Newsletter: September 19, 2018

Northeast ADA Center News Bulletin: September 19, 2018

Updates from the Northeast ADA Center:

Free Webinar-Accommodations for Health Care Workers

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 1pm-2pm
When people think of accommodations in a health care environment, they often think of patients and visitors. However, healthcare professionals also have disabilities and may require a reasonable accommodation in their role as employee. This webinar will discuss the rights of healthcare employees under the ADA, examine scenarios, and respond to questions from participants. To register go to:

What's New in Our Region:

Sensory Friendly Watchung Reservation Trail Caters to Individuals with Special Needs

It's the first of its kind in Union County, the first of its kind in New Jersey and possibly the first of its kind in the nation. The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail is open, catering to people with disabilities. The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail is a .3-mile loop with a central gazebo. At the gazebo, there is a sensory play area for children with disabilities filled with a crawl-through log, mushroom steppers and a balance beam that resembles a tree branch. Another cool component on the trial is a braille trail loop, with guide ropes for the kids to help them learn about the local flora and fauna on the reservation. The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail in Mountainside is open to all visitors, seven days a week from dawn to dusk, and is free to access. To read more about this go to:

NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration

The 8th annual New Jersey Disability Pride Parade & Celebration will take place on Friday, October 5th 2018 in Trenton, NJ. Hundreds of people and organizations representing a wide variety of disabilities will march and roll from the NJ State House Annex to the celebration site at Easy Lafayette Street. The purpose of the New Jersey Disability Pride Parade & Celebration is to bring people, organizations and businesses together to celebrate pride with the disability community and to promote the belief that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while generating national awareness for the disability community. You can learn more at:

Grand Hyatt Violated the ADA by Denying Front Desk Agent a Chair EEOC Says

According to the EEOC the Grand Hyatt New York violated Title I of the ADA when it refused to accommodate an employee with a chronic back impairment. The EEOC said that prolonged standing aggravated the employee's impairment and caused severe pain. While an accommodation of a chair was initially allowed, the accommodation was revoked after two weeks. "A refusal to provide a simple, low-cost accommodation to an individual with a disability is a clear violation of the law. This lawsuit could have easily been avoided if Grand Hyatt New York had done the right thing" an EEOC trial attorney, Kirsten Peters, said in a statement announcing the Lawsuit. To read more about this go to:

What's New in the Rest of the Country:

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is Seeking Volunteers

CHRIL provides disability stakeholders with accurate, current, accessible and actionable information on how recent changes in health policy affect the community living and integration of working-age adults with disabilities. That is why they are starting a new project called "Disability Stories about Health Policy." The Disabilities Stories Project will help support and contextualize their research findings with personal stories from people with disabilities. This application has been reviewed and approved by the Washington State University Institutional Review Board. CHRIL really wants to hear your story. If you are interested in participating, please notify them via email at or by phone at (509) 368-6979. To learn more go to:

Inclusive Mobility Research Lab Creating Data-Driven Tools for Inclusive Design

The Inclusive Mobility Research Lab at the University of Michigan's Center for Ergonomics is developing a website that will provide design aids based on results from a major study on people who use wheeled mobility aids. The site will feature a visual interface with design tools to assist architects and engineers in consulting data from the Anthropometry of Wheeled Mobility Project, which collected detailed measures of 500 people using different types of wheeled mobility aids (the project was largely funded by the Access Board). The site also will serve as an evidence-based resource to support development or review of accessibility standards and specifications. To read more about this go to:

Millions in Disability Housing Assistance Headed To States

People with disabilities in nearly every state will receive help accessing housing in the community thanks to an infusion of millions in federal dollars. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said this week that it's issuing $98.5 million in housing assistance specifically tagged to help those with disabilities. The money will go to public housing authorities in 47 states and Washington, D.C. and is expected to provide vouchers to nearly 12,000 individuals. In order to receive funding through the Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, housing agencies are encouraged to partner with health and human services agencies to provide supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community, federal housing officials said. To read more about this go to:

University to Open Long-Term Disability Research Center

Thanks to a $4.3 million grant and the tenacity of a few professors, students and future students with physical disabilities might be able to live a little more comfortably. In October, a new research center at the University of Michigan will begin investigating how to improve aging for those facing long-term physical disabilities. According to a National Center for Education Statistics report, students with physical disabilities in 2011 and 2012 accounted for 11.1 percent of all undergraduates enrolled nationwide. The 2016 Campus Climate Survey says 5 percent of students at the University report having a disability. The university requested funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research to establish a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center program at the University. The center will conduct research, offer hands-on training and spread awareness and information around rehabilitation efforts. To read more about this go to:

Opportunities for You!

Veterans, Disability, and the Power of Literature Free Webinar Series - Part 3: Conversation with the Poets: Veterans and Disability

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
2:00 PM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT

Throughout human history, there has been armed conflict. For as long as we have recorded that history, humankind has turned to literature as a way to make sense of the senselessness of war. The Southeast ADA Center and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University invite you to a unique three-part webinar experience - Veterans, Disability, and the Power of Literature. Join authors Steve Kuusisto and Doug Anderson as they discuss veterans with disabilities and the critical role creative writing has played in the difficult re-adjustment to civilian life. The themes in this series include the transformation of beliefs of war from the ancient glorification of battle in works like the Iliad to the raw realism of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried and Doug Anderson's memoir Keep Your Head Down: The Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery.

NOTE: The themes discussed in this webinar series contain descriptions of war that some listeners may find unsettling. Listener discretion is advised.

To register go to:

2018 Fall ADA Coordinator Conference

The ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP) presents the Fall ADA Coordinator Conference October, 1st and 2nd, 2018 in Salt Lake City Utah. This 2-day event will be held at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. The conference will offer a variety of sessions and feature speakers from the U.S Access Board, the National Network of ADA Centers, and other nationally recognized ADA experts. Registration is open to the public. In addition, ACTCP members will have an opportunity to obtain both foundation and elective level credits towards their program completion.

Seating is very limited and only available to the First 150 Registrants. Hurry and register today.
Don't miss out on this great training opportunity! Location: Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek 75 SW Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 To register go to:

Incorporation of Accessibility into the IT Lifecycle: Identifying the Needs Users with Disabilities, Best Practices, and Agile Development

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 01:00pm - 02:30pm
What does it mean to incorporate accessibility into the IT lifecycle? What is the Agile Development process, and how can agencies deploy it while addressing their agency's accessibility needs? Attend this webinar presented by Mark Urban, HHS Section 508 Operations Board Co-Chair and CDC Section 508 Coordinator, also serving as the Section 508 technical expert and as a critical partner in the HHS Enterprise IT Lifecycle Process.
Mr. Urban will share how his agency integrates accessibility into the IT lifecycle. Drawing from his experience at the CDC, Mr. Urban will explain how to incorporate accessibility into an agency IT development program that creates, designs, acquires, uses, and deploys IT. This webinar will provide an insider's assessment of how one agency successfully incorporates accessibility into the engineering and deployment of large systems; meets challenges presented by such products as Agile; and, the tradeoffs with large customizable off the shelf software packages.

To register visit:

Special Spotlight:

National Council on Disability (NCD) Urges DOJ Action on Medical Equipment

The NCD issued a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the DOJ to resume regulatory action under the ADA to address access to medical diagnostic equipment, such as exam tables and chairs, weight scales, radiological and other diagnostic equipment. NCD argues that this action is necessary to combat persistent barriers to health care for people with disabilities. Last December the DOJ rescinded its notice on equipment after it contended that it needed to re-evaluate whether regulation was necessary and appropriate. NCD urged DOJ to resume rulemaking to ensure access to medical equipment and cited extensive data on the need for such rules. To read more about this go to:

For a fact sheet on accessible medical equipment go to:

To watch Northeast ADA Centers archived webinar titled: Overview of the Standards for Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment go to