PINELLAS PARK, Fla., March 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – When COVID-19 first hit the US, Jodee Pineau-Chaisson worked as the director of social services for a nursing home in the west Massachusetts. The residents of the Center for Extended Care in Amherst got sick. In early May, Pineau-Chaisson was tapped for a specific assignment: “I was asked to go to the COVID-19 units to make FaceTime calls so they could say goodbye to their family members,” she recalls. “I was very shocked.” She was concerned about the virus but also felt she owed it to her residents.
“DO IT RIGHT”: WAY RIDGEFIELD CHIPS AWAY WITH ADA COMPLIANCE TO INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY
The city commission for the disabled requires the city to be a year-long process in full compliance with the American With Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA), but the city will stick to it year after year. We need to be compliant today, so we do our best to make sure we meet the needs of all of our residents, visitors and employees. That should be a long process, ADA coordinator Tony Phillips said. There will be a long checklist, some small things, some big things to address, but in general the ADA requires our city programs to be accessible.
HEALTH CARE ACCESSIBILITY
VACCINATION PLANS MUST MEET THE NEEDS OF THE DISABLING COMMUNITY
The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center recently launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Dashboard to find out how government policies have not prioritized the needs of people with disabilities in vaccination schedules. The website, created with the Center for Health Dignity for People with Disabilities, interprets public information so that the disabled community can understand the different qualification rules and application procedures.
COVID-19 VACCINE WEBSITES VIOLATE DISABILITY LAWS, CREATE INEQUALITY FOR THE BLIND
WHAT MIAMI’S COVID-19 DASHBOARD GETS RIGHT AND WRONG
The COVID VACCINE SYSTEM is unfair to those who need the shots the most. This was predictable
“IT’S REALLY HARD”: DISABILITY LAWYERS FRUSTRATED ABOUT VACCINE ACCESS
CURRENT LEGAL ACTION
LAWSUIT AGAINST MTA ON ACCESSIBILITY ACHIEVES CLASS ACTION STATUS WITH MORE THAN 500,000 APPLICANTS
A state Supreme Court judge ruled this week that a lawsuit filed against the MTA on behalf of a coalition of accessibility advocates actually includes a class of more than 500,000 people claiming to be off the subway -System has been excluded from lack of accessibility. The 2017 lawsuit alleges that the MTA is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York Human Rights Act because only 20% of the subway system has elevators.
FORECASTING POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN ONLINE ACCESS RIGHT
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (Title III) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in public accommodation and requires that people with a disability be offered full and equal pleasure. . . from any place of public accommodation. 42 USC β 12182 (a). As mentioned earlier, the 30 year old law does not directly regulate whether public accommodation includes websites, mobile applications, and other emerging web-based applications and technologies, and therefore does not provide a standard for ensuring accessibility for internet-based accommodation.
VIRTUAL CONFERENCES ARE NOT AS ACCESSIBLE AS YOU CAN THINK
Last spring, national scientific organizations began holding online conferences in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the trend has continued through 2021. For example, the American Physical Society’s annual meeting was the first major physics conference to be held virtually last year and will continue to take place in cyberspace this coming April. In retrospect, such changes were inevitable. The uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in the US made attending large public gatherings far too risky. And who knows when the pandemic will end? …
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