New England ADA Center
May Newsletter

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!
ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments - 7 Steps to  Implement the ADA Graphic 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 Title II Action Guide leads public entities through a process to compliance with the ADA.

IHCD Lunch & Learn: Join Us for a Screening of Healing Voices
Healing Voices Movie Poster 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. 

Read more.

Creating an Accessible Community Space in a Historic Vermont Church
Vermont State Seal 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.
Read more about the renovation project.
Image: Vermont state seal.

Suffolk Superior Court Rules in Boston's Favor on ADA Ramps 
Beacon Hill Boston 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
Dunn State Park 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
RSVP online, email or at 508-370-3299

City of Boston Seal Boston Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities presents ADA Celebration Day
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 
Time : 12 noon - 2 p.m.
Where : Boston City Hall Plaza

ADA 27 IHCD 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.
Date : July 26, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Institute for Human Centered Design
RSVP : Contact Stacy Hart at or call (617) 695-1225 x240.
Request an Accommodation: Contact Stacy by July 12.

News From Outside New England
Accessible Air Travel Guide
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. 
View the guide!

What Does the International Symbol of Accessibility Actually Mean?
International Symbol of Accessibility 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.
To learn more about the obligations of state and local governments (public entities) under the ADA, visit the ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments. It is a free and available 24/7.

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