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Disability advocates call for reasonable accommodations in public housing eviction procedures

Tuesday, March 22, 2016The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities submitted public comments [PDF] to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 4, calling on the agency to create a reasonable accommodation exception for certain tenants with disabilities whose income disqualifies them…

Bill proposes tax credit for caregivers

Monday, March 21, 2016
Credit for Caring Act
Reps. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) introduced new legislation March 7 that would create a tax credit for people caring for people with disabilities and the elderly. “These families are making enormous sacrifices and…

Settlement reached to improve ADA compliance in Alabama prisons

Friday, March 18, 2016
Photo from “Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama’s Prisons”
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program announced a settlement with the Alabama Department of Corrections on March 16 to settle a range of disability…

National Federation of the Blind and Amazon reach agreement on accessible Kindles

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Amazon and NFB collaborate on accessibility
The National Federation of the Blind and Amazon released a brief statement March 2, announcing a new initiative to “collaborate on improvements to Amazon’s education content, platforms, and application,” as well as meet on…

ABA therapy to become a mandatory benefit for federal employees in 2017

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Health Insurance for Federal Employees to Cover ABA
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management will now require that all insurance companies participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program cover Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, which can otherwise costs families tens…

AMC Theaters sued by advocates for the blind

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
AMC Theater Facing Accessibility Suit
The nation’s largest movie chain was hit by a class-action complaint in federal court last month, accusing it of failing to make its services accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. “Properly functioning…

DOE to school districts: Address racial disparities in special education

Friday, March 4, 2016The U.S. Department of Education proposed new regulations [PDF] February 23, detailing new steps that school districts must take to reduce racial disparities in the identification, placement and discipline of students in special education programs. “We have a moral and…

EEOC proposes new affirmative action rules for federal agencies

Monday, February 29, 2016
Federal Employment Opportunities
The Obama Administration proposed new regulations February 23, detailing a variety of steps and reporting requirements that federal agencies must complete in taking affirmative action to hire more employees with disabilities. In doing so, the Equal Employment…

Complaint demands accessible Medicaid and Medicare documentation

Monday, February 22, 2016The National Federation of the Blind and three individuals sued the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in federal court February 10, calling on the agency to make its documentation, including key materials relating to benefit changes and denials, accessible…

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