May Newsletter

Maine's New Access Law: What You Need to Know!

Access Design Alpha One

From Access Design News - Until now in Maine, only an individual with a disability could file a complaint when discriminated against because of their disability, which many people would not pursue in Maine's small communities. Now, a new law gives Disability Rights Maine the ability to file a civil action on behalf of persons with disabilities because of alleged violations of the Maine Human Rights Act. Read the new law (PDF, 462 KB).

View a Documentary About Vermonters With Disabilities Who Made the Western Movie "Bulletproof"

Becoming Bulletproof

Recently, people both with and without disabilities met at Zeno Mountain Farm in Vermont to write, produce, and act in an original short film entitled Bulletproof. The documentary Becoming Bulletproof has been released. Watch the documentary.

Vermont Veterans Create Ties Through Fly Fishing

Healing Waters Fly Fishing

This month, the Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center is hosting "The Art of Fly Fishing," an exhibit that includes fly-fishing flies made by Vermont veterans involved in Project Healing Waters. Project Healing Waters looks to the camaraderie found in fishing and the art of tying fly fishing flies to help active-duty military and veterans who have physical and psychological disabilities. Read more about Project Healing Waters

Free and Open to the Public: ADA for Local Governments: What You Should Know in Warwick, Rhode Island

Stacy Hart

The ADA has been in effect for over 25 years, and many people are still confused about what the law requires. Can a monkey be a service animal? What would you do if someone asks for a public meeting to be scent-free? Register online to learn this and more with the New England ADA Center's Stacy Hart on June 2 at the Warwick Public Library.

YES Health - A New Network Focusing on One Care, Physical Disabilities and/or Mental Health Needs!

Yes health

Are you a member of One Care? If yes, you can influence health care in Massachusetts by sharing your health care experience. A new initiative, 'Yes Health' run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities wants to know what you think. Visit the YES Health website and let your voice be heard.

Massachusetts DMH Hosts Events Including 22nd Annual Express Yourself Performance

Mass Department of Mental Health

In honor of national Mental Health Awareness Month, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) will host events that follow the national theme: Life with a Mental Illness.

Read more about the exciting public performances including Express Yourself: Illuminate, featuring Samantha Johnson from America's Got Talent.

Truro, MA Appropriates Funds to Improve Accessibility of Town Green

Tom McCarthy from DCR's Universal Access Program joins residents of Truro at the day of field-based accessability training on the Truro Town Green.

Last year, the town of Truro, Massachusetts was awarded a day of field-based accessibility training from the New England ADA Center. Citizens joined ADA staff to asses the status of the Town Green, and prepare a plan to address accessibility issues.

A $1,000 award from the New England ADA Center helped get things started, and now the town has appropriated additional funding to complete the job! Thanks to Susan Howe, Chair of the Truro Disability Commission, for initiating this effort.

News From Outside New England

EEOC Issues New Resource Document Addressing Issues Related to Leave and Disability

Equal Opportunity Employment Commission

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new resource document that addresses the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Read the EEOC document, Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Justice Department Takes Steps to Ensure Accessibility of Web Information & Services from State & Local Governments

United States Department of Justice

Ensuring that state and local governments are meeting the Web accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act is a high priority for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In order to gather additional public comments on this issue, DOJ has issued a Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Read the DOJ's statement.

NCD Letter to Treasury Secretary about Including Accessibility in New Dollar Bills

National Council on Disability

A letter from the National Council on Disability (NCD) to the Secretary of the Treasury explains the importance of making U.S. paper money accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired. However, a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of the Treasury regarding the redesign of U.S. currency didn't mention adding tactile features to make the new bills accessible for people with disabilities. Read the NCD letter.

National Council on Disability & Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Release New Parenting with a Disability Toolkit

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

The National Council on Disability (NCD) and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation released a toolkit on the rights of parents with disabilities. Currently, 35 states include disability as grounds for termination of parental rights. Read about the toolkit.

Lowe's to Pay $8.6 Million to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the resolution of a nationwide disability discrimination case against home improvement, appliance and hardware giant Lowe's. According to EEOC, Lowe's violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by engaging in a pattern and practice of discrimination against people with disabilities by firing them and by failing to provide reasonable accommodations. Read about the Lowe's settlement.

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