Archive for March, 2012

Whitehouse Disability Issue Call

Tuesday, March 27, 2012  The Whitehouse with a telephone superimposed

Hello Everyone,

In order to help keep you more informed, we host monthly calls to update you on various disability issues as well as to introduce you to persons who work on disability issues in the Federal government.

This call is open to everyone, and we strongly urge and ask that you distribute this email broadly to your networks and listservs so that everyone has the opportunity to learn this valuable information.

We will continue to answer the questions and issues many of you raised through So, dial in to hear if we answer your question or address your issue.

We also will have other presenters on the call.

I would encourage you to call in about five minutes early due to the large volume of callers.

The conference call information is below.

*         Date of Call: 3/30/2012
*         Start Time: 2:30 p.m. EDT (dial in 5 minutes early)
*         Dial in: (800) 288-8967
*         Code: “White House Disability Call”

For live captioning, at the start time of the event, please login by clicking on the link below. Please only use this feature if you are deaf or hard of hearing.

This call is off the record and not for press purposes.


March 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

VSDB moving beyond state contractor fiasco, getting new computers without VITA’s ‘help’


By: Megan Williams

STAUNTON — Karen Stinson snapped photos as hundreds of rectangular boxes were  unloaded from the back of the tractor trailer.

“This is the highlight of my day!” exclaimed the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind teacher .

Fellow teacher  Tammy Shook added to that sentiment.

“This is the highlight of the year,” she said.

It was certainly a day to celebrate — the delivery of 200 new computers after months of not only slow and outdated models, but very few of them.

For more, go to

March 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Conference Call

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Please join us Friday, March 16, at 11:00am Eastern for a conference call with administration officials to discuss the below press release from the Department of Justice.

*         Date: Friday, March 16
*         Time: 11 a.m. EDT
*         Dial in Information: (800) 230-1951
*         Code: White House Disability Update

This call is off the record and not for press purposes.

For deaf and hard of hearing participants, please access captioning at

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced that the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design go into effect today. On July 26, 2010, the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), President Obama announced newly revised ADA regulations.  These regulations reflect the fundamental principle that all Americans with disabilities should have equal access and an equal right to participate fully in our society.

“People with disabilities should have the opportunity to participate in American society as fully and equally as those without disabilities,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The department encourages businesses and governments around the country to help break down barriers for people with disabilities so that we give every individual access to equal opportunity and equal justice.”

These standards were adopted as part of the revised regulations for Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and will make buildings and facilities accessible to more than 54 million Americans with disabilities. The standards can be found at

The 2010 Standards will set new requirements for fixed or built-in elements in facilities such as detention facilities and courtrooms, amusement rides, boating facilities, golf and miniature golf facilities, swimming pools and play areas. These rules also clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years, including reach ranges, toilet room dimensions and accessible routes. The 2010 Standards provide clarified requirements for dispersal and lines of sight for accessible seating and companion seating in assembly areas such as stadiums.  The 2010 Standards also address dispersion of accessible hotel rooms among the different classes of rooms provided, as well as the overlap between wheelchair accessible rooms and rooms with communication features.

The final regulations were published in the Federal Register on Sept. 15, 2010.  The 2010 Standards, which were adopted as part of the revised regulations, consist of regulatory text and the 2004 ADA Accessibility Guidelines, originally published in the Federal Register as 36 CFR Part 1191, Appendices B and D.

Title II of the ADA protects people with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in services, programs and activities provided by state and local government entities.

Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by places of public accommodation (businesses that are generally open to the public and that fall into one of 12 categories listed in the ADA, such as restaurants, movie theaters, schools, day care facilities, recreational facilities and doctors’ offices).

Newly constructed or altered places of public accommodation, commercial facilities and state and local government facilities are required to comply with the ADA Standards.  Places of public accommodation in existing facilities are required to remove accessibility barriers to the extent it is readily achievable – meaning easy to accomplish without much difficulty or expense. State and local governments using existing facilities are required to ensure their programs, services and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are accessible.

Requirements for existing swimming pools will be extended for 60 days. The department will also publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with a 15-day comment period on a possible six-month extension in order to allow additional time to address misunderstandings regarding compliance with these ADA requirements. More information on pool requirements can be found at

People interested in finding out more about the ADA or the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design can call the toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (Voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY), or access the ADA website at

March 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

WMATA Online Surveys

To Accessibility Customers:

WMATA recently released an online budget survey to solicit input from the public on balancing our budget. It came to our attention that the survey lacked an ability to work with all access technologies. Therefore, we worked with Patrick Sheehan, Chairman of WMATA’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, to ensure that the survey would be enabled for all access technologies and have completed that process.

The budget survey will remain open through the close of business on March 21. If you would like to take the budget survey now, click here:

We would also like to invite you to take our Silver Line station naming survey (also open until March 21st). If you are interested in taking that survey, please click here:

Thanks for your interest in sharing opinions with WMATA.


Alison Simon

Director, Office of Customer Research

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
600 Fifth St, NW
Washington, DC 20001
ph: 202-962-2442

March 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

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