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ADA and Access Matters
E-newsletter Edition #58
Updated: April 18, 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: Thursday, May 9, 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

EVENTS and ADA Training

4th Thursday ADA Talks 2024:
Register for April 25 – How the ADA Applies to Addiction and Recovery

Fourth Webinar for 4th Thursday ADA Talks 2024

April 25, 2024
How the ADA Applies to Addiction and Recovery

Time (60 minutes):
10:00 – 11:00 am [Eastern] / 9:00 – 10:00 am [Central] / 8:00 – 9:00 am [Mountain] / 7:00 – 8:00 am [Pacific]

REGISTER: 4th Thursday ADA Talks 2024
or use the link: https://bit.ly/4th-thursday-ada-talks-2024

ABOUT 4th Thursday ADA Talks 2024

When (10 webinars):
4th Thursday each month from January to October 2024.

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

Webinar Format:
We use Zoom for our webinars. Audio is provided through Zoom or by phone. Real-time captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting available during each webinar. Each webinar is recorded for archive.

Certificate of Participation:
To receive credit: you must be registered; attend the entire webinar; and complete the Post Test Eval. Attendance will be verified.

REGISTER: 4th Thursday ADA Talks 2024
or use the link: https://bit.ly/4th-thursday-ada-talks-2024
Learn more: 4th Thursday ADA Talks – March 2024 Webinar.

April 2024 Events and ADA Training

May 2024 Events and ADA Training

  • Webinar 5/2: Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium
    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. [Eastern Time]
    Series: Ask an ADA Professional
    Host: National Council on Aging (NCOA), U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
  • Webinar 5/2: Doors and Gates
    2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. [Eastern Time]
    Series: ADA Audio
    Host: Great Lakes ADA Center, and ADA National Network (ADANN)

More: Events Calendar

Newsroom: Southeast ADA Center

ADA Live! Episode #128:
Helping Youth and Adults with Autism Build Independent Lives

It’s April and in recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, we will discuss the rights autistic people have under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many people who are autistic or are neurodivergent have difficulty with social situations and personal interactions. We will also offer strategies for coping with workplace and community barriers. Our guest for this episode is Stacey Hoaglund, President of the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Florida.

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

ADA and Medication Assisted Treatment in Correctional Settings

The Southeast ADA Center authored a journal research article:
Source: Forensic Science and Addiction Journal.
Authors: Pamela Williamson and Barry Whaley.
Title: ADA and Medication Assisted Treatment in Correctional Settings [PDF, 3 pages]

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.

Read the full article on the Crimson Publishers website:
ADA and Medication Assisted Treatment in Correctional Settings [PDF, 3 pages]
Web: crimsonpublishers.com

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/

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Legal News and Courts Briefs

Court Briefs from Southeast ADA Center

MORE: Court Decisions | Disability Issues

April 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.

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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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