General News

July 26: Celebrate the ADA!

This year marks 27 years since the ADA became one of the most significant civil rights laws ever enacted. The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) marks the anniversary with a collection of personal stories and reflections, publications and training materials, and other resources.

The Heumann Perspective highlights the ADA anniversary this month with a series of interviews, including one with Marian Schooling Vessels,former Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Director.

Celebrate July 26th by learning about the ADA, exploring the ADA National Network’s “Anniversary Tool Kit,”pledging your supportto the ADA’s ideals of equal opportunity and inclusion, and taking action to bring those ideals to life in your own workplace, school, business, or community.

“ … we have a profound responsibility to make a bold declaration of equality real in the lives of hundreds of millions of people in future generations.”

~ Justin Dart, on our nation’s obligation to fulfill the promise of the ADA

“DOJ Places Website Rulemaking on the ‘Inactive’ List”

This article reports on the recently issued federal Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Among the actions are the placement of several Department of Justice ADA rulemakings on the 2017 Inactive List. Inactive rulemakings include those on web accessibility, medical equipment and furniture, and next generation 9-1-1.

Serving America’s Older Adults: National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging

This report summarizes findings on staffing, budgets and services, and new initiatives underway at many Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the country. AAAs offer a variety of core services to support elders (e.g., nutrition and health promotion programs, information on elder rights), and many AAAs offer unique local programs, such as home repair assistance, emergency response systems, and adult day services.