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January 21, 2020
Fact Sheet: Air Carrier Access Act

This new fact sheet, outlining the rights of passengers with disabilities traveling on U.S. airlines, is the latest in the “Out and About” series from the Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL).

“The Frustrating Fight for Closed Captions on In-Flight Entertainment”

The writer of this opinion piece shares perspectives on the inconsistent availability of captions on in-flight movies and other media.

January 21, 2020
Baltimore: Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital and EEOC Reach $195,000 Agreement to Conciliate Disability Discrimination Charge

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital (MGSH) announced the successful conciliation and settlement of a charge filed under the ADA.

In addition to monetary relief, MGSH agreed to provide training to employees concerning the ADA and leave policies administered by its third-party vendors, post notices to all employees, and consent to a two-year moni­toring period.

January 21, 2020
January: National Mentoring Month

WorkforceGPS, sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, compiled these resources to support mentoring youth to improve employment outcomes. Several resources are focused on mentoring youth with disabilities, including the Disability Mentoring Toolkit and the Workplace Mentoring Playbook.

Disparities in Vocational Supports for Black Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions

This fact sheet summarizes findings from the Second National Longitudinal Transition Study, which show that after high school graduation black students with disabilities are significantly less likely to find a competitive job than white students with disabilities. Additionally, young black people are disproportionally represented among those diagnosed with emotional disturbances.

January 21, 2020
Charlottesville, VA: “Developers Working to Make Downtown Mall More Accessible”

This article reports on plans to improve access while preserving the historic character of the west end of the downtown mall in Charlottesville, Virginia.

January 21, 2020
“ADA Title III Compliance for Restaurant Websites and Apps”

This article outlines the legal issues that can arise for restaurants using websites and apps to provide information, ordering, and delivery options for customers, and urges restauranteurs to be proactive about accessibility for people with disabilities.

“Comcast Now Offers Customer Service in ASL, a First for the Cable Industry”

Comcast announced the launch of an American Sign Language (ASL) customer service option for its Internet Essentials and Xfinity customers.

January 21, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor Launches Yearlong Celebration of Americans with Disabilities Act’s 30th Anniversary

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced plans for a yearlong celebration of the ADA. Centered around the theme of “Increasing Access and Opportunity,” commemoration activities will include events, speeches, and new compliance assistance resources. Additionally, the ADA’s anniversary will serve as a key component of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) observance in October.

ADANN: ADA 30th Anniversary Resources and Events

Check out ADA anniversary information, resources, event listings, and more from the ADA National Network (ADANN).