New Rule Proposed To Make Movie Theatres More Accessible

July 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice is proposing a rule to change the Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description. The new rule would require theaters to let people know that these types of servic…

Social Security Extends Access to Benefit Verification

July 2014
Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration has announced that local Social Security offices would continue to provide benefit verification letters until further notice. These letters are used by people to quickly verify their income when applying for a loan or other governm…

Can an employer ask a job candidate if they have a disability during an interview?

July 2014
No. However, the interviewer is permitted to ask if the candidate can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodations or ask that the candidate describe how they would perform a specific job function. The post Can an employer ask a job candidate if they have a disability du…

New Guide Available to Access VA, DC & MD Assisted Living Facility Records & Reports

July 2014
Getting information on assisted living facilities just got a little easier. A new guide provides state-by-state information on where to find records on assisted living facilities and ranks the states by how easy it is to obtain inspection reports and safety information. The guide, created by A Place…

National Down Syndrome Registry

July 2014
A new national registry is now available in an effort to connect individuals who have Down syndrome with researchers studying the chromosomal disorder. The confidential online database known as DS-Connect is designed to collect health information on a voluntary basis from those with Down syndrome o…

Social Security Defines Policy for Same-Sex Married Couples—Agency Extends Benefits Broadly

June 2014
Social Security Extends Benefits Broadly, Subject to Legal Constraints Social Security has published new instructions that allow the agency to process more claims in which entitlement or eligibility is affected by a same-sex relationship. These instructions come in response to last year’s Supreme…

Social Security Changes the Way it Reviews Special Needs Trusts

May 2014
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued Emergency Message 14026A which provides new instructions for how SSA reviews Special Needs Trusts. Under this new policy Social Security has established a new Regional Trust Reviewer Team which must review all resource determinations for trusts p…

2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced

May 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s (NDEAM) theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” NDEAM is observed each October. It is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many contributions of…

What is the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act?

April 2014
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act prohibits group health plans and health insurers from denying coverage to a healthy individual or charging that person higher premiums based solely on a genetic predisposition to developing a disease in the future. The legislation also bars employers fro…

Social Security Creates New Center for Section 504 Complaince

April 2014
The Social Security Administration has announced the creation of a new Center for Section 504 Compliance. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and requires the federal government to provide individuals with meaningful access to…





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