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25th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 are taking place across the nation.

To celebrate this 25th milestone, the ADA National Network and its ten regional ADA Centers across the United States offer an ADA Anniversary Tool Kit for use by the public and the media through the ADA Anniversary website.

Order your ADA 25th Anniversary Supplies and Help Support Disability Rights! 

The ecommerce site for the ADA Legacy/ADA25 Tour is up and running.  You can purchase shirts as well as some of the give-a-ways connected with the tour (wrist bands, pins, or the “entire give-a-way packet”).  The money raised from this site helps to support the bus tour (gas, travel expenses, etc.), which will continue after July 26th, as long as there is interest.

The ADA25 and Faith Initiative 

The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition of the American Association of Persons with Disabilities and the National Collaborative on Faith and Disability have initiated the ADA25 and Faith Campaign to encourage faith communities and organizations to sponsor and join in celebrations and activities related to ADA25. Place of worship.Congregations can sign a Faith Community Proclamation developed in collaboration with the ADA National Network recommitting to the vision of the ADA as well as customize resources to educational and celebration events.

Conference of Mayors Adopts Resolution Commemorating ADA Anniversary

At the 83rd Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on June 19-22, 2015, the following Resolution was adopted:  To Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act…

Expand Opportunities and Pledge On - Commit for another 25 years and beyond! Don’t Forget to Make your Pledge for ADA25

 Support the ADA and help achieve the nationwide

goal of 25,000 signatures by ADA25  (July  26,  2015)!

 Pledge for Individuals

 Pledge for Organization

PLEDGE ON ADA National Network Pledge Commitment

National ADA Symposium:  Save The Date!  Denver, Colorado, June 19-22, 2016


ADA Technical Assistance for State and Local Governments

The Department of Justice revised its regulations implementing the ADA in September 2010.

The new rules clarify issues that arose over the previous 20 years

ADA Update:  A Primer for State and Local Governments

and contain new requirements, including the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards). This new document provides general guidance to assist State and local governments in understanding and complying with the ADA’s requirements.

The ADA at 25: Disability by the Numbers

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ADA’s enactment, here is a look at some of the hard numbers that define disability at work, as compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.


2015 NDEAM Theme Announced

Planning for the National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015 is underway, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced the official theme for the October observance: My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am.

Expect. Employ. Empower. What Can You Do?  Woman in a wheelchair For more information about NDEAM, including specific ideas for how different types of  organizations can participate, select “National Disability  Employment Awareness Month” from the drop-down menu. To view the “Who I Am” PSA, visit

31 Days of NDEAM — What you CAN do!

Human Resource Professionals:  Invitation To Participate In Survey 

Provision of Reasonable Accommodations to Employees with Disabilities in the Hotel and Lodging Industry

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center at TransCen, Inc., and researchers at the University of Maryland at College Park, are conducting a survey of your experiences with providing reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities in the hotel and lodging industry. We hope our study’s findings will guide development of training and technical assistance activities for aiding personnel in the hotel and lodging industry to more effectively handle requests for reasonable accommodations from employees with disabilities. We are hoping to gather the responses of over 500 HR professionals in the lodging sector.

We welcome your participation in this 12 to 15-minute electronic survey. As a token of appreciation for completing the survey, we are offering a voluntary opportunity to enter a lottery to win a $25.00 VISA gift card. You have a 1 in 3 chance of winning a card.  If you are interested, please click on this link.  If you have other colleagues who might be interested, please feel free to distribute this invitation email to them.  We appreciate your time!

Frustrated man pulling on his hairFrustrated By Relay Call Hang-ups? Please Fill out this Survey!

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Colorado Association of the Deaf (CAD), and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) are working together to investigate businesses that reject or hang up on relay calls. Please take our brief survey to help us learn more about your experiences with relay call hang-ups.

Deaf and hard of hearing individuals often use relay services – IP, video, or TTY – to communicate with hearing people at businesses or organizations. However, certain businesses reject or hang up on phone calls that come to them via relay services. This action constitutes discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires public entities to provide and support effective communication.

We want to learn which businesses are rejecting relay calls, which is where you come in. Please fill out our short survey to help identify the companies and organizations that do not accept phone calls from relay services. You can fill out the survey here.

Once we learn which businesses are doing this, we will attempt to teach them that the ADA requires them to accept relay calls just like customer calls made from voice lines. If that doesn’t work, we may bring a lawsuit to correct the violation.  If you have any questions about the survey or our relay call investigation, please contact CREEC at 303-757-7901 (voice), 970-403-5294 (text/SMS), or

Paratransit Wheelchair Rider Survey

Did you know that lift standards for public transit vehicles haven’t changed in 25 years?

Did you know that the lift strap won’t protect you from falling off the ramp (it’s not designed to withstand the load of a moving wheelchair & passenger)?

Did you know that under the current ADA, lifts on public transit vehicles must accommodate a maximum weight requirement of only 600 lbs?  Some wheelchairs can weigh between 300-400 lbs.  Add an average weight person (150 – 240 lbs) and their knapsack, and you may exceed the maximum load capacity.

Unfortunately, little is known about specific factors that contribute to lift accidents.  That’s why we are inviting you to provide information about problems or injuries you may have experienced trying to access a public bus or van using a wheelchair lift.  Wheelchair and scooter users, as well as their family members and/or personal aids may take the survey.  All responses are anonymous, and the survey will be open through August 2015.


To learn more about this research, or talk to the principal investigator, you can contact Karen Bertocci, PhD, University of Louisville at

Wheelchair Transportation Safety
NewEEOC Issues Updated Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance  

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued an update of its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (Guidance), along with a question and answer document and a fact sheet for small businesses.

United Airlines to Pay over $1 Million To Settle Disability Lawsuit

In a case that garnered nationwide attention, air transportation giant United Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay more than $1 million and implement changes to settle a federal disability lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that United’s competitive transfer policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CO Lawsuit: Sign-language Interpreters Fail to Communicate        Sign for interpreter

Attorney Amy Robertson at the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center is representing several people who are deaf in a lawsuit targeting not the uncertified interpreters themselves, but the agency which advertises them as “sign language interpreters.” That title, said Robertson, requires RID certification under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. Attorney Amy Robertson said that deaf people often encounter unqualified and sometimes inept interpreters in high-stakes situations like medical procedures, social services encounters and school meetings. From The Colorado Independent

Colorado Supreme Court: Employers Can Fire for Off-duty Pot Use

Employers’ zero-tolerance drug policies trump Colorado’s medical marijuana laws, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.  In a 6-0 decision, the high court affirmed lower court rulings that businesses can fire employees for the use of medical marijuana — even if it’s off-duty.

Florida Law:  Fake Service Dogs a Criminal Offense

A new law could put someone in jail for using a fake service dog.

New on

Settlement Agreements:

Camp Bravo – Camper with Epilepsy

Camp Winnewald – Camper with Diabetes

State of Idaho – State Capitol Inaccessibility

Statements of Interest:

Harvard University | PDF

Massachusetts Institute of Technology | PDF

New YorScales of Justicek City Police Department | PDF

Letters of Findings:

Amtrak | PDF

Florida Department of Corrections | PDF

Excuses v. Reasons 

A new campaign sponsored by the Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities highlights the justifications people use to deny others their civil right to equal access. Using people’s own excuses, these YouTube videos show that “No plates. No placard. No parking” is a right all drivers should defend.  The campaign is now live and “in market” meaning you can find these ads on the back of buses, on the radio, and in short videos. The Council would love to have your help promoting this worthy cause! Here’s what you can do:

* Like The Council page on Facebook and tag them in your post

No Plates. No Placard. No Parking.* Choose a video and a post to share.

Sample Posts:

• Parking in a disabled parking spot denies people with disabilities equal access.

• Remember: parking for people with disabilities is a civil right, not a privilege.

• Your excuse will never be better than their reasons.

• No plates. No placard. No parking.

Tax Incentives Supporting the ADA 

The Southwest ADA Center has created a six-page bulletin that provides valuable federal tax incentive information that businesses, employers and consumers can use to support an inclusive market and workforce.

What Are Eligible Access Expenditures?

•  removing architectural, communication, physical, or transportation barriers;

•  providing qualified interpreters or other effective methods of communication;

•  providing qualified readers, taped texts, and other effective methods of communication;

•  acquiring or modify equipment or devices for individuals with disabilities; or

•  providing other similar services, modifications, materials, or equipment.

The ADA Legacy Project’s mission is to honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by:

•preserving the history of the disability rights movement;

•celebrating its milestones; and

•educating the public and future generations of advocates.

Preservation, celebration, and education: this is how we will honor this historic civil rights legislation and create its legacy: a world in which every citizen is accepted for who they are.

Learn, Connect & Share the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit

Be A Driving Force on the ADA Legacy Bus Tour

The ADA Legacy Tour bus pays tribute to the cross-disability efforts that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. The ADA Legacy Tour bus is currently traveling across the U.S. to unite communities in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ADA this coming July 26. To date, the bus has traveled to 18 states and more than 11,500 miles.

The Road to Freedom bus - Keeping the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Would you like to do your part for the ADA Legacy Tour?   The ADA Legacy Project is seeking a number of co-pilots to help Tom Olin reach all the stops on the ADA Legacy Tour.  You can sign up for sections of the tour route.  Contact David Fulton, who is coordinating co-pilots at or 503-333-4288.


ADA Live

ADA Live! (WADA) is a free monthly show broadcast nationally on the Internet. Ask questions and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


When: First Wednesday of each month (30 minutes) from 1:00 -1:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Where: Listen online to BlogTalkRadio ADA Live! or view Captioning (real-time) in Blackboard Collaborate

On the day of the broadcast, links to the audio and captioning are available under On the Air Today – ADA Live!.

Archives: Past episodes are available with a recording, transcript & resources.

Submit a Question or call us at 404-541-9001 (voice/tty).

ADA Audio Conference 

July 09, 2015 The Most Important Cases Since the ADA Was Passed 25 Years Ago

Since the ADA was passed, a number of significant cases have been decided by the courts that have shaped how the ADA has been interpreted and implemented. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, we will take a look back at the most influential ADA cases by first reviewing the facts and ruling of these cases, and then discussing the broader impact these cases have had. This webinar promises to cover a wide variety of ADA issues under Titles I, II and III.


Barry Taylor, Vice President of Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation

Rachel M. Weisberg, Staff Attorney, Equip For Equality

New Series on Accessibility Policy Development

Why Does Your Organization Need Accessibility Policies?  SSB BART Group Policy Analyst Sheri Byrne-Haber has developed a new series of webinars and blog posts explaining the need for accessibility policies and outlining and a 4-phased approach to developing a comprehensive set of policies for an organization.  This new 6-part webinar series will provide comprehensive guidance on the development of digital accessibility policies within an organization. All webinars are free to attend and captioning is provided.


The next presentation is

Phase 3: Establishing Accessibility Standards

Tuesday, July 14th – 2-2:45pm EDT / 11-11:45am PDT

Read More or Register for the Accessibility Policy Webinar Series

JAN Upcoming AccessibilityOnline Webinars

July 14, 2015. ADA Update 

Description: Join the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and JAN as representatives provided participants with the latest developments in the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the workplace, some practical tips for compliance, and answers to tough ADA questions.  Speakers: Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., and Beth Loy, Ph.D., JAN Principal Consultants and EEOC Representative.

August 11, 2015. Mentoring

Description: Workplace mentoring is a strategy used to increase the retention and job performance of new employees. While mentoring may be valuable for all new employees, it may be particularly beneficial for individuals with disabilities who may have difficulties with social skills, interpreting social cues, and understanding workplace rules, particularly those that are unspoken. A mentor who can build a good relationship with the new employee can guide them through the social aspects of the workplace. Likewise, one who is supportive and encouraging can help an employee process new information, manage stress, gain confidence, and persist through challenges. Join us as we discuss mentoring and the value it brings to the workplace not only to the employees being mentored, but also to those providing the mentoring.

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