News and Notes 422 July 22
In continuing observance of the ADA Anniversary Month, NARIC lists research and resources on Title III of the ADA, nondiscrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and in commercial facilities, including digital accessibility, in its Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus looks at improving working conditions and benefits of Direct Support Professionals to improve services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; the Americans with Disabilities Act Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA PARC) Advancing Participation Equity for People with Disabilities releases video, The Right to Live in the Community: A Long Journey for People with Disabilities; WayFinder, app developed by AbleLink Technologies, Inc., is featured in news story, New App Makes Mass Transit Accessible to People with Cognitive Disabilities, in Streetsblog USA; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Digital Accessibility: What Have We Learned and What Does the Future Hold?; project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webcast, Customized Employment Topics: Information Interviewing; the Livewell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function opens its 2020-2021 annual App Factory Grant Competition, focusing on mobile health (mHealth) and mobile rehabilitation (mRehab); the US Access Board will host a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ADA with a virtual public meeting.
This third week of the ADA Anniversary Month, we're looking at Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and in commercial facilities. Public accommodations can include privately owned or operated facilities such as hotels and restaurants, health care facilities, retail outlets, health clubs, and sports venues, among many others. This title sets minimum requirements for accessibility in updating or new construction of facilities, and requires removal of barriers in existing spaces where it is easy to do so. It requires that businesses make reasonable accommodations to serve their customers with disabilities generally and to take steps to communicate effectively with those who have vision, hearing, and speech disabilities. In some recent cases, the courts have decided that websites and apps fall under Title III as well (see the Digital Accessibility webcast below). Learn more about research and resources on Title III from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in this Quick Look from our Spotlight Blog.