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January 5, 2021
“8 Pieces of Adaptive Outdoor Gear That Redefine Accessibility”

Recently, a wave of innovative technologies and designs has rendered the outdoors more accessible than ever. This article offers a glimpse at some of today's many adaptive-gear options.

January 5, 2021
Celebrating the Life of the Honorable Richard Thornburgh

This article remembers former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard “Dick” Thornburgh, a champion in the disability rights movement, who played a crucial role in the passage of the ADA. Mr. Thornburgh died on December 31, 2020.

“Lawmakers Introduce Federal Legislation to Prevent Organ Transplant Discrimination”

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) highlights the introduction of the Charlotte Woodward Organ Transplant Discrimination Prevention Act to uphold the rights of qualified organ transplant candidates who have a disability. Introduced by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Katie Porter (D-CA), the Act prohibits discrimination against individuals based on their disability when seeking an organ transplant. If passed, this legislation would uphold and enforce rights established in the ADA.

January 5, 2021
“NationalTrends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) COVID Update November 2020: Surge Takes Its Toll on Jobseekers with Disabilities”

According to a recent update issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), following months of decline, furloughs increased for people with disabilities in November while continuing to decline for workers without disabilities.

“An Employer’s Guide to Implementing Disability Accommodations in 2021”

This article provides answers to a few of the most common questions employers have about reasonable accommodations, and how to incorporate them in 2021.

January 5, 2021
“ADA Complainants Argue that Zoom Cannot Charge for Video Conference Closed Captioning”

Two plaintiffs have filed a nationwide class action complaint against Zoom Video Communications, Inc. for its alleged failure to make its conferencing services accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The complaint alleges that the company’s policy of charging $200.00 per hour or more for captioning violates the ADA and prevents individuals with hearing disabilities from effectively using the conferencing service.

January 5, 2021
Workshop: “Practice Traffic Stops”

January 12 and January 14, 2021

The Arc of Northern Virginia partnered with Fairfax Police, School Board Member Rachna Sizemore Heizer, and Supervisor Lusk to create this workshop, which will provide a non-confrontational opportunity for people with disabilities to learn how to behave if pulled over by a police officer, and an opportunity for officers to gain awareness of drivers with developmental disabilities.

People learning to drive and licensed drivers are welcome. Participants will need to bring a vehicle. A driver may bring a support person, but everyone will stay in their cars and wear masks at all times.

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Webinar:

Making the Connection: Aging, Transportation, and the ADA
January 26, 2021
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

December 22, 2020
HUD Recognizes Additional Standard and Codes as Fair Housing Act “Safe Harbors”

A recent final rule by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) updates Fair Housing Act regulations that address accessible design of covered multifamily dwellings.