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.
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.
SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. — The South Salem Presbyterian Church is working on installing automatic doors to the main entrance of the church and the sanctuary.
The congregation was founded in South Salem in 1752 and since construction in 1826, the “White Church on the Hill” has been the focal point of the hamlet and the greater community of Lower Salem (Lewisboro).
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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.
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.
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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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.
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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)
CONWAY — Nearly $450,000 in renovations are being made to the Coast RTA main terminal, including an effort to get the older building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
When any person or authorized representative believes that the City of Los Angeles has violated Title II of the ADA by denying access to its programs and services based on a disability a formal grievance may be filed with the ADA Compliance Officer. This individual supervises the Disability Access and Services, located within the City’s Department on Disability.
It’s laudable that Carlsbad’s elected officials are bringing this city into greater compliance with the ADA’s evolving standards. We were encouraged to see The Coast News report on their approval of the framework of the ADA Transition Plan for Public …
DOJ Extended Compliance Date for Access to Existing Swimming Pools Arrives
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) compliance date for the application of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design to existing public and private pools, wading pools and spas was January 31, 2013.
The updated guidance documents are available online at:
For more information on the compliance deadline extension, visit:
Law School Admission Council Suit Becomes National Class Action
In October of 2012, a federal judge issued an order allowing the U.S. Justice Department to intervene in a disability discrimination lawsuit against the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The department’s intervention expands the case from a statewide class action limited to California residents to a nationwide pattern or practice lawsuit.
The lawsuit, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. LSAC Inc. et al., charges LSAC with widespread and systemic deficiencies in the way it processes requests by people with disabilities for testing accommodations for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). As a result, the lawsuit alleges, LSAC fails to provide testing accommodations where needed to best ensure that those test takers can demonstrate their aptitude and achievement level rather than their disability.
To view additional details about the this class action, visit:
Access Board To Hold Meetings in Berkeley in May
On May 9, 2013 from 1:30 pm until 6:30 pm, the Access Board will hold a hearing, a panel discussion, and a reception. The hearing will focus on an upcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on accessibility guidelines for ferries, cruise ships, excursion boats, and other passenger vessels. A panel discussion entitled, “Architecture and Urban Planning for the 21st Century: How Can We Foster Accessibility?” will occur after the hearing. Members of the public may ask questions and make comments. The public also is invited to attend the reception at 5:30 pm.
Ed Roberts Campus (at the Ashby BART Station)
3075 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703
MTA begins using tether straps on buses
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Disabled bus passengers have been thrown from their wheelchairs aboard Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) buses, and riders tell us their lives are at risk because some drivers can’t or won’t secure their wheelchairs. ABC7 Eyewitness News has conducted an exclusive two-month undercover investigation of the L.A. County MTA and its treatment of disabled bus passengers.
New selected by M1 Construction, ADA Specialist
We started talking with MnDOT state aid about developing a template for counties to start looking at ADA compliance as it relates to transportation,” says Menter. “Rhonda (Lewis, county engineer) and I were real interested in having Sherburne County … Read More…