Newsletter: April 13, 2011

Northeast ADA Center April 13, 2011 News Bulletin



What's New in Our Region:

Public Comments Sought on Mental Health Treatment in New York State (NYS):

The NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities is seeking public comments on the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program and mental health treatment in NYS. Comments are due in writing by May 16th. There will be a public forum held April 27th in Plattsburgh, NY for people to comment in person. Click here for information about submitting comments or attending the forum.

NJ Proposes Stipend for Families Caring for Adults with Certain Disabilities:

New Jersey (NJ) is expected to propose a stipend for families who are taking care of adult persons with developmental disabilities. In NJ, the waiting list for admittance into a group home for adults with developmental disabilities has been as long as ten years. Under the new proposal, families caring for adult children with disabilities will receive at least an annual $10,000 stipend to use for equipment and/or services authorized by the state. In addition, an alternative to state-run group homes- independently run homes- are looked at as a potential solution to New Jersey's wait list problem. Federal approval is needed for this stipend proposal to work. Read more at:\

What's New in the Rest of the Country:

Internship Guide for Students with Disabilities Released:

The National Consortium on Leadership & Disability for Youth (NCLD/Y) guides youth through the step-by-step process of finding, applying for, participating in, and evaluating an internship through its most recent publication, Internships: The On-Ramp to Employment, A Guide for Students with Disabilities to Getting and Making the Most of an Internship. With tools necessary to maintain a competitive advantage over fellow job seekers, this guide leads young people through activities focused on career exploration, interview skills, resume building, goal setting, networking, and more, to prepare for internships and the transition to employment. This guide also includes information of particular relevance to youth with disabilities, such as finding accessible housing, navigating the transportation system, disability disclosure, and employing a personal care attendant.

Online Toolkit for Federal Agencies to Increase Disability Employment:

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has posted an online toolkit comprised of resources to assist federal agencies in recruiting, employing and retaining individuals with disabilities. The kit is available at

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Disability Lawsuit Settled:
John Muir Health, a health care system in California's Contra Costa County, must pay $340,000 to eight health care workers who had job offers withdrawn because John Muir assumed the workers "had life-threatening latex allergies and could not safely work in a hospital setting." This assumption was based on the opinion of doctors John Muir contracted with to conduct pre-employment health screenings. However it was found that the employees could in fact work safely in hospitals. According to the EEOC, "John Muir's efforts and new policy...are a win-win for both the employer and employees. Excluding candidates from hire based on well-intentioned but unfounded fears for their safety violates federal law." Read more at:

New Website Offers Tools for Jobseekers with Disabilities:
"JobTIPS" is a new website designed to help individuals with developmental disabilities get and retain a job. It offers tools and advice on how to find compatible job opportunities, how to act in an interview and at work, and how to talk about one's disability. It also includes resources for educators and transition specialists. JobTIPS is funded by grant money from the federal economic stimulus package provided through the National Institutes of Health. Read more at:

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Extension:
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which was to expire August 31st, has been extended for individuals who begin employment after August 31, 2011 and before January 1, 2012. WOTC incentives range from one-time credits of up to $2400, to two-year credits of up to $9000 per qualified individual. According to industry experts, millions of dollars in WOTC credits are unclaimed each year, even though employers are hiring individuals who are eligible for the incentives. Use the WOTC Calculator to estimate your tax credit savings.

National Council on Disability Addresses Bullying of Students with Disabilities:
The NCD released a briefing paper that explores the bullying of students with disabilities as a civil rights and public health challenge and includes background, a literature and current law review and policy and practical recommendations for change. Click here to read the paper. Click here for more information from the March 2011 White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.

Opportunities for You!

Free Disability IS Diversity Webinar May 5th:
On May 5th, 1:00-2:30pm EST, the DBTAC Northeast ADA Center's Director of Training, Hannah Rudstam, PhD, will present a free webinar, "Disability IS Diversity: Testing a New Approach to Reach Employers". The ADA has existed over 20 years, yet the economic and employment conditions of people with disabilities have not significantly changed. Employers' knowledge about the ADA is largely not being translated into actions to improve the working lives of people with disabilities. This webinar will explore both this gap between knowing and doing, and an intervention designed to bridge this gap, which is based on building collaborations, forging strategic partnerships and offering blended learning. Findings from a study of the impacts of this intervention will also be reported. Disability researchers, human resource and diversity professionals, disability service providers, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate. Register at:

ADAAA and Post-Secondary Education Webinar April 15th:
The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center is sponsoring a webinar, "The ADAAA and Post-Secondary Education" on April 15th at 2:00pm Central time, with presenter, L. Scott Lissner, ADA Coordinator with the Ohio State University. Topics covered will include an overview of educational needs of persons with disabilities; an update on Title II regulatory changes that impact program accessibility, physical access to dormitories, libraries, recreational & administrative areas; methods to reduce barriers to education for individuals with disabilities; and how the ADAAA and postsecondary education impact employment of individuals with disabilities. Sessions are presented via a fully accessible webinar platform. To access this presentation or for more information, go to: and click on the webcast calendar link. For more information about this webinar, Click Here


Survey on How Individuals with Disabilities Want to Call 9-1-1 in the Future:
There is a national survey being conducted by the Emergency Access Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to see how individuals with disabilities want to call 9-1-1 in the future when they can use the Internet to send pictures, video, texts, as well as voice telephone calls. This is an important accessibility objective. This survey will be available until April 24th. Learn more and access the survey at:

2011 Disability Leadership & Policy Summit April 21st in Philadelphia, PA:
United Spinal Association and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association are presenting the 2011 Disability Leadership and Policy Summit, "Employment- the Gateway to Empowerment and Independence", on April 21st at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Admission is free and the event will include a Summit Exhibition and a Policy Summit Panel Presentation featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Education and Office of Personnel Management. For more information and to register, go to:

Special Spotlight- DOJ and EEOC Regulations Published:
The Department of Justice's (DOJ) revised regulations for Title II (state and local government entities) and Title III (private businesses that are places of public accommodation) of the ADA went into effect on March 15th. Also, on March 25th, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released their final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). There have been numerous press releases, fact sheets, and other information circulated about both sets of long-awaited regulations. Be watching our website for a recently published 9-part Fact Sheet Series that the National Network of ADA Centers has created. Please read below for more information and call your regional DBTAC ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232 any time with any questions!


Press Release:

Access to EEOC's various ADAAA related fact sheets:

The ADA National Network (DBTACs) is pleased to announce a special session on ADA Amendments Act Final Regulations. We've all been waiting for them. On Monday April 4th from 2:00-4:00pm EST, Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney Advisor for the EEOC, will tell us how the new ADAAA EEOC regulations will affect people with disabilities, employers, and the workplace on a day to day basis. You can participate via webinar or by phone. On the registration form you can indicate how you will participate and whether you want to ask any questions in advance. Please register at: This session is being coordinated by the DBTAC-Great Lakes ADA Center and the DBTAC-Southeast ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network. Questions should be directed to or 877-232-1990 (V/TTY).

DOJ Revised Title II and Title III Regulations:
The revised regulations took effect on March 15th and primarily affect the following areas: service animals, wheelchairs and other power-driven mobility devices, ticketing (includes processes for obtaining tickets to sporting events, concerts, theater, etc), effective communication, and the ADA standards for accessible design. The National Network of ADA Centers will be releasing a series of Fact Sheets very soon to help explain these revised regulations. Watch for those on our website soon! In the meantime, read below for more information:

Press Release:

Title II: Corrections to the Final Rule (HTML) as published in the Federal Register on March 11, 2011 | (PDF) This document corrects typographical errors and one substantive error reflected in certain sections of the rule relating to service animals.

Title III: Corrections to the Final Rule (HTML) as published in the Federal Register on March 11, 2011 | (PDF) This document corrects an inadvertent error in an instruction, the omission of some language in the rule, and an error reflected in certain sections of the rule relating to service animals.

Final Regulatory Impact Analysis of the Final Revised Regulations Implementing Titles II And III of the ADA, Including Revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design (PDF) | (HTML)

Additional information about Title II changes is available here:

Additional information about Title III changes is available here:

The DOJ created ADA Update: A Primer for Small Businesses, an illustrated guide to help small businesses understand the new and updated requirements of the revised ADA regulations.

United Spinal article on the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design: Harmonizing ADA Standards with State and Local Building Codes:



See you in a few weeks!