Accessibility in the News — 2/23/2024. In a trend of companies taking accessibility more seriously, Starbucks has introduced a new store design emphasizing accessibility and inclusivity, debuting the concept in its Union Market location in Washington, D.C. The design, developed over a two-year period with input from Starbucks baristas, features power-operated doors, lower counters for wheelchair accessibility, and a point-of-sale system with adjustable stands, voice assist, screen magnification, and images[…]READ MORE about Companies Work To Show Commitment To Accessibility In 2024
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Accessibility in the News — 2/16/2024. The Colorado House of Representatives has approved bipartisan legislation, HB24-1067, aimed at enhancing representation in government by addressing barriers faced by individuals with disabilities in the political process. Sponsored by Representative David Ortiz and co-sponsored by Representative Brandi Bradley, the bill passed with a unanimous vote of 64-0. Representative Ortiz, a longtime advocate for disability rights in Colorado, emphasizes the importance of ensuring that[…]READ MORE about With The General Election Coming Up Later This Year Colorado Passes Legislation To Make Ballots More Accessible
Accessibility in the News — 2/9/2024. U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Amy Klobuchar have introduced a comprehensive legislative package aimed at dismantling barriers that impede the participation of individuals with disabilities in American democracy. The proposed measures include the Accessible Voting Act, which seeks to improve voter accessibility and expand ballot-casting options, the Removing Access Barriers to Running for Elected Office for People with Disabilities Act, which safeguards federal disability[…]READ MORE about U.S. Senators Introduce Groundbreaking Legislation to Enhance Accessibility and Inclusion in American Democracy for People with Disabilities
Accessibility in the News — 2/2/2024. MedStar Health, a prominent healthcare provider in Maryland and Washington, D.C., has agreed to a $440,000 settlement and corrective actions to resolve allegations of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Justice Department filed a complaint, asserting that MedStar Health excluded necessary support persons, thereby denying equal access to medical care for individuals with disabilities. The complaint highlights instances where the healthcare provider[…]READ MORE about Department of Justice Settles Complaint With Medstar Health Ensuring Equal Access to Medical Care for People with Disabilities
Accessibility in the News — 1/26/2024. Outdoor activities offer numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits, and everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy these experiences, regardless of their abilities. Accessible outdoor recreation promotes social integration, allowing individuals with disabilities to participate in shared activities with friends and family. Beyond the social aspect, exposure to nature has been proven to have therapeutic effects, contributing to improved mental health and reduced stress.[…]READ MORE about What Are States Doing To Make The Outdoors More Accessible?
Accessibility in the News — 1/19/2024. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness and emphasis on creating an inclusive society that accommodates the diverse needs of all individuals. One significant aspect of this inclusivity is the establishment of businesses that cater specifically to people with disabilities. These enterprises not only provide valuable products and services but also play a crucial role in fostering a more accessible and equitable[…]READ MORE about Will 2024 See A Rise In Businesses Catering To People With Disabilities?
Accessibility in the News — 1/12/2024. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) aims to make the province fully accessible by 2025, but challenges persist, particularly in Toronto, home to an estimated 900,000 people with disabilities. Hard of hearing individuals face difficulties navigating public transit due to insufficient aids, leaving them reliant on others. Although Metrolinx claims to have visual displays of route stops, users argue their effectiveness. Advocates[…]READ MORE about With Their 2025 Accessibility Goal Looming How Does Ontario Fare Compared To AODA Guidelines
Accessibility in the News — 1/5/2024. NOTE: To get news like this every week in your inbox, before it hits our website, subscribe to our Accessibility in the News e-newsletter. There are no ads or graphics, and we never send spam. Just use the sign-up form on this page to subscribe and stay up to date Feature Story Skip to National News (U.S.) | Skip to International News More Accessibility[…]READ MORE about Theater Accessibility Called Into Question After Disabled Civil Rights Leader Is Kicked Out
Accessibility in the News — 12/22/2023. The Biden-Harris Administration has been actively working towards fostering inclusivity for the 61 million Americans living with disabilities. Recognizing the concerning statistic that almost half of the most popular Federal Government websites lack full accessibility, the Office of Management and Budget is releasing updated guidance. This guidance mandates federal agencies to prioritize accessibility in their digital experiences, requiring testing, involvement of people with disabilities[…]READ MORE about The Biden-Harris Administration Takes Steps To Improve Accessibility With New Office Of Management And Budget Guidance
Accessibility in the News — 12/15/2023. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington is currently investigating six hotels in response to complaints alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. Additionally, three hotels in the region have entered into settlement agreements after being found non-compliant with the ADA. These settlements involve claims of inadequate accommodation for individuals[…]READ MORE about Hotels Fall Under Americans With Disabilities Act, Yet Why Are So Many Still Inaccessible?