ADA in the News May 27, 2021

Settlement Agreement between the United States and the Office of Administrative Courts, an Office of the Colorado DPA

This Settlement Agreement (Agreement) is entered into among the United States Department of Justice (United States), by and through the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado, and the Office of Administrative Courts (OAC), an office of the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA).

The United States received a complaint that an individual who is deaf was not provided with a sign language interpreter for his worker’s compensation hearing in front of the OAC, and to obtain a sign language interpreter, the OAC required the individual to submit a doctor’s note stating that he is deaf.


Sen. Tammy Duckworth Talks about Why Every US Transit Station Must Be Accessible

A groundbreaking bill would help make every transit station in America accessible to those with disabilities - and stop critical accessibility improvements from being put off.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), with Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), introduced the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act of 2021, which would establish a $10 billion grant program to help transit agencies and commuter-rail providers retrofit stations to meet the needs of people with physical, cognitive, sensory, and other mobility challenges. The legislation, which would authorize expenditures for 10 years, was paired with a bill in the House, sponsored by Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García, that would speed the legislation.


UVA Alum Working to Make Businesses More Accessible to Everyone

A University of Virginia alum is trying to make sure businesses go beyond the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and become more accessible for people with mobility challenges.

“I grew up understanding the different barriers and challenges that people with disabilities face on a daily basis, so I decided to do something about it,” VisitAble CEO Joe Jamison said. Jamison created his own business in a capstone class at UVA to bridge the gap between minimum ADA compliance and what is practically accessible.

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