Public Access & Accommodation

HUD sues college for not letting student use therapy animal

Monday, October 24, 2011The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a lawsuit against the University of Nebraska at Kearney on October 11 for refusing to allow a student to keep a dog in her university-owned apartment to support her with her…

Citizens involved in parking violation crackdown

Sunday, October 23, 2011The city of Austin, Texas is taking a new approach to the never-ending problem of people with disabilities being cheated out of  parking spots designated for their use.
Parking Violation Crackdowns
Under a resolution introduced in the Austin City Council…

Justice Department joins NYC taxi accessibility lawsuit

Sunday, October 16, 2011In a surprise move, the U.S. Justice Department filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of disability advocacy groups who are arguing that New York City is discriminating against people with disabilities by failing to make new taxis…

Obama releases statement for Blind Americans Equality Day

Sunday, October 16, 2011President Barack Obama celebrated the accomplishment of people who are blind and visually impaired in a presidential proclamation October 15, in commemoration of Blind Americans Equality Day.
President Obama
“Generations of blind and visually impaired Americans have dedicated their passion…

Taco Bell restaurants found inaccessible

Sunday, October 9, 2011Many of Taco Bell’s 220 stores in California are inaccessible to wheelchair users, the U.S. District Court for the District of Court of North California ruled Wednesday.
Taco Bell Restaurants
In the upcoming months, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton will…

NYC emergency plan fails people with disabilities

Monday, October 3, 2011Tania Morales, a Brooklyn resident who uses a wheelchair, attempted to enter the emergency shelter nearest to her home prior to the first night of Hurricane Irene.
Advocates say emergency planning is inadequate
The gates leading to the wheelchair ramp…

DOT announces new train accessibility rules

Monday, September 19, 2011The U.S. Department of Transportation announced updates to its Americans with Disabilities Act regulations for station platforms nationwide, in an effort to increase transportation accessibility for people with disabilities.
Rail access improved
The regulations require all new transportation platforms for  …

Air Carrier Access Act

Tuesday, September 6, 2011True or False: 1. The Air Carrier Access Act was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. 2. The Air Carrier Access Act was made necessary by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. Department of Transportation v. Paralyzed Veterans of America. Click on the headline above for answers.

Judge orders AMC to expand closed captioning

Monday, August 8, 2011
Closed Caption Suit Succeeds
A King County Superior Court judge ruled July 22 that Washington State law requires that AMC, the nation’s second-largest theater company, install closed captioning in each of its movie theaters county wide. “The (Washington Law Against…

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