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February 4, 2020
Our Lives: The Safe and Strong Program Toolkit

This program is designed for adults with disabilities to learn more about how to stay safe from abuse and violence in various types of relationships. The web-based tools, one for male-identified individuals and one for female-identified individuals, feature people with diverse disabilities and identities speaking about their own abuse experiences.

The programs are available in English (with an option for captions) or American Sign Language.

How Physicians and Health Professionals Can Help Prepare Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury for Extreme Storms in the Era of Climate Change

This article outlines the risks of increasingly severe hurricanes, and proactive steps physicians and health care providers can take to help people with spinal cord injuries, caregivers, and providers mitigate these risks.

February 4, 2020
Department of Education OPEN Center to Promote Compliance with Civil Rights Laws

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of the Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination (OPEN) Center to focus on proactive compliance with federal civil rights laws. While OCR typically enforces federal civil rights laws through the traditional complaint-resolution process, the new Center will focus on outreach, education, and support to improve understanding of civil rights issues.

February 4, 2020
30 Years of the ADA: Justice Blog Features ADA Success Stories

This year, the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, the Department of Justice blog will feature a monthly series of posts highlighting the impact of recent ADA enforcement efforts.

This month’s post highlights the story of Mary Queen, a teacher, community volunteer, and decorated paramedic who was removed from her teaching position at Lanier Technical College when she needed a few days off due to her multiple sclerosis. The Department reached a settlement agreement under which the college revised its policies, trained its staff, and paid $53,000 in back pay and damages to Ms. Queen.

February 4, 2020
“The Current State of Website Accessibility for Disabled Individuals - Zenyth Group CEO Daryn Harpaz”

This article features an interview with WCAG (Website Content Accessibility Guidelines) Compliance Specialist and Founder and CEO of Zenyth Group, LLC, Daryn Harpaz, who talks about his efforts to get businesses to “embrace [website] accessibility as a best practice” rather than approach it defensively.

February 4, 2020
Coronavirus: Advice for Employers

A number of recent articles offer advice on how employers can address concerns about the spread of Coronavirus while maintaining compliance with laws such as the ADA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and others.

February 4, 2020
Maryland: M&T Bank Will Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company (M&T Bank), will pay $100,000 and take other actions to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the EEOC's lawsuit, the company filled the position of an M&T branch manager who needed surgery and time off for a pregnancy-related disability, but when the branch manager was ready to return to work, the company refused to reassign her to any of at least 24 vacant branch manager or assistant branch manager positions that were available in the greater Baltimore region at the time.