ADA Question of the Month - Do You Know the Answer?
Question: Must a state or local government (public entity) assign at least one employee to coordinate ADA compliance if it has 50 or more employees?
The answer is at the end of the newsletter.
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.
IHCD Lunch & Learn: Join Us for a Screening of Healing Voices
PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, Director/Producer of the award-winning social action documentary HEALING VOICES, will share excerpts from the film and lead a discussion about a topic that for so long we have been socialized to be frightened of: mental illness.
Date: June 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where: Institute for Human Centered Design RSVP Anytime and to request an accommodation contact Maggie Austen or call (617) 695-1225 x235 by June 5th.
Creating an Accessible Community Space in a Historic Vermont Church
The town of Brookline, Vermont recently took over ownership of a Baptist church dating from 1835, in hopes of creating a community space. The first steps of the renovation project involved making the building safe. Now, a local committee is in the process of meeting accessibility standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act so the space will be usable by all.
Suffolk Superior Court Rules in Boston's Favor on ADA Ramps
The Hon. Rosemary Connolly ruled against the Beacon Hill Civic Association and 10 neighborhood residents that asserted the city bypassed key review and approval processes by installing 36 ramps in brick sidewalks on Beacon Street in August of 2014.
Photo: Beacon Hill, Boston. Photo by Patrick M., Creative Commons.
ADA 27th Anniversary Events Around New England
Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council invites you and your family to celebrate the passage of the ADA at Dunn Pond State Park Date: July 21, 2017 Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Where: Dunn Pond State Park 289 Pearl St. Gardner, MA RSVPonline, email Sadie@masilc.org or at 508-370-3299
Boston Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities presents ADA Celebration Day Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The New England ADA Center presents a red carpet event to celebrate the anniversary of the ADA
This event will mark the release of new Public Service Announcements (PSA) produced in partnership with Digital Eyes Film, exploring the role of media in reframing our perceptions about disability in the context of changing demographic patterns inherent to New England.
Request an Accommodation: Contact Stacy by July 12.
News From Outside New England
Accessible Air Travel Guide
The United Spinal Association has released an Accessible Air Travel Guide as a good starting point to a better experience at the airport. Knowing your rights for accessible air travel can save you time and frustration.
What Does the International Symbol of Accessibility Actually Mean?
How did the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA) come about? Should it be changed? And what does it actually mean? Watch this fun and informative TEDEd video to learn the answer to these and other interesting questions about the ISA.
Answer to the ADA Question of the Month
Answer: Yes. Under Title II of the ADA, a public entity must assign at least one employee to coordinate ADA compliance if it has 50 or more full or part time employees. Smaller entities are encouraged, but not required, to have an ADA coordinator.
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.