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October 16, 2018
FCC Issues Biennial Report on CVAA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its biennial report on the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The CVAA requires telecommunications services and equipment, advanced communications services (ACS) and equipment, and Internet browsers built into mobile phones to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. The report addresses industry compliance with the law’s provisions, and examines accessibility barriers to emerging communications technologies.

October 16, 2018
“Actors with Autism Join Netflix Series ‘Atypical’”

The show “Atypical” is introducing five characters with autism who are members of a peer group depicted on the show. All of the characters are played by individuals with the developmental disorder.

October 16, 2018
An Inclusive Workforce Includes People with Mental Health Conditions

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) continues to highlight National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which also includes Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day. Check out the information and resources!

October 16, 2018
“DOJ Says Businesses Have Flexibility in Complying with ADA Website Accessibility Requirements”

This article reports on a letter issued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in response to inquiries from members of Congress who sought clarification on the application of the ADA to businesses’ websites. DOJ’s letter reiterates the position they took “over 20 years ago” – that the ADA applies to public accommodations’ websites, regardless of whether there is a specific regulation or technical standard related to websites.

DOJ notes (as they have in the past with other spaces, elements, or technologies that lack specific accessibility standards), that the absence of a technical standard does not “serve as a basis for noncompliance” with the ADA’s overarching requirement to ensure equal access to goods and services; rather, it means that public accommodations have “flexibility” in how to facilitate that access.

October 16, 2018
“States Expand Employment and Training Opportunities for People with Disabilities”

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) released this paper outlining strategies governors and states can take to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

Researchers Examine Geographic Variations in Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

A team of researchers analyzed data on local employment rates, environmental and economic conditions, and public policies to better understand how various factors affect employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Results indicate that successful employment outcomes are more likely to be achieved where local factors are taken into consideration when establishing policies and programs.

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.