Are pregnant employees covered under Title I of the ADA?

September 2014
In some circumstances, employees with pregnancy-related impairments may be covered by the ADA. Although pregnancy itself is not an impairment within the meaning of the ADA and thus is not a disability, pregnant workers and job applicants are not excluded from the ADA’s protections. Changes to…

Soldiers & Veterans with Lou Gehrig’s Disease Now Get Housing Subsidies

August 2014
Veterans and active-duty service members who suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease will have immediate access to a government-funded housing program under new rules from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Administration just announced that soldiers & veterans who suffer from Lo…

Is a Bus Driver Required to Announce Stops Along a Bus Route for People with Disabilities?

August 2014
On fixed route systems, drivers must announce stops. These stops include transfer points with other fixed routes. This means that any time a vehicle is to stop where a passenger can get off and transfer to another bus or rail line, the stop would be announced. The announcement can be personally by t…

Petition: Sign This To Stop Using Social Security Numbers As Medicare ID

August 2014
We need 100,000 people to sign a petition to force the government to revisit why Social Security numbers are on Medicare cards. Please SHARE this post with your friends! Social Security numbers are used as Medicare ID numbers and are printed on Medicare cards. Seniors are instructed to keep their Me…

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…





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