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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.

November 27, 2018
EEOC Statement on Joint Memorandum on Disability Self-Identification

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the release of a joint memorandum with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), highlighting revisions to OPM's Self-Identification of Disability Form for federal workers. Revisions to the form include simplified terminology, better definitions of medical conditions, and allowance for employees to indicate they have disabilities without specifying their medical diagnoses.

November 27, 2018
Connecting Caregivers to Community

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) put together this collection of related resources and information for the millions of dedicated individuals who provide care to someone they love.

Caregiving Infographics from the CDC

Did you know one in five adults in the United States provide care or assistance to a family member or friend with a health problem or disability? Check out infographics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which present recent data on caregiving. Infographics are available for nationwide data, as well as for many individual states and the District of Columbia.

November 27, 2018
Pennsylvania: DOJ Settlement Agreement with Flood’s Bar Will Improve Access for Individuals Who Use Service Animals

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered a settlement agreement with P.D.O, Inc., which operates Flood’s Bar in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Flood’s will implement new policies and train staff to ensure that individuals with disabilities using service animals will be welcome in the business. Additionally, the business will pay $500.00 to each of three complainants and a civil penalty of $2,000.00 to the United States.