There’s a name change in the works for the Museums of Los Gatos–it’s NUMU, and it stands for the New Museum Los Gatos that opens next year at the civic center. The art museum on Tait Avenue and the history museum at Forbes Mill will be combined into one facility, taking over the old library that has been mostly vacant since February 2011.
Nearly 8 million lawsuits were filed against business owners last year, taking what some consider a hefty and unfair toll on the economy. Now, one group is demanding an end to “lawsuit abuse.” John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.
A slew of lawsuits filed against small business owners have led to settlements that some owners say make them feel more like the victims.
A study by the non-profit group California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CCALA) shows 7.7 million lawsuits filed statewide during fiscal year 2012-2013 against small business owners…..
Recently, I had the opportunity to give a presentation to the Certified Access Specialist Institute in California (CASI) on Assistive Listening Systems and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As one of the co-founders of Listen Technologies, I am a passionate advocate for Assistive Listening Systems. My recent presentation to the specialists at CASI allowed me to share my thoughts on why awareness of the ADA is not only necessary but also how it can be beneficial. Read More
By Katie Ralbusky, Contributing Writer
Disability awareness month may be over, but that does not mean we cannot give the issue our attention.
West Liberty University currently holds to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
C.J. Farnsworth, WLU’S ADA Coordinator, said, “ADA standards are lengthy, complex and specific to thousands of different scenarios.”
This involves accommodating student needs physically and mentally. Some examples include elevators and ramps around campus as well as the Office of Tutoring and Accessibility Services.
AGENCIES WITH ADA RESPONSIBILITIES
Employment: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Transportation: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
Telephone Relay Service: Federal Communications Commission
ADA Guidelines: U. S. Access Board
Education: U.S. Department of Education
Health Care: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Labor: U.S. Department of Labor
Housing: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Parks and Recreation: U.S. Department of the Interior
Agriculture: U.S. Department of Agriculture
OTHER FEDERAL ADA AND DISABILITY RESOURCES
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Office of Disability Integration & Coordination
Federal Website on Disability Information and Services: Disability.gov
White House Disability Issues: whitehouse.gov/issues/disabilities
Official Federal Web Portal with Access to Information and Services: usa.gov
Job Accommodation Network: askjan.org
Federal Employment of People with Disabilities: opm.gov/disability
Local and Regional Information and Technical Assistance on the ADA
ADA National Network: adata.org
OTHER ADA RESOURCES
WHAT IS IT? Work at the corner of Third and Center streets in Hannibal was underway Tuesday morning in preparation for the installation of an ADA-compliant sidewalk ramp on the intersection’s southeast corner.
While most of the downtown improvement project’s work has been focused on North Main Street in recent months, on Tuesday morning a small part of the project was taking place on the southeast corner of the Third and Center street intersection.
According to Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city, a ramp compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations was being installed at the location.
“We’re making it ADA (compliant) to match the other three intersections in this block,” he said.
ADA-compliant ramps were already in place at the Third and Center intersection’s other three corners.
News10 looks into how some attorneys who specialize in Americans with Disbilities Act compliance violations do business.
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The Delphi City Council will meet Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Delphi City Building. It is expected council members will be asked to approve a 233-page Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan.
Those interested in the ADA Transition Plan should attend the meeting or contact a City Council member.
SACRAMENTO – At Fine Line Trim & Upholstery in Rancho Cordova, owner Victor Valdivia is paying a price.
“Every month it’s $2,000,” Valdivia said.
Those monthly payments go to Valdivia’s attorney as he fights a lawsuit brought by a Carmichael man for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.
The lawsuit was brought by 51-year-old Scott Johnson.
Melissa Jaros didn’t know what to think when she received an unexpected letter in the mail on Aug. 29.
A man she didn’t know was threatening to sue her if she didn’t send him $5,000 and make changes to the parking lot of her Streamwood business, Grooming Unleashed.
Streamwood lawyer threatens lawsuits over lack of handicapped spaces
The letter, written by disabled Streamwood resident Andrew Straw, stated Jaros’ business is in violation of the American with Disabilities Act and because of that, he was seeking damages and a quick fix that included curb cuts and better signage for handicapped parking.
Confused and a bit offended, Jaros threw out the letter.
Grooming Unleashed is one of more than a dozen businesses Straw sent the correspondence to a few weeks ago. His demand letters have created a stir among members of the village’s business community, many of whom are suspicious of his intentions. The executive director of the Streamwood Chamber of Commerce even called police after getting the letter, worried it was a scam.
ALC Construction, llc. is not only an ADA Compliance Specialist Contractor but also a construction management company. ALC Construction, llc. manages construction projects. ALC Construction, llc. does overall planning, coordination and takes control of a project from beginning to completion. CPM or CM is aimed at meeting a client’s requirements to accomplish a functional and financially sound project. ALC Construction, llc. provides services for all types of commercial, civil, industrial and environmental construction. Once assigned to a construction project that has been completely designed by an architect or engineer, or is still in progress, ALC Construction, llc. wins bids by best value and qualification based selection. This company has the ability to handle public and employee safety. This company also specializes in time, cost and quality management, with an emphasis on decision making, engineering and human resources to accomplish the job for a selected project. ALC is focused on project objectives and plans including characterizing the scope, budget, schedule, and performance requirements. They also have project participants, sub-contractors and suppliers immediately available. ALC maximizes resource efficiency with procedures of labor, materials and equipment. They implement various operations through proper management and control of planning, design, estimating, contracting and construction. All of these are meet regulations and specifications for the entire process by developing efficient communications and mechanisms to resolve conflicts and issues.
There’s a perfectly healthy gentleman zipping around central Manteca in a powered wheelchair who doesn’t need it.
But he’s not abusing the system, far from it. He’s working to improve the mobility of the handicapped in Manteca.
He’s a consultant the city has hired to check every driveway, handicapped ramp, and change in elevations on municipal sidewalks in Central Manteca. Read more…
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Access to civic life by people with disabilities is a fundamental goal of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To ensure that this goal is met, Title II of the ADA requires State and local governments to make their programs and services accessible to persons with disabilities. This requirement extends not only to physical access at government facilities, programs, and events — but also to policy changes that governmental entities must make to ensure that all people with disabilities can take part in, and benefit from, the programs and services of State and local governments. In addition, governmental entities must ensure effective communication — including the provision of necessary auxiliary aids and services — so that individuals with disabilities can participate in civic life.
Curb ramps providing access to streets and sidewalks are a basic city service.
One important way to ensure that Title II’s requirements are being met in cities of all sizes is through self-evaluation, which is required by the ADA regulations. Self-evaluation enables local governments to pinpoint the facilities, programs and services that must be modified or relocated to ensure that local governments are complying with the ADA.
This document contains a sampling of common problems shared by city governments of all sizes that have been identified through the Department of Justice’s ongoing enforcement efforts. The document provides examples of common deficiencies and explains how these problems affect persons with disabilities. The document is not intended to be comprehensive or exhaustive. Read more…
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It is the goal of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to provide accessibility to its facilities, programs and services for all persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Title II requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in employment or in the admission and access to its facilities, programs, services, or activities. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has designated an ADA Coordinator to ensure compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of the ADA.
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Request for Special Accommodation
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal civil rights statute, requires all state and local governmental entities, including the courts, to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities who have an interest in court activities, programs, and services. The Superior Court does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in the admission and access to its services, programs or activities. The Court has designated an ADA Coordinator at each Court facility to carry out each facility’s compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of the ADA.
Persons with disabilities who require a special accommodation to access Court programs, services or activities may request the needed accommodation by filling out the Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Order form, Judicial Council Form MC-410. Forms are available by clicking on the form name below, at the Clerk’s office and the ADA Coordinator’s office of each Courthouse, and by mail upon request to the ADA Coordinator’s office. Submit the completed form to the Clerk’s office or ADA Coordinator’s office of the Courthouse at issue. Jurors requesting a special accommodations should submit the completed form to the Juror Services Department.
In partnership with current and former service members, the National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy – has released a report titled, “Clearing the Backlog and Facilitating Benefits for America’s Veterans.” The 80-page report includes opinions and evaluations by key stakeholders, buoyed by the insights of experts, in addressing the current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims backlog.
NCD thanks Paralyzed Veterans of America for numerous, invaluable contributions in preparing this report.
“In the same spirit with which Americans honor all Veterans for their service to our country, the National Council on Disability has chosen National Military Families month and the day after Veterans Day to offer these recommendations to help clear the backlog in getting necessary supports to U.S. Veterans,” said NCD member Captain Jonathan Kuniholm, USMC (Retired). “Making good on the promises made to Veterans with service-connected disabilities and health issues, financial uncertainty, and other hardships when adjusting to civilian life in a timely manner is the least that we can do for those ‘who shall have borne the battle.’ NCD hopes this report can facilitate meaningful improvements across numerous areas of concern.”
“NCD’s findings and recommendations focus on necessary actions that need to be taken to reduce the VA claims backlog,” said NCD member Janice Lehrer-Stein. “Improvements have been made, but more needs to be done. NCD recognizes the important and ongoing progress that has been made to date and remains available to assist in the collaboration of all federal agencies to find the best and most coordinated way forward.”
To read a full copy of the report, please visit http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2013/11122013.
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In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA), Government Code Section 11135, and other applicable codes, the Los Angeles Community College District and Los Angeles Trade Technical College do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
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Title I requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. For example, it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges of employment. It restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant’s disability before a job offer is made, and it requires that employers make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, unless it results in undue hardship. Religious entities with 15 or more employees are covered under title I.
Title I complaints must be filed with the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the date of discrimination, or 300 days if the charge is filed with a designated State or local fair employment practice agency. Individuals may file a lawsuit in Federal court only after they receive a “right-to-sue” letter from the EEOC.
Charges of employment discrimination on the basis of disability may be filed at any U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission field office. Field offices are located in 50 cities throughout the U.S. and are listed in most telephone directories under “U.S. Government.” For the appropriate EEOC field office in your geographic area, contact:
(800) 669-4000 (voice)
(800) 669-6820 (TTY)
Publications and information on EEOC-enforced laws may be obtained by calling:
(800) 669-3362 (voice)
(800) 800-3302 (TTY)
For information on how to accommodate a specific individual with a disability, contact the Job Accommodation Network at:
(800) 526-7234 (voice)
(800) 781-9403 (TTY)