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Stay current on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disability access and inclusion. — Play. Win. Learn. ADA Puzzler. — Our newsletter is published twice a month on the first and third Thursday.

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ADA & Access Matters

Edition #16 – August 4, 2022

Emergency and Severe Weather – Plan, Prepare, and Respond
♥ Our thoughts and prayers for the people, families and communities who experienced devastating flooding in Eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian Region. ♥

NEW! ADA Puzzler – August 2022


PLAY. WIN. LEARN. August ADA Puzzler

How many accessible doors or entrances at a business are required by the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design?

  • 1) All entrances must be accessible.
  • 2) Only one entrance must be accessible.
  • 3) Fifty percent [50%] of the entrances must be accessible.
  • 4) Sixty percent [60%] of the entrances must be accessible.

+ PLAY: Email your answer by Friday, August 12 to: adapuzzler@syr.edu

+ WIN: From all the correct submissions, one random winner will be drawn for fabulous prizes from the Southeast ADA Center. The answer and winner in our next e-newsletter on August 18.

+ LEARN MORE: Get up-to-date ADA news and training: sign-up for Southeast ADA Center Email List

Events and ADA Training for August

More: Events Calendar

Newsroom: Southeast ADA Center

TUNE-IN to this engaging ADA Live! Podcast

ADA Live! Episode 108: The Confess Project: A Network for Mental Health Care in African-American Communities

Barbershops are an important place in black communities. Barbershops are a refuge from discrimination where black men can talk freely about their life and personal experiences. The Confess Project encourages dialogue between African American males about emotional health by training barbers and stylists to become mental health advocates.

While Black adults generally experience the same rates of mental illness as other adults in the United States, the American Psychological Association (APA) finds that Black adults who live below the poverty line are more than twice as likely to report serious psychological distress compared to those who have greater financial security. The APA also finds that concerns such as illness, poverty, and racial discrimination put Black male youth at greater risk for suicide, depression, and other mental health disabilities.

In this episode of ADA Live!, our guests Dontay Williams and Darnell Rice share about The Confess Project, a peer support network of more than 1400 barbers in 47 cities and 14 states across the U.S. who are inspiring boys, men of color and their families to be better emotionally and creating a culture of better mental health in Black communities.

More Episodes and Resourcesadalive.org

News by Topic

ADA and Disability

Education Access

Employment and Benefits

Health Care Access

Recreation, Travel & Transportation Access

State and Federal Access

Voting Access

August ADA and Disability Themes – Celebrate. Learn. Share.

Discover featured themes and people to celebrate, learn and share about disability and the ADA throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary (July 26). FOLLOW: Facebook @SoutheastADACenter

Section 508 Anniversary – August 7

On August 7, 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and strengthened provisions covering access to information technology in the federal sector. As amended, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires access to the federal government’s electronic and information technology. It applies to all federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use such technology.

LEARN MORE: Section508.gov | U.S. Access Board ICT Accessibility 508 Standards

Hashtag: #Section508

National Purple Heart Day – August 7

The Purple Heart began as the Badge of Military Merit, an honor created by General George Washington in 1782. This day remembers and honors the bravery of those who were wounded or killed while serving and fighting for the U.S., and to ensure that their courage is never forgotten.

LEARN MORE: Veteran Resources from ADA National Network
| Disabled Veterans – Purple Heart Day and Purple Heart Foundation

Hashtag: #PurpleHeartDay

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) – August 7-13

Recognize and honor all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals with disabilities. The goals of this week, include:

  • Recognize and honor assistance dogs.
  • Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs.
  • Honor puppy raisers and trainers.
  • Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities.

LEARN MORE: Service Animal Resources from ADA National Network
| AssistanceDogWeek.org | Facebook @AssistanceDogWeek

Hashtags: #IADW #InternationalAssistanceDogWeek #ServiceDog

Senior Citizens Day – August 21

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this day to celebrate the accomplishments of older adults and also raise awareness about the issues that affect aging and their quality of life.

LEARN MORE: Aging and Older Adults Resources from ADA National Network
| Proclamation, Senior Citizens Day from President Ronald Reagan (1988)

Hashtags: #SeniorCitizens #SeniorCitizensDay #RespectElderly

Back to School Month

Celebrated since the 1960s to motivate and prepare students, parents, and teachers for the new academic year and season of education. Get an “A” for participation, accessibility, inclusion, and diversity.

LEARN MORE: Education Access Resources from ADA National Network

Hashtags: #BackToSchool #BackToSchoolMonth #SchoolDays #FirstDayOfSchool

ABLE to Save Month

Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014 to offer individuals with disabilities and their families an affordable way to save for daily disability related expenses on a tax-deferred basis, without affecting their eligibility for income-based benefits. This month highlights the value and importance that ABLE accounts bring to individuals with disabilities.

LEARN MORE: ABLE National Resource Center | Weekly Resources for ABLE to Save Month
| ABLE Age Adjustment Act Passed Out of Senate Finance Committee (6/24/2022)
Hashtag: #ABLEtoSave Handler: @theABLENRC

Emergency Resources – Plan, Prepare and Respond

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.

Kentucky Flood and Emergency Resources

♥ Our thoughts and prayers for the people, families and communities who experienced devastating flooding in Eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian Region. ♥

Find Emergency Resources by Topic

Resources List: Emergency and Severe Weather
Source: Southeast ADA Center

Disaster Distress Helpline offers counseling, support and resources 1-800-985-5990
Web: samhsa.gov

MORE: ADA National Network website (adata.org) for resources, webinars, training, and multimedia about Emergency Preparedness.

QUESTIONS? Contact your regional ADA Center at 1-800-949-4232 (toll-free).

COVID-19, ADA and Disability Resources

Check out these resources that provide the disability community with information about rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how they apply to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
*Note: We do not give medical or legal advice. Please contact healthcare or legal experts for more information.

Featured COVID News and Resources

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Disclaimer: 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 #90DPAD0005-01-00 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.

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