New England ADA Center

December Newsletter

ADA 25 Boston Common Website Launched!

ADA 25 Boston The 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is fast approaching, and as part of local efforts to recognize and celebrate that momentous day, we are pleased to announce the launching of the ADA 25 Boston official website! 


The website includes the latest information about plans for a grand celebration on Wednesday July 22, 2015 on Boston Common with a march, speakers, and entertainment.


Visit the website to learn how you can take part and support the celebration on Boston Common!

Updated New Hampshire Disability Statistics Available Online

UNH Institute on Disability Two disability statistics compendium publications covering issues related to disability in New Hampshire are now available online. Facts & Figures: The 2014 Annual Report on Disability in New Hampshire and To The Point: An Introduction to Disability in the Granite State are annual publications of the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire. 

 Read more and access the publications online.

Sheltered Workers in Rhode Island to Receive $300,000 In Unpaid Wages

U.S. Department of Labor SealThe North Providence-based Thru Placement, Inc, training program has agreed to give $300,000 in back wages to around 100 disabled workers for allegedly failing to pay overtime and the minimum wage, as part of a settlement announced by the US Department of Labor. 


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Massachusetts Employers: Be Careful with Preemployment Medical Exams

Employee with a Disability Like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Chapter 151B prohibits Massachusetts employers from requiring applicants to submit to a medical examination unless there has been a conditional job offer, and then only to determine whether an applicant is capable of performing the essential functions of the job.


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ADA Field-Based Training Day Application Available - Apply Now!

Stair Lift in Use We invite New England cities and towns to submit proposals to become the recipient of an ADA Field-Based Training Day for 2015. The Field-Based Training Day offers hands-on experience in conducting an accessibility review and identifying solutions that would improve accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


The deadline for applications is December 31, 2014. See more details and apply now!  

Listen to ADA Updates on the Talking Information Center Network (TIC)!

TIC Network Now you can listen online for ADA Updates on the Talking Information Center Network! Some topics include, "Inaccessible Office Party" and even "ADA Trivia - Employment" 

You can listen Mondays and Tuesdays on "Mission Possible" (live 12:00-12:30 PM) or by streaming the updates online.  

News From Outside New England

Congress Sends Obama Bipartisan Bill to Help Disabled Save to Cover Expenses with Tax-Free Accounts

U.S. CapitolCongress has approved sweeping legislation allowing Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for needs such as education, housing and health care.


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Justice Department Enters into Agreement with Peapod to Ensure Grocery Delivery Website is Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities

Peapod GroceryThe Justice Department has entered into a settlement agreement with Ahold U.S.A. Inc. and Peapod LLC, the owners and operators of, to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Peapod is America's leading Internet grocer, delivering more than 23 million orders in 12 Midwest and East Coast states and the District of Columbia.


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ADA Claims Coming for Retailers This Holiday Season for Inaccessible Websites

Online Shopping The Department of Justice takes the position that websites are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). More claims are being filed by plaintiffs targeting retailers whose websites are inaccessible to consumers who are blind or have low vision.


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Department of Labor Launches New Web Portal on Accessible Workplace Technology

PEAT Logo The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has launched - a comprehensive web portal spearheaded by ODEP's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology. From educational articles to interactive tools, the website's content will help employers and the technology industry adopt accessible technology as part of everyday business practice so that all workers can benefit.


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U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, Disability Champion, Leaving Congress

Senator Tom Harkin After 40 years on Capitol Hill, a U.S. senator who shaped the Americans with Disabilities Act is leaving his post. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is retiring at the conclusion of the year, after choosing not to seek re-election.


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Photo: U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.

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