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February 16, 2021
“Children's Books That Feature Characters with Disabilities”

This article includes a list of 53 children’s books featuring main or secondary characters who have disabilities.

“NBCUniversal Vows Auditions for Actors with Disabilities”

NBCUniversal announced that actors with disabilities will be included in auditions for each new film and television production, becoming the second major media company to make such a commitment. The pledge covers projects by the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, NBC network and Peacock streaming service.

February 16, 2021
Pennsylvania: “No End in Sight for Mobility Stress Experienced by Disabled SEPTA Riders as Agency Dealing with Limited Access to Capital Funding”

This article highlights the issue of inaccessibility at a number of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) stations. Limited access to capital funding means SEPTA cannot accelerate needed accessibility improvements to rail stations across the region.

February 16, 2021
Maryland: “Disability Rights Groups Seek Equal Access to Ballot through Voting Machine Bill, Lawsuit”

This article highlights efforts in Maryland to implement a universal ballot marking system that would enable voters with disabilities to vote “privately and independently,” as their ballots would be indistinguishable from those of voters without disabilities.

“Maryland Bill Would Require Therapy Dogs to Be Allowed in Public Schools”

A bill in the Maryland state legislature would require public schools to allow the use of therapy dogs across the state. 

February 16, 2021
“$2.25 Million Fund Available in Justice Department Settlement with Amtrak”

Amtrak began accepting claims for monetary compensation from people with mobility disabilities who used or wanted to use one of 78 stations with accessibility issues. The press release includes a list of the stations and other information about eligibility for compensation; claims must be submitted by May 29, 2021.

February 16, 2021
“Physicians’ Perceptions of People with Disability and Their Health Care”

A recent survey found that more than 80% of doctors believe that people with significant disabilities have a worse quality of life than those without disabilities, and only about 40% of doctors were very confident about their ability to provide the same quality of care to patients with disabilities. These findings raise questions about ensuring equitable care to the 61 million Americans with disabilities.

Opinion: “Whose Underlying Conditions Count for Priority in Getting the Vaccine?”

This article explores the issues around fair distribution of the vaccine to people with various conditions, and how to ethically determine who should receive the vaccine first. While many states are turning to the list of 12 conditions designated as high-risk by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the list was never intended to be a guideline for vaccine distribution.

February 16, 2021
ADA National Network Launches 30th Anniversary Celebration

The ADA National Network (ADANN) is celebrating 30 years of providing training, technical assistance, and guidance on the ADA. Throughout the year, the ADANN will be highlighting its services, success stories, and vision for the next 30 years. Visit the ADANN to learn more and find your regional ADA Center.