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March 31, 2020
Opinion: “We Need Effective National Standards for Service Animals”

This writer comments on the proposed amendments in relation to service animals under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), saying that the proposed limitations of current rules and practices will not be enough to curb abuses that result in untrained and poorly controlled animals causing problems on flights.

March 31, 2020
Stuck at Home? Resources to Stay Active and Engaged

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) put together this collection of resources that can help you keep learning, stay active, and make connections while maintaining the recommended “social distancing” to reduce potential exposure to coronavirus.

“Social Distancing 'Not Possible' for People with Disabilities, Raising Challenges”

This article highlights some of the challenges faced by people with disabilities who need personal assistance, and those who provide that assistance, as they try to reduce the potential for spreading the conoravirus.

March 31, 2020
Webinar: Essential and Functional:
The Importance of Essential Job Functions for Disability Law Compliance and Inclusion

April 7, 2020
This webinar will address the importance of identifying essential job functions and writing effective job descriptions.

TransCen Webinar Series: Including Families in School-to-Work Transition

This three-part webinar series features nationally-recognized experts on family engagement, who will share strategies, best practices, and tools to establish effective working relationships that result in successful outcomes for youth with disabilities. These sessions are for educators, employment professionals, social workers, advocates, and families.

March 31, 2020
April: National Minority Health Month

National Minority Health Month is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health (OMH). The theme this year is “Active and Healthy,” highlighting the importance of an active lifestyle for keeping people and communities healthy. This is particularly important for members of minority communities who may be at higher risk for certain disabilities and chronic conditions.

“How to Protect the 2020 Vote from the Coronavirus”

The Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan organization that promotes the values of democracy, outlines recommendations for ensuring that the 2020 election is free, fair, accessible, and secure.

March 31, 2020
EEOC Answers Questions About the Pandemic and Antidiscrimination Laws in Recorded Webinar

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted a recorded webinar to answer questions about the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the federal employment nondiscrimination laws the EEOC enforces, including the ADA. 

Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health and Well-Being

This helpful guide offers tips for maintaining mental health while working from home during the current public health crisis.

“Health Care Employers: How to Prepare for the Impact of COVID-19 on Your Workforce”

This article outlines steps health care employers should consider in preparing for and addressing workplace issues around the coronavirus (known as “COVID-19”), including protecting workers’ health and planning for potential staffing shortages.

March 31, 2020
Washington, DC: Medstar Washington Hospital Center / Medstar Health to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination and Retaliation Suit

Washington Hospital Center Corporation will pay $150,000 and make changes in policies and practices to settle an ADA lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the EEOC's lawsuit, the employer failed to accommodate an injured worker by reassigning her to any of numerous available, suitable job openings, and refused to permit her to return to work after she filed a complaint.