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November 12, 2019
“U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Nearly $50 Million to Improve Access and Mobility for All Americans”

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao recently announced nearly $50 million in new initiatives to expand access to transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals of low income.  At the Access and Mobility for All Summit, Secretary Chao announced her intent to fund new programs to develop and deploy innovations in technology and further interagency partnerships to improve mobility.

How Lack of Viable Transit Options Impacts the Disabled

This episode of National Public Radio’s “Closer Look” includes a roundtable discussion with disability advocates regarding paratransit services and the state of accessible transportation options for those with disabilities.

November 12, 2019
Department of Justice Settles with Hampton Hotel That Refused to Accommodate Veterans with Service Animals

This press release from the U.S. Department of Justice includes the details of two settlement agreements under the ADA to protect and advance equal access for veterans with disabilities who use service dogs. One agreement is with Deerfield Inn & Suites, in Gadsden, Alabama. The second agreement is with the Landmark Hotel Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia, which manages the Holiday Inn Express in Hampton, Virginia. These matters were investigated and resolved in furtherance of the Department’s commitment to ensuring that veterans enjoy equal access to public accommodations, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.

November 12, 2019
“First D.C. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bill Presents Watershed Moment for Advocates”

A landmark moment for D.C.’s deaf community is approaching as a bill to create the first government office for people with hearing loss moves through the D.C. Council. The Office on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Establishment Amendment Act of 2019 would implement a plan to enhance existing D.C. programs, or create new ones, that ensure members of the deaf community have access to all District services. It would also appoint a four-person staff with a director who is a member of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Community.

November 12, 2019
“Just in Time for the Holidays – Does the ADA Require Braille on Gift Cards?”

Between Oct. 24-27, 2019, 33 putative nationwide class action cases were filed in two U.S. District Courts against an array of retailers and restaurants alleging that they do not offer gift cards that include Braille. The complaints assert that failure to do so violates Title III of the ADA. Neither the federal courts nor the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which enforces Title III of the ADA, have previously addressed the issue of whether the ADA requires that physical gift cards be offered with Braille.

November 12, 2019
“nTIDE October 2019 Jobs Report: Job Gains Wane for Americans with Disabilities”

Despite resilience of the overall labor market, economic indicators continued to soften in October for Americans with disabilities, according to the most recent National Trends in Disability Employment - Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

“Myths and Facts About Disability Employment: Q&A with a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist”

Diane Winiarski, the director of vocational rehabilitation at Allsup Employment Services, provides insight on the current state of disability employment in the country. In doing so, she debunks various myths that employers have about workers with disabilities, provides best practices on hiring and accommodating disabled workers, and explains the work Allsup is doing to promote financial stability among people with disabilities.

November 12, 2019
Guide: 20 Apps for Student Success

The Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) has published a guide, 20 Apps for Student Success. This guide offers information on 20 apps that can be utilized to support students with mental illnesses in areas such as productivity, campus engagement, mental health and wellness, stress management, finances, and social support. Most of the apps are available for iOS and Android; some are for use on desktops or laptops only.