New England ADA Center
July Anniversary Issue  Newsletter

Join Us For the 29th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA! - The Forefront of Civil Rights for Addiction and Recovery
On July 24th at 12:00 p.m. Gregory Dorchak, U.S. Attorney, Civil Rights Unit at the MA U.S. Attorney's Office, and Maryanne Frangules, Executive Director at Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery will discuss current and future legal trends for addiction and recovery. Oce Harrison, Project Director of the New England ADA Center will moderate the discussion.

To register, visit eventbrite. For more information, visit ADA29 or  contact Stacy Hart at or 800-949-4232.
ADA Coalition of Connecticut ADACC, along with the Newington Parks and Recreation Department have arranged a summer concert to celebrate the ADA. Daily Planet will play live at Mill Pond Park.  

Click here for more details.
3rd Annual Disability Pride Maine
The Disability Pride Celebration will be held at the Pavilion in Mill Park, Friday, July 19th. Come celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Save the Date! Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disability's (RIGCD) Annual Public Forums
To honor the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the RIGCD will host a series of public forums. These forums will serve as the starting point to develop the Commission's legislative package for the coming year. These forums are a great opportunity for community members to share their concerns and suggestions with policy makers.

Learn how to participate.
Boston's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebration Day
City of Boston Seal The event is a yearly celebration of the signing of the ADA. Each year, we honor a local organization that has made an impact on accessibility or inclusion in Boston. ADA Celebration Day is an event for people of all ages and all abilities to come together and celebrate a milestone in the disability community.

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The Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council (MASILC) Celebrates 29 Years of the ADA
dunn state park Come celebrate the ADA at Dunn State Park in Gardener, Massachusetts, Friday July 19th. MASILC invites you to come hike, kayak, swim, listen to music and hang out with friends, while enjoying  food and fun!

Click here for more details.
Other News in New England
ADA Question of the Month - Do You Know the Answer?
Question : I  have Crones Disease and have a card for medical marijuana in Massachusetts to help manage the pain. When I was hired, I disclosed that I used medical marijuana, but my job offer was rescinded when I tested positive for marijuana. Am I still covered by the ADA ?  
The answer is at the end of the newsletter.

Speaking Out for Addiction Recovery (SOAR) Event
Please join your fellow recovery community organizations (RCOs) for a FREE 2-day event hosted by SOAR: Day 1 - RCO Bootcamp Training, August 7; and Day 2 - RCO Summit, August 8.
The event will be held on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 31.

For more information or to register, click here.
New Rep Theater Announces Open Captioned Performances
The theater will offer one open captioned performance at each of their six productions in the 2019-2020 season. This project is part of a continuing effort to increase accessibility, including our ASL-interpreted and audio-described performances, as well as the permanent installation of a T-Coil LOOP system in our MainStage Theater.

New Research Results Identifying Challenges to Implementing the ADA Survey for Cities and Towns in New England
Logos of the New England ADA Center and a project of the Institute for Human Centered Design
Did you know that only 7% of municipalities in the New England region are compliant with the ADA? The New England ADA Center published the results of our research study about the challenges that municipalities face in implementing the ADA.

Save the Date: Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) Fifth Annual Disability Summit - Improving Access in Our Communities
Please join MOD on Friday, September 27, 2019 for their fifth annual summit. This event is an opportunity to network and hear from notable individuals from the disability community. The 2019 summit will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Click here for more details.
The New England ADA Center Remembers Denise Karuth
Born in 1954, Denise Ann Karuth passed away Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. She was a champion for the rights of people with disabilities, and an internationally recognized figure in the struggle for affordable, accessible mass transit. She will be remembered for her compassion for others, her commitment to justice.

National News
How Are You Celebrating the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? 
ADA National Network Logo Help us tell your story and raise awareness about the ADA. The ADA National Network would like you to share how you are celebrating the 29th ADA Anniversary using #ADA29 .

Find your own way to join the conversation by watching this brief video  to see how you can share your stories with #ThanksToTheADA!
U.S. Olympic Committee Changes Name To U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC)
3D-Printed Headphones That Double Up As a Hearing Aid
Elan Parry
Industrial digitalisation student Elen Parry, developed 
a prototype for a device that works as both a hearing aid and regular earphones, in a bid to "remove the stigma" of disability and create a "desirable" device for everyone. 
HeX earbuds are named as such to represent their hexagonal shape.
New Smart Wheelchair Cushion to Address Pressure Ulcers 
chair cushion A team of researchers from the University of Texas has developed a smart seat cushion that can help wheelchair users prevent the negative effects and injuries caused by sitting in a wheelchair for a long time.

Image source: photo courtesy of Rolling Without Limits.
service animal summit
For what is believed to be the first time ever recorded, a service animal has reached the summit of Mt. Rainier. Loki, the service animal, made the trek with climbing partners McKenzie Johnson,  and   Elizabeth Briggs. Loki belongs to Elizabeth, who lives in Colorado and together have reached the summit of several Rocky Mountains.

Loki and Elizabeth Briggs. Image source: photo courtesy of Komo News by McKenzie Johnson.
Many people in recovery from addiction are unaware of their civil rights under the ADA. Our goal at the ADA Center is to ensure that people with addiction and those in recovery know their rights under the law.
The ADA applies to addiction to alcohol and to the illegal use of drugs differently. This is a very complex subject due to developing court cases. If you have questions about the ADA, contact us: 1-800-949-4232

Answer to the ADA Question of the Month

Answer  No, the ADA does not cover any use of marijuana, including medical marijuana use for a disability. Marijuana is considered an illegal drug by federal law. However, state law may provide some protections for the use of medical marijuana offsite and off hours as a reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities.
To learn more see our fact sheet:  The ADA, Addiction and Recovery.

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