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ADA and Access Matters
E-newsletter Edition #63
Updated: June 20, 2024

CELEBRATE: Olmstead Decision Anniversary


Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Olmstead Decision: From Segregation to Inclusion in the Community
Tuesday, June 25, 2024
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. [Eastern Time]
Series: ADA Legal Webinars
Host: ADA National Network


ADA Puzzler – Play. Win. Learn.

This term refers to any change to a job or work environment that permits a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to perform a job, participate in the application process, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment equal to employees without disabilities.

  1. Reasonable accommodation
  2. Reasonable modification
  3. Reasonable negotiation
  4. Reasonable care

Email your answers to
Deadline to Play: Monday, June 24, 2024


One winner randomly drawn from all correct answers for choice of $5 gift card or one course from My ADA Learning – Southeast ADA Center.


Congrats to May Winner!

Alli Johnson
Assistant Director of Accommodation and Accessibility Services
Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas

May ADA Puzzler

Which of the following are violations under ADA Title II?

  1. Refusing to allow an individual with a disability to participate in a program or service when the individual causes a significant risk of substantial harm.
  2. Refusing to allow an individual with a disability to participate in a program or service or retaliating against them due to an ADA complaint.
  3. Refusing to provide a wheelchair for someone with a disability who requests one.
  4. All of the above.

Correct Answer

2. Refusing to allow an individual with a disability to participate in a program or service or retaliating against them due to an ADA complaint.


FOCUS: Web Accessibility News and Resources

New Federal Rule – ADA Title II Web Access and Mobile Apps

Events and Training on ADA Title II and Web Access

Webinar: Beyond Section 508 Digital Accessibility Requirements: An Overview of Web Accessibility Requirements from WCAG 2.1 and 2.2
Thursday – July 30, 2024
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. [Eastern Time]
Series: Section 508 Webinars
Host: ADA National Network, U.S.Access Board

New Federal Rule – Health Care and Web Access

Events and Training on Health Care and Web Access

Webinar: HHS Final Rule on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Thursday – June 27, 2024
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. [Eastern Time]
Host: ADA National Network, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights

Section 504 and Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), finalized a rule that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and advances equity and bolsters protections for people with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule includes:

  • Defining what accessibility means for websites and mobile applications and sets forth a specific technical standard to ensure that health care and human service activities delivered through these platforms are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Also, aligns with the Department of Justice for meeting WCAG 2.1, Level AA.
  • Updates existing requirements to make them consistent with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), as many HHS recipients are also covered by the ADA this consistency will improve and simplify compliance.
Learn More

Section 1557, NonDiscrimination, and Civil Rights in Health Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) advancing protections against discrimination in health care. This rule strengthens protections against discrimination, reduces language access barriers, expands physical and digital accessibility, tackles bias in health technology, and more. This rule includes:

  • Covered health programs and activities offered via telehealth must also be accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Nondiscrimination in health programs and activities continues to apply to use of artificial intelligence (AI), clinical algorithms, predictive analytics, and other tools.
Learn More

ADA Title III and Web Access

EVENTS and ADA Training

June 2024

More: Events Calendar

Newsroom: Southeast ADA Center

ADA Live! Episode #130:
RETAIN Kentucky Helps Employees Stay at Work or Return to Work

The Southeast ADA Center and the ADA National Network get a lot of questions about workplace accommodations. This includes questions about when and how employees can stay at work or return to work after a disabling illness or injury.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that millions of workers experience an injury that puts them at risk of leaving the workforce. While some injuries are work related, many happen off-the-job. These injuries impact not only workers, but family members, employers, and the economy. Many workers can return to work when the get timely and effective help. The RETAIN project, an initiative of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), seeks to aide injured workers in the recovery process and return to economic self-sufficiency.

Our guest for this episode is Kimberly Wickert with RETAIN Kentucky. Kimberly will be talking about the ways the RETAIN demonstration projects help employees and employers, along with other partners, work together so that employees facing illness or injury remain in the workforce.

Listen. Read. Explore: and SoundCloud ADA Live!

Research Publications

The ADA and Equal Access to Public Spaces

Source: Laws Journal
Title: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Equal Access to Public Spaces [PDF file].
Authors: Whaley, B., Martinis, J., Pagano, G., Barthol, S., Senzer, J., Williamson, P., Blanck, P..
Published: Laws 13: 5. available at

ADA and Medication Assisted Treatment in Correctional Settings

Source: Forensic Science and Addiction Journal.
Title: ADA and Medication Assisted Treatment in Correctional Settings [PDF, 3 pages]
Authors: Pamela Williamson and Barry Whaley.

Abstract: Studies estimate that least 65% of people incarcerated in the United States have Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a proven effective treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). MAT reduces the number of people who die each year from OUD by fifty percent and ninety percent of individuals in recovery maintain sobriety after two years. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers the programs and services provided by state and local governments including correctional facilities. Under the ADA, correctional facilities must make reasonable modification to policies and practice to allow inmates in recovery to have access to MAT. In this article, we discuss how the ADA applies to correctional facilities and the impact that MAT has for people who have OUD.

Keywords: Americans with Disabilities Act; ADA; Addiction; Substance use; Opioid use; Recovery.

Spanish ADA Resources for Hispanic and Latino Communities

FREE Webcourse in Spanish: ADA Foundations

ADA Foundations is a comprehensive web course designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of the core concepts about the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The web course has been developed to help you learn about the important concepts of the ADA and to think about inclusive solutions for people with disabilities in the workplace, state and local government programs, and private businesses.

Cost: Free for a limited time – The Spanish version of the web course.

Language: The course is in Spanish. You can select for the course system to be in Spanish or English.

Register: Create an account for the course system then login and select the course.

Fundamentos de la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades
(también conocida como Fundamentos de la ADA)
Sitio Web: –

ADA Live! Episodes in Spanish

Episode 122: How the ADA National Network Connects with Hispanic and Latino Communities of People with Disabilities
Note: Transcript and Resources available in Spanish and English.

Episodio 122 en español: Cómo la Red Nacional de la ADA se conecta con las comunidades hispanas y latinas de personas con discapacidades

Más: ¡ADA en vivo! Transcripciones de los episodios y Recursos en español
Sitio Web:

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June Awareness Themes – Celebrate. Learn. Share

Explore, learn and share about disability and the ADA during the year and on the ADA Anniversary (July 26). FOLLOW: Facebook @SoutheastADACenter

Emergency and Severe Weather – Plan, Prepare, Stay Informed

Be ready – know your evacuation zone, review policies, and stock up on all the essential items to stay safe before, during and after emergencies and severe weather.

Now is the time to plan and prepare – Hurricane Season (June 1 to November 30).

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