January Newsletter

Success Story: Implementing the ADA at a Bethel, Vermont Recreation Facility!

Drawing of future Bethel, VT bathhouse Future bathhouse from the Master Plan

In 2012, the then Town Manager of Bethel, Vermont, applied for the New England ADA Center's ADA Field-Based Training. Since receiving the grant, New England ADA Center and Vermont Center for Independent Living staff have collaborated with the Town of Bethel to increase access for all at the town recreation facility.

Read the full Bethel, VT success story.

Prominent New Haven Hotels Agree to Comply with ADA

Omni Hotels

Federal authorities announced that two New Haven Hotels, the Omni Hotel at Yale and Village Suites (formerly Premiere Hotel and Suites), have entered into settlement agreements with the U.S. Attorney's Office as a result of an ongoing review to determine if certain New Haven-area hotels are being operated in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Read more about the settlement.

New Hampshire Assistant Secretary of State Gives Presentation on New Accessible Voting Equipment and Software

accesible voting equipment

Thomas Manning, New Hampshire Assistant Secretary of State, presented information about the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and the strides New Hampshire has made in providing accessible voting. Mr. Manning is one of the New Hampshire Governor's Commission on Disability (GCD) Executive Committee members and works closely with Executive Director Charles J. Saia on Commission affairs.

Learn about New Hampshire's latest advances in accessible voting!

Register for Every Body Walk Virtual Town Hall January 28!

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Please join Region I (New England), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for an Every Body Walk! virtual Town Hall Meeting, on January 28, 2016 at 2 p.m., EST. You will connect with local organizations and regional offices of federal agencies, discovering ways to promote and implement the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities.

Register for the virtual town hall online!

News From Outside New England

OMB Urged to Complete Review Of ADA Title II and III Entities Responsibility to Make Websites and Other ICT Accessible

Senator Ed Markey

Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and others have sent an open letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging OMB to, "...complete its review of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) more than five years ago, which clarifies the obligations of entities covered by Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to make their websites, online systems, and other forms of information and communication technology (ICT) accessible..."

Read the Senators' full letter.

National Council on Disability Releases Report on Affordable Care Act Implementation Choices

National Council on Disability

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Roadmap for People with Disabilities is the first in a series of reports on the Affordable Care Act. The reports outline key policy choices at all levels of ACA implementation that can either greatly help or harm people with disabilities depending on how they are conducted.

Find out more on NCD's website.

Scientists at Harvard Link Brain Chemical to Autism - A Neurotransmitter called GABA Might be Responsible

Harvard University Seal

Harvard University researchers found that autistic behavior is associated with a breakdown in the signaling pathway used by a major inhibitory neurotransmitter called GABA. "This is the first time, in humans, that a neurotransmitter in the brain has been linked to autistic behavior," study leader Caroline Robertson said in a university news release.

Read more about the study

Most New York City Elementary Schools Are Violating Disabilities Act

New York Times

As reported in the New York Times, a two-year federal investigation has concluded that 83 percent of New York City's public elementary schools are not "fully accessible" to children with disabilities, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The investigation also showed that six school districts, which serve more than 50,000 elementary students, did not have a single school that is fully accessible.

Find out more about the investigation at The New York Times' website

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