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May 14, 2019
May: Mental Health Month

Mental Health America (MHA) works to promote mental health through advocacy, education, research, and services. Help spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about!

Also, check out the ADA National Network’s Conversation with Andy Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), about the ADA’s protections for people with mental health disabilities.

NASPA: Strategies for Addressing Mental Health Support on Campus

This new publication from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) highlights current trends in mental health services at colleges and universities, provides an overview of relevant federal legislation and liability concerns, and offers recommendations for the development of effective policies and procedures.

May 14, 2019
"Report: Nonprofits Excluding People with Disabilities"

A recent survey of nonprofit and philanthropic groups found that accessibility and disability inclusion efforts may be lacking in some of these organizations. The study report, Disability in Philanthropy and Nonprofits, outlines a number of positive steps organizations can take to improve their culture and communication around disability, and make their activities and events more welcoming and inclusive.

May 14, 2019
DOJ: Apartment Developers Fail to Comply with FHA and ADA

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced a lawsuit filed against Ohio-based Miller-Valentine Operations Inc. and affiliated companies, owners, developers, and builders of 82 multifamily housing complexes located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants failed to design and construct housing units and related facilities in accordance with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the ADA. The housing complexes contain more than 3,000 dwelling units that are required by the FHA to have accessible features, and most contain public spaces that are required to comply with the ADA. 

May 14, 2019
“Want to Know How Decisions Are Made Inside the Federal Disability Program? It'll Cost You.”

This article reports on journalists’ efforts to obtain data on how claims for Social Security disability benefits are reviewed.

April 30, 2019
Webinar Series: Promoting Independence and Access Through Responsible Design

Melissa Anderson, PE, formerly a Transportation Engineer for the U.S. Access Board, will present this four-part webinar series designed to improve the understanding of why and how to provide accessible pedestrian facilities in the public right of way.

Part 2: Safe and Accessible Intersections: May 14

Part 3: Curbside Access: May 28

Part 4: Ensuring Access on Public Right-of-Way Projects: June 11

April 30, 2019
Social Security and Medicare Projections Continue to Point to Serious Shortfalls

The annual report from the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds outlines the current and projected financial status of Social Security and Medicare programs. The Trustees recommend that Congress “take action sooner rather than later” to avoid reducing benefits.