ADA Question of the Month - Do You Know the Answer?
Question: Under what circumstances may a state or local government offer separate or special programs for people with disabilities?
The answer is at the end of the newsletter.
Vermont Man Concerned About Snow Removal Conditions
A Burlington man, who uses a wheelchair, is raising concerns about snow removal on streets, sidewalks, commercial entrances, ramps, curbs and parking lots in the Queen City area and the community responds.
The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) fields a high volume of inquiries and requests for training on the subject of service animals. This article offers a sampling of some of the most frequently asked questions.
Financial Assistance Available to Employers to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
A special tax credit is available to help smaller employers make accommodations required by the ADA. An eligible small business may take a tax credit of up to $5,000 per year for accommodations made to comply with the ADA.
Online Now! The ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments!
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: A state or local government may offer separate or special programs when necessary to provide people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the programs. For example a city recreation department may sponsor a basketball league for people who use wheelchairs and a state agency could run a rehabilitation and employment agency for people with disabilities.
The New England ADA Center is a member of the ADA National Network funded by the Administration for Community Living through National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Grant # 90DP0087.