Disability General

 

EEOC Clarifies Rights for Workers With Intellectual Disabilities

The #EEOC has Issued Guidance to clarify the rights of For Workers With #Intellectual #Disabilities. Because the laws surrounding worker rights and #workplace #accommodations is often confusing, in doing this, they are attempting to simplify the process. In addition to #intellectual-disabilities, the EEOC also released similar information this week addressing concerns specific to those with #cancer, #diabetes and #epilepsy. Although much is published about the #Americans-with-Disabilities-Act (ADA), the EEOC says they are often asked questions about how the #ADA specifically applies to these conditions.

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

Young People Transitioning from School to Work

In an effort to identify better strategies to help young people with #disabilities #transition from school to work, last month, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services as well as the Social Security Administration kicked off a two-week online survey for the purpose of seeking public input from policymakers, educators, service providers, families and youth with disabilities themselves to share their thoughts on how to improve transition outcomes.
The hope is to learn about legislative barriers these young people are facing in accessing #employment, education, Social Security and health and human services. Although a step in the right direction, I believe a better approach, at least for issues accessing employment, would be to have on-line and/or in-person sessions where the youth with disabilities and employers engage one-another on these most important topics.

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

Two Bills introduced for access to movies

Two bills were introduced last week in Congress which would greatly expand access to the movies for individuals with #disabilities.  The first proposal is to amend the #ADA to require #movie #theaters to offer closed #captioning and #audio-descriptions of movies to allow people with #visual-impairments or #hearing-impairments to enjoy the experience like anyone else. The #accommodations would be required at all showings at movie theaters that have two or more screens.  The second bill would mandate #captioning and #narration on all airplanes where in-flight video entertainment is offered.

Nadine

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Extraordinary action taken by waiter at restaurant!

Michael Garcia may be an ordinary 45 year old man who works as a waiter at Laurenzo’s Prime Rib Restaurant in Houston, Texas but his most recent action taken while at work is far from ordinary.  What I’m referring to is when Mr. Garcia refused to serve a family who asked to be seated away from a five year old boy who has #DownSyndrome, saying, “#specialneeds children need to be special somewhere else”.  Although the patrons abruptly left, Mr. Garcia felt his action was appropriate, after all, “What’s right is right”.  I wonder how many folks confronted with a similar type of situation, whether in a restaurant, a store or a corporate headquarters, would do the same.

 Nadine

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

Disability Etiquette & Awareness

When #Springboard delivers its’ #Disability #Etiquette & #Awareness #training, one of the examples is about a woman who on her first day of work has a conversation with someone while in line in the company cafeteria. The result of the conversation is the gentleman reporting the new employee to #HR as being drunk. In actuality, she has #Cerebral Palsy (CP) which significantly impacts her speech and gait. Participants often comment on how difficult it is to believe such a thing could occur, yet another similar story has emerged. In this case, a woman who has a mild form of #CP has been refused entry to some local nightspots eight times in the last two years, because door staff thought she was drunk; an embarrassing situation to say the least.

Perhaps it’s time for the door staff, security staff and all employees at these nightspots, to engage in Springboard’s Disability Etiquette & Awareness training. What do you think?

Nadine

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

FEHC: New Regulations

The California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (#FEHC) has new regulations regarding individuals with #disabilities. These new regulations are effective immediately and impact such important issues as #accommodations and #essential-job-functions. Contact #Springboard today at info@consultspringboard.com, to schedule a call to learn more about its’ impact to you and your business.

Nadine

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

EEOC: Strategic Enforcement Plan

Employers also should be aware that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (#EEOC) in its new Strategic Enforcement Plan has stated explicitly that it intends to focus on #disability issues including #reasonableaccommodations. Is your company prepared? If not, #Springboard can help; info@consultspringboard.com.

 

Nadine

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

Parents Magazine

Do you read Parents Magazine?  I did when my children were young but it’s been quite some time. I cannot recall ever seeing a photo of a child with a #disability back then but I was elated to see a recent issue where there is not only a photo of a child with a disability, the photo appears on the magazine’s cover. How cool is that? And what’s even cooler is that although the three year old girl has #SpinaBifida and as a result, wears leg #braces and uses a #walker to #ambulate, the story is not about her #disabilities but rather about her interest in crafting.   Just another story about a beautiful child enjoying childhood activities. Kudos to #ParentsMagazine.

 

Nadine

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.



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