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August 3, 2021
Get Ready for NDEAM!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), observed every October, is right around the corner! Check out this year’s NDEAM poster, featuring this year’s theme of “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” available in English and Spanish, and find other resources and ideas to recognize and celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities!

ODEP at 20: Driving Change Through Customized Employment

This blog post from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) outlines the background and concepts of customized employment, and includes a wealth of resources for workers with disabilities and employment specialists.

August 3, 2021
Pennsylvania: U.S. Attorney Reaches Resolution with RC Theatres, Access for Individuals with Vision Disabilities Will Improve

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced a letter of resolution with RC Theatres Management LLLP, the owner and operator of Queensgate RC Theatres located in York, Pennsylvania. A complainant alleged that the theater did not have headsets required so that individuals with vision disabilities could access audio descriptions on movies that included it. Soon after RC Theatres received notice of the complaint, it took steps to come into compliance with the ADA by purchasing audio descriptive devices and by training employees on the use of the devices at this location.

July 27, 2021
Resources for Health and Wellness Partnering for Better Chronic Pain Management and Safer Opioid Use: A Knowledge Hub for People with Disability and Their Providers

This resource from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is designed to help people with disabilities and their providers work together to manage chronic pain. Evidence-informed resources include actionable tips and tools for people and providers to:

July 27, 2021

Volume 25, Number 2

ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.

July 20, 2021
Federal Communications Commission Seeks Nominations for Membership on Communications Equity and Diversity Council

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Communications Equity and Diversity Council. The mission of the Council is to make recommendations to the FCC on advancing access to digital communication services and products for all people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability. Nominations for membership to the Committee should be submitted to the FCC no later than 11:59 PM EDT, August 10, 2021.

July 20, 2021
“A Chance to 'Amplify One Another': What is Disability Pride Month?”

This article takes a closer at Disability Pride Month, which is observed in July.

Senators Address Issues Around Guardianship

In a recent letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania urged the federal government to increase oversight and produce more information about guardianships and conservatorships across the country.