E-Bulletin: September 12, 2023

We post our bi-weekly bulletin to keep you up to date on disability-related resources, news, and other items of interest. This information is being provided solely for non-commercial, nonprofit educational purposes, including news reporting and research. It is not intended for commercial purposes. Further, we understand that our readers generally read the articles and information online, at the websites provided in the hyperlinks, rather than relying solely on our synopses or copies. We are not responsible for the accessibility or the content of other websites. Please be aware that some links provided are time sensitive, and may become inactive at any time.

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Maryland: Sinclair Broadcast Group to Pay $85,000 to Settle EEOC ADA Lawsuit

Sinclair Broadcast Group will pay $85,000 and provide other relief to settle an ADA lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

A help desk technician who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder worked for Sinclair Broadcast Group at an office located in Cockeysville, Maryland. After the company learned of the employee’s mental impairment, she was suspended and fired, according to the EEOC.

In addition to paying the former employee $85,000 in back pay and compensatory damages, the employer will make changes in their policies, and provide training to ensure compliance with the ADA, including anti-stigma training aimed at protecting individuals with mental impairments from discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

EEOC Sues Verizon Maryland, LLC for Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Verizon Maryland, LLC, alleging that the company violated the ADA when it refused to allow a disabled employee to compete for vacant positions in order to find work more compatible with his health needs. 

Technical Assistance Brief: Resources on Starting and Funding Volunteer Transportation

This brief from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) includes resources to help local communities start, improve, or expand a volunteer transportation program to better meet the needs of older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers.

A short video is also available to learn more about these programs and how to get started.

SCI Model Systems Annual Statistical Report

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) released this report, which includes a summary of data collected in the National SCI Model Systems (NSCIMS) Database – the world’s largest and longest active SCI research database and the most extensive source of available information about the characteristics and life course of individuals with SCI.

“ChatGPT and Disability: Benefits, Concerns, and Future Potential”

This report from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center explores both the potential risks and benefits of ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence programs, particularly for students with disabilities in educational settings.

“Meet the Voice Actors Fighting for Accessibility On and Behind the Screen”

This article features interviews with voice actors working in the gaming industry, who highlight some of the ways accommodations and remote work have enabled them to bring their skills, talents, and life experiences to their roles.

New Online Course: Creative Solutions to Rural Transportation

October 23 – November 17, 2023
Registration is now open for this course from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC). The self-paced course will focus on challenges and solutions in rural transportation, funding, volunteer transportation, technology, and incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion in rural transportation planning. Registration closes on October 13

Video Series: Learn CPR and How to Use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Check out this video series, including one presented and interpreted in American Sign Language. MedStar Health partnered with local sports teams, Gallaudet University, and Miss District of Columbia to produce the series.

Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) launched this initiative, which offers a training video for employees in the transportation sector, and other educational materials and resources for both transportation employees and members of the public.

Seeking Participants for Workplace Inclusion Study

The Northeast ADA Center seeks human resources (HR) and diversity and inclusion professionals for a study on flexible workplace policies and practices that support workers with disabilities. Participants must have at least two years of experience at their current organization and be knowledgeable about their organization’s flexible work arrangements and accommodations. Eligible participants will be interviewed virtually.

CeKTER Seeks Policymakers and Directors of Disability Employment Services for a Study on Best Practices in Communicating Research Findings

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) seeks policymakers and directors of disability employment services for this study on effective methods for sharing research results. Participants will watch a video, read a research brief, or watch a one hour webinar and complete a brief survey.