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Americans With Disabilities Act

No Service Dogs Allowed

Janice Celeste | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Janice Celeste

September is National Service Dog Month and these animals and their handlers are truly partners that have a unique bond. According to ServiceDogCentral.org, it is estimated that there are approximately 100,000 to 200,000 service dogs in the U.S. and this number seems to be growing.

6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities

Kristin Duquette | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

It's easy to assume that because of the ADA, discrimination never occurs and full equality prevails for every person with a disability living in the United States. This wishful thinking is comparable to thinking that racism no longer exists because we have an African American president.

5 Steps Toward Disability Equality

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Do what you can to learn more about disability-related issues and help start some discourse about disability equality, and then share that with other people. Disability is not just physical. There are plenty of hidden disabilities related to learning or emotion as well. Help stop stigmas and stereotypes.

An Employee Who Threatened to Kill Supervisors Prior to Psychological Treatment May Be Fired

Brad Reid | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

An employee who made multiple threats of violence against supervisors prior to psychological treatment is not protected from firing by the Americans W...

The Road to Make Changes is Never Smooth- 25th Anniversary of the ADA

Eric Lipp | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Eric Lipp

This blog commends the US DOT, many different moving parts, for being smart but also because Secretary Fox made a handful of announcements that I feel were very progressive and futuristic.

Access, Equity and Education: The ADA at 25

Matt Kramer | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

The ADA changed the game for our students and teachers with disabilities. It sought to give them -- and all Americans with disabilities -- access to public buildings, transportation systems, and sidewalks, and universally designed these spaces to be inclusive of all.

Here's How We Can Ensure People With Disabilities Have Equal Rights

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact

President Obama recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed by President Geo...

Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Janice S. Lintz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms "disability" and "access" have morphed into just meaning physical disability and physical access.

The ADA at 25: A Commitment to Our Neighbors

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Tammy Duckworth

Our world changed for the better because of the ADA. As we look to the next 25 years of its implementation, it is time to take the next step and ensure that all Americans with disabilities have access to good jobs, accessible housing and reliable transportation.

The Intricate Web of Care

Angelle Albright | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelle Albright

Who could have ever predicted that the power of the world wide web would turn out to be a delicate roadway that can connect a villager in the Swedish ...

Bob Dole Scolds Republicans On The 25th Anniversary of The ADA

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates for people with disabilities, along with lawmakers who originally passed the Americans With Disabilities Act a quarter-centur...

25 Years After The ADA, Navigating New York City Is Still Daunting For The Disabled

The Huffington Post | Savannah OLeary | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living

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How the Americans With Disabilities Act Helps the Able-Bodied

Alexis Ander Kashar | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact
Alexis Ander Kashar

Debbie and I had a normal childhood, except that, Debbie was the family's ears and voice. Since the age of four, Debbie interpreted for our parents, translating between spoken English and sign language. Due to the lack of telephone access for the deaf, Debbie often relayed conversations between hearing people and our parents on the telephone before she was old enough to understand what they were saying.

New Threats as Americans with Disabilities Act Marks 25th Anniversary

Lawrence J. Hanley | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Lawrence J. Hanley

The full participation of persons with disabilities in community life is being threatened by the outsourcing of paratransit systems to private, often multinational, discount operators who claim that they can deliver the service for less than it costs cities and states.

Disabilities Act Was 'Life-Changer' For Millions, But New Legislation Needed To Move Forward

AP | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) -- Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of su...

People With Disabilities Are Twice As Likely To Be Poor. These Businesses Are Fighting That Stat

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

The staggering unemployment and poverty rates among people with disabilities is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done to protect this und...

A Starting School Survival Guide for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Lee Lee | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.

Hooray for ADA! 25 Years of Disability Rights

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Young people today might not remember that there was a time when disabled children were quietly forgotten in schools, and disabled adults only dreamed of basic access to jobs, medical care, and popular culture. One piece of landmark legislation changed all that.

Sport for All: The Case for Inclusive Physical Activity Programs

Edwin Moses | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Edwin Moses

We need more programs in the U.S. to have adaptive and inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities. In order to create lasting impact over the next 25 years we need to look at these problems holistically and commit to overcoming the barriers to access.

Deaf Discrimination: The Fight for Equality Continues

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Frequently and all too easily, the rights of people who are deaf get stripped away. Every day, deaf individuals attempting to interact with hearing authorities, emergency responders, or organizations are denied basic access to communication and, in some instances, their lives are put into jeopardy.

Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

People with disabilities are no longer freaks of nature; we are commonplace. We are finally part of our community.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Alan E. Guttmacher

Some days, Kristal Nemeroff needs her wheelchair, but usually her walker suffices. She is slower than the students who buzz around her, but her motivation is in overdrive. At 27, Kristal is the nurse at Hamilton Elementary School in rural Pennsylvania, a few miles from where she grew up.

Shaping a Culture of Inclusion

Wendy Spencer | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Rooted in the ingenuity of everyday Americans, the spirit of service reminds us that we are all united by a common purpose. For generations, the national service family has rallied around this ideal to advance the cause of equal access for Americans with disabilities.