The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged Midwest Regional Medical Center of Oklahoma with disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The hospital offered an employee a leave of absence to undergo cancer treatment. The employee decided to keep working, but took two days off after getting sick from the treatment. The hospital then placed her on leave with a return date, but fired her before that date.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is celebrating the 48th anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law with new information showing a strong Medicare program. Under the Affordable Care Act, more than 6.6 million people with Medicare have saved over $7 billion on prescription drugs. Savings average $1,061 per person in the Medicare Part D "donut hole." Also, 16.5 million people have had at least one free preventive service in the first half of 2013.
A recent study in “The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology” finds that people with diabetes face more than a 50 percent higher risk of disability than people without the disease. The odds of someone with diabetes having a mobility disability, such as trouble walking, were 71 percent higher than for someone without diabetes. The study highlights the importance of focusing on disease prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.
Disability.gov has launched the "What's Your Connection?" initiative to celebrate the website's 10th anniversary. The initiative was developed to highlight disability as a natural part of life and to promote inclusion. Most people either know someone who has a disability or have a disability themselves. People are asked to submit a captioned photograph or video that answers the question "What's your connection with disability?" Submission deadline is July 31, 2013.
Social Security's Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for People with a Disability Who Are Ready to Work - August 7
If you receive Social Security disability benefits and want to make more money through work, Social Security’s Ticket to Work (TTW) program can help. Register for this free Work Incentives Seminar Event that will be held on August 7, 2013, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You’ll learn about the TTW and how other work incentives may let you keep your benefits while you explore employment or receive vocational rehabilitation services. Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Kathleen Martinez visited with staff and students on July 19, 2013 at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. Martinez, who has been blind since birth, heads the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy which helps shape policy on employment issues for people with disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Justice, as part of its Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, has settled with Barix Clinics under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The clinics allegedly discriminated against two individuals with HIV, one at its Langhorne, PA facility and one at its Ypsilanti, MI facility, by denying them bariatric surgery. Barix has agreed to train its staff on the ADA and begin an anti-discrimination policy.
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under Florida’s service system, children with significant medical needs are provided services in nursing facilities when they could be served in their family’s homes or in community settings. The ADA and the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. requires states to stop unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities.
Proclamation by President Barack Obama on the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA protects the rights of Americans with disabilities and breaks down barriers to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities in their community, at work and where they live. The Administration is working to level the playing field for Americans with disabilities by recruiting, hiring and retaining workers with disabilities.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' statement on the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) highlights the progress made in removing barriers for people with disabilities. People with disabilities are living independently in their communities, and have better access to education, employment, housing, public transportation and health care. In 2014, the Affordable Care Act will make it illegal for insurance companies to deny health coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commemorates the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by highlighting its own efforts to carry out the accessibility provisions of the Communications Act. President Barack Obama signed the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) into law on October 8, 2010. The CVAA makes sure that people with disabilities have equal access to Internet communication and video programming technologies of the 21st century.
The National Council on Disability's new report "A Promising Start: Preliminary Analysis of Court Decisions Under the ADA Amendments Act," reviews the court decisions that have been made under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The report shows that there have been significant improvements in how courts are interpreting protections under the ADA.
Twenty-three years ago this week our nation established a comprehensive mandate to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities by enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Department of Justice is proud to play a critical role in enforcing the ADA and opening up the gateways to full participation and opportunity for people with disabilities.
Summer heat can be especially dangerous for older people and those with chronic health conditions. Learn the signs of heat-related illnesses and what steps to take to avoid them.
The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with Louisiana Tech University and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The university allegedly violated the ADA by using an online learning product that was inaccessible to a blind student who ended up falling behind and dropping the course. The university has agreed to make its learning products accessible.
Justice Department Signs Agreement with NYC So People with Mental Illness Can Reside in Their Communities Instead of Institutions
The U.S. Department of Justice and the state of New York have entered into a settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the agreement, New York will offer supported housing to people with mental illness currently living in institutional, segregated settings. The Supreme Court's Olmstead v. L.C. decision states that people with disabilities have a civil right under the ADA to receive services in the most integrated setting suitable to their needs.
This study from the HSC Foundation used telephone and online survey data of people in the disability community to measure political engagement in the disability community. The survey found that people with disabilities and chronic conditions are as politically diverse as the general population. People with disabilities also vote in higher numbers and support candidates that support strengthening services for those with a disability. This link opens a PDF file.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged MPW Industrial Services of Philadelphia, PA with disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new employee to the company revealed that he has an implanted Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit in his lower back for his back impairment. Shortly afterwards, the company allegedly fired the employee because it could not guarantee a place for him to charge his TENS unit.
Staffmark Investment LLC has settled a disability discrimination lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Staffmark assigned an employee to temporary work at a facility in Romeoville, IL to inspect televisions. The employee was soon removed from her position and terminated because the facility managers did not want anyone to bump into her. The EEOC alleged that the employee was told she'd be given another position, but this never happened.
The National Council on Disability honors the life of Michael Winter, a long-time disability advocate and employee of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) who passed away on July 11, 2013. He was born in 1951 with osteogenesis imperfecta and was a lifetime wheelchair user. He became a strong advocate for accessible transportation. AT DOT, he was responsible for federal civil rights responsibilities as they applied to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and other issues.