ADA Webinars

The Great Lakes ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2011-2012 ADA Audio Conference Series. The Audio Conference Series offers numerous subject-specific sessions that cut across all titles of the ADA. The 90 minute sessions provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions and interact […]

We were hacked!

The site is almost back to normal. Much thanks goes to MacHighway the best hosting company there is for helping me get back online. More thanks will go to Rich who will get it back to normal in time and help me make the site more ironclad to reduce the risk of this happening again!

My wonderful 2 day splash on the Sunnyside of Michigan

I put my accessibility needs to the test at Huron House in Oscoda and had a wonderful 2 days there. I didn’t expect or request full accessibility. I had been there before and knew what to expect. Last time I was not able to access the beach at all. I couldn’t get my footing and […]

Bad Service can cost you 2 million – Just ask Delta Airlines

The ADA is not the only law important to people with disabilities. Other laws apply to businesses and their relationship to people with disabilities.  The U.S. Department of Transportation utilizing the Air Carrier Enforcement Act fined Delta Airlines two million dollars for not providing adequate customer service and not responding to complaints as required. What […]

Save funding for NPR and PBS

NPR and PBS are at risk of being totally defunded by the government. Why should this matter to people with disabilities? Both NPR and PBS cover disability related news more than mainstream or cable stations, do investigative reporting on disability issues, and provide a venue for the voices of people with disabilities. The Ragged Edge […]

You need to bring someone with you to sign for you…

No, that won’t cut it anymore. The Justice Department entered into an agreement with H&R Block that  included that they would provide auxiliary aids when necessary for their tax preparation services, classes, and training; that they would post this policy on their website and distribute it to all their employees; establish a list of local […]

Ashley X and her continuing importance

Ashley X is a little girl whose parents thought her growing size made her disability a greater burden. Usually  a child maturing and growing into puberty is looked forward to with happy anticipation. But Ashley X’s parents thought a bigger body brought with it greater difficulty in managing her care and her sexuality would make […]

Comcast and Closed Captioning

I don’t have cable TV, but I have heard plenty of complaints from people who do and enjoy closed captioning. The reasons to watch captioning are varied. At our house we have them on for me because I can only hear the TV at full volume and for Teddy who is making some inroads to […]

Who needs Accessible Restrooms?

It is well known that the ADA requires accessible restrooms. But who actually needs them? Or more importantly who is actually entitled to use them? Unlike accessible parking spaces there is no ticket for a person without a disability who uses an accessible stall or restroom. There is also no rules posted nor any ADA […]

Obesity is now recognized as a disability under the ADA

The EEOC (US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) who enforces Title 1 of the ADA has filed a suit against Resources for Human Development because it discriminated against an obese employee when she was fired. Prior to this the EEOC only recognized obesity when there was an underlying medical cause or it was was considered morbidly […]