February 2016 Newsletter

Advocates Argue for Restoring Reach Up Benefits in Vermont

Vermont Department for Children and Families

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.

Read "Advocates: Other Savings Justify Restoring Reach Up Benefits".

Uber Boston Announces Partnership with Disability Advocates

Uber

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.

More about Uber's partnership.

Two New Publications Provide Information about Disability in New Hampshire

Institute on Disability/UCED, University of 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.

Learn more about the IOD's new publications.

News From Outside New England

Registration is Open for the 2016 National ADA Symposium in Denver, Colorado

National ADA Symposium

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.

Register for the Symposium online today!

Greyhound Will Make System-wide Changes to Resolve Americans with Disabilities Act Violations

Greyhound Bus

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.

Read the full Department of Justice announcement.

What are Key Factors in Successfully Integrating Service Dogs in the Workplace?

National Rehabilitation Information Center

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.

Find out more about the research on service dogs in the workplace.

Closed Captioning Will Be Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

National Association of the Deaf

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.

Learn more about closed captioning for in-flight entertainment.

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement and Litigation Data

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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.

Find out more about the EEOC enforcement and litigation data.

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