Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Closing DD Awareness Month and Introducing ACL’s New Commissioner on Disabilities

In this blog post, Jill Jacobs, Commissioner on Disabilities at ACL, reflects on Developmental Disabilites (DD) Awareness month by highlighting recent innovations in ACL's DD programs, and the Administration on Disabilities (AOD) goals for the year ahead. AOD's upcoming priorities include continuing to address the DSP workforce crisis, investing in projects to advance equity and reach people with disabilities at the intersections of identity, and continuing to support individuals with both DD and mental health diagnoses. The blog post also shares experiences with disability that the new Commissioner brings to her role.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73776

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When COVID-19 May Be Considered a Disability

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has added a new section to its COVID-19-related technical assistance to clarify when COVID-19 may be considered a disability and how this can impact employers, employees, and job applicants. The new section provides examples of when COVID-19 or disabilities arising from conditions that were caused or worsened by COVID-19, may meet the definition of disability under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. It also addresses nondiscrimination protections provided to employees and job applicants under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73562

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Advancing data capacity to improve inclusion of people with disabilities

As HHS commemorates the anniversary of the ADA, the Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy (BHDAP) is working to advance data capacity to generate evidence to implement policies, programs, and practices that promote inclusion and participation of individuals with disabilities in society. This blog post introduces the BHDAP's project, Dataset on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which builds data capacity for person-centered outcomes research for people with ID/DD.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72949

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Modernizing Health Care to Improve Physical Accessibility: A Primer for Providers

CMS Office of Minority Health has added a new resource to their Improving Access to Care for People with Disabilities webpage. The resource, Modernizing Health Care to Improve Physical Accessibility: A Primer for Providers, is intended to help staff in health care settings improve quality, satisfaction, and physical accessibility for people with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72938

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NIDILRR Director Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt reflects on the impact of the ADA

Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt reflects on the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in honor of its 31st anniversary. In this blog post, she writes about her experiences advocating for disability rights as a disabled woman, and how the ADA, along with her intersectional identity has impacted her life through high school, college, and into her career.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72921

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Unprecedented Opportunities to Achieve the Promise of Olmstead

On June 22, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Olmstead v L.C., delcaring that people with disabilities have a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to live and fully participate in their communities. ACL's Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, Alison Barkoff, released a blog post on June 22, 2021 disucssing the significance of this ruling and the importance of expanding our HCBS system following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72704

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Disability-Inclusive Telework for States: State Approaches to Increasing Access and Inclusion

This document provides guidance to state policymakers on developing more inclusive telework policies and programs. It includes an overview of workplace protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pertaining to telework; details the components of state telework programs; and indicates how each component can be modified to better accommodate all employees. This brief also offers best practices states are using to advance inclusion in their telework programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72299

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Annual Report on Centers for Independent Living - Program Year 2019

ACL recently released the Annual Report on Centers for Independent Living for program year (PY) 2019. CILs offer support for individuals with disabilities who want to live independently in their communities. The CIL program provides financial assistance to local CILs and other CBOs. This annual report includes data from CIL annual program performance reports, federal program staff oversight and compliance activities and publicly available information on grantee websites between 9/30/18 - 9/29/19

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72260

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