity of the ADA”

This opinion piece from Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas), who introduced the ADA Education and Reform Act, says the bill would be “good for all stakeholders” by enabling businesses to “re-direct resources from costly litigation to actual remediation of ADA violations.”

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ADA Legal News

Pennsylvania: United States Attorney’s Office Reaches Settlement with Cumberland County over Polling Place Access for Voters

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced a settlement with Cumberland County that will result in improved accessibility at the county’s polling places.

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Education and Transition News

Preparing Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities for Work: What School Leaders Need to Know About the New Legal Landscape

This policy brief reviews the responsibilities schools have to prepare youth with disabilities for work and careers, and outlines ADA enforcement activities and case law that are changing the direction of education, training, and work experience programs to focus on more integrated employment outcomes.

“Desperate for Help”
Philadelphia Schools Struggle to Serve Students with Mental Health Issues

This article examines issues that students, parents, teachers, and school administrators face when children have mental health and behavior challenges.

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Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

Are You Ready for Summer?
Inclusion and Summer Camps

February 28, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Service Animals in Shelter Settings

March 6, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Survey on Health Reform and Disability

This online survey is open to adults 18 to 64 years old with any type of disability and any type of health insurance. Responses are anonymous. Qualified participants may enter to win a $100 gift card.

Employers: HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration

The Department of Labor is establishing this program under the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act, or HIRE Vets Act. This year’s demonstration is designed to conduct a test of the application, review, and award processes for the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, which will launch in 2019. Small, medium, and large employers are encouraged to apply by April 30, 2018; up to 300 will be recognized for their investments in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s veterans.

2018 TechSAge Design Competition

This competition seeks to inspire talented college students from around the world to develop technology-enabled design solutions to meet the needs of older adults with disabilities facing everyday challenges in areas such as health at home, social connectedness, active lifestyles, and community mobility. Students may enter individually or in teams, and are encouraged to partner with an older adult to develop creative solutions. Applications must be submitted by March 25, 2018.

2018 Student Research and Design Competition: Access and AAC

This competition is designed to stimulate research and development on Access and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), systems and tools to support individuals with disabilities who have complex communication needs. The competition is open to students from high school through graduate and post-graduate levels. Students can work with faculty on the project, but the submission should clearly reflect the work of the student or student team. Submissions are due by May 4, 2018.

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