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April 13, 2021
April Is Autism Acceptance Month

The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest grassroots autism organization, is proud to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month in April 2021 with its “Celebrate Differences” campaign.

April Is Fair Housing Month

This year’s Fair Housing Month theme, Fair Housing: More Than Just Words, reflects a commitment to advancing equity in housing and the importance of increasing public awareness of everyone’s right to fair housing.

“Childhood Disability in the United States: 2019”

The U.S. Census Bureau released this brief on childhood disability in the United States. Most notably, the percentage of children with disabilities increased between 2008 and 2019 from 3.9 to 4.3 percent.

April 13, 2021
“World’s First All-Rooms-Accessible Hotel to Open in West Virginia on New Year’s Day 2022”

A new, fully accessible boutique hotel will open next year in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The project is financed by the Disability Opportunity Fund (DOF), a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

April 13, 2021
“National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) March 2021 Jobs Report: Job Numbers Flatten as Economic Recovery Pauses”

The job numbers flattened for people with and without disabilities, reflecting a pause in the economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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). The direction of future trends will be affected by the course of the pandemic, the success of the vaccine rollout, and the effects of federal stimulus money.

April 13, 2021
California: "Uber Ordered To Pay $1.1 Million After Blind Woman Says She Was Refused Service” 

An arbitrator awarded a San Francisco woman $1.1 million after she claimed Uber drivers repeatedly denied her rides because she is blind and uses a guide dog.

March 30, 2021
“Tommy Hilfiger Ramps up Adaptive Fashion. Who’s Next?”

Mainstream brands have been slow to embrace adaptive design, but Tommy Hilfiger has stood apart, and has proof it’s working.

Starbucks Offers Aira, Creating Accessible Experience for Customers Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Starbucks, in partnership with San Diego-based Aira Tech Corp, now offers the Aira service for free in all U.S. stores. Through a smartphone app, Aira connects people who are blind or have low-vision to trained visual interpreters who provide visual information.

March 30, 2021
“Accommodating Employees with COVID-19-Related Symptoms”

This recent article from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers guidance on ways to accommodate employees who are experiencing long-terms effects of COVID-19.