September 2015 Newsletter
Meriden, CT Hotel Agrees to Make Changes to Comply with
Americans with Disabilities Act
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney
for the District of Connecticut, announced that the U.S. Attorney's
Office has reached a voluntary compliance agreement with the Comfort
Inn & Suites of Meriden, Connecticut, to resolve allegations
that the hotel was not being operated in compliance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA").
Under federal law, private entities that
own or operate "places of public accommodation," which includes hotels,
are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability. Read
the Department of Justice press release.
Join the ADA Celebration in Somerville, MA on September 19!
Save the Date! On Saturday, Sept.
19, the City of Somerville will host an event celebrating the 25th
anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All community
members are invited to the celebration, to be held in the Somerville
High School Atrium from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 19. Refreshments will
be served. Additional information to follow. For more information,
contact ADA Coordinator, Betsy Allen, at BAllen@somervillema.gov,
or 617-625-6600 ext. 2323. Learn
more on the City of Somerville website.
Registration Now Open for the New SustainABILITY Workshop and
the SustainABLE for Maine Design Awards 2015
New SustainABILITY Workshop will provide an overview of
Accessible, Universal, Visitable, and Socially-sustainable design. With
10,000 people retiring each day, designers and owners fluent in the
issues of minimum compliance and optimum performance have a competitive
The Design Awards:
For the 25th anniversary of the ADA, Alpha One and AIA Maine have
collaborated to announce the SustainABLE for ME Maine Design Awards
program. Projects will be recognized that demonstrate creative
sensitivity toward the accessibility of all users and help create a
more sustainable Maine.
The ADA 25th Anniversary workshop will be presented by Alpha
One and AIA Maine on September 25, 2015 from 1 - 5 pm at Pine Tree Camp
in Rome, Maine a Program of Pine Tree Society. The 2015 Maine Design
Awards keynote and presentation to follow the workshop at 6 pm.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for AIA Maine Members.
ASL Interpreters will be provided for the Design Awards Celebration.
For accommodation requests please email Access Design or
call 207 767-2189.
ADACC Sponsors Six Events Celebrating ADA 25 Across the State
Celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of
the ADA were held across Connecticut this summer with more planned into
the fall. ADACC, the Connecticut affiliate of the New England ADA
Center, provided sponsorship and support to six events. All provided an
opportunity for participants to sign the ADA Pledge, and more than 500
pledges were signed!
West Haven/Milford Joint ADA 25 Committee co-hosted three
events. The first was with the City of Milford. It opened with the
singing of the National Anthem, and a Proclamation read by Milford
Mayor Benjamin Blake. The Committee's second event was with the City of
West Haven at the Savin Rock Conference Center during the popular Savin
Rock Festival, attracting tens of thousands of folks where Mayor Edward
M. O'Brien read a Proclamation. The Committee's third event was geared
toward children, young folks, and their parents, and was held at
Bodie's Place Boundless Playground in Milford. It featured a
demonstration by the Gaylord Wheelchair Tennis Team.
The next event was one of two events hosted by the Connecticut
Cross Disability Alliance. The second was an educational event with the
City of New Haven that featured a walk/roll through of downtown New
Finally, the City of New Britain celebrated at their annual
Abilities Walk and Roll. Participants in the one mile walk received
T-Shirts and refreshments and, prior to a concert in the band shell,
Mayor Erin Stewart, read a proclamation. Happy Anniversary ADA!
Photo: Adaptive Cycling at the
ADA25 Event in West Haven, CT (photo credit Center for Disability
Rhode Island Governor's Commission of Disabilities Holds
Public Forums and 'ADA: Know Your Rights' Trainings
The Rhode Island Governor's Commission on
Disabilities (RIGCD) held their annual Public Forums on the Concerns of
Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families the last
week of July. All of the forums were successful, including an
additional forum held in the middle of August to accommodate the needs
of those with Electromagnetic Sensitivity and Multiple Chemical
Sensitivity. The RIGCD is currently working on a report based on
transcripts from the forums, which should be up on their website, www.gcd.ri.gov, by the
beginning of November.
The RIGCD has also been offering "The
ADA:Know Your Rights" trainings throughout the state since mid-April.
They also have been a huge success, with 10 trainings conducted between
April-August, and an additional six scheduled for September and
October. If you are interested in hosting a training, please contact
Alyssa Gleason at Alyssa.Gleason@gcd.ri.gov
News From Outside New England
Bill Would Increase Access To Special Needs Trusts
Legislation approved by the U.S. Senate
this week may soon make it easier for people with disabilities to save
The bill known as the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act would
allow individuals with disabilities to establish a special needs trust
for themselves. Under current law, such trusts must be created by a
parent, grandparent, legal guardian or a court. Learn
more about the bill.
Photo Credit: Creative Commons.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Awards $8 Million in Adaptive Sport Grants to Aid Disabled
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A.
McDonald announced the awarding of up to $8 million in grants to
eligible recipients with experience managing large scale adaptive
sports programs for disabled Veterans and disabled service members of
the Armed Forces.
The VA is awarding the Grants to national
governing bodies, which prepare high-level athletes for Paralympic
competition; Veterans service organizations; city and regional
municipalities; and other community groups to provide a wide range of
adaptive sports opportunities for eligible Veterans and Servicemembers.
The Grants will support sports ranging from rowing, cycling and skiing
to golf, fly fishing and equestrian sports. Learn
more about the VA
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