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December 11, 2018
“Take It or Leave It: The Rise of Outsourcing Leave Administration and What Employers Should Know About It”

This article examines the benefits and risks of outsourcing the administration of employees’ leaves of absence, and offers tips for employers to ensure compliance with the variety of federal, state, and local laws, as well as employer policies, that address leave for illness, injury, disability, family needs, military duty, and more.

December 11, 2018
Inclusive Customer Service Makes (Dollars and) Sense

As we head into the busy holiday season, people will be traveling, dining out, and shopping. This includes people with disabilities! The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) put together this collection of information and resources on how businesses can train and prepare their employees to welcome customers with disabilities, and make their facilities, services (including those available online), and marketing efforts inclusive.

December 11, 2018
Remembering George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States who passed away in November, was remembered by many in the disability community as a champion of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). President Bush signed the ADA into law in 1990.

One NPR interview features disability advocates Lex Frieden and Joseph Shapiro, who knew President Bush and were involved in crafting the ADA, and another features Marian Vessels, former Director of our Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, who attended the ADA signing ceremony in 1990.

A presidential proclamation recognized President Bush’s “great American life” of service.

December 11, 2018
The Intersection of ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation

January 17, 2019
This webinar is designed to help employers understand obligations under laws that may affect employees taking time off from work.

VSA Call for Scripts: Playwright Discovery Program

Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities in the U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance – plays, screenplays, or music theater. Winners will be chosen in three divisions based on grade/age. Application deadline is January 23, 2019.

November 27, 2018
“For Wheelchair Users, Flying Isn't Easy”

This article outlines common issues experienced by airline passengers who use wheelchairs, provisions of the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), and recent updates to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act.

November 27, 2018
Access Board Resolves 43 Architectural Barriers Act Cases Through Corrective Action in FY 2018

The U.S. Access Board was created in part to enforce the first federal law to address accessibility – the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (ABA). The ABA requires access to buildings or facilities that were designed, built, or altered with federal dollars or leased by federal agencies.

This report from the Board outlines their enforcement process and the procedures individuals can use to lodge complaints, and notes the variety of ABA cases that were resolved in fiscal year 2018, resulting in improved access at federal facilities such as post offices, military and veterans’ facilities, national parks and historic sites, and federal offices.