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Help America Vote Act

In October 2002 Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), after access deficiencies for voters with disabilities were identified during the 2000 Presidential Election.



Effective January 1, 2006, HAVA made it mandatory that every polling place be accessible.  State and local government grants became available to assist in making polling places accessible. HAVA requirements include:

  • Polling places must have an accessible, clearly-marked…
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Private Businesses and the ADA

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), private businesses, including nonprofit organizations, are referred to as public accommodations or Title III entities.  There are twelve general categories that cover businesses like:

restaurants                  hotels                             theaters                        zoos

doctors' offices           gas stations                    retail stores                 health clubs…

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Good Access is Good Business

Marketing to people with disabilities, their families and friends is profitable to businesses. According to the 2004 National Organization on Disability/Harris Interactive Poll of Americans with Disabilities, people with disabilities have $220 billion annual discretionary income, the highest buying power of any traditionally underrepresented group. 

 

The largest minority group in the nation is the more than one in five Americans with a disability 30% of the nation’s families…

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Businesses and ADA Effective Communication

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Titles I and III require effective communication; whereas, ADA Title II refers to the same obligation as equally effective communication.  This short article focuses on Title III: private businesses, also known as public accommodations.

 

Examples of public accommodations include restaurants, theaters, doctors' offices, pharmacies, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks, private schools, day care centers,…

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Employment and Disabilities

High unemployment continues to plague the disability community. According to the 2007 Disability Status Report, 80% of adults without disabilities were employed.  However, only 37% of 18-to-64-year old people with disabilities worked full or part-time.

 

35 years of studies have revealed that:

  • Over 90% of employees with disabilities rated…
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Disability Laws

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)of 1990 protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment, state and local government, private businesses, transportation and telecommunications. In addition to the ADA, other Federal civil rights laws ensure equal opportunities for people with disabilities.

 

The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 prohibits discrimination by air carriers that provide regularly scheduled fee…

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Disability Etiquette

Disability Etiquette

By Cindy Powell

 

56.7 million people with disabilities comprise the largest American minority group. This is the only minority group that anyone can join, as a result of accident, illness or injury.

 

The longer we live, the more likely we will acquire a disability. While 6.5% of people under 20 years of age have disabilities, 75% of people over 80 years old have at least one disability.

 

One…

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Auxiliary Aids and Services

People with disabilities that affect hearing, seeing, speaking, reading, writing, or understanding might communicate differently than people who do not have disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires 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…

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ADA Effective Communication in the Workplace

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Titles I and III require effective communication; whereas, ADA Title II refers to the same obligation as equally effective communication.  This short article focuses on Title I, the employment portion of the ADA.

 

Private employers with fifteen or more employees, or state/local government employers, regardless of number of employees, have the obligation to provide accommodations that enable individuals to perform their job…

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ADA Tax Incentives

Many business owners and employers are not aware of valuable tax incentives that assist with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. Three Federal tax incentives are described below. States might offer additional incentives.

 

Disabled Access Credit

 

Small businesses that have 30 or fewer employees, or less than $1,000,000 in gross receipts from the previous year, may take an annual tax credit for making their businesses…

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ADA Surcharges and Personal Services

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which of the following are legal?

1)     A local government agency charges a man who is blind for the cost of providing him with the town’s directory of services in Braille.

2)     A school district charges a woman who is deaf for the cost of a providing a sign language interpreter at a school board meeting she attended.

3)     A public transportation system requires that a passenger who…

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History of the ADA

History of the ADA

By Cindy Powell

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the most comprehensive civil rights law protecting people with disabilities.  Prior to the passage of the ADA, several civil rights laws provided limited protection for people with disabilities.

1968: Architectural Barriers Act was the first federal law addressing civil rights for people with disabilities.…

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ADA Equally Effective Communication in State and Local Government

Effective Communication in State and Local Government         

By Cindy Powell

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Titles I and III require effective communication; whereas, ADA Title II refers to the same obligation as equally effective communication.  This short article focuses on Title II, which applies to state and local government programs, activities and services, also…

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ADA Enforcement

Title I of the ADA prohibits employment discrimination by private employers with fifteen or more employees and state/local government employers, regardless of number of employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing Title I and issuing Title I regulations.  EEOC also handles and resolves complaints of employment discrimination.

Individuals who experience disability-related…

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