Reasonable Accommodation

DOJ warns children’s theater over food allergy discrimination

Thursday, June 23, 2016The Department of Justice has determined that a children’s theater company in Massachusetts violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by excluding a child with a peanut allergy from its program. The 10-year-old boy in the case has life-threatening allergies to…

ADA lawsuit challenges McDonald’s drive-thru only hours

Tuesday, June 7, 2016A Louisiana man with visual disabilities sued the world’s largest fast-food chain May 26, arguing that its drive-thru services violate his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. “One of the hallmarks of McDonald’s success has been its adaptability. In…

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…

California’s Santa Barbara County Jail slammed in new report

Tuesday, March 1, 2016The Santa Barbara County Jail regularly confines people with disabilities in solitary confinement and denies them basic health care and Americans with Disabilities Act protections, Disability Rights California alleged in a scathing new report [PDF], released February 23. During…

Disability advocates weigh in on proposal to ban smoking in public housing

Friday, January 22, 2016Disability rights advocates are raising the alarm on a new Obama Administration proposal that they worry could potentially force thousands of people with disabilities out of their federally subsidized homes. In November, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued…

NYC expands anti-discrimination protections for caregivers

Thursday, December 24, 2015Although New York City’s new caregiver protection bill is receiving far more attention for its impact on working parents and their children, the measure has significant implications for people providing care for the elderly and people with disabilities as…

Miniature horse accommodation lawsuit moves forward

Tuesday, August 25, 2015The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit revived a federal discrimination lawsuit August 14 brought by the family of a young girl who uses a miniature horse to accommodate her disabilities. “While protecting public health and property values…

Settlement requires camp to accommodate child with epilepsy

Monday, July 13, 2015The Department of Justice and a Maryland-based summer camp announced a comprehensive settlement June 24, in response to a complaint that the camp violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to admit a camper with epilepsy. Camp Bravo, located…

ADA lawsuit challenges town’s drug testing, benefits policy

Tuesday, June 23, 2015The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit against the town of Black Township, Indiana, on June 11 [PDF], on the basis that its drug testing program for people seeking public benefits violates federal disability discrimination law.…

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