Issue 6 August 27 2020

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INTERNET ACCESSIBILITY IS NEXT FRONTIER FOR THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The Americans with Disabilities Act is 30-years old this month. Signed into law by President George H. W. Bush, it was the first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. “It protects from discrimination in areas of public life,” said Emily Shuman, Deputy Director of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center in Colorado Springs. The law has gone a long way to even the playing field for people with disabilities in areas of access to buildings and government programs, as well as, protecting against discrimination in the workplace…

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Government Spotlight

MAJORITY OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE PHYSICAL BARRIERS THAT LIMIT ACCESSIBILITY

Nearly two-thirds of public schools contained things like inaccessible door handles, steep ramps, playground barriers and door vestibules that limit accessibility, the report said. “According to our national survey, an estimated 63% of school districts have barriers that may limit access for people with disabilities in a quarter or more of their school facilities,” the report published by the Government Accountability Office said. “Additionally, we estimated that 17% of districts nationwide—enrolling over 16 million students— have one or more schools that are not typically attended by students with physical disabilities due to the number of barriers.”…

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Accessible Elections

ST. LOUIS LAWYER INITIALLY DENIED VOTE DUE TO ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES

Blind and visually impaired voters will face discrimination and difficult choices in the 2020 elections, a new lawsuit claims, unless North Carolina acts quickly to improve options for voting by mail. North Carolina has specialized voting machines for people with disabilities who vote at any polling place around the state. But this year, the coronavirus pandemic is expected to lead to a massive increase in voting by mail. And the only option for that is a paper ballot…

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LAWSUIT CLAIMS VIRGINIA’S ABSENTEE VOTING SYSTEM VIOLATES AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

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FOCUS GROUPS HIGHLIGHT BARRIERS TO VOTING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

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ANOTHER ELECTION DAY IN WISCONSIN MEANS MORE VOTING ACCESS CHALLENGES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

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AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT VOTING ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE BLIND

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Current Legal Actions

LARGEST DAMAGES SETTLEMENT IN DISABILITIES CASE PUTS LEVI’S STADIUM AND 49ERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Peiffer Wolf’s Cat Cabalo, along with two co-counsels, scored largest damages settlement in a case alleging discrimination in public accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The story of the case involving the 49ers and the Levi’s Stadium highlights the importance to have an experienced ADA lawyer on your side. As a disability civil rights attorney, I have had the luxury of feeling good about what I do every day. But there are some cases that remind me exactly why I do what I do and the impact that one case can have for hundreds of people, if not more…

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Business Accessibility

HOW COVID-19 IMPROVED ACCESSIBILITY FOR JOB SEEKERS WITH DISABILITIES

As businesses scrambled to create remote work infrastructure following pandemic-driven shutdowns, they may have also unintentionally advanced accessibility for workers with disabilities. Before the pandemic, many individuals with disabilities faced difficulties attending interviews and finding consistent travel options for work. Kirk Adams, CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind, pointed out in an opinion piece for HR Dive that nearly 40% of people with blindness or low vision report having turned down a job offer just because of transportation concerns…

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Educational Accessibility

ADVOCATE SAYS SOME SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS DURING THE PANDEMIC

Radio For Tanya Haaseth’s family, it was a disaster. She lives in West Bloomfield with her three children. Her husband works out of state, so she says she’s basically a single mom most of the time. Two of Haaseth’s children have autism. The 19-year old, Alex, is severely affected. He’s enrolled in a post-secondary program in the West Bloomfield School District. She says it was like a tsunami hit her family when school shut down suddenly last March…

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Accessible Technology

WHY MICROSOFT WORD ACCESSIBILITY CHECKER IS NOT ENOUGH TO ENSURE ACCESSIBILITY

There is a common misconception that if your document passes the accessibility checker in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, then it is accessible without issue. Sadly, this is not the case. It’s a good start to design your content with accessibility in mind and to use built-in checkers when available. The tools in Word and PowerPoint will only get you part of the way there. CommonLook Office (CL Office), a plugin for both Word and PowerPoint, helps ensure that the PDFs you’re generating from those sources are 100% accessible and comply with accessibility standards and regulations.

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