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August 20, 2019
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Compliance: What to Know, and How to Get Started on Making Your Website Accessible to All

This article details laws and guidelines that address website accessibility for businesses, and urges them not to wait until being sued to make their websites fully inclusive and accessible.

August 20, 2019
Use of Artificial Intelligence to Facilitate Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) published this policy brief, which provides a roadmap to help businesses plan their use of artificial intelligence in ways that create opportunities, rather than barriers, for workers with disabilities.

“Employability and College Graduates with Disabilities”

This article discusses the additional barriers faced by persons with disabilities in finding employment after obtaining a four-year college degree. It also offers suggestions on how a college graduate with a disability can navigate the job market.

August 6, 2019
Kessler Foundation to Study Neuroimaging Neurofeedback for Pain After Spinal Cord Injury

The Kessler Foundation received a $299,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for a pilot study to develop new strategies for the management of neuropathic pain in individuals with spinal cord injury. This will be the first study to examine neurofeedback mediated by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for facilitating the learning of self-management strategies for neuropathic pain post-spinal cord injury.

August 6, 2019
DC: Report Details Alleged Abuses at St. Elizabeths Psychiatric Hospital

A new report is recommending that the D.C. Department of Health investigates allegations of staff abuse at St. Elizabeths Hospital. Advocacy program Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services detailed three cases from earlier this year in which patients at D.C.’s public psychiatric hospital were violently restrained or secluded by staff, in violation of D.C. law and hospital policy.

August 6, 2019
Opinion: "Why Airlines Need Better Policies and Practices for Transporting Assistive Equipment"

This writer discusses the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), and the challenges and frustrations of airline travel for individuals who use wheelchairs, scooters, and other assistive equipment.

August 6, 2019
"When Good Sites Go Bad: The Growing Risk of Website Accessibility Litigation"

In recent years, the number of website accessibility lawsuits has significantly increased, where plaintiffs with disabilities allege that they could not access websites because they were incompatible with assistive technologies, like screen readers for people with vision disabilities. This article includes tips on how to manage litigation risk for website accessibility.

"Senators Continue CUNA-Backed Push for ADA Website Clarity"

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) reports that a group of U.S. Senators has followed up on a September 2018 letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ), continuing to urge the agency to take action to provide clarity on how the ADA applies to websites.