Scribd settles accessibility lawsuit

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Scribd Inc to make content accessible
Scribd Inc. announced a settlement with the National Federation of the Blind on November 19, agreeing to make nearly all of the 40 million titles in its online library accessible to people with visual…

Advocacy groups file petition challenging subminimum wage certificate

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Subminimum Wages Challenged
Ralph (Joe) Magers, Pamela Steward, and Mark Felton produce floor samples for Seneca Re-Ad Industries, an Ohio-based sheltered workshop for workers with disabilities. Their job responsibilities include cutting floor tiles, printing labels, punching holes through tile pieces,…

EEOC: Employers cannot discriminate against methadone users

Wednesday, December 2, 2015The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently sued a Baltimore-based labor agency, for refusing to hire a job applicant solely on the basis that she is prescribed methadone. “Medically prescribed methadone is a common and safe treatment for people recovering from…

Study: Nearly 600 suicides linked to UK work assessment programs

Monday, November 23, 2015
News from the UK
Findings from a new study, published November 16 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggests that a UK program that forces people receiving disability benefits to undergo reassessments is linked to an uptick…

Lawsuit prompts GSA to improve website accessibility

Friday, November 20, 2015
Federal Government to Make Website Accessible
The General Services Administration and the American Council of the Blind announced a settlement November 12, require the government agency to overhaul its website for federal contractors. “I am very pleased that GSA…

Court: Guardianship cannot be imposed due to marriage concerns

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Court Protects Due Process Rights
D.D., as he is identified in court papers, is saving up money for an engagement ring for his girlfriend, Janice. A social guy living off Supplemental Security Income benefits and income from his part-time position…

EEOC, Pactiv settle over “inflexible medical leave policy”

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Inflexible Medical Leave Leads to ADA Violations
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled with an Illinois-based food packaging and food service products provider, requiring the company, Pactiv, to pay $1.7 million over Americans with Disabilities Act violations arising from…

Tim Nugent dies at 92, following life of disability rights advocacy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Tim Nugent known as “The Father of Accessibility” dies at 92
Timothy J. Nugent lived a life of tireless advocacy work advancing the rights of people with disabilities, in particular relating to the right to education. Nugent contributed heavily to…

Study reveals extensive disability discrimination in job applications

Friday, November 13, 2015
Study Exposes Employment Discrimination
Employers are 26 percent less likely to respond to applications from qualified applicants with disabilities than their peers, according to a new study from researchers from Rutgers and Syracuse Universities. “I don’t think we were astounded…

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