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October 15, 2019
Recent ADA Settlement Means Changes to Come in the Law School Admission Test

The current analytical reasoning section of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) will eventually be dropped as a result of a settlement in a lawsuit by a legally blind man who said he was unable to draw diagrams to help him answer the questions. The changes are part of a broader review of how to test for fundamental skills for success in law schools in ways that can improve access for all test takers.

“Tips for Transitioning to College with a Mobility Impairment”

The author of this article, a university administrator, provides guidance on how to determine the college environment that best supports the needs of students with physical disabilities and health conditions.

October 15, 2019
2019 National Survey on Health and Disability

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is conducting the 2019 National Survey on Health and Disability to understand how access to health care and insurance may be affecting the lives of people with disabilities. The survey is open to US adults over 18 years old, with any disability and any type of health care coverage, including no coverage. For more information, call 855/556-6328 (Voice/TTY) or email Participants may also complete the survey by phone. Participants will have a chance to win a $100 gift card.

October 15, 2019
“A Fresh Look at an Old New Law: The Americans with Disabilities Act”

This article is the first in a series on the meaning and relevance of the ADA as it approaches its third decade. The author examines common perceptions about the ADA almost 30 years after its enactment, and suggests that some of the concepts in the law may not be keeping up with current cultural and social changes.

October 1, 2019
“U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Formation and Membership of the Air Carrier Access Act Advisory Committee”

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the formation of the Air Carrier Access Act Advisory Committee (ACAA Advisory Committee) and the appointment of 19 members. The ACAA Advisory Committee will advise the DOT Secretary about issues relating to the air travel needs of passengers with disabilities. The first meeting of the ACAA Advisory Committee is expected to occur in early 2020 and will be open to the public.

October 1, 2019
“AmeriCorps Adopts Health Screening Process That’s Fair to Candidates with Disabilities”

This article summarizes a recent case settlement between the Corporation for National Community Service, the federal agency that operates AmeriCorps, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU.) A class action law suit had been filed against AmeriCorps, alleging that their screening process discriminated against persons with disabilities and violated the Rehabilitation Act, the federal law that prohibits disability discrimination by government agencies (parallel to the Americans with Disabilities Act), and AmeriCorps’ own civil rights policy. Under the terms of the settlement, CNCS will overhaul its health screening process to ensure equal opportunities for everyone, including applicants with disabilities.

October 1, 2019
“Diversity and Inclusion Is Meaningless If People with Intellectual Disabilities Are Left Out”

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.