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March Newsletter

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March is a big month of celebrations, including: 

Follow along on social media to see how we are celebrating and to share your thoughts and resources. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for awareness month posts, ADA information and resources, the latest news, and more!

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ADA in the News - Highlights

A dog wearing safety goggles
Petition for a Google Doodle in Honor of the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

Hotel Designs to Put ‘Accessibility’ Under the Spotlight at Hotel Summit 2020

As Caregivers Age, People with Disabilities See Few Housing Options
Book Cover for Sonya Sotomayor and Rafael Lopez's children's book "Just Ask"
Children’s Books Win Awards for Disability Storylines

Google Redesigns Maps App, Adds Details on Public Transit Safety, Accessibility

Service Animals in the Lab: Who Decides?

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 5th, 2020, 2:30 PM EST – 4:00 PM EST
Using the ADA and ABA Standards Series: Chapter 2: Scoping – Alterations [WEBINAR]

Determining what is required to be accessible when a facility is altered or expanded can be a challenge. This session will review how Chapter 2 of the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards apply to planned alterations and additions. Presenters will clarify common sources of confusion, including what type of work constitutes an “alteration,” how the scope of work determines application, the provisions for primary function areas and accessible paths of travel, historic facilities, and technical infeasibility.
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Thursday, March 12th, 2020, 11:30 AM PDT – 1:00 PM PDT
ADA National Network Learning Session: Using the California Public Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning [WEBINAR]

This webinar will focus on the 2019 California Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS) including stories from the community, barriers experienced, coordination across public and private agencies, and effective strategies that could become best practices. Working together as individuals to build a resilient community that keeps each other safe, aware, engaged, and informed is a part of how we need to plan for the future. Learn how the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and Independent Living Centers (ILC) are partnering with other stakeholders across the state to support people with disabilities and older adults during different types of disasters.
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, 2:00 PM EDT
Accessible Polling Facilities and the ADA [WEBINAR]

This presentation will cover resources available to election officials to evaluate the accessibility of polling locations, specifically the ADA Checklist for Polling Places developed by the U.S. Dept. of Justice in 2016. The presentation will discuss training polling place staff and volunteers on key issues related to disability voting rights, disability awareness, and avoiding barriers to voting access. The presentation will include real-life examples, images, and graphics to illustrate the content.
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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, 2:00 PM EDT – 3:30 PM EDT
The ADA and Religious Institutions [WEBINAR]

Religious organizations are largely exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But what about places of public accommodation or programs that are controlled by these entities? What does this mean for religious entities that operate schools? Are employees of religious organizations covered by the employment provisions of the ADA? If the ADA does not apply to these entities, can states then require them to comply with their accessibility standards?
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Thursday, March 26th, 2020, 11:30 AM PST – 1:00 PM PST
ADA National Network Learning Session: Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment and Prescription Drug Container Labels [WEBINAR]
The Access Board, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has issued accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment. These standards provide design criteria for examination tables and chairs (including those used for dental or optical exams and procedures), weight scales, radiological equipment, mammography equipment and other equipment used for diagnostic purposes by health professionals. Presenters will cover these standards, as well as providing advisory guidance for making information on prescription drug container labels accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired or who are elderly.
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT – 2:30 PM EDT
Accessible Social Media [WEBINAR]

Agencies use social media to promote their mission and to engage members of the public; this webinar will cover how federal agencies can implement social media in an accessible manner. Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will share their experiences in ensuring access to various social media sites and platforms. NIH maintains over 60 Facebook pages, 40 YouTube channels, and numerous Twitter accounts.
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This Month's Special Feature

Graphic with yellow and black image of people at a conference table. On top read the words "The ADA, Addiction, Recovery, and Employment An ADA National Network Factsheet"

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses addiction to alcohol, illegal drugs, and the unlawful use of legal drugs in each stage of employment. The ADA ensures that people with disabilities, including people with addiction to alcohol, have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. These protections also apply to people who experience prescription drug use disorder and opioid use disorder.

Read our newest factsheet, The ADA, Addiction, Recovery, and Employment, to learn more about this important issue.

This Month's Featured Media

Twitter chat announcement image with a list of the upcoming twitter chats through November 2020.

Did you know the ADA National Network hosts a Twitter Chat on an important topic related to the ADA every month? Never miss a chat by viewing the schedule here!

Did you miss February's chat on Voting Access? View our Twitter Moment to see the highlights.

Be sure to join us on March 25th at 10 am PST / 1 pm EST for a Twitter Chat on Effective Communication and the ADA. Learn more about how to participate in our next Twitter Chat here or follow us on TWUBS here!

For more media visit our YouTube Channel to watch ADA National Network videos!
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