New England ADA Center
January Newsletter

ADA Question of the Month - Do You Know the Answer?
Question : When a person requests a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act may the housing provider (for example: landlord, housing authority, or condo association) request documentation of a disability? Examples of reasonable accommodations may include the installation of a ramp into a building or allowing an assistance animal in a building with a no pets policy.
The answer is at the end of the newsletter.

The VAC has been on the forefront of accessibility for years and has shown a strong commitment to disability. VCIL's Executive Director Sarah Launderville said, "I'm thrilled and honored to present this award to the VAC as it shows the impact one group can make to the larger community.

Sarah Launderville - VCIL, Michele Bailey - VAC , Mike Charron - VCIL, and Karen Mittelman VAC. I mage source: by Stefanie Monte. 

Grant Will Help Open Sandwich's Public Places to People with Disabilities

Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) Honors Amazing Young Advocate
Jacqueline Kelley who is striving to make the world a better place, received the Deborah Lisi-Baker Youth Leader Award. VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville said, "This is one of my favorite awards we give because it highlights the leadership of young people in our movement.

Cari Kelley, Jacqueline Kelley, and her service dog, Moose. Image source: photo by Stefanie Monte.

National News
Deaf And Unemployed: Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands
Faced with widespread, chronic unemployment, deaf people are creating their own businesses and pushing employers to become more deaf and sign language friendly.

Click here for more of the story.
Co-founder of Streetcar 82 Mark Burke. Image source: courtesy of NPR by Madeleine Cook .

Why Architects Still Struggle With Disability Requirements 28 Years After Passage of the ADA
Michael J. Crosbie sits down with Peter Stratton, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Accessibility Services at Steven Winter Associates, who works with architects and others in the construction industry on the application of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Stratton reveals common misunderstandings or mistakes in the application of the ADA design standards.

Image source: courtesy of Google images.

Participate in the ADA National Network Twitter Chat About Disability Language and Etiquette
Mark your calendars and join the ADA National Network and regional co-hosts for a 1-hour Twitter chat about Disability Language and Etiquette! Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 10 am PST/12pm CT/1pm ET. 
#ADANetworkChat #Disability #ADA #DisabilityEtiquette

Gaelynn Lea Embraces the Power of Music
Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and an experimental take on traditional fiddle music.

Click here to learn more and find upcoming shows.
Image source: photo courtesy of Classical MPR.

Pegi Young, 66, Musician Who Started a School for Disabled, Died
Ms. Young started a school to better address her son's needs and those of other children who had largely lost the ability to speak. The school uses augmentative and alternative communication techniques, which include speech generators and manual communication boards, to help people with disabilities articulate their thoughts and prepare them to complete their education in their local school districts.

Neil,  Ben, and   Pegi Young.  Image source: photo courtesy of  NY Times by Tim Mosenfelder.

Fair Housing Act Section 504 and ADA Web Course Logo
This free course, available 24/7, covers the rights of people with disabilities in housing under the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The focus is on reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications. Duration: 2 hours to complete.

Start the web course HERE!

Answer to the ADA Question of the Month

Answer If the disability is not obvious the housing provider may request reliable disability-related information that (1) is necessary to verify that the person meets the Act's definition of disability (i.e., has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities), (2) describes the needed accommodation, and (3) shows the relationship between the person's disability and the need for the requested accommodation.
Learn more on reasonable accommodations in the Fair Housing Act, Section 504, and the ADA in our new web course.

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