June Newsletter

July 13 is Boston ADA Celebration Day at City Hall Plaza

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

The Mayor's Commission for Persons With Disabilities presents the 5th annual ADA Celebration Day on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from noon to 3:00 PM at Boston's City Hall Plaza. This is a free event for children, families and individuals of all abilities. View the event flyer!

Vermont Agency of Transportation Pulls Seat belt Safety Ad That Stigmatizes People with Disabilities

Vermont Agency of Transportation

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has withdrawn a new seat belt safety ad that critics say reinforces negative stereotypes about people who use wheeled mobility devices. At one point in the ad, an accessible van arrives at a home and a narrator says, "This is what independence could look like if you don't wear your seat belt." Read about the retracted ad.

Learn About "ADA for Local Governments: What You Should Know" at Two Locations in Massachusetts

Stacy Hart

The New England American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center's Stacy Hart will lead a team of presenters on the topic of what those in state and local government should know about the ADA. Bring your questions and be part of one of the lively and informative sessions. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

June 29th at Westwood Public Library
July 15th at West Springfield Public Library

Join Presenters from the New England ADA Center at the Little People of America National Conference in Boston July 1-7

The Little People of America (LPA) National Conference is taking place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. On Tuesday, July 5, the New England ADA Center's Oce Harrison and Stacy Hart will be at the conference to make the following presentations:

Oce Harrison

General ADA Title I Employment Workshop 10:30-11:45
This workshop provides an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the definition of disability under the ADA, and describes the interactive process of requesting a reasonable accommodation.
Presenter: Oce Harrison, Project Director, New England ADA Regional Center.

Stacy Hart

Service Animals and American Sign Language Interpreters 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
This workshop provides answers questions about what is a service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, since hearing loss can be a secondary disability for some little people, sign language interpreters as an effective means of communication will be discussed.
Presenter: Stacy Hart, ADA Trainer, New England ADA Regional Center.

Learn more about the conference!

News From Outside New England

Take a Survey to Help Improve Accessible Transportation

ADA PARC

The New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center encourages everyone with a disability to take a national survey titled, Transportation Access and Experiences. The results will serve as crucial evidence to support improvements to accessible transportation.

Learn more about ADA PARC. The online survey can be completed in English or Spanish.
Call 312-996-9655 to complete the survey by phone in English. Ask for Ancel Montenelli at 312-413-1439 to complete the survey by phone in Spanish.
Questions? Contact Jill Bezyak from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center at jill.bezyak@unco.edu.

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The New England ADA Center is a member of the ADA National Network funded by US Department of Education through National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research Grant # H133A110028