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February 18, 2020
EARN’s Mental Health Toolkit: Resources for Fostering a Mentally Healthy Workplace

This toolkit from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) offers a framework that can help employers cultivate a mental health-friendly workplace.

“Putting Autism to Work”

This article answers some of the common questions employers have about implementing affirmative action steps to recruit and hire workers with autism or other disabilities.

February 18, 2020
Settlement Agreement: Lil’ Einstein’s Learning Academy Will Improve Integration of Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Justice entered this agreement with Lil’ Einstein’s Learning Academy (LELA), which operates early education and child care centers in Delaware and Maryland. The agreement settles a complaint alleging that the company discriminated against a child with diabetes by refusing to accommodate her.

LELA will establish or revise policies, train employees, and pay $25,000 to the complainants as compensation, as well as a $2,500 civil penalty to the United States.

February 18, 2020
New TBI and SCI Consumer Factsheets

Three new factsheets are available on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI). All are available in English and Spanish.

February 4, 2020
HUD Notice: Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published this notice to clarify how housing providers can comply with the Fair Housing Act when assessing a person’s request to have an animal to provide assistance because of a disability.

The new guidance will help housing providers, health care professionals providing supporting documentation, and individuals with disabilities understand the process of making and considering requests involving animals, including the information that a person may need to provide about his or her disability-related need for accommodation. 

February 4, 2020
“Documentary on a Summer Camp That Inspired Disability Rights Premieres at Sundance”

The film “Crip Camp” tells the story of a revolutionary summer camp tucked away in upstate New York, and how it served as an incubator for the disability rights movement in the 1970s.

February 4, 2020
“How Artificial Intelligence is Rapidly Changing Web Accessibility”

This blog post examines the ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) is affecting our use of technology, the potential it has to improve access for people with disabilities, and the limitations that still need to be addressed.

“E-Scooters Are Leaving People with Disabilities Behind. Lime Wants to Fix That”

E-scooter company Lime is testing an updated scooter – with a seat and features designed for greater stability – in pilot programs in Oakland and San Francisco. The company hopes it will be safer, and usable for more people with disabilities.