March Newsletter

Attend the Acess Recreation Spring Conference APRIL 5 in Burlington, MA

Access Recreation Boston

Access Recreation Boston, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to increasing and enhancing recreation opportunities for people with disabilities in the greater Boston area, invites you to their Spring Conference. Meet other professionals who understand the unique challenges and opportunities in providing recreation services for people with disabilities. Learn more and register online!

Architectural Accessibility Workshops: The ADA 2010 Standards and Multi-Family Housing offered at Two Locations in Maine

ADA 25 Boston

Two architectural accessibility workshops: one on the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, and the other covering Multi-Family Housing will be offered on April 7 in Portland, and repeated April 21 in Augusta, Maine. Presenters include Kathy Gips from the New England ADA Center and Jill Johanning from Access Design, Alpha One Independent Living Center.

The course includes a Certificate of Course Completion and is eligible for six AIA LSU/HSW credits. Learn more and register online for the session in Portland or Augusta.

Join Disability Law Center for "Rev Up! Register! Educate! Vote!"

Rev Up! Register, Educate, Vote

Attend the Election Assistance Commission public meeting followed by a REV UP strategy session Wednesday, April 27 from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm at Suffolk University Law School.

The goal of this meeting is the to create a strategy to get people with disabilities registered to vote, educated on the issues, and to the polls on Election Day, November 8th. Learn more about Rev Up! and register for the meeting online!

News From Outside New England

Department of Justice Looks Into SAT and ACT Testing Disparities

Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice recently began collecting information about the test-administration policies of the College Board and ACT Inc. after receiving complaints that the organizations do not provide adequate accommodations for students with disabilities. Read more abut the inquiry in Education Week.

IRS Web Site Provides Tax Information for People with Disabilities


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has created a web page that highlights tax information for persons with disabilities. Access the latest information about ABLE accounts, disability pensions, tax credits and more!

AMC Theatres Sued for Discrimination against People Who Are Blind

AMC Theatres

The California Council of the Blind (CCB), and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (LightHouse) filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against AMC Theatres. The lawsuit alleges discrimination against movie-goers who are blind or low-vision, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more about the lawsuit.

VA Partners with PGA to Support Adaptive Golf Program for Veterans with Disabilities

Two men with prosthetic limbs playing golf

Photo: Creative Commons

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with PGA REACH, the philanthropic arm of PGA of America, to bring a specialized golf program to disabled Veterans. The program, PGA HOPE - Helping Our Patriots Everywhere - is a therapeutic program to aid in the rehabilitation process for disabled Veterans. Read about the VA and PGA partnership.

National Council on Disability (NCD) Supports Rite Aid's Accessible Prescription Drug Labels

Rite Aid

The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies, applauds the latest increase in the availability of talking prescription devices. Rite-Aid will provide accessible labels to customers who are blind or are visually impaired at their pharmacies nationwide fot no additional cost. Read the NCD press release about the new labels.

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