In This Edition
- Hurricane & Severe Weather Preparedness
Plan, prepare: Hurricane season begins June 1
- NEW! ADA, Disability and COVID-19 Portal
Resources added daily and also Share Your Story
- Events & Training
- ADA30 - Celebrate. Learn. Share.
- Stay Connected
ADA, Disability and COVID-19 Information & Resources
Southeast ADA Center and ADA National Network offer expanded
ADA, Disability and COVID-19 Portal
The ADA, Disability and COVID-19 Portal provides timely information for people with disabilities about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and COVID-19. Explore the Portal through Alerts, Virtual Events, ADA Publications, and over 400 fully vetted Resources. Some information is available in Spanish and American Sign Language.
Share Your Story of how COVID-19 has changed your life. Your story, your way: write an essay, create a poem or send us your art, photo, audio, or video that shows the impact of the pandemic.
Information is constantly changing. We will continue to update the portal as new information is released. The Southeast ADA Center and ADA National Network do not give medical or legal advice. Please contact healthcare or legal experts for more information.
Featured Virtual Events
Wednesday - June 3
- The ADA Generation: New Perspectives on Employment and College Graduates with Disabilities
12-1 pm [Eastern Time] - June 3
Sponsors: Kessler Foundation, Institute on Disability/UCED at University of New Hampshire
- ADA Live! History and the Future of Disability Rights: A Chat with Judy Heumann
1-1:30 pm [Eastern Time] - June 3
Sponsor: Southeast ADA Center, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, ADA National Network
Thursday - June 4
- Part 2 of 2: Domestic Violence and People Living with Disabilities
*NOTE: This webinar series addresses sensitive topics and includes content that may be triggering.
3-4 pm [Eastern Time] - June 4
Sponsors: Barrier Free Living, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Hurricane & Severe Weather Preparedness
Plan, prepare: Hurricane season begins on June 1
Be ready for hurricane season and severe weather. Determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season.
If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to plan, prepare and complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1.
Check out the complied list of resources below to assist you. Be sure to listen to your local news and weather reports, as well as follow social media for important alerts and emergency information in your area. Please stay safe!
- Keep in mind, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest from your local officials and health and safety guidelines from the CDC
- Southeast U.S. Region - Emergency & Severe Weather Resources:
Alabama (AL), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA) , Kentucky (KY), Mississippi (MS),
North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN)
- Emergency & Severe Weather Resources
- Emergency Preparedness - ADA Fact Sheets & Publications
- ADA Live! Podcasts & Resources - Emergency Preparedness
Events & Training
Webinars & Podcasts
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST
|Using the ADA and ABA Standards Series: Chapter 5: General Site and Building Elements|
*Deadline to Register: June 3, 2020
Webinar Series: Accessibility Online
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST
|Webinar Series on Domestic Violence and People with Disabilities - Part 2 of 2|
*Deadline to Register: June 3, 2020
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST
|Effective Communication with Deaf Offenders in Corrections and Law Enforcement**|
*Deadline to Register: June 8, 2020
ADA30 Monthly Themes & Resources
Throughout 2020, celebrate 30 years of progress in access & inclusion
— Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA 30th Anniversary (July 26).
Featured ADA30 Events
- Podcast & Resources:
ADA Live! History and the Future of Disability Rights: A Chat with Judy Heumann
Wednesday, June 3 at 1-1:30 pm [Eastern Time]
— Listen: Soundcloud ADA Live! (audio)
— View/Read: Interactive transcript* abd transcript file*
*Links available on June 3 at 1:00 pm [Eastern Time] on ADA Live! website
Sponsors: Southeast ADA Center and ADA National Network
- Twitter Monthly Chat #ADANetworkChat
Olmstead, ADA History & Anniversary Countdown
Wednesday, June 24 at 1-2 pm [Eastern Time]
Sponsor: ADA National Network
National ADA Events Calendar
Share Your #ThanksToTheADA Moment
On a social media platform of your choosing use #ThanksToTheADA to share what the ADA means to you — a moment when you were thankful for the ADA. This will look different for everyone, so have fun and be creative! Share any media of your choosing, (video, picture, written word, or other) and include #ThanksToTheADA.
How to participate #ThanksToTheADA
- Video: ADA 30th Anniversary: #ThanksToTheADA [2:20 min., captioned]
- Transcript: Video ADA30 #ThanksToTheADA
- Tweet: #ThanksToTheADA
Share, Show & Tell ADA 30
ADA Celebrations & Anniversary Toolkit
June ADA30 Themes
Good Access is Good Business
- Business - ADA Fact Sheets & Publications
- Public Accommodations (ADA Title III) - Fact Sheets & Publications
- Find ADA Training
- Questions on Business and ADA?
Call 1-800-949-4232 to contact your regional ADA Center
Source: ADA National Network
Olmstead Decision - Anniversary
Petition for a Google Doodle in Honor of the ADA 30th Anniversary
Over the years, Google has rarely honored significant moments in disability history.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA),
show your support for Google to acknowledge this historic moment with a
Google Doodle on July 26, 2020.
Sign the Petition for ADA30 Google Doodle
Make A Difference
Opportunities to participate, provide comments, and impact disability research, rights, and laws.
Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM)
- U.S. Access Board Extends Comment Period for Update of Rail Vehicle Guidelines
Due by: July 14, 2020
- Submit Your Video to the AUCD Video Contest!
Due by: June 11, 2020
- U.S. Department of Transportation Inclusive Design Challenge
Due by: October 30, 2020
- A Hidden COVID-19 Risk Factor: Your Boss
Source: The Atlantic
- Disabled People Have Unique Perspectives on Risks and “Reopening”
- Jason’s Connection: Breaking the "Sorry" Habit
Source: Jason’s Connection
- Reopening Businesses Face Customer Pushback on Mask Requirements Under ADA
Source: Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
- Replace Your Social Security Card Online in 43 States and the District of Columbia
Source: Social Security Administration (SSA)
- Vote by Mail Is One of Many Ways to Ensure the Disability Community Is Included in the Next Election
Source: Center for American Progress
Southeast Region News
- Medtronic to Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- Piggly Wiggly in Lafayette, Tennessee Settles Americans with Disabilities Act Complaint
Source: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Court Decisions & Disability Issues
Review and search legal and policy developments relevant to civil rights protections and the impact of court decisions in the Southeast Region under the ADA. These briefs are developed in partnership with the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.
- Robles v. Domino”s Pizza
- Caporicci v. Chipotle Mexican Grill
- Gil v. Winn-Dixie
- Craig v. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc.
Other News & Resources of Interest
Disclaimer: Accessibility cannot be guaranteed for external websites. The Southeast ADA Center provides these links as a courtesy and does not endorse, take responsibility for, or exercise control of the organization nor vouch for the accuracy of the contents of the destination link.
- Accessibility Tools on Your Smartphone That Can Make Your Life Easier
- A Kentucky School Surprised a Little Girl by Including a Photo of Her Service Dog in the Yearbook
- Annie Glenn, Widow of Former Astronaut John Glenn, Dies at 100 of Complications from COVID-19
Source: USA Today
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What the Coronavirus Teaches and How We Must Respond
Accessibility cannot be guaranteed for external websites. The Southeast ADA Center provides these links as a courtesy and does not endorse, take responsibility, or exercise control of the organization nor vouch for the accuracy of the contents of the destination link. The contents of this electronic newsletter were developed under Grant #90DP0090-01-00 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The information, materials, and/or technical assistance are intended solely as informal guidance, and are neither a determination of your legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility under the ADA.