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August 7, 2018
Access Board: New Animation on Sales and Service Counters

The U.S. Access Board added a new animation to its collection, providing an overview of accessibility requirements related to sales and service counters, check-out aisles, and food service lines. Find the animation in the Board’s Guide to the ADA Standards or on their YouTube channel.

August 7, 2018
Starbucks to Open “Signing Store” in DC

Starbucks announced it will open its first Signing Store in America in October, dedicated to hiring and serving the deaf and hard of hearing community. The store will be located in Washington, D.C., near Gallaudet University.

“What It Says to My Daughter When Lawmakers Treat Accessibility as an Afterthought”

This writer of this opinion piece bemoans the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the ADA Education and Reform Act (HR 620), and hopes no companion bill is taken up by the Senate. HR 620 would amend Title III of the ADA to require that individuals provide notice to businesses before private lawsuits could be filed.

August 7, 2018
Baltimore Orioles and Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Celebrate ADA Anniversary

Check out the video from Thursday July 26, 2018 on the Baltimore Orioles’ Birdland Community Heroes page. The Orioles honored Marian Vessels, former Director of our Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, as part of their “Celebrate ADA Day” event. And check out the Celebrate ADA Day album on our Facebook page for more great pictures of this fantastic event!

DOJ: 28 Years of the ADA

The U.S. Department of Justice provided a few highlights of recent enforcement activities that advanced implementation of the ADA.

August 7, 2018
“Best Practices for Disability Inclusion Published by Disability:IN in Celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the ADA”

Find out more about the best practices used by top-scoring companies of the Disability Equality Index (DEI) to foster successful, inclusive workplaces.

August 7, 2018
Settlement Agreement: DOJ and Philadelphia Police Department

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) entered this settlement agreement, which aims to improve communications between the PPD and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Mueller Industries Settles EEOC Class Disability Discrimination Lawsuit for $1 Million

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the settlement of a disability discrimination lawsuit against global metal goods manufacturer Mueller Industries, Inc., which operates several locations across the country. The EEOC alleged the company maintained inflexible leave and attendance policies and failed to consider reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities.

The company, in addition to providing $1 million in monetary relief, will implement a number of changes in policies and procedures.

August 7, 2018
“'The choice should be there.' More colleges enroll students with intellectual disabilities”

This article highlights several programs designed to support higher education for students with intellectual disabilities, including several in Pennsylvania.

“Governor Larry Hogan, University of Maryland Announce New Center to Advance Workforce Readiness for Youth with Disabilities”

The new Center for Transition and Career Innovation for Youth with Disabilities (CTCI), housed in the University of Maryland College of Education, will foster partnerships among university faculty and local, state, and national organizations to promote research, improvements in practice, and supportive governmental policies that advance workforce readiness for youth with disabilities.