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ADA Definition of Disability

ADA Definition of Disability

By Cindy Powell

 

To understand who is protected by the ADA, it is important to know how the ADA determines disability. The ADA uses a three-part definition of disability. The ADA definition of disability is not the same as in other laws, such as state workers' compensation or other federal or state laws that provide benefits for people and veterans with disabilities.

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Added by Cindy Powell on September 21, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

ADA Titles IV and V

ADA Titles IV and V

By Cindy Powell

  

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title IV mandates television access for people with speech and hearing disabilities.  Federally funded public service announcements must be closed captioned.

 

Title IV also requires…

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Added by Cindy Powell on September 21, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

ADA Definition of Disability

ADA Definition of Disability

By Cindy Powell

 

To understand who is protected by the ADA, it is important to know how the ADA determines disability. The ADA uses a three-part definition of disability. The ADA definition of disability is not the same as in other laws, such as state workers' compensation or other federal or state laws that provide benefits for people and veterans with disabilities.

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Added by Cindy Powell on September 21, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Media’s Power to Positively Change Society

Media’s Power to Positively Change Society

By Cindy Powell

 

What do print media, broadcast media and the internet have in common? They possess the ability to educate the public about using language that is accepted by people who have disabilities and their allies.



Because many people are unaware, they might unknowingly express insensitivity toward our nation’s largest minority group: 56.7 million Americans…

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Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Barrier Free Health Care

People with disabilities are less likely to receive routine preventative health care than persons who do not have disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that health care providers provide accessible services to patients who disclose disabilities. Therefore health care professionals would benefit from training in serving individuals with disabilities throughout all health care facility public areas:

 

  • Cafeteria
  • Emergency…
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Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Common ADA Violations

Though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed on July 26, 1990, many employers, state and local government agencies and private businesses remain unaware of their compliance obligations. Also, almost 24 years after the ADA became law, many people with disabilities are not aware of specific protections against discrimination.

Five common ADA violations are mentioned below.

  • Insufficient facility access
  • No assistance with pumping…
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Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

ADA Amendments Act

On July 26, 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) overwhelmingly passed both Houses of Congress, the ADA's definition of "disability" was:

1)     An impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,

2)     A record of such an impairment, or

3)     Being regarded as having such an impairment.

Contrary to Congress’ intent to be inclusive, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the ADA definition of “disability” for over…

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Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Access America

The 56.7 million Americans with disabilities comprise the US’s largest minority group. I in 6 people will acquire a disability during their lifetime.

 

The longer we live, the more likely we will acquire a disability, requiring products and services that fulfill age-related changes: cognition, hearing, mobility and vision. By 2030, 71.5 million Baby Boomers will be over 65, possessing half of America's discretionary income and 3/4 of our nation's assets.

 

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Added by Cindy Powell on January 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Web Access for People with Disabilities

Web Access for People with Disabilities

By Cindy Powell

  

Computer technology has significantly altered how people acquire and disseminate knowledge and information. Like poorly designed buildings preventing some people with mobility disabilities from entering, poorly designed websites can create barriers for individuals with limited or no reading skills.

 

It is imperative that web…

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Added by Cindy Powell on January 27, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Teaching Sign Language to People with Disabilities

Language is a critical component to cognitive and healthy personality development. Communication provides a source of comfort, security and self-expression for everyone, and very importantly, for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

When verbal language is delayed or nonexistent, sign language has often been considered as a last resort.  With training, signs are not difficult for most family or staff to learn. After learning sign language, those who…

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Added by Cindy Powell on June 7, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Sign Language Instruction at Your Place of Business!

Of the 56.7 million people with disabilities in the United States, 50% are deaf or hard of hearing. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires public and private businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities to communicate as effectively with people with disabilities as they do with all others.



In the same way that you provide accessible parking for people with disabilities, you should be able to serve, help and communicate with your customers who are deaf or…

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Added by Cindy Powell on April 20, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Law Enforcement and the ADA

Law Enforcement and the ADA

By Cindy Powell

 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and other law enforcement personnel treat people with disabilities fairly. Title II of the ADA bans discrimination against people in disabilities in State and local government services and programs, including law enforcement activities. The ADA also states that law enforcement may not…

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Added by Cindy Powell on February 10, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Equal Opportunity Laughter

 While using a walker, a Colorado Springs resident approached his local comedy club stage. The man's mobility device catapulted as he fell on the stage. There was obvious tension in the audience. Following this mishap, how could the audience possibly laugh at this comedian's jokes?

 

It was 1991, the first time I had the pleasure of seeing standup comedian Chris Fonseca's live routine. 1991 was also the year after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became…

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Added by Cindy Powell on July 28, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Aging Workforce

The likelihood of acquiring a disability significantly increases with age. Though only 8% of children under 14 years old disclose a disability, 74% of people over 80 report a disability.

 

Fifty eight percent of those over 80 years old have one or more severe disabilities. Thirty five percent of the 80+ population require assistance in meeting their personal needs.

According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, more than 35 million Americans are over age 65. That…

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Added by Cindy Powell on July 13, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency management must be accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. It is essential that state and local government (Title II) and private (Title III) entities prepare for protecting people with disabilities in the event of emergencies and disasters.

Emergency management should include:

  •   Advance planning
  •   Disaster-related benefits
  •   Evacuation
  •   Medical services
  •   Notification
  •   Shelters and…
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Added by Cindy Powell on July 13, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Rosa's Law: No More R-word

"What you call people is how you treat them," were 13-year-old Nick Marcellino's insightful words.  While testifying before the Maryland General Assembly, Nick spoke about his younger sister, Rosa.

In 2009 Nick and his family learned that Rosa, who has Down's Syndrome, was referred to as "retarded" at school. Nick's heartfelt testimony continued:  "What you call my sister is how you will treat her. If you believe she's 'retarded' it invites taunting and stigma. It also invites…

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Added by Cindy Powell on July 7, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Government and the ADA

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all state and local government programs, activities, benefits and services. Federal government entities are required to comply with the Rehabilitation Act, rather than the ADA. Title II also covers public transportation.

State and local government entities must eliminate eligibility criteria that screen out people with disabilities. For example,…

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Added by Cindy Powell on July 7, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Using a Sign Language Interpreter

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires effective communication, which means that people with disabilities and their companions completely understand whatever is written or spoken. The ADA also requires that people who do not have disabilities fully understand communication by people with disabilities and their companions. Companions include family members, friends or associates of a person with a disability.

There are a wide range of…

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Added by Cindy Powell on July 7, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Statewide Independent Living Councils

Section 705 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandated that each State establish and maintain a Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). Council members are appointed by their State's Governor.

People with a broad range of disabilities who are not employed by a State agency or Center for Independent Living (CIL) must comprise the majority of the SILC. Statewide representation and Council members who are knowledgeable about independent living is…

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Added by Cindy Powell on July 7, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Service Animals

A service animal is a dog, or sometimes a miniature horse, that is individually trained to perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. No other species of animals may be considered as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

The work performed by a service animal must be directly related to an individual's disability. In addition to service animals used for navigation by some individuals who are blind or low…

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Added by Cindy Powell on July 7, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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