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October 16, 2018
“EEOC Sues Appalachian Wood Products, Inc. for Disability Discrimination”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged Appalachian Wood Products, Inc. with violating the ADA in its job application and hiring process. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the Pennsylvania-based company routinely required job applicants to answer questions about their use of medications before job offers were extended.

October 16, 2018
Researchers Seek Individuals with Burn Injury and Their Caregivers

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is recruiting individuals with burn injury and their caregivers to participate in telephone interviews about health information needs and engagement in research. Study participants must be English-speaking adults.

October 2, 2018
“How to Make Your Sites Accessible for All Users: 3 Tips for Business Owners”

This article offers tips on how businesses can get started on addressing the accessibility of their websites and mobile apps.

October 2, 2018
Sibling Survey

This survey seeks input from adult siblings of individuals with disabilities. The survey, which should take about 30 minutes to complete, will include questions about the concerns and experiences of siblings.

ADANN Seeks Input on Serving Older People and Latinos/Hispanics with Disabilities

The ADA National Network (ADANN) is interested in how to better serve older people and Latinos / Hispanics with disabilities. The results of these assessments will help inform outreach to support people with disabilities in understanding their rights and awareness of services.

October 2, 2018
Senators Propose Expansion of Disabled Access Tax Credit

This article reports on a bill introduced in the Senate by Senator Tammy Duckworth, along with Senators Bob Casey, Maggie Hassan, and Amy Klobuchar. The Disabled Access Tax Credit Expansion Act would expand the Disabled Access Tax Credit by doubling the maximum allowable credit available to small businesses that remove barriers in older buildings and take other measures to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier in the year.

October 2, 2018
“Working Women with Disabilities Share Strategies for Countering Stereotypes in the Workplace”

Studies have shown that working women with disabilities often experience “double” discrimination due to the combination of negative stereotypes about women and about people with disabilities. Researchers recently conducted focus groups with working women with disabilities to find out more about their experiences in disclosing disabilities and receiving accommodations at work. Participants represented a wide range of ages, disabilities, and job types. They also reported a variety of experiences and strategies in how they approach disability issues with employers and co-workers.