The ADA Report -May, 2023
Several faces of people of different genders, ethnicities, races, and ages.
This year the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) theme for mental health awareness month is "More Than Enough". Learn more about mental health awareness and the #MoreThanEnough campaign.
ADA National Network Resources: The ADA protects the people with mental health disabilities in the workplace, schools, and community. Following are a few mental health related resources available from the ADA National Network.

Important Findings from the Job Accommodation Network
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that a new report finds that nearly half of workplace accommodations made for people with disabilities can be implemented at no cost to employers, and of those that do incur a one-time cost, the median expenditure has decreased when compared to previous reports to only $300.
The newly published report “Accommodation and Compliance: Low Cost, High Impact” by the Job Accommodation Network — a service of the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy — analyzes survey data collected from employers from 2019 to 2022. 

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Hobby Lobby violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it failed to allow a part-time clerk at its Olathe, Kansas store to use her service dog on the job as a reasonable accommodation for her disabilities, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The company’s district manager and human resources decided, without any supporting evidence, the dog would present a safety issue, even though customers were permitted to bring service and pet dogs to the store. Hobby Lobby ultimately fired the clerk when she advised the company she could not work without her service dog.

New From the EEOC
The Pregnant Workers Fairness At will go into effect on June 27, 2023. The new law requires covered employers to provide "reasonable accommodations" to a worker's known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.
Federal Report Finds Extreme Weather Substantially and Disproportionately Impacts People with Disabilities: The Impacts of Extreme Weather Events on People with Disabilities
The National Council on Disability released a report focused on the effects people with disabilities experience due to natural disasters and extreme weather.  The report examines how extreme weather events and environmental hazards have adversely and disproportionately impacted people with disabilities in the United States and its territories over the past 20 years.
Road covered by flood waters and cloudy skies overhead.
The situations described are not limited to Florida. An important look at placement and care of children with disabilities.

This comprehensive set of executive actions will improve care for families while supporting care workers and family caregivers.
"Older railcars contribute to service delays and increased costs and lack newer amenities, such as digital signage and audio tools that improve the riding experience. They may also lack accessibility features – such as direct access into the railcar – for people with disabilities or anyone pushing a stroller. 

-Washington Post, May 5th
The Mobile Act would track damaged mobility aids and spur research on designing planes that allow passengers to stay in those aids when flying.
ASL Stories Directory. -American Society for Deaf Children
Graphic showing large book opened in front of several children's hands raised. Text: Children's Stories in ASL
Research shows that reading and signing stories together helps promote essential literacy skills for ALL children: deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing. This ASL Stories Directory makes it easy for you to find hundreds of free videos of ASL retellings of your child’s or student’s favorite books. A list of ASL stories by title can be found at the bottom of the page..
A new report released by the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and The Burton Blatt Institute finds employers reporting significant difficulties identifying and recruiting students and recent graduates with disabilities. The findings are now available in NOD’s Campus to Careers Roadmap. It provides practical recommendations, including checklists and video assets, for employers and universities to understand the challenges employers experience in engaging students with disabilities; the obstacles students with disabilities experience in transitioning into their chosen field; and the important role career and disability services play on campus. The Campus to Careers Roadmap can be downloaded free here.
Registration is Still Open to Attend the Virtual National ADA Symposium. Closes June 4th!
National ADA Symposium

Virtual ADA Symposium
June 12-14

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023 1:00 -2:30 PM Central
Sponsor: Great Lakes and Southwest ADA Centers

Tuesday, May 23rd, 12:00 - 1:30 PM Central
Sponsor: Great Lakes ADA Center, U.S. Access Board and CIO

Wednesday, May 24th, 1:00 - 2:30 PM Central
Sponsor: Region 3, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

Thursday, June 1st, 1:30-3:00 PM Central
Sponsor: Great Lakes ADA Center & US Access Board