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August 4, 2020
“The Smithsonian’s Director of Accessibility Explains an Inclusive Reopening Strategy as the ADA Turns 30”

This article provides information on how the reopening strategy for the Smithsonian is being used as an opportunity to improve and maintain the accessibility of the museums.

August 4, 2020
Study: Most Important Job for Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD Is Interrupting Anxiety Episodes

This article offers the details of a study by researchers at Purdue University, which found that of all the tasks service dogs perform for their veteran owners with PTSD, disrupting anxiety was the most helpful.

August 4, 2020
“Are Communities in the United States Planning for Pedestrians with Disabilities? Findings from a Systematic Evaluation of Local Government Barrier Removal Plans”

Cities with many pedestrian barriers can inhibit community mobility, access to services, and social participation for people with disabilities. This article features highlights from a recent study of cities’ plans to improve accessibility for pedestrians with disabilities. A review of 401 cities revealed a small minority had adequate plans, and among those reporting barriers, an average of 65% of curb ramps and 48% of sidewalks were not accessible

Results of a School Accessibility Survey by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released this report on a national survey of school districts. Findings reveal that two-thirds of U.S public school districts have school buildings that are inaccessible to people with disabilities.

August 4, 2020
“Invisible Disabilities Top of Mind for Employers amid Return to Work”

This article explores employer concerns around accommodating employees with high risk underlying health conditions and mental health disabilities returning to workplaces in the midst of the current pandemic.

“Do’s and Don’ts for Employers Confronted with Employee Mental Health Issues”

This article offers advice on how employers can balance the needs of their businesses with their ADA obligations to accommodate employees with mental health disabilities.

August 4, 2020
Norfolk Southern to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Systemic Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Norfolk Southern Corporation and Norfolk Southern Railway Company (Norfolk Southern) will pay $2.5 million dollars to 37 workers and furnish significant non-monetary relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the lawsuit, Norfolk Southern’s medical department disqualified workers from employment based on a range of actual or perceived disabilities, without proper consideration of how their conditions might actually affect their ability to perform their jobs safely.

July 21, 2020
Where Do I File a Complaint? A Quick Review of ADA Enforcement Options

August 11, 2020
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Join us for a brief overview of how ADA enforcement works and how to file charges of discrimination.

ADA Today Podcast

Check out our latest episode on "COVID-19 and "College" to learn more about how the pandemic is affecting students with disabilities and post-secondary education institutions.