This article, written by the CEO of Special Olympics, urges businesses to incorporate a model called “unified leadership” to improve the overall inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities in their organizations. This model focuses on training leaders with and without disability to create the best possible environment for people with intellectual disabilities to succeed in meaningful roles.
Comcast recently announced a series of initiatives designed to help address the digital divide for low-income Americans with disabilities through the Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive Internet adoption program for low-income households. The largest of these was a grant from the Company to the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD). The AAPD will use this Comcast grant to create and deliver digital literacy training programs specifically designed to address the needs of low-income people in the disability community.
“Hot Topic”: Website Accessibility
The Department of Justice has consistently taken the position that the websites of public accommodations are covered by the ADA, and that businesses are required to ensure their accessibility for persons with disabilities. With the rise of case settlements involving website accessibility, there has also been an increase in the information available for making improvements. Three recent articles offer guidance to businesses in understanding the legal requirements, and in evaluating and improving the accessibility of their websites.