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January 8, 2019
Realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by, for, and with Persons with Disabilities

This report from the United Nations (UN) presents findings on efforts to include individuals with disabilities in worldwide development, and offers recommendations to make improvements.

January 8, 2019
Maryland: “Why Police in Prince George’s County Are Being Trained with Improv”

This article reports on an innovative program that uses roleplaying to help law enforcement officers interact more effectively with individuals with disabilities, including those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

January 8, 2019
Language Access and Effective Communication During Response and Recovery: A Checklist for Emergency Responders

This new publication includes recommendations, action steps, and effective practices to help ensure effective language access for people with sensory, communication, and print disabilities, as well as those who may not be proficient in English. The checklist also includes additional federal resources and tools for first responders.

Share the Air: Resources for Fragrance-Free Environments

A new toolkit includes information, sample policies and notices, and resources to help reduce exposure to the harmful chemicals found in many cleaning and personal hygiene products. While the toolkit is focused on post-secondary educational environments and events (it includes fact sheets for faculty, teaching assistants, and campus resources) it can be useful for a variety of organizations and businesses.

January 8, 2019
“For Travelers with Mobility Issues, Here's How to Navigate Vacation Rental Properties”

This article offers tips to help ensure travelers with access needs can more effectively use vacation rental platforms (such as Airbnb and HomeAway) to rent properties that meet their needs.

January 8, 2019
CSG Launches Stay-At-Work/Return-to Work Toolkit

The Council of State Governments (CSG) launched the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Toolkit to assist state officials in ensuring workers can remain in the workforce following injury or illness.

The resource outlines challenges, actionable policy options, best practices, and implementation strategies to facilitate positive outcomes at the state level. It also highlights a number of highly effective state programs that may serve as models for other states. 

January 8, 2019
The Cato Corporation Pays $3.5 Million to Settle EEOC Systemic Investigation

The Cato Corporation, a leading retailer of women's fashion and accessories, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve a nationwide, systemic investigation conducted jointly out of the Chicago and Philadelphia Offices of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC's investigation found that the company denied reasonable accommodations to certain pregnant employees or those with disabilities, made certain employees take unpaid leaves of absence, and/or terminated them because of their disabilities.