News items will help keep you up to date on disability related developments, resources, and other emerging issues. 

You can access the current and recent issues of the Center's ADA In Focus newsletter under the news menu above. The ADA In Focus newsletter is published three times each year. You can also contact our office at (800) 949-4232 Voice/TTY to request a hard copy, accessible formats, or go to the newsletter page to read current or past newsletter issues online. Please note that old newsletter issues may contain inactive links or outdated information.

Stay informed. Sign up to receive E-Bulletin and ADA In Focus Newsletter!

Hot Topics

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.

March 20, 2018
Delta Updates Policy on Service or Support Animals

Delta Airlines’ new policy under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) on service and support animals, which went into effect March 1, was revised to make the advance, online submission of documentation optional for those traveling with trained service animals; individuals traveling with psychiatric service animals or emotional support animals will still be required to submit documentation at least 48 hours in advance of flight.

March 20, 2018
“Disability Community Deserves More Visibility in Hollywood”

This guest column encourages the entertainment industry to become more inclusive of people with disabilities both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

March 20, 2018
Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

This video from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) provides a brief overview of the concepts of web accessibility, different types of assistive technology, different methods to make websites accessible, and how WAI's standards and guidelines have been adopted around the world.

March 20, 2018
Study: Passengers Who Use Wheelchairs or Scooters May Not Always Be Properly Secured While Using Paratransit Services

Researchers recently monitored paratransit trips and found that drivers made a variety of errors using securement systems designed for passenger safety. Drivers made errors in securing wheelchairs and scooters to the vehicle floor, as well as lap and shoulder belts to secure riders to their mobility devices. 

March 20, 2018
Moving Along to Employment: 30-Second Trainings

This series of brief slide shows introduces the benefits of employment for people with mental health conditions and the supports available for employment success. There are slide shows for employers, individuals in recovery, family members, and service providers.

“Willing and Able: Disabled Workers Prove their Value in Tight Labor Market”

The low unemployment rate is making it tougher for employers to find and retain employees, so many are dipping into the pool of workers with disabilities.

“He Has Autism. He’s Willing and Able to Work. Can He Find the Right Fit?”

This article recounts the employment challenges faced by a young man with autism in Baltimore County.

March 20, 2018
“Public Accommodation of Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals”

This article outlines provisions related to customers using service animals, and notes distinctions in other parts of the ADA or other laws that address the use of service or assistance animals in employment, air travel, and housing.

“The Current State of ADA Compliance Litigation and the Credit Union Industry”

This article outlines issues and considerations for credit unions looking at the accessibility of their web-based services.