Public Access & Accommodation

Agreement finalized for the “Treaty for the Blind”

Monday, July 1, 2013Negotiators at the World Intellectual Property Organization Diplomatic Conference in Morocco announced June 26 an agreement to finalize a new treaty creating international copyright exceptions for converting books to accessible formats, such as in Braille, audio recording or large e-print…

Court rules ADA covers farmers markets

Sunday, March 24, 2013When Sherwood Clement inquired about becoming a food vendor at the South Boston Farmers Market in early 2010, he was told he needed to fill out an application, plant his own produce and pay a membership fee.
Farmers Market
Despite…

Closed captioning bills introduced in Congress

Sunday, March 17, 2013Bills requiring theaters and airports to provide closed captioning when playing movies were introduced in Congress March 12. The bills would specifically amend the Americans with Disabilities Act to expand access to these venues for people who are deaf and…

TSA apologizes to passenger in wheelchair

Friday, March 8, 2013 
YouTube Advocacy
A YouTube video of three-year-old Lucy, as she was screened by airport security officers, has sparked negative media attention and public commentary about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Lucy uses a wheelchair because she has a…

New disability trained staff at TSA

Wednesday, March 6, 2013The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced its recent introduction of staffers who are trained to help passengers with disabilities. Disability Scoop reports that more than 2,600 TSA employees have participated in the specialized training, which consists of four hours…

Pool regulations go into effect

Sunday, February 10, 2013Long-awaited accessibility regulations for public pools went into effect February 1, following multiple delays in response to complaints from hotel owners.
Rule take effect!
The standards require pools to be equipped with chair lifts to assist people with disabilities with…

DOJ, Memphis reach settlement over stadium accessibility

Monday, February 4, 2013The home of the University of Memphis Tigers will add 282 new wheelchair spaces and make a variety of other modifications to increase its accessibility to people with disabilities, as part of the legal agreement¬†announced January 28 between the…

Appeals court revives deaf medical student case

Sunday, January 27, 2013In a major victory for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled unanimously January 15¬†that a deaf student, who does not speak sign language, may sue his medical…

Lawsuit alleges a rash of ADA violations at Sacramento Airport

Monday, January 7, 2013A new barrier seemingly awaits California resident Ruthee Goldkorn every time she attempts to travel through the recently opened Terminal B in the Sacramento International Airport.
Airport Accessibility
Upon arriving at the terminal during one of her 11 business-related visits…

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