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September Newsletter


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September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. This month encourages and reminds communities to prepare for disasters or emergencies throughout the year. Visit the ADA National Network Emergency Preparedness Resource page for federal and regional resources specific to the disability community and help prepare your homes, businesses, and families for emergency events.

As always, our ADA specialists are here to help. Contact us at 1-800-949-4232 (toll-free voice or TTY) or email us.  

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ADA in the News - Highlights

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As Restaurants Take Over Sidewalks To Provide Pandemic-Safe Dining, People With Disabilities Encounter Barriers

Self-Driving Cars Can Be A Boon for Those With Disabilities
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The 20 Remarkable Activists on Vogue’s September Cover Are Ready To Change The World

Innovating for Disability, Because You Have To
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Millions Awarded In Rental Assistance for People with Disabilities

Deidre Davis Butler, Who Fought for Disability Rights, Dies at 64

Upcoming Events


Thursday, September 3rd, 2:30 PM EDT – 4:00 PM EDT
Using the ADA and ABA Standards Series: Chapter 8: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements (Part 1) [WEBINAR]

This session is the first of two sessions that will review scoping and technical provisions for special rooms, spaces, and elements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards (Chapter 8). These requirements ensure access to a diverse group of rooms and spaces. This first session will address the requirements for wheelchair spaces, companion seats, and designated aisle seats in assembly areas, dressing, fitting, & locker rooms, kitchens & kitchenettes, and transient lodging guest rooms. 
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 – Friday, September 25th, 2020
Mid-Atlantic ADA Virtual Conference [VIRTUAL]

Mid-Atlantic ADA Virtual Conference (ADAcon-Virtual) will begin on September 9 with the 2.5 hour ADA Overview session. ADAcon-Virtual will include sessions on employment and general ADA topics and sessions that satisfy requirements for the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP). The conference will be broadcast on a virtual platform spread out over 2 weeks. Sessions will be available both live and on-demand. Registrants can participate in as many conference sessions as they like and can earn continuing education hours for either the live or recorded sessions. In addition, registrants will be able to access the conference sessions through February 2021.
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Thursday, September 10th, 11:30 AM PDT - 1:00 PM PDT
ADA National Network Learning Session: Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign - An Innovative Community Based Approach to Disaster Preparedness [WEBINAR]

This webinar will highlight the efforts of this groundbreaking $50 million approach to whole community preparedness. We will discuss how centering the community first, preparedness efforts are more accessible, relevant, and effective to target populations. The presentation will demonstrate both the necessity of preparing our most vulnerable and diverse communities as well as methods to do so. We will discuss specific strategies including market research, expert input, data analysis, and community insight that guided this initiative to success.
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Tuesday, September 15th, 2:00 PM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT
Moving the Needle on Disability Employment [WEBINAR]

Just in time to prepare for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, join us as our presenters highlight practical strategies and innovative approaches that employers, disability advocates, job seekers with disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation professionals can use to increase the hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities. The session will also highlight the results from the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s business survey, which showed that employers are interested in being proactive, but do not always know-how. The speakers will highlight pockets of progress as well as benefits identified by employers who are being proactive about including employees with disabilities in their workplace.
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Wednesday, September 16th, 2:00 PM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT
Criminal Justice and the ADA [WEBINAR]

One of the first ADA cases the U.S. Supreme Court decided made clear that the ADA applies to state prisons. But what has happened since that groundbreaking decision 22 years ago? This webinar will review how the ADA has been applied to a wide range of criminal justice situations including interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities, physical accessibility and effective communication within correctional facilities, the interplay of solitary confinement and the ADA, and the ADA’s role when people with disabilities are released from custody. Join us to make sure you’re up to date on the latest legal developments involving people with disabilities and the criminal justice system.
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Looking for more? Visit our Upcoming Events page!

This Month's Special Feature

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Digital access is increasingly important for people with disabilities as technology continues to become a regular part of everyday life. Recently, due to COVID-19, increases in remote work and learning have shown the need to continue conversations about digital access. Read our newest Research Brief: Digital Access and Title III of the ADA for an overview of research about digital access for people with disabilities and examples of how the ADA National Network is addressing this issue.

This Month's Featured Media

The Right to Live in the Community: A Long Journey for People with Disabilities

In 1999, The Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v L.C., recognizing that the “unjustified institutional isolation of persons with disabilities is a form of discrimination” and holding that services must be provided in integrated, community-based settings when possible.

To educate the community and honor the stories of those impacted by the ruling, ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA PARC) created this powerful video: The Right to Live in the Community: A Long Journey for People with Disabilities [Captioned Video – 2:57 min]. Click the image above to watch.
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