New England ADA Center
April Newsletter

ADA Question of the Month - Do You Know the Answer?
Question : What New England ADA Center web course provides an overview of four major disability laws and what are those laws?

The answer is at the end of the newsletter.

Unitarian Church of Montpelier Vermont Honored for Being Welcoming and Inclusive
The Vermont Center for Independent Living recognized a Montpelier institution on April 17. The Unitarian Church of Montpelier received an Ally of Accessibility Award for its efforts to become increasingly accessible to people with disabilities.

Photo:  Sarah Launderville of the Vermont Center for Independent Living, right, honored the Unitarian Church of Montpelier on April 17 for their commitment to being accessible to people with disabilities. Accepting the award are the Rev. Joan Javier-Duval, left, and Mary Alice Bisbee of the church's Accessibility Committee. Photo by LInda Meleady.

2018 Assistive Technology Training Series Massachusetts
Massachusetts State Seal Free training will be provided for any nurse, Family Care or transition coordinators, housing or CoA staff, options counselors and others interested in learning to utilize technology to help all populations live and work independently.

Click here for more details.
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Image of the Massachusetts state house
Currently in Massachusetts, state correctional facilities do not continue legally prescribed medications for the treatment of addiction to people entering prison. This is a violation of the ADA. A person who enters the correctional system in medically assisted treatment (MAT) is a person with a disability under the ADA and has a civil right to receive legally prescribed medication just as a diabetic does with a prescription for insulin.

For additional coverage of the story click here.
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Tax Incentives are Available for Businesses to Create Disability Access in Massachusetts
The vast majority of businesses and employers have distinct obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure equal employment opportunities and remove barriers to access for persons with disabilities.  Americans with disabilities are contributing members of the workforce and valuable customers and these tax credits and deductions offer additional incentives for meeting ADA obligations.  

For more details on the incentives, click here.
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Save the Date: ADA Day, July 24th, Boston, Massachusetts
Boston's ADA Day Celebration will be held this year on Tuesday, July 24th, from 12-2, on Boston City Hall Plaza. This free event is open to all.

Click here for more details.
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National News
Join the Campaign to Reclaim Helen Keller's Remarkable Story
Some projects take a long time, and that is certainly the case with the Becoming Helen Keller film.  To close the budget gap and finish the film, we will roll out our Kickstarter campaign: April 23 to May 25. 

Photo source: Disability History Museum.

Nursing Homes May be Targeted for Turning Away Patients Being Treated for Opioid Addiction
Federal investigators could begin cracking down on nursing facilities that refuse admission to patients being treated for opioid addiction, experts are warning.
Legal professionals argue the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits such de nials.

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Six Simple Tips for Smooth Travel With a Disability
Traveling with a visible or invisible disability doesn't have to be difficult. A few simple tips can go a long way.  

Click here to learn more.
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Participants Needed: National Survey on Health Reform and Disability
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is looking for adults with disabilities to complete an online survey about getting and using health insurance and health care services. Adults ages 18 to 62 with any type of disability are encouraged to participate.

To participate in the survey, click here.

Airbnb Adds Detailed Accessibility Filters to Search Engine
The vacation rental platform Airbnb has added new filters to its search engine designed to make it easier for people with mobility issues to find accommodations that suit their needs.

New England ADA Web Courses
There are a variety of ways to increase your knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Our free ADA Web courses provide continuing education credits that you can complete at your own pace.

Visit for more information.
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Answer to the ADA Question of the Month

Answer It is the Disability Laws Overview. The four laws are the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Air Carrier Access Act. At the end of the course you should be able to determine which laws apply to different discriminatory situations. The course is free, takes about 2 hours and is available 24/7. If you pass the course you will receive a Certificate of Course Completion. The course is approved for 2 credits from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.   The answer to this question and more can be found in the web courses offered by the New England ADA Center.

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