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ADA & Access Matters

Edition #31– March 16, 2023

ADA Puzzler: Winner and Answer – March 2023


Winner of the March ADA Puzzler

Rita Yanz
Fletcher, North Carolina

Question: March ADA Puzzler

“Grandfather” or “safe harbor clauses” mean facilities may not be required to meet the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.

  1. True
  2. False


2. False.


There is no grandfathering in the ADA. A “safe harbor” means that a business does not have to make modifications to elements in a building that comply with the 1991 ADA Standards, even if the 2010 ADA Standards have different requirements for them. For example the 1991 ADA Standards permitted controls, such as a light switch, to be 54 inches high maximum for a side reach. The 2010 ADA Standards lowered that to 48 inches maximum. If the light switch was installed before March 15, 2012 (the date the 2010 ADA Standards went into effect) it does not need to be lowered to 48 inches. This provision is applied on an element-by-element basis.  However, if you choose to alter elements that were in compliance with the 1991 ADA Standards, the altered elements must comply with the 2010 ADA Standards.


Newsroom: Southeast ADA Center

Third session March 23 in 4th Thursday ADA Talks Series 2023

ADA Title II: Program Access and Structural Accessibility
Thursday – March 23, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. [Eastern Time]

Host: University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI), Southeast ADA Center, Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.

Session Format and Credit

Real-time captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided during the session.
Certificate of Participation available if you register, attend entire session and complete the Post Test Eval.


This is the third session in a virtual series that runs for 60-minutes on the fourth Thursday from January to October 2023.  You can register for all or your choice of 10 sessions.
> Register for 4th Thursday ADA Talks Series 2023

Archive Webinar: Inclusive Imagery from Accessible Tech Webinar Series

Inclusive Imagery – Writing Alt-Text Depicting People with Disabilities
and Other Marginalized Identities

Recorded: March 16, 2023
Time: 90 minutes

Host:  Southeast ADA Center, Great Lakes ADA Center, and ADA National Network

Learn More: Archive Webinar Inclusive Imagery

TUNE-IN to ADA Live! #115:
Living Well with Kidney Disease

IN THIS EPISODE: In recognition of National Kidney Month in March, learn about kidney disease and your health, kidney transplants, and kidney donors.

Chronic kidney disease affects nearly 15% of the U.S. population. In 2022, a record 24,669 life-saving kidney transplants were performed. Kidney disease and other related health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes can be disabilities that affect your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Join us for this informative episode about living well with kidney disease and the rights of kidney patients and kidney donors under the ADA and other laws.

Listen. Read. Explore: and SoundCloud ADA Live!

Southeast ADA Center launches virtual Interview Series: Section 504 at 50

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Southeast ADA Center has launched a virtual interview series featuring leaders of the disability rights movement who advance the cause of equal rights through their tireless work.
Listen and Learn:

About Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: This law protects the rights of qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination. The nondiscrimination requirements of the law apply to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These organizations and employers include many hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers, and human service programs. Section 504 forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services.

View Series Episodes, Resources, and Speakers:

Honoring the Life and Work of Judy Heumann (1947-2023)

Widely regarded as “the mother” of the disability rights movement, Judy’s impact on the world will inspire generations to come.

Events and ADA Training

March 2023 Events and ADA Training

April 2023 Events and ADA Training

May 2023 Events and ADA Training

More: Events Calendar

Registration Open: 2023 National and Virtual ADA Symposiums

The Great Plains ADA Center and the ADA National Network will be offering two multi-day events in 2023 with about 100 sessions for the in-person event and around 48 sessions for the virtual event. All sessions will be 90 minutes and cover topics related to the ADA.


  • National ADA Symposium on May 21-24, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Virtual ADA Symposium on June 12-14, 2023 

Learn More & Register:

March – Explore. Learn. Share.

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

Day Themes – March

Week Themes – March

Month Themes – March

Honor and Celebrate Women Disability Rights Leaders

March is Women’s History Month.
2023 Theme: Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.

Hashtags: #WomensHistoryMonth | #WomensMonth

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Hashtags: #MoreThanMyBrainInjury

Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness Month

Hashtags: #CPawareness | #CerebralPalsyAwarenessMonth | #GoGreen4CP

Color Therapy Month

Hashtags: #ColorTherapyMonth

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM)

Hashtags: #DDAM | #DDAM2023 | #DDawareness2023 | #DDAM2023 | #BeyondtheConvo | #BeyondtheConversation

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month

Hashtags: #MSAwareness | #ThisIsMS | #MyMSMoment

Health Care Access Resources

Information and research relevant to health care access for people with disabilities.

Featured Webinar

Archive Webinar: What You Should Know About the Impact of Long COVID in the Workplace5
Time: 60-minutes
Host: Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

From the ADA National Network

From the Southeast ADA Center

Laws and Courts Briefs

Legal and policy developments relevant to civil rights protections and the impact of court decisions in the Southeast Region and the ADA are analyzed in partnership with the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.

Featured Resource

Recent Briefs

Court Decisions | Disability Issues

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.

Featured Emergency Resource

FIND Resources by Topic

Resources List: Emergency and Severe Weather

COVID-19, ADA and Disability Resources

Check out 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.

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Phone: 404-541-9001
Toll-Free: 800-949-4232 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)

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Funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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.