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July 16, 2019
DOJ Settlement with Medical Equipment Provider Will Improve Communication with Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered this settlement agreement with Lincare, Inc. to settle a complaint and improve communications between the company and its customers. Lincare, a supplier of oxygen, durable medical equipment, and other respiratory care products and related services, operates in nearly every state in the country.

An individual who is deaf complained that the company failed to provide qualified sign language interpreter services to ensure an effective interaction when she sought to rent equipment.

Lincare will post notices for the public, establish record-keeping and grievance procedures, train its employees, and designate one or more employees to handle ADA compliance. Additionally, the company will compensate the complainant in the amount of $10,000 and pay a civil penalty of $10,000.

July 16, 2019

The Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston coordinates a wide variety of programs to promote integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The site offers a wealth of information on promising practices for policymakers and practitioners alike.

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)

This project works to translate research findings on spinal cord injury, burn injury, and traumatic brain injury. The site offers factsheets, videos, slideshows, and other resources for individuals, families, and professionals.

Maryland Department of Health: Disability Inclusion Program

This project offers resources, tools, and training to help medical and public health professionals provide accessible services and support people with disabilities in leading active, healthy lives.

July 16, 2019

Volume 23, Number 2

ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us.

July 16, 2019
Center Update: ADA Leadership Network ADA Leadership Network Member Travels the Eastern Shore Talking to High School Students About Entitlement vs. Eligibility

Jessie Ferrio, Business Service Representative from Maryland’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), has been busy this spring traveling through Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot, and Caroline Counties on the Eastern Shore, talking to transitioning students about the differences between life in high school and life after they graduate.

Jessie used Leadership Network training materials to develop a presentation on ADA issues such as disability disclosure, requesting accommodations in postsecondary education or employment, and preparing for job interviews.

The feedback has been terrific from both students and teachers. Jessie was surprised to find that many students were not familiar with the ADA, so the presentations provided a great opportunity for them to learn more about their rights, as well as the services available through DORS.

July 9, 2019
2019 NDEAM Theme Announced

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced "The Right Talent, Right Now" as the theme for the 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The 2019 theme emphasizes the essential role that people with disabilities play in America's economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent.

“Employing and Including Workers with Disabilities: 3 Lessons from #SHRM19”

Presenters at the annual conference of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) urged attendees to adopt strategies to make their workplaces more inclusive of people with disabilities. The top tip: provide training and take action to fight subconscious bias.

July 9, 2019
“Accessibility Is Hospitality: Why the Restaurant Industry Needs to Catch Up”

A restauranteur urges others in her field to be more accommodating of diners with disabilities.

“Four Tips to Help You Design an Accessible Website”

A web designer offers tips to create more accessible websites, which can not only attract potential customers with disabilities, but are also more user-friendly for others, including those without high-speed internet connections, those using mobile devices, those using voice assistants (e.g., Siri), and those from various cultural or linguistic backgrounds. Additionally, research has shown that accessible features improve search performance and reduce website maintenance costs.