Public Access & Accommodation

DOJ, Megabus reach settlement

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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The Justice Department reached a settlement May 16 with a major intercity bus provider to ensure access to its vehicles for people with disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the terms of the…

Law School Admission Council to expand screen access

Tuesday, April 26, 2011The National Federation of the Blind reached a settlement April 26 requiring the Law School Admission Council  to install screen access technology on its website so it is accessible to people who are blind. Under the terms of one settlement

Hospital fined for failure to accommodate

Tuesday, April 19, 2011The Justice Department has reached a settlement with a Virginia hospital system that failed to provide sign language interpreters to an expectant mother and others who are deaf or hard of hearing. A deaf couple sued Virginia’s Inova Health System…

Advocacy group launches accessibility campaign

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 
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A Washington DC based disability rights group has launched a new interactive forum for educating people on disability accessibility, titled “what is WRONG with these pictures?” The game asks users to identify physical barriers in real life…

Major changes to the ADA

Tuesday, March 29, 2011A variety of new Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, affecting everything from service animals to accessible design standards, went into effect March 15. The regulations require, for the first time, accessibility standards for swimming pools, parks, golf courses, boating…

Bus company fined for failing passenger accessibility standards

Thursday, March 10, 2011The Department of Justice fined a Houston bus company $55,000 for lacking services to ensure access for people with disabilities. The company must upgrade by July 2011 or its operating authority will be stripped, the Department of Justice and Transportation…

Bill proposed mandating automatic doors

Wednesday, March 9, 2011Two Connecticut congressmen have proposed a resolution recommending that the U.S. Postal Service and all other federal facilities install automatic doors so they provide equal access to people with disabilities. A recent report commissioned by the Access Board, an independent…

DOJ secures an accommodation for medical board examination

Tuesday, February 22, 2011The Justice Department announced a settlement February 22 with the National Board of Medical Examiners, a private nonprofit organization that administers the U.S. Medical Licensing Examinations, in response to a failure to provide reasonable accommodations for a student with disabilities.…

Judge rejects city disaster preparedness plan

Tuesday, February 15, 2011A district court, in a first of its kind opinion, ruled February 10 that the city of Los Angeles is discriminating against people with disabilities by failing to accommodate them in its emergency preparedness plans. “(People with disabilities) will…

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