Disability General

 

MASTER “FIDDLER” ITZHAK PERLMAN TALKS ABOUT ACCESS

Few would deny that Itzhak Perlman speaks most eloquently through his violin, from which he coaxes some of the most golden sounds ever to emerge from that instrument.

But on Wednesday at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in a free lunchtime program presented in partnership with Access Living (the Chicago non-profit devoted to providing practical help and advocacy for those with disabilities), the musician, who contracted polio at the age of four, spoke eloquently – and with characteristic humor – about the other crucial aspect of his life.

For the full article, please click the link below:

http://entertainment.suntimes.com/entertainment/post/master-fiddler-itzhak-perlman-talks-access/#.Vo7GJKR_y-F.mailto

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Springboard Consulting’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

A heartfelt thank you to all of you who helped Springboard celebrate its 10th year Anniversary. 

Please share in our joy by looking at these wonderful photos. 

You all looked maahvelous!

https://flic.kr/s/aHskn2fzpF

 

 

#CEO #ABILITY ROAD SHOW

 

The only formal and confidential guidance available to Corporate CEOs, providing direction on how to mobilize their executive teams on global #disability issues and practices in order to mitigate the risks associated with the legal implications surrounding this pool of candidates, employees and customers. 

Contact Nadine Vogel Today: nadine@consultspringboard.com 

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. 

Federal Transit Administration moves on new guidelines

The Federal Transit Administration (#FTA) is moving forward with new guidelines for local transit agencies to ensure fair treatment of people with #disabilities.

The disability guidelines which go into effect in 30 days will apply to local transit agencies that receive federal grants from the FTA and are subject to its requirements.

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.

A Reserve Officer Who has Down Syndrome

A Reserve Officer who has #DownSyndrome was sworn in as a volunteer Minneapolis Reserve Officer. Minneapolis reserve officers don't carry weapons. Their job is to assist the department at 115 special events around the city. Sam Hesla underwent 12 weeks of training and learned  everything from traffic direction, to radio communication, to CPR.

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.

People with Disabilities spend more than ever on Travel

According to a recent ODO study, #disabilitytravel generates $17.3 Billion in annual spending also finding that in the past two years, more than 26 million adults with disabilities traveled for pleasure and/or business, taking 73 million trips.”  The $17.3 Billion represents an almost $4 Billion dollar increase from the same study in 2002. Although things have improved over the years, among adults with disabilities who have traveled by air, 72% said they encountered major obstacles with airlines and 65% with airports. For purposes of these findings, #disability is defined as having blindness, deafness or a condition that substantially limits one or more basic physical activities such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting, or carrying as well as those have cognitive disabilities.

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.

Landmark Settlement with Cruise Company re Disability

The U.S. Justice Department has reached a landmark settlement agreement with Carnival Corp., one of the largest cruise companies in the world, over #ADA violations by Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. This agreement specifically addresses #accessibility on 62 of the company’s ships and implements accessibility standards and policies to provide greater access on cruises that embark and disembark from U.S. waters or those of its territories.

The settlement agreement is the result of an investigation of complaints that included allegations that the company failed to: properly provide and reserve accessible cabins for individuals with mobility #disabilities; reasonably modify policies, practices and procedures to #accommodate individuals with disabilities; afford #individualswithdisabilities the same opportunities to participate in programs and services, including embarkation and disembarkation; and provide effective communication during muster and emergency drills.

Under the agreement:

  • 42 existing ships, and 7 ships in various stages of design and construction, will be surveyed and remediated to comply with the ADA regulations.  Accessible cabins will be dispersed among the various classes of accommodations and will provide a range of accessible features, including features for guests with hearing impairments;
  • Three percent of the cabins on 49 ships will be accessible according to three levels of accessibility: fully #accessible cabins, fully accessible cabins with a single side approach to the bed, and ambulatory accessible cabins.  The remaining 13 ships will be subject to possible remediation if they continue to be in service in U.S. ports four years after the agreement is entered.
  • Carnival Corp. has created brand standards that address an array of accessibility issues and policies to implement them;
  • Carnival Corp. will provide specific #ADAtraining to employees and managers;
  • Reservations systems will allow individuals with disabilities to reserve accessible cabins and suites with specific available options and amenities, and to guarantee reservations for accessible cabins;
  • The accessibility of Carnival Corp. websites and mobile applications will comply with WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA;
  • Carnival Corp. will appoint an #ADAcompliance officer at the executive level, two ADA responsibility officers – one for Carnival Cruises and one for Holland America Group, which includes Holland America Line and Princess Cruises, and ADA shipboard officers for each ship who are responsible for resolving ADA-related issues that arise at sea; and
  • Carnival Corp. will pay a civil penalty of $55,000 to the United States and $350,000 in damages to individuals harmed by past #discrimination.

This settlement represents the first time the Department of Justice has required a cruise company to provide a minimum number of accessible cabins, to conduct a survey of its ships and to develop a remediation plan to comply with the ADA.  It is also the first time that an agreement under the ADA has specifically identified three types of accessible cabins on cruise ships – fully accessible cabins, fully accessible cabins-single side approach and ambulatory accessible cabins – that will be available to individuals with disabilities.

If you work for Carnival or any cruise line, #Springboard can help remedy these issues not only from a U.S. perspective but globally.  Contact #SpringboardConsulting to learn how, 973-813-7260 or info@consultspringboard.com


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Camp or Company – Accommodations are Important

Although the following involves a camp and not a company, it still speaks to the issue of #accommodations.

The Justice Department signed a settlement agreement today with Camp Bravo, a day camp that operates in Towson, Maryland, just outside Baltimore. The settlement resolves allegations that Camp Bravo violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying a child admission to the camp because she has epilepsy and requires administration of the emergency medication Diastat if she were to have a prolonged or acute repetitive seizure. Though Diastat is designed to be administered by trained laypersons and could save the child’s life, Camp Bravo would not permit non-medical staff to administer the medication and later refused to permit the camp nurse to accompany the child on field trips or bus rides. As a result, the child was not able to attend Camp Bravo for two consecutive summers. Under the agreement, Camp Bravo will admit the child for all future camp sessions for which she is eligible, and will pay $8,000 to the family to compensate them for Camp Bravo’s failure to admit the child in the past. The agreement also requires staff training and changes to the camp’s policies and procedures.

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.

Are you aware of legislation that impacts your business from both a risk mitigation and profitability perspective?

My company, #Springboard has spent the better part of 10 years working with global corporations on #mainstreaming #disability, the largest and fastest growing minority in the world, in their workforces, workplaces and marketplaces. At a recent #WomenPresidentsOrganization (WPO) conference, I was shocked to learn that many of my #CEO peers, even those running half a billion dollar businesses were unaware of legislation that very much impacts their businesses from both a risk mitigation perspective and a profitability perspective.

  1. The #ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act impacts any business with 15 or more employees relative to equal rights in employment for both applicants and current employees. This EEOC regulation has been in place since 1990 and impacts issues such as hiring, physical access, on-boarding, reasonable accommodations, leave, etc.
  2. On March 26th of last year, the #OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) put new regulations in place impacting any U.S. Federal Contractor who receives $10,000 or more in revenue from the U.S. Federal Govt. The new regulation includes a utilization goal of 7% for employees with disabilities, required training for the folks who are doing the outreach and hiring, required language and forms for voluntary self-disclosure and more.

The legal implications of these regulations are important but the practical applications are critical and especially so for mid-size and smaller businesses.

If these rules impact your business and you would like additional information, contact Ivette Lopez at ivette@consultspringboard.com.  You may also want to visit the Springboard website at www.consultspringboard.com  We look forward to helping you.

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.

Another Example of the very large issue of Inaccessible Websites

The Justice Department announced this week that it has moved to intervene in Aleeha Dudley v. Miami University, et al., 14-cv-038 (S.D. Ohio), a private lawsuit alleging #disability #discrimination by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio by violating Title II of the Americans with #Disabilities Act (#ADA) by requiring current and former students with disabilities to use #inaccessible websites and learning management system software, and by providing these students with inaccessible course materials.

As alleged in the filings, Miami University uses technologies that are inaccessible to current and former students who have vision, hearing or learning disabilities.  Miami University has failed to ensure that individuals with disabilities can interact with its websites and learning management systems and access course assignments, textbooks and graphical materials on an equal basis with students without disabilities.  Miami’s failures have deprived persons with disabilities of a full and equal opportunity to benefit from Miami University’s educational opportunities.

Although this lawsuit is with a University and not with a corporation, it’s just another example of the very large issue of inaccessible websites.  Keep in mind that #SpringboardConsulting has a team of experts who are able to assess your websites (public, intranet) for accessibility under the #WCAG 2.0 global guidelines.  Call #Springboard today, 973-813-7260 to inquire about our comprehensive website #accessibility #assessments so this does not happen to you.

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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