July 2015 Newsletter
Watch Senator Warren's Video Message Endorsing ADA25 Boston!
Senator Elizabeth Warren has recorded a message enthusiastically
supporting the Wednesday, July 22nd ADA25Boston celebration taking
place on Boston Common from 11AM - 3PM.
remarks, which can be viewed online,
Senator Warren stresses the unique role that the Americans with
Disabilities Act has had in advancing access and civil rights for
Americans with disabilities over the past 25 years, and looks forward
to continued progress in the next quarter century.
Join the March in Boston Celebrating the ADA's 25th
are just a week away from the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebration on the Boston Common, Wednesday July
22 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM! Kicking off the event, there will be a
march. Leading the march will be the youth for the ADA, followed by the
Pioneers of the ADA, The
Hot Tamales, and all of YOU!
march gathers by 11:00 AM on the Boston Common at the corner of
Boylston and Tremont Streets and proceeds to the ADA 25 Boston
Celebration stage at the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets. We hope
to meet you there!
For more information about the ADA 25
Boston Celebration, please visit out website: www.ADA25Boston.org,
and don't forget to like us on Facebook,
and follow us on Twitter, #ada25boston.
DOJ Says Harvard's Online Content is Covered by the ADA and
National Association of the Deaf alleges that Harvard University
violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ("Section 504") by denying
individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing equal access to Harvard's
thousands of free online videos and audio files, which includes
courses, educational lectures, and topics of general interest. In
short, the plaintiffs claim Harvard has failed to make its content
Harvard moved to have the case dismissed,
but in a Statement of Interest posted June 15 on the ADA.gov web site, the
DOJ states that the claim falls squarely within the protections
afforded by the ADA and Section 504. Download
the statement of interest (.doc).
USBLN and Wells Fargo Launch America's First Disability
Rights Museum on Wheels
US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and Wells Fargo &
announced the launch of America's Disability Rights Museum on Wheels,
the country's first disability rights mobile museum.
Disability Rights Museum on Wheels is an accessible self-contained
motor vehicle that features interactive learning opportunities. The
museum will also be joined by the ADA Legacy Tour, a national bus tour
that has traveled more than 14,000 miles commemorating the 25th
anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For information about sponsoring the DRMW,
the full announcement and contact Liz Taub at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Open for the ADA25 Maine Design Awards and for
New SustainABILITY Workshop
Registration for the Maine Design Awards
in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA is now open! Entries
are due by July 31st.
Also register for the New SustainABILITY
workshop and Award Celebration September 25th at Pine Tree Camp in
Rome, Maine. Visit www.sustainABLEforME.org
for more information!
Milford, CT Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the ADA!
of the public, political figures and representatives from
disability-focused groups gathered Monday, July 6 in front of Milford
City Hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with
Participating entities included
the Center for Disability Rights-CT, West Haven Community House's
Community Connection, City of West Haven, City of Milford, Connecticut
Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities, the Agency on Aging
and Bodie's Place of Milford. Watch
an online video with highlights of the celebration!
Photo: Benjamin G. Blake, Mayor of
Assistive Technology Design Class is Looking for Clients with
Disabilities Interested in Creating Customized Assistive Technology
& Visually Impaired Volunteers to Test a Wearable Navigation
MIT class, 6.811 Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology,
team's engineering students and clients with disabilities to create
customized assistive technology solutions. The class is currently
seeking clients with disabilities who have specific project ideas, and
visually impaired volunteers to test a wearable navigation system
online if you are interested in participating. The
application deadline is August 8.
News From Outside New England
Pledge to Support the Next 25 Years of the ADA and Beyond!
Join others in their commitment for
another 25 years of the ADA and beyond!
Take 1 minute and Sign the Pledge
Act now by Using your smart phone, tablet,
or computer and visit ADAanniversary.org
U.S. Conference of Mayors Adopts Resolution to Commemorate
the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act
83rd annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a
resolution in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
the resolution states, "The United States Conference of Mayors supports
ADA25 and urges all cities and municipalities to work with civic and
disability partners to inspire action with commitments and legacies
that fulfill the ADAS's transformative promise of equal opportunity,
full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency of
people with disabilities." Read
the full resolution.
Civil Rights Division Publishes New ADA Technical Assistance
for State and Local Governments
help state and local governments understand how the ADA applies to
their particular programs, services and activities, the Department of
Justice Civil Rights Division has published a new technical assistance
document, ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments.
illustrated guide addresses Title II's nondiscrimination requirements
such as program accessibility, service animals, communicating with
people with disabilities, power-driven mobility devices and policies
and procedures. The document also addresses how the 2010 ADA
Standards for Accessible Design apply to existing buildings
and facilities, new construction and alterations. Access
the guide online!(PDF)
EEOC Updates Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance in Light of
Young v. UPS Ruling
EEOC has updated its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination
and Related Issues in light of the Supreme Court's Young v. UPS ruling
issued earlier this year in March. The updated guidance reflects the
High Court's conclusion that women may be able to prove unlawful
pregnancy discrimination when an employer has accommodated some workers
but refused to accommodate pregnant women. In addition to the updated
guidance, the EEOC has issued a question and answer document as well as
a fact sheet for small businesses. The document
and fact sheet are available on the EEOC web site. Read
the full announcement.
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