Tag: Americans With Disabilities Act

Disability Rights Under Attack by Congress

Rights for Americans with disabilities are under attack in a bill disguised as reform of the Americans with Disabilities Act. HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, requires people with disabilities to file a formal complaint with the Justice Department if they are denied access to a…

No Room at the Inn for Airbnb Guests with Disabilities, Study Shows

It is a common frustration people with disabilities share when traveling: from trying to find an accessible rental car, to transferring into your seat, to praying that your motorized wheelchair isn’t damaged as it’s thrown into storage. All you are thinking is, “Please get my belongings and me to my…

Court Finds Blanket Policies Not Discriminatory

By Frank Kineavy Magic Kingdom Should people with disabilities expect companies to cater to their convenience even if the companies already provide proper accommodations A federal judge in Orlando says no. The Walt Disney Company (No. 38 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity) in 2013 revised its…

Disability Activists Arrested for Protesting Outside White House

By Frank Kineavy AP Photo During a demonstration on the lawn of the White House, 49 protesters from the disability rights group ADAPT were arrested for blocking the sidewalk. ADAPT, which was one of the earliest groups to champion equality for people with disabilities, was calling on the president to…

Congressman Challenges 'Predatory Lawsuits' Exploiting ADA

By Frank Kineavy Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) New legislation has been introduced in California in response to a number of lawsuits from “high-frequency litigants” that are exploiting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to hurt small businesses. Since George H. W. Bush signed into law the ADA in July 1990,…

Greyhound Admits Cheating People with Disabilities

By Frank Kineavy Greyhound Bus In response to a Justice Department complaint placed in mid-February, Greyhound Lines Inc., a bus transportation company serving over 3,800 destinations in North America, will reimburse passengers with disabilities on top of paying fines for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreement…

Students with Disabilities More Likely to Drop out of High School

Students with disabilities are lagging behind their able-bodied peers when it comes to high school graduation. As the U.S. is on track to reach 90 percent graduation rates by 2020, students with disabilities only graduate at a rate of 61.9 percent, according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report…

NYC Schools Fail People with Disabilities

Following a two-year federal investigation completed last month, the U.S. Attorney’s office has found that more than eight of 10 of New York City’s public elementary schools are not “fully accessible” to people with disabilities. Moreover, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, “six of the city’s school districts, serving over…

U.S. Government Disability Employment Hits Record High

Employment of people with disabilities by the U.S. federal government hit a record high last year, according to the Office of Personnel Management, which submitted its report to President Barack Obama last month. The total number of permanent federal employees with disabilities increased from 234,395 in 2013, to 247,608 in…

ADA 25 Years Later: Definite Progress But Hiring Gaps Remain

On July 26, 1990, when former President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act into law, it was heralded as the beginning of a new era of improved access and employment for people with disabilities. As the nation celebrates this landmark civil-rights legislation impacting an estimated 56 million…