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U.S. Access Board to Hold Open Question & Answer Session - September 4

Disability Gov - Sun, 09/01/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Access Board will hold its next Open Question and Answer session on September 4, 2013 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Participants will be able to ask questions on any topic such as the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Standard, the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard, Section 508, Medical Diagnostic Equipment, Public Rights of Way, or other Board rulemakings or activities. To be able to answer all questions organizers ask that participants submit their questions in advance.

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Car Dealership Sued for Refusing to Accommodate Employee after Spinal Surgery & Firing Him

Disability Gov - Sat, 08/31/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged Randall Ford, a car dealership in Fort Smith, AR, with disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ford allegedly violated the ADA when it refused to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee following spinal surgery, and then fired him. The employee requested to use a company golf cart and help with test-driving vehicles. The lawsuit includes a court order preventing Ford from future discrimination.

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Find Affordable Health Coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace Beginning October 1

Disability Gov - Fri, 08/30/2013 - 23:00

The Health Insurance Marketplace will give you all the options available for health insurance in your area. You can compare plans based on price, benefits, quality and other features. It will also tell you if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program. While all insurance plans are offered by private companies, the Marketplace is run by either your state or the federal government. Open enrollment starts October 1, 2013. Coverage starts January 1, 2014.

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Important Information from FDA on Medical Devices & Therapies

Disability Gov - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers important information about medical devices, products and medical procedures. Find information on safety procedures, treatment devices, therapy options, and research on medical devices like, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and obesity treatment devices.

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Poultry Processor Charged with Disability Discrimination for Firing Employee with Anemia

Disability Gov - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged House of Raeford Farms, Inc. with disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. An employee at the Rose Hill, NC-based poultry processor was asked to work in a cold work environment. Due to her anemia, she requested a reasonable accommodation to work in a warm work environment. The company requested a doctor's notice and then fired her. It also allegedly disclosed the employee's disability to other co-workers.

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Help with Writing for Students with Learning Disabilities

Disability Gov - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 23:00

Many people with learning disabilities (LD) struggle with expressing themselves in writing. This article gives parents and educators ideas to help students with LD to succeed in writing. Some tips include teaching a Self-Regulated Strategy Development for Writing, providing accommodations for additional time for writing assignments or tests, and using assistive technology, like software, to help students who have problems with handwriting. Learn more about these techniques and use the online checklist to find out if your student may have LD.

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Labor Department Announces Final Rules to Improve Employment of Veterans, People with Disabilities

Disability Gov - Tue, 08/27/2013 - 23:00

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The U.S. Department of Labor has announced two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and for people with disabilities. One rule updates requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the other updates those under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The new rules will ensure that qualified workers have more meaningful opportunities to find, secure and keep good jobs.

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Job Accommodation Network Offers Publications in Spanish

Disability Gov - Tue, 08/27/2013 - 23:00

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The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) now offers many fact sheets and other publications in Spanish. These documents describe how to accommodate people with many different types of physical and mental disabilities in the workplace. You’ll also find information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and how to file a job discrimination complaint based on disability. JAN also has a comprehensive list of publications in English.

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EEOC Reaches Agreement with Health Services Provider on Reasonable Accommodations

Disability Gov - Mon, 08/26/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged Cooper University Health Care with disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Camden, NJ-based Cooper has agreed to make policy changes to improve its reasonable accommodations for employees who must be absent from work due to serious medical conditions.

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More Links Seen Between Autism and ADHD

Disability Gov - Mon, 08/26/2013 - 23:00

A recent study has found that children who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to exhibit signs of autism. In this study, one out of five children showed some signs of autism, including slow language development, difficulty interacting with others and being able to control emotions. Children who have both ADHD and autism traits do not respond well to ADHD treatment. Treating symptoms of autism is needed before ADHD symptoms can be controlled.

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Professional Development Opportunity for Youth Service Professionals - Application Deadline August 31

Disability Gov - Mon, 08/26/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment in partnership with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth will hold free professional development training for partnering organizations in three communities. The sites selected will receive professional development and technical assistance to strengthen youth service professionals' abilities to work with youth, including those with disabilities. Download an application in Word format. Application deadline is August 31, 2013. For more information about this program contact Patricia Gill (gillp@iel.org, 202.822.8405 x 154) at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

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Free Online Workshop for Caregivers of Veterans

Disability Gov - Sun, 08/25/2013 - 23:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a free six-week online workshop called Building Better Caregivers. Small groups of 20-25 family caregivers can interact and work together to communicate about dementia, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other serious conditions. Contact a Caregiver Support Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center to participate.

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Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success

Disability Gov - Sun, 08/25/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has released its "Soft Skills to Pay the Bills" video series on DVD. The video series focuses on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. This tool is for youth development professionals to help them introduce youth ages 14 to 21 to workplace interpersonal and professional skills in both in-school and out-of-school environments. 

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FCC Speaker Series on Improving Technology Accessibility for the General Public - September 12

Disability Gov - Sun, 08/25/2013 - 23:00

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Accessibility & Innovation Initiative will feature Dr. Yevgen Borodin as part of its ongoing Speaker Series on September 13, 2013 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Washington, DC. The presentation "Improving Accessibility for the General Public" will discuss Web accessibility. Demonstrations of accessible technology solutions will be held from 1 - 3 p.m. following the main presentation. A free webcast will be available for people who cannot attend in-person. Pre-register and request accommodations by email at aiispeaker@fcc.gov to attend in person.

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Free Webinar for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Interested in Becoming Self-Employed - August 28

Disability Gov - Sun, 08/25/2013 - 23:00

Social Security will hold a free Work Incentives Seminar Event webinar, "Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work: Achieving Financial Independence”, on August 28, 2013 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You'll learn about the Ticket to Work program and other work incentives that can help people receiving disability benefits go back to work or become self-employed. Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

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HUD Charges Fifth Third Bank, Mortgage Company with Discriminating Against Couple with Disabilities

Disability Gov - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has charged Fifth Third Bank, Fifth Third Mortgage Company and Cranbrook Mortgage Corporation with violation of the Fair Housing Act. HUD alleges that the companies discriminated against a couple with disabilities who were trying to refinance their home mortgage. The lender and broker asked the couple to provide unnecessary medical documentation to qualify for a Federal Housing Administration loan.  

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Education Department Wants to Eliminate 2 Percent Rule for Testing Students with Disabilities

Disability Gov - Fri, 08/23/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Department of Education has proposed regulations to transition away from academic assessments using the "2 percent rule". Currently, states can use scores for up to 2 percent of students using modified academic achievement standards as being proficient. Under the new rule, students with disabilities will transition to college and career ready standards that match standards used for all students. States would be given technical assistance as they transition from the 2 percent standard for assessments. 

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My American Dream Video Contest - Deadline September 10

Disability Gov - Fri, 08/23/2013 - 23:00

The National Disability Institute is accepting entries for its 3rd annual “My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities” video contest. Contestants with disabilities create a three-minute video telling their story and steps to achieving their American dream. Upload your video onto YouTube and email the URL, your name and phone number. One winner will receive $1,000, a digital tablet and sessions with a mentor. Submit entries by September 10, 2013

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Justice Department Settles Fair Housing Lawsuit with Engineering Company over Inaccessible Apartments

Disability Gov - Thu, 08/22/2013 - 23:00

The U.S. Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit with Multi/Tech Engineering Services Inc. of Salem, OR for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act. The engineering company designed an apartment complex with steps and other features that made it inaccessible to people with disabilities. Multi/Tech has agreed to take corrective actions to make the complex accessible, including removing steps from sidewalks, widening interior doorways and installing sloped curb ramps.

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FCC Extends Comment Deadline on Closed Captioning Issues - New Deadline November 4

Disability Gov - Wed, 08/21/2013 - 23:00

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted closed captioning rules in January 2012 for video programming on the Internet and for equipment that consumers use to view these videos. The rules were required under the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The FCC released a second notice of proposed rulemaking requesting comments on more closed captioning issues. The comment deadline, which was September 3, 2013, has been extended to November 4, 2013. This link opens in PDF format.

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