The Weaponized ADA: Using a Civil Rights Law to Disenfranchise Voters

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is widely regarded to be one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in American history. It was meant to ensure equal access and opportunity for the countless millions of American citizens living with disabilities. It was meant to ensure fair treatment and guaranteed accessibility. It ... Read more

Are Today’s Politicians Prepared for Another Capitol Climb?

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For the last two hundred years, America has led the world in championing the rights of her disabled citizens. From civil rights to inclusion, activists have consistently demanded more equity and more equality. At every single turn legislators have, eventually, succumb to masterfully orchestrated pressure. What is yet to be answered, is whether or ... Read more

Disney Working to Block Dozens of Lawsuits Related to ADA, Autism

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Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida are two of the most legendary theme parks in the world. But for some visitors with severe autism, Disney’s iconic parks are anything but magical. And now, the Disney Corporation wants to stop dozens of lawsuits from reaching court and tarnishing their image as a place ... Read more

Arkansas Group Finds Half of State’s Polling Stations Lack Accessibility

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As Americans, there are certain freedoms that empower us and grant us the ability to directly impact change. Our freedom of speech and our right to assemble are big ones. So too is our rarely-touted ability to access information freely. But one element of our freedom outweighs the others combined in sheer importance, directly ... Read more

Jacksons Foods Settles EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit for Deaf Worker

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A chain of convenience stores in the Pacific Northwest learned the hard way this week that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not a piece of legislation you want to mess around with. Jacksons Food Stores, Inc. settled a lawsuit after Nathaniel Prugh, a job applicant who is deaf, was refused a job ... Read more

New Labor Department Directive to Recognize Best Initiatives for Hiring Job Seekers with Disabilities

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A new Labor Department directive aims to spur innovation in workplace diversity and inclusivity by highlighting companies and contractors who go above and beyond with their hiring practices. The not-so-creatively-named directive DIR 2016-06, which comes from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) within the Labor Department, would offer recognition to “contractors with high-quality ... Read more

Trump SCOTUS Pick Brett Kavanaugh Draws Opposition From Disability Groups

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Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is Picking Up Opposition From Disability Advocacy Groups It goes without saying that any potential Supreme Court pick Donald Trump might have nominated would have surely caused political division in contemporary America, a country with public discourse persistently teetering on the cusp of implosion. And Trump’s recent nomination ... Read more

Defending Deaf Prisoners in Georgia Who are Forgotten — and Abused — by the Prison System

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Imagine for a moment that you’re in a foreign country. You don’t speak the language, and you haven’t met anyone who speaks English. You’re arrested — you might not even fully understand why you were arrested or what you did wrong — and sent to a jail where no one speaks your language. And then ... Read more

Introducing Dan Quayle

Introducing Dan Quayle
Everybody in the White House has a sandbox, including the offices of the president and the vice president. Between 1989 and 1993, I served Vice President Dan Quayle as special assistant on disability policy. Thus, my sandbox was the first to have the sign that read “Disability Policy.” Others included “Domestic Policy,” “Foreign Policy,” ... Read more

Accessible Taxis – Several Cities Get New Wheels

Taxi! Taxi! Accessible Cabs Set to Roll Out on City Streets
Transportation in New York City is due to be overhauled with the introduction of MV-1 accessible cabs in the coming months.Made by the South Florida-based Vehicle Production Group (VPG) and assembled in Indiana, the taxis will be rolled out in such metro areas as Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Toronto after making their debut ... Read more

Richard Pimentel — Guide to Getting a Job

This guide is for applicants who may need to discuss a disability-related job issue in an employ­ment interview. I’ve written it in an easy-to-follow, question-and-answer format. My hope is that it will help qualified persons with disabilities take advantage of more employment opportunities, help employers make more informed hiring choices, and reduce the level ... Read more