ADA - news and information of interest

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The Federal Register made available for public inspection a final rule revising the Justice Department's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II and Title III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The final rule will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, August 11, 2016, and will take effect on Monday, October 10, 2016, 60 days from publication in the Federal Register.

In response to several Supreme Court decisions that narrowly interpreted the ADA's definition of "disability," Congress passed the ADAAA to ensure that the ADA definition of "disability" would be broadly construed. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the meaning and interpretation of the ADA definition of "disability" to ensure that the term would be applied without extensive analysis, so that all individuals with disabilities could receive the law's protections. The final rule ensures that the Department's regulations are consistent with the changes Congress made to the ADA.

A pre-publication copy of the final rule posted by the Federal Register on its public inspection desk can be found at:https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/11/2016-17417/amendment-of-americans-with-disabilities-act-regulations-to-implement-the-americans-with. Once the final rule is published in the Federal Register, a copy will be available on the Department's ADA website.

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For more information about the ADAAA, please visit the Department's ADA website (www.ada.gov) or call the ADA Information Line: Voice: 1-800-514-0301; TTY: 1-800-514-3083.

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Free webinar August 10: 2:00 to 3:30pm, Making Accommodation Decisions on the College Campus under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This session is intended for ADA and DSS professionals seeking a better understanding of the legal compliance obligations colleges have when making accommodation decisions for students with disabilities under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  We will explore making accommodation decisions in and out of the classroom using best practices and real-life scenarios. REGISTER here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zc9ug6cab&oeidk=a07ecvrjwa91bfb4d16>

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Described Video via Blindy TV: "Taking the Vision out of Television," by Bill Holton
Imagine a television network where you could tune in any time, 24/7, and every show on every channel automatically included audio description. Sounds farfetched, you say? Well, believe it or not, it's available right now
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Due October 7, The Department of Justice is collecting comments about the importance of web accessibility for Americans with disabilities.  The focus is on websites of state and local governments, including voting sites, emergency preparedness, public schools, and everything in between.  This post explains when and how to file comments:
http://www.lflegal.com/2016/07/web-regs-comment/#content
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Online publication presents Nonpartisan Political Commentary on 2016 Elections, with a Focus on Disability issues: www.TheRespectAbilityReport.org.

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On July 28, 2016, the Department of Justice published "Beyond the Cases: 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Lives, Faces, and Stories Behind the ADA," an eight-page publication which provides brief case highlights and anecdotal stories of people with disabilities whose lives were changed by the Department's ADA enforcement efforts. This document follows Principal Deputy Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta's Tuesday's blog marking the ADA's 26th anniversary.  In that blog, she wrote about the Department's pivotal role in ensuring that the promise of the ADA is made real in the lives of people with disabilities throughout the country.

To find out more about the ADA, call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY, or access its www.ada.gov website.)

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Upon passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Senator Tom Harkin delivered a speech on the Senate floor in American Sign Language. Harkin, whose brother Frank was deaf, was the lead Senate author of the ADA, which was enacted on July 26, 1990. His speech is the first in American Sign Language to be delivered from the Senate floor.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BomPo6fPOOo

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The ADA National Network

The ADA National Network is the premier resource for information, guidance and training on the ADA and its implementation. The Network consists of 10 regional ADA Centers located throughout the United States that provide services and assistance tailored to meet the needs of local businesses, government and individuals. The ADA National Network is not an enforcement or regulatory agency—but rather a helpful resource.  Contact the ADA National Network with questions on the Americans with Disabilities Act or to find a regional ADA Center near you, call 1-800-949-4232. All calls are confidential.  Visit the ADA National Network website for links to extensive ADA information and training opportunities at www.adata.org.

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This week, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta approved an extension of the public comment period for the Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities. The public comment period will be extended for 60 days. The public comment period will now close on October 7, 2016. A notice of the extension was published in the Federal Register. More information, as well as a link to the Federal Register publication, is available at https://www.ada.gov/newproposed_regs.htm.

To find out more about this Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or the ADA, visit www.ada.gov or call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY).

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