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Americans With Disabilities Act

Help People With Disabilities Tap Their Abilities

René Bryce-Laporte | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
René Bryce-Laporte

While some people's disabilities are so significant that they will never be able to work, many people with disabilities can, with some reasonable accommodations, earn more, keep more of what they earn and even build assets for the future. How to make that happen?

Open Letter to Kanye West, From a Kid Who Gets 'Special Parking and S**t'

Harshada Rajani | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment
Harshada Rajani

I'm in a wheelchair and though I can stand, I wouldn't waste even half a breath of energy standing up for you.

Deaf Rights: What You Need to Know

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Working in the deaf community, I've noticed a great deal of confusion surrounding the legal rights of the deaf. Both deaf and hearing individuals have difficulty understanding what accommodations deaf people are entitled to, and how exactly those needs get met.

The Global Disability Rights Movement: Winning Power, Participation, and Access

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Diana Samarasan, Disability Rights Fund By Beverly Bell August 5, 2014   Diana Samarasan is founder and director of the Dis...

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

The Hypoglycemic Employee and the Law

Brad Reid | Posted 07.31.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

An 18 year Walgreen's employee having a hypoglycemic attack ate a bag of potato chips without first paying for them or requesting permission to eat th...

The ADA at 24: Honoring the Unsung Heroes

Bill Destler | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Bill Destler

For most college students, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been the law of the land their entire lives. But the road to get to this point was a long one, paved by men and women who most have never heard of.

5 Reasons to Celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the ADA

Joe Entwisle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Joe Entwisle

It was 24 years ago on July 26 that President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. It was the year I graduated high school, a year and a half after sustaining a C4-C5 spinal cord injury.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

DOJ Thinks Bar Examiners Should Know Less About Mental Health of Would-Be Attorneys. And That's A Good Thing.

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Patrick R. Krill

As part of this examination for becoming a licensed attorney, states have historically and routinely inquired into the mental health histories of applicants, including asking probing questions about diagnoses, not behavior.

Aging at Home: Does It Have to Be an Uphill Climb?

Eric McAfee | Posted 08.10.2014 | Detroit
Eric McAfee

The widespread proliferation of extended care facilities, senior communities, and the younger "active adult" subdivisions is evidence that a sizable portion of the population is demanding a residential typology that scarcely existed years ago.

Creating Deaf Accessibility in the Workplace

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

What if you didn't get the job because of the color of your eyes? Or because you were too tall? In 2014, this kind of hiring discrimination might sound absurd, but for deaf job candidates it is a difficult reality.

'School Choice' -- As Long as Your Child Doesn't Have a Disability

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.

Companies Ask Workers with Disabilities to Check the Box and That's a Good Thing

Joe Entwisle | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Joe Entwisle

Hiring people with disabilities is a strategy that smart companies will want to put into action today. The voluntary self-disclosure form marks the beginning of an opportunity for both companies and job seekers alike.

Student In Wheelchair Barred From Field Trip Because School Couldn't Drive Him

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents

A Tennessee elementary school student who uses a wheelchair was unable to attend a class trip because, the school said, no one could be found to drive...

Closing the Employment Gap for America's Largest Minority Group

Carol Glazer | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Carol Glazer

The changes to the rules implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act announced by the U.S. Labor Department last summer, which take effect today, have the potential for far greater impact and scale than even the ADA in terms of employment.

Greg Abbott and the Politics of Anger

James Moore | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
James Moore

Greg Abbott is causing unnecessary pain for innocent people that are trying to live simple lives and he does it while claiming he stands on principle and is protecting the law.

Is it Good for America to Only do What's Good for Business?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Opponents to President Obama's efforts to put millions of dollars in the pockets of people who've been working overtime for no pay want you to worry about business again. Conservative business groups have responded with all-too-familiar claims of the harm Obama's plan will bring to their members. House Speaker John Boehner had this to say: "The president's policies are making it difficult for employers to expand employment. And until the president's policies get out of the way, employers are going to continue to sit on their hands." It's time to stop listening to endless repetition of the narrow-minded view that rules and laws should not be changed if they pose even a whiff of difficulty for business. More often than not, it's a bogus argument and a selfish one at that.

When Will the Oppression Stop?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Communication is especially important in situations which are already traumatic, isolating and stressful. Times of personal crisis are not when we want to be advocating for our basic human rights.

Making Inclusion a Reality

William Daroff | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion
William Daroff

People with disabilities live in our neighborhoods, go to school with our children, shop at our stores, but too often, we don't know them.

No Special Treatment for Workers With Disabilities, Please

Joe Entwisle | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Joe Entwisle

There's an ignoble side to the Americans with Disabilities Act that I'd really like to see change in Corporate America and beyond. The ADA, the landmark law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace, can work for and against workers.

Autism and Disclosure: Is Virginia's 'Autism' ID Card Ethical?

William Stillman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
William Stillman

Kathie Snow, a disability rights advocate, brought to my attention a recent news item about Senate Bill 367 in Virginia. The bill would require a bar code on driver's licenses and identification cards that can be scanned to reveal if a person has autism.

The Deaf Community Demands More

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Unfortunately, both state and federal agencies have neglected to establish consistent standards for interpreters, allowing unlicensed and uncertified individuals to do great disservice to deaf citizens.

Dogs on the Playing Field

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

Some argue these problems could be prevented by requiring service dog users to carry identification cards. But there's a good reason we're not compelled to do this -- my disability is my business and not yours.

The Disabilities Treaty: Right Treaty, Right Time, Right for America

Judith E. Heumann | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
Judith E. Heumann

Hundreds of thousands of American parents and disabled people have fought hard to bring about the dramatic changes that have occurred in our country over the decades. But what about the parents and disabled people in other countries who face the same kinds of challenges?