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September 3, 2019
Harvard University Astronomy Lab Uses Sound-Based Device to Allow the Visually Impaired to Envision Stars

Staff at the Harvard University astronomy lab have made the mission of accessibility and inclusivity a top priority, pioneering tools and redesigning space to help people with disabilities experience the wonders of astronomy. Two of their newest inventions include a device that allows those with visual impairments to experience solar eclipses, and another to help them understand the differences between stars.

September 3, 2019
"The Planned Closure of Pennsylvania's State Centers for People with Intellectual Disabilities Receives Mixed Reactions"

The Pennsylvania state Department of Human Services (DHS) announced it plans to close two of the remaining four centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The closure of the Polk and White Haven State Centers will occur within the next three years, prompting mixed reactions and concerns within the community.

September 3, 2019
Wal-Mart Stores East, LP Will Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

A Walmart Store in Northwest Washington will pay $100,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to resolve a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC.) The employer was charged with refusing to provide communications accommodations, such as access to sign language interpreters and closed-captioned training videos, to two deaf employees.

September 3, 2019
"Welcoming Service Dogs to Your Museum"

This article, written by a museum professional, offers guidance on how to better accommodate service dogs in museums, archives, and collections facilities.

Slideshow: ADA Service Animal Requirements for Business

This new resource, a slideshow developed by the Great Plains ADA Center, provides a basic overview of the ADA service animal requirements for businesses. The slideshow is similar to a fact sheet, but it shares the information in a presentation format with images.

September 3, 2019
"New Program Trains People with Disabilities to Become Caregivers"

Demand for all types of health care aides is on the rise. A new program funded through the D.C. Department of Disability Services called “The DSP Academy” was launched earlier this year to help people with disabilities train to become Direct Service Providers. This program is part of an effort to help meet the caregiver shortage across the country.

September 3, 2019
FCC Seeks Comment on Section 504 Accessibility of FCC Programs and Activities

Federal agencies are required to make their programs and activities accessible to people with disabilities in order to comply with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released a Public Notice seeking comment on the accessibility of the FCC’s programs and activities. Comments should be submitted no later than October 21, 2019.