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January 3, 2020

Question: I am an older adult with a disability who is trying to stay active in my community, specifically by participating in events offered by my senior center. The senior center provides transportation, but I need help to board the van.  I have requested several different reasonable modifications, such as using my walker on the lift, more time in order to climb the stairs, or a step stool to climb aboard. My requests were denied, and I was told I would have to use a wheelchair.

May 28, 2019

Question: I am having surgery and will be out of work for a few days. When I return, I am required to undergo a fitness for duty exam, which will uncover my use of Suboxone as prescribed. I was told that I would be fired for using Suboxone. I can’t stop using Suboxone and put my recovery at risk. Since going in to recovery in 2003, I’ve never had an issue at work. Can I be fired for using Suboxone?

October 22, 2018

Question: We received a call from a mother whose son with a disability attends his school's afterschool program until recently when he was hospitalized for three weeks for disability-related reasons.  He is ready to return to school and his afterschool program. The program is first-come-first-serve and has a waitlist. Though the mother had already paid for her son to attend the afterschool program, the school gave his slot to another student.

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January 29, 2019

Question: We received a call from an employer who is having difficulty with a new employee who is a recruiter for the company. This employee has had performance issues which have been addressed on two occasions. She has been placed on probation because she is not performing the job requirements. While discussing steps to release her with HR, she disclosed that she has depression and anxiety; she canceled a meeting with other team members; and then called out of an event that she was expected to be working as part of her job, which left another staff member on their own.

December 10, 2019

Tucked away along the rugged Atlantic Coast lies a small village clinging to the shores like the fir trees and moss on the rocks. The little town has been there for as long as people have settled along the coast. Generations of people have come and gone just like the rise and fall of the tides.

July 26, 2018

Watch PJ Moynihan's new documentary short, 'Recovering Addiction'. And laugh with one of Boston's top comedians Amy Tee as she presents chemical-free comedy, taking self-help to hilarious new heights. Jack Lynch will also join us. A Boston native, with 25 years of experience, has taken his comedy on the road and toured all over the U.S. and parts of Canada.

February 28, 2018

A recent Boston Globe Article focused on re-branding senior centers to attract baby boomers by offering programs like dance, yoga, hiking and canoeing. From New Bedford to Salem – a change is gonna come.

January 8, 2018

Baby Boomers (ages 50-72) want to be out and about. We have evidence that with age, comes disability. Let's prepare now to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act correctly, providing safe access and happiness for family, friends and community. Our new ADA Action Guide for cities and towns makes it easy with seven steps to implementing the ADA.

January 5, 2018

The New England ADA Center is conducting a two-part research study to identify barriers to implementing the ADA in municipalities across New England. In the first part of the study, we use data from the US Census Bureau and other sources to tell stories about aging, disability and the ADA. These stories will inform local officials about the state of disability in their jurisdictions. It will also provide a basis for the second part of the study. The second part of the study will identify barriers to implementing the ADA by surveying cities and towns.

August 4, 2017

We are pleased to share two new public service announcements (PSAs) on ‘Aging, Disability and the ADA’ aimed at reaching older Americans with disabilities who may not be aware they have rights under the ADA. The PSAs feature iconic places in Boston, Cambridge and Worcester with examples of good accessibility that ensures community participation for older Americans that benefits all.  We encourage you to share the link to the PSAs in newsletters, on your websites, in social media and at meetings.

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