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May 12, 2020
“Access Board Issues Guidance on Toilet and Bathing Facilities and Drinking Fountains”

The U.S. Access Board has released technical bulletins on accessibility to restrooms, bathing facilities, and drinking fountains. This material explains specifications for toilets and toilet compartments, showers, bathtubs, and drinking fountains in the ADA standards (which cover state and local government facilities, places of public accommodation, and commercial facilities) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) standards (which cover federal facilities). Each guide clarifies common sources of confusion, answers frequently asked questions, and offers recommendations for best practice.

May 12, 2020
JAN: "Changing or Removing a Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace"

This article from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) clarifies how providing reasonable accommodation is as ongoing process, and details situations under which workplace accommodations may be changed or removed.

Also, check out JAN’s collection of articles and information on employment issues and COVID-19.

“Toward More Accessible Work Environments”

This article offers perspectives from disability policy and accessibility experts on current efforts toward improving the accessibility of work spaces for people with disabilities. It also offers insight into both the potential upsides and downsides of workplace policies put into practice in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

May 12, 2020
“Global Disability Inclusion Survey Reports People with Disabilities Are More Negatively Affected by the Economic Impact of COVID-19”

Global Disability Inclusion conducted a national independent survey of over 500 participants to measure the impact and outlook of COVID-19 on those with and without disabilities. This article provides the details of the survey results, which reveal that people with disabilities are being impacted by COVID-19 at a higher rate than those without a disability.

May 12, 2020
“Reopening Businesses Face Thorny Customer-Facing ADA Issues”

Reopening businesses need to carefully consider how social distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation measures will impact customers with disabilities. This article shares guidance on ways to balance public accommodations for people with disabilities with the current restrictions.

May 12, 2020
“ACME Markets to Pay $60,000 to Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Charge”

ACME Markets, Inc., a supermarket chain that operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania and five other states, will pay $60,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination charge filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that ACME Markets failed to provide a reasonable accommodation for the disability of a former employee at its Denver, Pennsylvania facility.

May 12, 2020
“Secretary DeVos Forgoes Waiving Disability Law Amid School Closures”

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will not recommend that Congress waive the main requirements of three federal education laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, known as IDEA. The federal law ensures that children with disabilities have a right to a free, appropriate public education whenever and wherever schools are operating.