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Pacific ADA Center (Region 9)

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

ADA News and Information

Senators Ask the Justice Department to Enforce Accessibility Rules for State and Local Websites (6/29/22)

Ten senators asked the U.S. Justice Department to make sure state and local government websites and other digital services are meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

Guidance on Important Legal Protections for Californians with Disabilities (6/28/22)

California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued four letters to remind local officials across the state of important legal protections under California law that support the civil rights of people with disabilities. Read more...

Now Available: Free At-home COVID-19 Tests for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision (6/23/22)

The Biden-Harris Administration has increased the availability of at-home tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Read more...

California Agrees to Provide Equal Access to Virtual Learning (6/22/22)

As part of a legal settlement, the Governor’s office has agreed to support new legislative amendments to make sure special education students have equal access to their education through virtual learning. Read more...

New Report on Disability and the Digital Divide (6/21/22)

A new report from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy looks at how a gap in access to both computing devices and the internet disproportionately effects people with disabilities. Read more...

New PEAT Webpage on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (6/17/22)

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has a new diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) focused web page to help employers quickly find PEAT materials and resources related to DEIA topics. Read more...

New Tool to Help Organizations Include Disability in DEIA Initiatives (6/16/22)

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion Research has created a tool to help organizations create a step-by-step framework to make sure disability is included in their disability, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) plans. Read more...

Seeking Comments on Electric Vehicle Charging Station Requirements (6/15/22)

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration is looking for comments on minimum requirements for electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS), including how these EVCS must comply with the ADA Standards. Comments are due by August 8, 2022. Read more...

Virtual National Access and Functional Needs Symposium (6/14/22)

The National Access and Functional Needs Symposium will be held virtually on July 19 and 20, 2022. Read more...

An Individualized Approach for Supporting Employee Mental Health (6/6/22)

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion published “Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of an Individualized Approach.” Read more...

Mental Health and Telework Accommodation Solutions (6/6/22)

The Job Accommodation Network has published a new article about supporting employees with mental heath and cognitive conditions while they telework. Read more...

Video Services on Digital Accessibility in Education (6/3/22)

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a 20-part video series covering a number of topics on digital access in education. Read more...

Website Accessibility Plaintiff Loses After Federal Trial On Standing and Other Grounds (6/3/22)

A California federal court decided after a trial that a blind plaintiff did not have standing to bring a lawsuit about an inaccessible website under Title III of the ADA and that California’s Unruh Act only protects people who try to access inaccessible websites while they are physically in California.... Read more...

Settlement Reached in Orange County Jail Investigation (6/2/22)

Disability Rights California has entered into a settlement with the County of Orange and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to put into place a remedial plan that will lead to important changes to policies and conditions in the Orange County Jail. Read more...

Court Rules That a Temporary Impairment Can Qualify as a “Disability” Under the ADA (6/2/22)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employee’s temporary impairment can qualify as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

New Accessibility Checklists for Events (5/31/22)

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has three new checklists to help organizations make sure events—whether in-person, virtual or hybrid—are accessible to all participants, including people with disabilities. Read more...

Information on Nondiscrimination, Technology and the Americans with Disabilities Act (5/27/22)

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology added a this new resource to its AI & Disability Inclusion Toolkit. Read more...

New Training: Creating a Mental-Health Friendly Workplace (5/26/22)

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion has a new training to help employers learn more about ways to support worker mental health and wellness. Read more...

Request for Comments on Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment (5/25/22)

The U.S. Access Board has an open comment period through May 27, 2022 about the appropriate low-height of medical diagnostic equipment with transfer surfaces. Read more...

Fact Sheet: Accessibility of COVID-19 Vaccine Websites and the ADA (5/19/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice has a new fact sheet about the importance of website accessibility and five recent settlement agreements. Read more...

Webinar: Employment – Long Haulers and COVID (5/18/22)

The Southeast ADA Center will host the webinar, Employment: Long Haulers and COVID, on May 25th from 2 – 3:30 pm ET. Read more...

Online Event About Building Mental Health-Friendly Workplaces (5/17/22)

On Wednesday, May 25th, the U.S. Department of Labor is hosting an online event in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Read more...

New Guidance About Possible Disability Discrimination When Employers Use Artificial Intelligence (5/16/22)

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission each released a technical assistance document on artificial intelligence (AI) and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more...

Webinar on 7 Pro Tips for Achievable Barrier Removal (5/13/22)

On Thursday, May 19th, BlueDAG is hosting a webinar where the Pacific ADA Center will talk about seven key concepts organizations should consider for readily available barrier removal. Read more...

RCC Partners in Arizona to Pay $30,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (5/11/22)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that a Subway franchise failed to accommodate a worker on the autism spectrum and then fired him because of his disability. Read more...

New Report on Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities (5/6/22)

The National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) released a new report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disabilities. Read more...

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