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ADA and Access Matters
E-newsletter Edition #61
Updated: May 23, 2024

ADA Puzzler – Play. Win. Learn.

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.

Email your answers to adapuzzler@syr.edu
Deadline to Play: Monday, May 27, 2024

+ WIN

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

+ LEARN

Congrats to April Winner!

Kathy Stakermann
Risk and Safety Manager, and ADA Coordinator
Tamarac, Florida

April ADA Puzzler

Under ADA Title II, prisons are required to make reasonable modification to policies and practice to allow inmates with Opioid Use Disorder to have access to prescribed Medication Assisted Treatment.

  1. True. To deny Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) violates Part 35-Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in State and local government services found in the Code of Federal Regulations.
  2. False. Allowing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is substituting one addiction for another and results in a fundamental alteration to programs and services.

Correct Answer

1. True. To deny Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) violates Part 35-Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in State and local government services found in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Resources on ADA, Addiction, and Recovery

Memorial Day – Office Closed at 1:00 p.m. ET on 5/24 to 5/27

♥ Memorial Day – Remember & Honor ♥

The Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University (SU), will be closed for Memorial Day at 1:00 p.m. [Eastern] on Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27.

Your calls and emails are important to us. We will respond when the office reopens on Tuesday – May 28 at 9:00 a.m. [Eastern].

Our websites are always open 24/7 at: adasoutheast.org – adalive.org – disabilitywebinars.org
We wish you a safe and healthy holiday weekend.

More about Memorial Day

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: New ADA Title II Regulations for Websites and Mobile Apps
Thursday – June 20, 2024
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. [Eastern Time]
Host: ADA National Network, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Web: accessibilityonline.org/ADA-Audio/session/?id=111118

New Federal Rule – Health Care and Web Access

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

May and June 2024

More: Events Calendar

Newsroom: Southeast ADA Center

ADA Live! Episode #129:
Employment Discrimination and the ADA: Insights from the EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the EEOC is responsible for enforcement of various employment rights laws. The EEOC handles complaints of employment discrimination that are based on issues such as a person’s disability, age, gender, race, or religion. In this episode, we will focus on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and employment discrimination against people with disabilities.

Our guest for this episode is Alessandra Rosa. Ms. Rosa is the Lead Outreach and Education Manager at the Indianapolis District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Listen. Read. Explore: ADAlive.org and SoundCloud ADA Live!

Research Events and Publications

Research In-Person Workshop – June 10: Pedestrians with Disabilities

“Pedestrians with Disabilities: From Barriers to Awareness, Human Rights, Inclusion”

Cost: Free.

When: Monday, June 10, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. [Eastern Time]

Where (in-person):
Lubin House, Syracuse University, 11 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065

Organizers: Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, Southeast ADA Center, University of Leeds.

Description: This in-person workshop will focus on the difficulties individuals with disabilities face in navigating public spaces and how laws, policies, and practices can respond to these problems caused by inaccessible or difficult public rights-of-way. It stems from the work of the Inclusive Public Space Project, which investigates the problems caused by unequal access to city streets around the world and the ways law and governments respond to them.

Presentations and discussions at this in-person workshop will include: U.S. Law and Policy regarding public spaces, removing barriers to make communities more accessible, and further discussion on Inclusive Public Space Project findings from a comparative perspective. This workshop will be led by a team of researchers from the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, the Southeast ADA Center, The University of Illinois-Chicago, and the School of Law and Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Registration: Complete the online form to Register for In-Person Research Workshop: Pedestrians with Disabilities OR use this link: bit.ly/leeds-research-workshop

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 www.mdpi.com/2075-471X/13/1/5

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.
Published: CrimsonPublishers.com

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: courses.myadalearning.org – https://bit.ly/spanish-ada-webcourse

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: adalive.org/espanol/

Opportunities to Engage and Share: Ideas, Feedback, Experiences

News and Resources by Topic

    Disability Awareness and Research

    Education Access

    Employment Access

    Financial Equity and Inclusion

    Health Care Access and Disability

    Recreation and Travel Access

    Voting Access

    MORE: News + FOLLOW: Facebook@southeastadacenter

    Legal News and Courts Briefs

    Court Briefs from Southeast ADA Center

    MORE: Court Decisions | Disability Issues

    May 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

    Month Themes

    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.

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