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July 7, 2020
Department of Education Issues Guidance on Resolving Special Education Disputes During Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Education issued two new question-and-answer documents outlining dispute resolution procedures under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) during the current COVID-19 environment. One publication answers questions related to early intervention services for young children, and the other answers questions related to special education services for school-aged children.

July 7, 2020
“ADA Requires Hotels to Describe Accessibility Features on Websites”

This article provides a “refresher” for hotels on the ADA requirements for reservations processes, which includes posting descriptions of the hotel’s physical accessibility features on its online reservations system.

“ADA Anniversary Highlights Progress, Barriers for People with Disabilities”

This article offers suggestions to business owners on ways to improve the accessibility of their organizations, and urges them to use the ADA anniversary as “an opportunity for associations to shift from a compliance mentality and ‘fear of litigation’ to an inclusion mentality.”

July 7, 2020
National Disability Voter Registration Week

July 13-17, 2020 is National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW), a yearly effort by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to encourage the civic participation of people with disabilities. This website offers resources and materials for supporting voting efforts on a state and local level.

U.S. Census Bureau Publishes Disability “Facts for Features”

To commemorate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the ADA, the U.S. Census Bureau released this demographic snapshot of the U.S. population with disabilities. The release also includes links to Census Bureau blogs and graphics on disability topics.

July 7, 2020
“Does the ADA Allow Us to Require Masks in the Workplace?”

This article addresses the question of whether it is lawful for employers to require their employees to wear face masks in the workplace, along with best practices on managing reasonable accommodation requests from people with disabilities who may be impacted by this requirement.

Small Business at Work Toolkit: Helping Small Businesses Leverage the Talents of People with Disabilities

The Northeast ADA Center published this new toolkit, which provides curated information and essential resources about why and how small businesses can hire and retain employees with disabilities.

“ADA's 'Accommodation of Last Resort' Remains A Thorn in Employers' Sides”

This article discusses why employers are still making difficult judgment calls on reassignment as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

July 7, 2020
Opinion: “Self-Driving Taxis Could Be a Setback for Those with Different Needs”

The writer of this article urges developers of autonomous vehicles (AV) to think broadly about accessibility rather than focusing on specialized features that distinguish them from competitors. The author says that if AVs are “to fulfill the promise of accessibility and be environmentally efficient, all cars need to be similarly accessible.”

July 7, 2020
OneSource Staffing Settles EEOC Discrimination Charges

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and OneSource Staffing, LLC reached a voluntary conciliation agreement to resolve two disability discrimination charges. An EEOC investigation revealed that OneSource Staffing required workers to execute a mandatory arbitration agree­ment to address employment disputes. The EEOC determined that the company tried to use the arbitration agreement to interfere with workers exercising their rights under the ADA.