Advocates in Vermont are pressing legislators to repeal a $125-a-month cut in Reach Up benefits for certain recipients with disabilities. Ed Paquin, executive director of the group Disability Rights Vermont, said the $4 million net savings from reduced Reach Up rolls should be reason enough to repeal the cuts.
February 2016 Newsletter
Advocates Argue for Restoring Reach Up Benefits in Vermont
Uber Boston Announces Partnership with Disability Advocates
Uber Boston has agreed to work on improving the accessibility of the ride-hailing service. The Uber Boston Disability Coalition includes the Disability Law Center, the Disability Policy Consortium, and the Boston Center for Independent Living. Participants will meet in focus groups to determine how to move forward.
Two New Publications Provide Information about Disability in New Hampshire
The Institute on Disability (IOD) has developed two publications to provide greater accessibility to data with a particular focus on the population with disabilities in New Hampshire. The two publications are, Facts & Figures: The 2015 Annual Report on Disability in New Hampshire and To The Point: An Introduction to Disability in the Granite State.
News From Outside New England
Registration is Open for the 2016 National ADA Symposium in Denver, Colorado
Registration is Open for the 2016 National ADA Symposium taking place June 19 - 22 in Denver, Colorado. This four-day event is the premier conference on the ADA, and will feature 72 breakout sessions, pre-conference, keynote, welcome reception and exhibits.
Greyhound Will Make System-wide Changes to Resolve Americans with Disabilities Act Violations
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has settled with Greyhound Lines, Inc. over allegations that the bus company repeatedly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). DOJ found that Greyhound failed to provide full and equal transportation services to passengers with disabilities. Under the consent decree, Greyhound will change its company policies, train its employees on the ADA and compensate passengers with disabilities who experienced discrimination.
What are Key Factors in Successfully Integrating Service Dogs in the Workplace?
In a new study, people with experience in using or integrating service dogs in the workplace were asked to rank a list of factors according to their perceived importance in the development and maintenance of successful service dog partnerships. Participants included service dog handlers and trainers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and health professionals.
Closed Captioning Will Be Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems
Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Gogo LLC, have reached a far-reaching agreement.
EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement and Litigation Data
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released detailed breakdowns of the 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination that the agency received in fiscal year 2015. Disability charges increased by 6 percent from last year and are the third largest category of charges filed.