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October 12, 2015

The Survey of Riders with Disabilities on the Accessibility of Public Transportation is designed to improve understanding of the accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities, and to gather evidence to support improvements. We want to hear about the experiences of riders with disabilities in using public surface or subway transportation, such as fixed route bus systems, ADA complementary paratransit, rapid rail (subway-type), light rail (streetcar-type), or other public transportation options.

The online survey is available in either English or Spanish (look for the drop-down box in the upper right hand corner to select Spanish).

Alternatively, the survey may be completed by phone, in either English or Spanish. To complete the survey by phone in English, please contact the research team at 312-996-9655. To complete the survey by phone in Spanish, please contact Ancel Montenelli at 312-413-1439. Please mention that you are calling about the ADA transportation survey.

The study is being conducted by the ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC), a collaborative research project of seven ADA Regional Centers, including our own Mid-Atlantic Center.

February 6, 2018
Access Board Issues Correction to ICT Refresh Final Rule

The Access Board has issued a correction to its updated accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT). The correction restores provisions on TTY access that were inadvertently omitted. The action applies to the final rule the Board published to refresh its Rehabilitation Act (Section 508) standards for ICT in the federal sector and its Communications Act (Section 255) guidelines for telecommunications equipment.

February 6, 2018
Research in Focus: Ideas for Supporting Healthy Lifestyles for Youth with Disabilities

Recent focus groups of youth with disabilities from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds and their parents highlighted challenges faced when trying to engage in healthy lifestyles and participate actively in recreational activities.

The focus groups also shared ideas for improvements. Here are some of the ideas the youth came up with:

  • Starting community teams or clubs that are accessible
  • Offering programs to teach youth with disabilities to drive or use public transportation
  • Organizing healthy cooking classes
  • Removing unhealthy snack vending machines from schools

The parents recommended:

February 6, 2018
Webinar:
Top Things to Know About Braille Signage

February 15, 2018
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for this 30-minute webinar and learn more about accessible signage.

Webinar:
Cancer as a Disability: Your Rights in the Workplace

February 20, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
This 90-minute session will provide an overview of the laws that provide protection in the workplace for those who are coping with a cancer diagnosis.

February 6, 2018
February: American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Check out the American Heart Association to explore information and resources about heart disease and how to prevent or manage it.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) features ideas for accommodations for workers with heart conditions.

National Burn Awareness Week

February 4th - 10th is National Burn Awareness Week, sponsored by the American Burn Association, which offers awareness materials, fact sheets on burn injury, and tips on fire safety.

Also, explore the research, factsheets, and other resources from the Burn Injury Model System Centers.

NPR Special Series: “Abused and Betrayed”

National Public Radio (NPR) produced this seven-part series of special reports investigating the “hidden epidemic” of sexual assaults against people with intellectual disabilities.

February 6, 2018
Engaging Employers: A Guide for Disability and Workforce Development Service Providers

This new guide from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) examines the “dual customer” approach – serving both employers and workers with disabilities – needed to ensure successful employment outcomes.

Pregnancy Discrimination and the ADA

These articles outline employment considerations and potential overlapping laws – including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the ADA – that may affect pregnant workers:

  • “Pregnancy-Related Claims Remain EEOC Priority”
  • “An Employer's Compliance Guide to Pregnancy Accommodation”
February 6, 2018
Virginia: DOJ Settlement Agreement with Spotsylvania Medical Center

The U.S. Department of Justice entered a settlement agreement with the Spotsylvania Medical Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The agreement aims to improve communications between hospital staff and patients and their companions who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The hospital will implement a comprehensive plan to ensure that appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, are provided when necessary to ensure effective communication. Additionally, the hospital will pay a total of $121,000, distributed among several complainants as compensation for the effects of alleged discrimination.

Barbri, Inc. Will Improve Access to Bar Prep Course

Barbri, Inc., which offers a course designed to prepare law students for bar exams, entered a settlement agreement that will result in improved access for students who are blind.