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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.

June 7, 2017

Save the date for a red carpet event to celebrate the anniversary of the ADA on July 26th!  This event will mark the release of new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) produced in partnership with Digital Eyes Film, and explore the role of media and motion pictures in framing (and reframing) our culturally embedded notions of disability.  The PSAs are part of a larger campaign produced by the Institute for Human Centered Design's New England ADA Center, aiming to reframe our understanding of disability in the context of changing demographic patterns inherent to our region: 

May 18, 2017

by Katherine Blakeslee
We are so proud to introduce the ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments. This online guide is the latest in our suite of resources that leads public entities through a process to compliance with the ADA.
The online guide comes with interactive features such as quizzes to test your knowledge of the ADA, a full slate of self-evaluation forms to develop a transition and an action plan to suit your public entity...

November 28, 2016

by Katherine Blakeslee
On November 21, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a Final Rule revising the Department of Justice’s Title III of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires public accommodations, including movie theaters, to provide appropriate communication through the use of auxiliary aids and services. The Final Rule outlines specific requirements movie theaters must now meet in order to satisfy these obligations to individuals with hearing and vision disabilities. Specifically, the Final Rule requires movie theaters to...

November 22, 2016

by Katherine Blakeslee
I happened to steal a moment of Dave Yanchulis’s time while he was visiting Boston to present at the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX), which is largest building industry event in the Northeast. Dave is an Accessibility Specialist at the U.S. Access Board, a federal agency that develops accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transit systems, information and communication technology, and medical diagnostic equipment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws. The New England ADA Center and the U.S. Access Board have been partnering at ABX for the past 15 years...

November 21, 2016

Today, there are thousands of people newly in recovery due to the opioid epidemic; some with a full spectrum of behavioral health issues who are unaware of their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The timing is right to re-introduce people with mental health issues into the promise of the ADA.

Featured speaker David Yanchulis from the U.S. Access Board and Kathy Gips, New England ADA Center present two workshops Wednesday, November 16 at Architecture Boston Expo!

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