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  • Hartford (CT) Line's CTrail Trains To Run Without Bathrooms After ADA Complaint

    06/12/2018 4:06:56 PM PDT · by raybbr · 33 replies ^ | 6-12-18 | Rebecca Lurye
    A complaint from a state disability advocacy organization has shuttered bathrooms aboard the Hartford Line’s CTrail trains just before the new commuter line’s launch this weekend. Restrooms on half of the Hartford Line trains — those operated by the state as opposed to Amtrak — will remain closed until they are made accessible to individuals with disabilities in early 2019, the state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. The closure comes in response to a reversed decision from the Federal Railroad Administration, which had previously granted the state a temporary exemption from the Americans for Disabilities Act, according to the DOT....
  • Oklahoma law to curb bogus “service dog” claims likely to flunk first test

    05/30/2018 6:15:14 PM PDT · by Norski · 18 replies
    Animals24-7 ^ | May 30, 2018 | Merritt Clifton
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma–– A new Oklahoma state law takes a new approach to trying to curb widespread misuse of “service dog” claims and paraphernalia, but will probably fail the first time a conviction is appealed to a federal court. Oklahoma HB 3282 addresses people who use bogus “service dog” claims and credentials to take dogs into public places where dogs are not otherwise allowed, keep dogs in “no pets” housing, take their dogs in air travel for free, or evade local prohibitions on pit bulls. Not due to take effect until November 1, 2019, Oklahoma HB 3282 is therefore not...
  • Blind woman sues 30 websites over handicap accessibility

    01/08/2018 5:42:50 AM PST · by simpson96 · 75 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/7/2018 | Priscilla DeGregory and Emily Saul
    A blind Manhattan woman recently filed individual lawsuits against more than 30 businesses she says are not handicap accessible online. Maria Mendizabal, who is legally blind, claims that the Web sites for companies such as Nike, 24 Hour Fitness, De Beers, Barney’s, Donna Karan, and Kleinfeld Bridal aren’t compatible with screen-reading software that translates the written content into either audio or Braille. “Unless websites are designed to be read by screen-reading software, blind and visually-impaired persons are unable to fully access websites, and the information, Products, and services contained thereon,” reads the suit against Barney’s, which is filed under the...
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions Rescinds 25 Guidance Documents

    12/22/2017 1:38:18 AM PST · by fluorescence · 20 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Office of Public Affairs
    Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that, pursuant to Executive Order 13777 and his November memorandum prohibiting guidance documents, he is rescinding 25 such documents that were unnecessary, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper. In making the announcement, the Attorney General said: “Last month, I ended the longstanding abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page. Congress has provided for a regulatory process in statute, and we are going to follow it. This is good government and prevents confusing the public with improper and wrong advice.” “Therefore, any guidance that is outdated, used to circumvent...
  • Is that service dog a fake? Under federal law, you can’t even ask

    11/01/2017 3:03:57 PM PDT · by familyop · 50 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | NOVEMBER 01, 2017 | MARK DAVIS
    Neither the vest from the accredited training program nor the certificate are required under the ADA. The ADA says anyone can train their dog, or miniature horse, to perform a task that mitigates or helps them with their disability. Professional training is not required. ADA also specifically prohibits cities, merchants and others from requiring proof that a dog is a service dog. It allows, in fact, only two questions. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? What work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Service dog owners may not be asked about the...
  • Trump Poised to Sign Order Opening New Paths to Health Insurance

    10/08/2017 11:43:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2017 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — Stymied in his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump is poised to issue an order that could ease some federal rules governing health insurance and make it easier for people to band together and buy coverage on their own, administration officials said Saturday. One official said the directive could move the president a step closer to one of his longstanding goals: allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines. Conservatives say that interstate sales could expand options for consumers, increase competition in the insurance market and perhaps lower costs. The order, which the administration...
  • Disabled by Government

    09/27/2017 5:04:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | September 27, 2017 | John Stossel
    A third threat to free speech at the University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators. It's the Americans with Disabilities Act. Berkeley is expensive. Out of state students must pay $60,000 a year. But for five years, Berkeley generously posted 20,000 of its professors' lectures online. Anyone could watch them for free. Then government regulators stepped in. The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates, "No qualified individual with a disability shall ... be denied the benefits of ... services." As with most laws, people can spend years debating what terms like "denied," "benefits"...
  • Numerous businesses in Willits, Ukiah face new legal threats over disabled access

    07/28/2017 1:24:44 PM PDT · by rey · 31 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 27 July 2017 | GLENDA ANDERSON
    A California attorney who has made a name for himself suing thousands of businesses and governments across the state over alleged violations of federal disability access law now is taking aim at enterprises in Willits and Ukiah. Thomas Frankovich and his disabled Willits client have filed eight separate federal discrimination lawsuits affecting more than two dozen Mendocino County businesses since late December, accusing the defendants of failing to provide adequate access for disabled people as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuits affect restaurants in Willits and Ukiah, a Willits book store, a Ukiah car dealership and a...
  • ‘I have some regrets,' says woman behind wave of ADA lawsuits

    04/19/2017 7:45:07 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    ABC7 Denver ^ | 4/18/2017 | Ryan Luby
    DENVER -- A woman who says she filed dozens of lawsuits hoping to advocate for people with disabilities now says she feels used by a money-making effort. Alyssa Carton has filed 99 lawsuits against businesses in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the past three months. Carton has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. "I've endured a lot of challenges with accessibility and just, you know, struggling with everyday life," Carton said in an interview. She says she began filing lawsuits after responding to a job opening on Craigslist for a group called Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities, or AID, which is...
  • Lawsuit Over Sidewalks Could Cost Seattle Millions

    04/03/2017 1:56:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    The city of Seattle is headed toward a federal court settlement that could cost millions of dollars to make sidewalks and curb ramps moreusable for people with wheelchairs and other mobility issues. Three men with disabilities sued the city in 2015 to force the city to make upgrades. They alleged the city was violating federal law because many sidewalks didn't have curb ramps that were accessible. Linda Dardarian, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, told the Times that negotiations were "fruitful and ongoing," and that she hoped for a resolution by this summer. Seattle has been working to improve sidewalks for...
  • Berkeley Removes 20,000 Free Online Videos to Comply with Insane Department of Justice Ruling

    03/11/2017 11:33:23 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 87 replies
    ©2017 Reason Foundation ^ | |Mar. 7, 2017 8:31 am | Robby Soave
    Berkeley previously housed an online library consisting of more than 20,000 videos of lectures. These videos were free and accessible to the public. But they are free no longer: next week, administrators will withdraw access to anyone who isn't a Berkeley student or professor. Two employees of Gallaudet University—a school for the deaf in Washington, D.C.—filed a complaint with DOJ alleging that Berkeley's online content was inaccessible to the hearing-disabled community. After looking into the matter, DOJ determined that Berkeley had indeed violated the Americans with Disabilities Act Berkeley had two choices: spend a fortune adding closed captioning to the...
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act Strikes Again

    10/13/2016 11:18:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 12, 2016 | George Leef
    One of the statutes that best demonstrates the truth that laws usually bring about a host of unintended consequences is the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the name of helping people who have disabilities, the law often imposes heavy costs on others, while simultaneously failing to do anything for its purported beneficiaries. The ADA has spawned a hyper-aggressive enforcement bureaucracy that lives to find violations of the law, even if those violations exist purely in their own minds. A recent flap over free online college courses makes the point. Colleges and universities do a lot of ridiculous and even harmful...
  • First 'Artificial Pancreas' for Type 1 Diabetes Automated in

    10/02/2016 1:45:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    WebMD ^ | WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 | Serena Gordon
    Automated insulin delivery system will ease some of the burden of living with the condition "This first-of-its-kind technology can provide people with type 1 diabetes greater freedom to live their lives without having to consistently and manually monitor baseline glucose levels and administer insulin," Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in an agency news release. The device -- Medtronic's MiniMed 670G -- is what's known as a hybrid closed-loop system. That means it monitors blood sugar and then delivers necessary background (also known as basal) insulin doses. The device will also shut...
  • Woman in wheelchair drowns in Sacramento River (ADA Advocate)

    07/06/2016 12:40:58 PM PDT · by rey · 60 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 6 Jul 2016
    SACRAMENTO — A disability rights advocate drowned in a bizarre accident when she fell into the Sacramento River in her wheelchair after watching Fourth of July fireworks. Laurie Hoirup's husband, Jacob Hoirup, tells the Sacramento Bee ( the accident happened after she and several other people were getting off a pontoon at the Sacramento Marina Monday night after watching fireworks on the boat. He says the 60-year-old woman was on a ramp between the boat and dock when the boat shifted and caused the ramp to fall into the water, bringing her, her husband and some others down with it....
  • Disney Discriminated Against Autistic Kids, Says Florida Civil Rights Commission

    05/17/2016 12:34:22 PM PDT · by kingu · 30 replies
    Dateline ^ | May 16, 2016 5:48pm | Dominic Patten
    EXCLUSIVE: Florida’s top civil rights agency has again found that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts discriminated against several children living with autism and their families. In five separate rulings issued May 11, the Florida Commission on Human Relations says that an “unlawful practice occurred” when “Complainant and Complainant’s son were deprived of full enjoyment of the facility.” This comes as an attorney today filed a notice of appeal in a recently tossed federal lawsuit claiming Disney discriminated against families of children with autism and other developmental disorders in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
  • Lawmakers Consider Bills on Bikes, Historical Markers, and Skunks

    02/26/2016 10:27:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Memphis Flyer ^ | February 25, 2016 | Toby Sells
    Tennessee's rule factory is cranking at full tilt, and Nashville lawmakers want to tell Memphians how to pay for bike lanes, what monuments we can move, and whether or not we can own skunks (seriously). No gas tax for bike lanes A new bill would prohibit spending any gas tax revenues on bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and "other non-vehicular facilities." Portions of the state gas tax are required to go to cities and counties. Those governments sometimes use the gas tax funds for matching dollars to get federal money for bike and pedestrian projects. The new bill says all of...
  • Are Second Amendment Rights Protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

    02/22/2016 5:47:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Blind woman learns to shoot Picture from concealed nation An Georgia television station raised a question about whether a person who is legally blind should be allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights.  They asked if a person who is legally blind should be forbidden, by law, from carrying a weapon to protect themselves.  From Her father, Sheriff Warren Wethington, taught her how to shoot. He told Byfield he wants his daughter to be able to protect herself. "The people who express their opinions that my daughter's not safe with a gun most likely have never held one,...
  • Access to disabled holds up debut of $4 million Santa Rosa fire station

    05/28/2015 8:31:23 PM PDT · by rey · 28 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 29 July 2015 | KEVIN MCCALLUM
    Santa Rosa’s use of its $4 million Fountaingrove fire station has been delayed by questions about whether the new building is sufficiently accessible to people with disabilities. The 5,300-square-foot Newgate Court station was supposed to be ready for occupancy in April, but last minute inspections by city staff trained in the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act highlighted numerous potential violations. The discovery has perplexed many at City Hall, especially given that the city has spent about $6 million over the past 5 years improving the accessibility of existing buildings, parks and sidewalks under the watchful eye of the...
  • San Francisco officer-involved shooting sparks Supreme Court debate

    03/23/2015 5:29:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The justices heard arguments in a dispute over how San Francisco police in 2008 dealt with a woman with schizophrenia who had threatened to kill her social worker. Police ultimately forced their way into Teresa Sheehan's room at a group home, then shot her after she came at them with a knife. Sheehan survived and later sued the city, claiming police had a duty under the Americans with Disabilities Act to consider her mental illness and take more steps to avoid a violent confrontation. The case comes as police have been criticized for a series of high-profile incidents where suspects...
  • Court rejects suit from teacher with fear of children

    02/14/2015 11:58:08 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 17 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    CINCINNATI, An Ohio teacher with a phobia of young children lost an appeal accusing her former district of failing to accommodate her disability. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati rejected the appeal from Maria Waltherr-Willard, 63, who had accused the Mariemont district of age discrimination and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Waltherr-Willard, a French and Spanish teacher, alleged the district knew she suffered from pedophobia, a fear of small children, when she was transferred in 2009 from Mariemont High School to the district's middle school. The teacher, who retired in January 2011...