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November 13, 2018
“Distance Disabled Prof Had To Walk Between Classes Supports Rehab Act Claims”

This article reports on a recent decision by a Maryland court in the case of Edwards v Montgomery County. An English professor with limitations in walking, and who requested accommodations that included having classrooms scheduled close to one another, will proceed with two Rehabilitation Act claims. The remainder of her claims, including claims under the ADA and the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act, however, were dismissed based on a variety of procedural flaws, including failure to exhaust administrative remedies and untimeliness.

November 13, 2018
“Born Accessible” Movement Encourages Media Developers to Think Inclusively

A number of children’s program producers and game developers are getting on the bandwagon and considering the needs of children with disabilities from the start.

Universities Struggle to Improve Online Access

This article reports on complaints, federal enforcement activity, and the efforts of colleges and universities around the country to address access to their websites and online content.

November 13, 2018
DOJ and DHS Reach Out to Emergency Management Agencies, Offer Resources for Inclusive Operations

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security issued a joint letter to state and local government emergency management agencies, offering information and training to support planning and response programs that meet the needs of diverse populations, including people with disabilities.

November 13, 2018
The Interactive Process: Lessons from Case Law

November 20, 2018
Join us for the first of a three-part series on the ADA. This session will explore court cases that address the "interactive process," which requires employees and employers to communicate and work collaboratively to identify effective, reasonable accommodations. This session will be presented by Rachel M. Weisberg, Staff Attorney and Manager, Employment Rights Helpline, Equip for Equality.

November 13, 2018
FDIC Survey: Disparities in Use of Banking Services Continue for People with Disabilities

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released findings from the latest National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, showing that households headed by working-age people with disabilities continue to be less likely to have bank accounts or conventional forms of credit (such as credit cards, student loans, or mortgages), less likely to have the means to access mobile or online banking services, and more likely to use costly alternative financial services such as pawn shops, rent-to-own, or payday loans.

“Designing Accessible Fashion for People with Disabilities”

This report highlights initiatives to design user-friendly yet fashionable clothing for people with disabilities.

November 13, 2018
Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage

Companies that embrace best practices for employing individuals with disabilities have outperformed their peers, according to recent research. Companies identified as leaders in disability employment had higher revenue, net income, and profit margins.

“Employing Individuals with Disabilities May Solve Your Talent Crisis”

Too often, employers are given outdated social service reasons for building a strategy that is inclusive of disability. Yet, there is a persuasive business case for an inclusive and accessible workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers who have embraced disability as a component of their talent strategy report a: