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August 3, 2021
“Airlines Keep Losing and Damaging Wheelchairs at an Alarming Rate”

This article highlights individual experiences of airline travelers who use mobility devices, as well as statistics reported by airlines on lost or damaged wheelchairs or scooters. According to the Department of Transportation, airlines mishandled 10,548 mobility devices in 2019.

August 3, 2021
Deaf-Blind Paralympian Quits Team USA When Told She Can't Bring Assistant to Tokyo

Becca Meyers, a six-time Paralympic medalist with three golds from the 2016 Rio Games, quit Team USA after she was told she couldn't bring her mother to Tokyo to serve as her personal assistant and help her navigate Olympic facilities.

Paralympians Finally Receiving Equal Payouts for Medal Wins

Fifty-eight years after the Paralympics made their official debut, the board of directors for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) voted to instate equal payouts for all Team USA athletes starting with the Tokyo Games. (The increase was given retroactively to 2018 Paralympic winners, awarding more than $1.2 million to those medalists.)

August 3, 2021
LiveWell App Factory Call for Proposals to Develop Assistive and Accessible Apps

The App Factory to Support Health and Function of People with Disabilities has opened its 2021-2022 annual grant competition to fund development of accessible mobile information and communication technology applications. The submission deadline is August 15th.

DARE Academy Scholarship Fund Supports Advocates for Digital Access

This program from the Digital Accessibility Rights Education (DARE) Academy supports individuals with disabilities who are passionate about digital access and want to obtain CPACC (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies) certification. The deadline to apply for Cycle 1 of the program is August 15, 2021.

August 3, 2021
How to Use Automated Captions for Voice Tweets

Twitter has introduced a new feature that adds captions for voice tweets.

August 3, 2021
ADA Anniversary Presidential Proclamation

President Biden recognized the 31st anniversary of the signing of the ADA, calling the passage of the law a “testament not only to fearless advocacy, but to bipartisan progress” and “a triumph of American civil rights.” The proclamation, noting that “the fight for equitable access and inclusion is far from over,” outlines the Administration’s goals to build on the legacy of the ADA and improve opportunities for people with disabilities.

August 3, 2021
Voters with Disabilities: State and Local Actions and Federal Resources to Address Accessibility of Early Voting

The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines the steps that states and localities have taken to ensure that early in-person voting and mail-in voting are accessible to individuals with disabilities.