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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.

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.

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.

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