New England ADA Center
December Newsletter

ADA Question of the Month - Do You Know the Answer?
Question : May an employer ask an applicant to provide medical certification that s/he can safely perform a physical agility or physical fitness test? 

The answer is at the end of the newsletter.

UVM hospital settles claims it discriminated against deaf patients
The University of Vermont Medical Center has settled with the U.S. attorney for Vermont over allegations the hospital failed to communicate effectively with deaf patients.

Read more of the story here.

Photo of George Lareau  by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

Inclusive by nature: Nonprofit connects people with disabilities to the great outdoors
A new nonprofit in Vermont aims to connect those with a disability and fly fishing.  Tasty Water Adventures is taking applications for those interested in learning with them next summer.

See more of the story here

Photo source: Google open source image

"Breaking Barriers" Art Online Exhibit
The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) held a call for art, asking the public to submit original artwork that represents persons with disabilities "Breaking Barriers."  

Brogan Joe Murphy with his piece "Stephie & Izzie;" photo by Deb Luchini

STABLE NH Successfully Launches the First Accounts
Kick-off of the ABLE savings and investment program for New Hampshire, STABLE  NH, successfully launched with the first accounts opening on December 15th. The program is aimed at achieving a better life for those with disabilities and their families.

Photo: Gov. Chris Sununu launches   STABLE NH on Dec.18th.

Vermont Arts Council Prepares to "Plan Ahead"
Jason Angel,  ADA Information and Outreach Specialist/Trainer and Researcher,  facilitates a work group at the Vermont Arts Council's Accessibility: Plan Ahead conference on December 5. 

Click here to learn more.

National News
EEOC Gets Summary Judgement Win Relative to Employer's Medical Testing
RA federal district court in Illinois granted the EEOC's partial motion for summary judgement, holding that the company's decision to deny them work was based on improper tests concerning prospective injuries.

Read more details on the judgement.

An Accessible Approach to Shared Streets
Recently, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) unveiled a groundbreaking new resource on planning and designing shared streets to accommodate people with vision disabilities.

Photo by: Toole Design Group .

Hulu is Getting Sued by Its Customers, but Why?
Hulu is facing a lawsuit that could have a significant impact on how it will provide its customers with its services in the future. The lawsuit was filed by a blind couple, the Bay State Council of the Blind, and the American Council of the Blind. 

Read the full story here.

Participate in a Service Animal Survey
Are you a U.S. Resident (age 18+) who uses a service animal or other animal that assists you with your disability?  If so, the Southwest ADA Center would like to learn about your experiences accessing public places.

Online Now! The ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments!
ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments - 7 Steps to  Implement the ADA Graphic State and local governments (public entities) have obligations under Title II of the ADA to provide people with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs and activities.  The ADA Action Guide  leads public entities through a process to compliance with the ADA.

Answer to the ADA Question of the Month

AnswerYes. Although an employer cannot ask disability-related questions, it may give the applicant a description of the agility or fitness test and ask the applicant to have a private physician simply state whether s/he can safely perform the test.

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