New England ADA Center
June Newsletter

ADA Question of the Month - Do You Know the Answer?
Question My 8 year old daughter has diabetes. I applied to send her to a summer recreation program run by a religious organization. The director told me they don't accept children with diabetes and certain other medical conditions because of liability issues. Is this allowed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?  
The answer is at the end of the 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., panelists include: Gregory Dorchak, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Jared Owen, Communications Coordinator 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 our website or  contact Stacy Hart at shart@ihcdesign.org or 800-949-4232.

The New Hampshire Governor's Commission on Disability (GCD) and the New England ADA Center Team Up for Conference
The 2019 NH Emergency Preparedness Conference on June 4th in Manchester, NH was the perfect opportunity for the GCD and New England ADA to come together and present as a panel. They presented, "Have I Considered That? Planning for Persons with Disabilities." Afterwards attendees were welcomed to stop by the exhibit table for additional information.  

For more about the conference, click here .
From left: Louise McBride, Stacy Hart of NEADA, and Colleen Durkin-Blackburn. Image source: image courtesy of New Hampshire GCD .

Settlement Offer for Discrimination Case Against Waterbury Vermont Revealed
Recently, the Vermont Human Rights Commission sued the town government, alleging the recreation department had engaged in discrimination by not making accommodations for a disabled 10-year-old boy who had been kicked out of the program for his behavior The selectboard rejected the settlement, and now Waterbury is facing a discrimination lawsuit that seeks financial damages.

Waterbury Municipal Manager Bill Shepeluk (center) at an event with then Gov. Peter Shumlin (left) and Sen. Peter Welch. Image source: image courtesy of VT Digger by Elizabeth Hewitt.

Maine Elementary School Students are Learning Sign Language to Support Their Classmate
Morey Belanger and two friends Morey Belanger, 6, has a severe hearing impairment. But she's also, very much, a typical kid. There is no sign language curriculum at the Dayton Consolidated Elementary. However, the public school started talking like Morey. Kids there have started to learn sign language. This is bottom-up kindness - students motivated by nothing more than their own deep desire to connect with this one little girl.

Morey Belanger center, and two friends. Image source: photo courtesy of the CBS Evening News.

New Research Results Identifying Challenges to Implementing the ADA Survey for Cities and Towns in New England
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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. The 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.

National News
ADA Live! Podcast to Feature Sen. Tom Harkin on July 3, 2019
In the podcast, Sen. Harkin will discuss how the ADA legislation came about, its impact over the last 29 years, and the future of civil rights protections for the more than 60 million people with disabilities living in the United States. To listen to the podcast at July 3 at 1:00 pm ET or any time after, visit SoundCloud ADA Live! and the ADA Live! website. Real-time captioning on July 3 at 1:00 pm will be available here 

For more information, contact the Southeast ADA Center at 404-541-9001 or visit www.adalive.org
Sen. Tom Harkin. Image source: image courtesy of the Southeast ADA Center.

Hoja de Información, ADA, Adicción y Recuperación
The ADA, Addiction and Recovery Fact Sheet is now in Spanish. Many people with addiction and in recovery are unaware of their civil rights under the ADA. Our goal at the ADA Center is to ensure that people with addiction and in recovery from substance and opioid use disorder understand their rights under the law.
This fact sheet illustrates how the ADA addresses addiction to alcohol and addiction to drugs differently. If you have questions about the ADA, call: 1-800-949-4232
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Participate: Call to Action for People with Disabilities to Get Involved in the "All of Us Research Program"
Logo Join All of Us The All of Us Research Program is an effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds, including people with disabilities . The program will enable research on how to more precisely prevent and treat a variety of health conditions.


Adaptive Fashion on the Red Carpet 

Nightclub For Adults with Disabilities Fosters Love, Friendship and Inclusion
The only one of its kind in Maryland and possibly the country, Club 1111  a glittering nightclub for adults with disabilities  in Baltimore, is where hundreds come to dance and make friends. Some want to find love. All are drawn because of the sense of safety, the feeling that no one is judging them, that they can be like anyone else out for the night .

Jessica and Kathy Zuback. Image source: image courtesy of The Baltimore Sun by Karl Merton Ferron.

The flirtatious Ado Annie of Broadway's "Oklahoma!" relishes the chance to embody what a disabled performer can accomplish.

Our ADA Checklist is a friendly and easy to use tool that will help you identify barriers to accessibility in your indoor and outdoor facilities.

Get the Checklist here.
Answer to the ADA Question of the Month

Answer Title III of the ADA does not apply to religious entities. All of their facilities, programs, and activities are exempt, whether they are religious or secular in nature and whether or not they are open to the public. However, many states have anti-discrimination laws that apply to religious entities. For more information read the ADA Title III Regulations.

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