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  • (#DIW Podcast) People with #Disabilities and Accessibility of the New SF #BART Rail Cars | Day In Washington
    to wait for 3 and 4 trains to pass before I can get on with my dog I can squish my dog into some pretty tight places I can t quite picture a power wheelchair as something particularly squishable I can t say that I believe announcements alone will address that particular concern But it sounds like BART is listening Of course it would have been better if the design hadn t already gotten to this final stage before accessibility concerns were raised An interesting point that Lorenz brings up in an article is that although BART claims to have sought out and received community input from both seniors and people with disabilities she can find no local organization that was a part of any public process regarding feedback to the design of the new cars In addition several members of the BART Accessibility Task Force stated that they were never asked to vote on anything surrounding the new cars Just something to ponder So in the grand scheme of things what does this mean When people think of policy they usually think of Federal legislation or regulations judicial decisions state budgets However policy is also in everyday issues relating to design and often these can have far reaching implications New York City s choice in the design of their taxi cabs not choosing an accessible model Which would have a significant disparate impact on people with disabilities and of course lead to a federal lawsuit BART s choice in rail car design considering that their current fleet includes cars that are almost 40 years old will impact people with disabilities and all riders for a long time to come As always I encourage you to read and come to your own opinion Links are available in the comments This is Day Al Mohamed hoping you continue to be well and be informed Day in Washington is a product of the Lead On Network Comments and opinions expressed in this podcast should in no way be considered representative of opinions statements or policies of any organizations affiliations employers or agencies connected with the host Audio production provided by Chris Wright Music is If by Force courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network and Twenty Twelve Records RESOURCES Jessie Lorenz Audio Clip from Liam Gleeson s Bay Area Views http www youtube com watch v 4znV0jW Qks New BART car design prompts concern from disabled community http www dailycal org 2014 04 29 new bart car design prompts concern disabled community BART unwraps future of transbay travel http sfbay ca 2014 04 18 bart unwraps future of transbay travel New Train Car Project http www bart gov about projects cars ILRCSF s Executive Director Jessie Lorenz Continues Advocacy to Address Access Barriers with New BART Cars of the Future http www ilrcsf org blog 2014 05 ilrcsf advocacy access bart Judge approves city s push for wheelchair accessible cabs and 30 cent surcharge http www nydailynews com new york judge approves push

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  • Guest Post: The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 21 (and is Ready to Party) | Day In Washington
    to help those poor cripples and they are SO grateful for this opportunity we wish to give them Conversely the ADA s importance is also not illustrated by certain members of the disability community either The ADA does not represent the New Testament from the Lord Our God nor does it represent the end all be all to the way that disability is addressed in our country It does not mean that anyone who did not work on the ADA suddenly has nothing else beneficial to add to the conversation The best part of the Americans with Disabilities Act is not found in its sentiment or solely in the hearts of the people who worked on it The beauty of the ADA is its level of inclusion The ADA provides a protection for All Americans regardless of race age gender or disability from discrimination for public services The definition that the ADA uses which has been fortified by the ADA Amendments Act allows for the protection of Americans whether they have disabilities or are perceived as having a disability Those protections even exist even if the person doesn t consider them selves a disabled person but understands that their disability nonetheless affects the manner in which they live their lives The ADA has similarities in the greatest Civil Rights legislation that we have passed in theUnited States including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which exists as the basis for our modern ideas about race and equality in theUnited States The ADA remained ahead of its time providing protections for individuals with HIV AIDS before passing of landmark legislation like the Ryan White Care Act Like all movements to makeAmericamore equitable theADAhas done its time sitting at the vanguard of the movement for equality in theUnited States You see children equality or the semblance thereof is not something that we can often legislate It has to be done in pieces If we walk ourselves backward we can see that there would have been no ADA without the Latino s Workers Rights movements feat Cesar Chavez none of that without Women s Rights leading back to the Black Civil Rights movement before is cycles back to immigration rights suffrage and abolitionism again Moving forward the ADA will be and has been the basis for future legislation providing equality for our budding communities looking for equality be it immigrant groups the LGBT community or any new group of Americans seeking their part of the American experience Like the best forms of change the generations born after the ADA will have no concept of the inequalities that preceded it thereby making an integral shift in the cultural make up of our society The ADA is but one of the cogs in the machine that we must continue to build service maintain lubricate and replace to not only keep our country running but also ensure that it turns out being a place where we wish to be So on July 26 th I do

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  • White House Statement on a United Effort to Address Bullying | Day In Washington
    easily More than 100 million people are interviewed in the education space each The familiarity with the application combined with its ease of use create an opportunity to help students and administrators alike to use SurveyMonkey to collect information about the prevalence of bullying in schools To facilitate data collection SurveyMonkey has created a dedicated page for bullying detection which includes a 10 question survey that students can adopt in order to distribute and disseminate via email on fliers through Facebook and elsewhere The application is free to use National Education Association Bully Free It Starts with Me The National Education Association NEA is launching a nationwide anti bullying campaign entitled Bully Free It Starts with Me Through this new online campaign the NEA will identify and support caring adults in each school who will listen and act on behalf of bullied students in schools across America The NEA will invite its members to join the campaign and will work to extend the campaign to the broader community NEA will also release a new study on bullying in schools based on a survey of more than 5 000 educators Findings from the National Education Association s Nationwide Study of Bullying Teachers and Education Support Professionals Perspectives represents the first nationwide study of teachers and education support professionals perspectives on bullying and bullying prevention efforts American Federation of Teachers See a Bully Stop a Bully Make a Difference The American Federation of Teachers AFT is launching a national bullying campaign See a Bully Stop a Bully Make a Difference focused on raising bullying awareness and providing resources training and technical assistance for leaders and members AFT will be hosting regional summits holding a series of topical webinars and developing new materials for the campaign and incorporating it into their Back to School efforts AFT is also working with various organizations including America s Promise Alliance the national PTA AASA GLAAD NASP ASCA NEA and GLSEN to amplify an anti bullying message The AFT has accelerated their efforts during the fall of 2010 in response to heightened awareness of bullying as well as the federal guidance issued by the Department of Education detailing the obligations of local school districts and state education departments to address bullying National PTA Connect for Respect National PTA is launching a campaign called Connect for Respect asking PTAs nationwide to host a Connect for Respect event in their communities and to share resources with parents about bullying in the schools they serve The campaign will also encourage parents to talk to their child about bullying and to advocate for policies and practices that create a safe school climate for all children PTA will launch a communications campaign to promote Connect for Respect with PTA leaders and members across the country PTA will issue five tip sheets for PTAs and for parents to increase their understanding of bullying how to prevent it and how to recognize if your child is the bully create tools to share how to

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  • Top 10 Disability Events of 2010 | Day In Washington
    priority In December he announced that the DOJ had settled with the state of Georgia Georgia will spend 77 million over the next two years to move thousands of people with disabilities from state hospitals to living in their communities The DOJ has filed has filed lawsuits in Arkansas and Georgia intervened in a case in New York and filed amicus briefs in cases in Connecticut Virginia North Carolina Illinois Florida New Jersey and California to do the same As of this writing I think the total is closer to 20 states that the DOJ has been moving actively towards Olmstead enforcement Number 6 President s Executive Order on Hiring of People with Disabilities In 2000 President Clinton signed Executive Order 13163 calling for an additional 100 000 individuals with disabilities to be employed by the Federal Government but it didn t happen In 2010 President Obama put forward his own Executive Order to reinforce Clinton s Executive Order 13163 and promote the Federal government as a model employer decrease the stigma attached to hiring people with disabilities and increase the number of individuals with disabilities in the Federal workforce And to do it in 5 years Obama s order is very specific in its demands and timeline directing federal agencies to design model recruitment and hiring strategies to increase Federal hiring of people with disabilities as well as mandatory training programs for both human resources personnel and hiring managers on the employment of individuals with disabilities Number 5 Rosa s Law In October President Obama signed into law S 2781 also known as Rosa s Law Rosa s Law replicates a Maryland law It changes references in Federal law from mental retardation to intellectual disability and mentally retarded individual to individual with an intellectual disability The family of Rosa Marcellino a nine year old girl with Down syndrome worked with their state representative to pass the legislation in the Maryland General Assembly and then worked with Senator Mikulski to bring the legislation to the U S Senate I wrote a short article on this issue when the bill was moving through the Senate for Disability gov s 100 Days of the ADA blog series Number 4 Telework Act flexible work Although this bill did not get a lot of fanfare at the time of its signing the Telework Enhancement Act could be considered a sign of things to come This law requires every Federal agency to create a telework policy and give employees the option to telecommunite Considering the Federal government has over 1 million employees and that often the Federal government has used itself to test run policies it could be a sign of the future of labor With a recession and many companies scrambling to control costs and keep the best talent offering a flexible workplace and cutting down on overhead and real estate costs will start to look better and better More than 10 years ago the U S Patent and Trademark Office began allowing telecommuting

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  • New Toys and New ADA Standards for Accessible Design | Day In Washington
    pools playgrounds etc where accessibility or the lack thereof has impacted not just individuals but families There is something particularly heart wrenching about the loss of shared experiences for families with a member with a disability particularly around shared vacations recreational activities fun events and time spent with children Addressing accessibility in these spaces is critical to the heart of the ADA Of particular note to me personally is the section regarding service animals The rule specifically defines service animal as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability This language excludes other animals of any sort including the miniature horses and monkeys that many of us may have considered service animals previously although later on in the language a small exception is created for the miniature horses although they are still cut out of the definition of service animal What is also interesting in the new rule is that it CLEARLY states that dogs that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effects of a disability including dogs that are used purely for emotional support are not service animals The choice of this language makes me wonder how it will fit with the way the Air Carrier Access Act has separated these animals ADA with 2 categories and ACAA with 3 for helping animals Worthy of a post all on its own For those of you wondering dogs providing support for individuals with mental disabilities and who are trained to perform a specific task i e meeting the definition of service animal are protected by the ADA I also strongly support the language around wheelchairs and other power driven mobility devices wow is that a mouthful I think I ll use pdmd for the latter What is great is that it is the first recognition that perhaps not everyone wants to use a wheelchair as their mobility device of choice There are already other options available on the market such as Segways which are popular among veterans and amputees does my picture of Vader now make sense and as technology improves we will see even more variants The rule adopts a two tiered approach to mobility devices drawing distinctions between wheelchairs and the pdmds Wheelchairs must be permitted in all areas open to pedestrian use pdmds must be permitted unless the site can show it would fundamentally alter its programs services or activities create a direct threat or create a safety hazard And last but not least under Effective Communication the rule includes video remote interpreting VRI services as a kind of auxiliary aid that may be used to provide effective communication Again technology is offering us more options for accessibility and to have it not be available as an aid or accommodation is simply foolish So this is definitely a step in the right direction Below are some of the fact sheets put together by DOJ that do a really good job

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  • Legal | Day In Washington | Page 2
    for the past week it is likely that you have heard about the newest immigration plans from the State of Read more Service Animals Too Much of a Good Thing by Day Al Mohamed February 13 2010 7 Comments Written by Tiffany Huggard Lee for Day in Washington The use of service animals has been increasing and as a result service animals have been in the news a lot lately Sometimes this is a good thing such as when the Read more ADA Amendments Act News from the EEOC by Day Al Mohamed September 16 2009 1 Comment It was almost exactly one year ago that the President signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act ADAAA into law As a part of tht law Congress directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC to amend its ADA regulation Read more Anniversary of Olmstead Decision 10 years and counting by Day Al Mohamed June 22 2009 1 Comment Greetings Great news Things are still busy but I m hoping that with the brand new Twitter feed I can now offer a little more detail as to everything going on here in Washington DC Day in Washington Disability Policy Podcast Read more Page 2 of 2 1 2 About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for playback If you have a topic that you think Day in Washington should discuss or if you are interested in guest podcasting please send us an email Follow Me on Social Media Search for Recent Posts

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  • (#DIW Podcast) Ban the Box: Good for People with Disabilities? And a few of my thoughts people with #disabilities in the #criminal #justice system | Day In Washington
    private companies have come forward to support Ban the Box It s an initiative to persuade employers to remove the question Have you been convicted from job applications and delay that inquiry until the final stages of the hiring process The goal is for employers to make hiring decisions based on a candidate s skills and qualifications not their past transgressions This month President Obama took an historic step by directing the Office of Personnel Management to take action to ban the box in federal employment As a result OPM will modify its rules to delay inquiries into criminal history until later in the hiring process Encouraging employers to make this shift is critical An estimated 70 million Americans one in four adults have a criminal record Employment is a stabilizing factor in anyone s life providing a sense of structure and responsibility and it s strongly correlated with reduced recidivism for those reintegrating into the community following incarceration Because employers often hesitate to hire an ex offender not having to check that box can make a massive difference Marsha Temple of Los Angeles Integrated Recovery Network knows well the stories of many of the individuals for whom the box is a major barrier For more than 15 years she has worked to improve mental health services for people who are homeless and or have mental health disorders about 44 percent of whom have spent time in jail prison or community corrections In California alone there are about 33 000 prisoners with mental health disorders roughly 30 percent of the incarcerated population As a part of the Add Us In initiative funded by the Department of Labor s Office of Disability Employment Policy Temple has spent the last five years focusing on providing employment services to difficult to place candidates with disabilities including those who have a history of addiction and other mental health disorders which are so often intertwined with homelessness and incarceration One example is K L a 38 year old Latina who at an early age became involved with drugs and gangs eventually landing in prison Upon release she was determined to turn her life around Recognizing that employment was key she obtained certifications in both food handling and forklift operation She was called for interviews but no one would hire her She felt the stigma of her record always followed her But with increasing efforts to ban the box she remained hopeful and recently landed a great culinary job at a high end market Temple and her organization address work barriers by providing community based wraparound and one on one supports to candidates like K L as they prepare for and sustain employment Overall 67 7 percent of Temple s clients who received services had at least one work related outcome which could include permanent employment work based experience or an internship at a business or involvement in an education or training program By contrast throughout California only 10 percent of individuals with mental health disorders

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  • The New WIOA (a few points of interest) | Day In Washington
    something of a generic checklist and then the youth may be placed there anyway Though other than a complete ban I cannot think of a good alternative Increased coordination of VR offices with schools the workforce development system and Medicaid to better support successful transition Prohibiting schools from contracting with sheltered workshops which schools have done in the past working with some of these sub minimum wage providers calling it transition services And lastly one of the things that I think gives many attorney s in the disability community heartburn is that there is language that says that placement in a sub minimum wage position an option under the Rehabilitation Act Historically it never was listed as an explicit option which allows for the Judicial system and cases like Olmstead to say that sheltered workshops are not legitimate placements and inherently discriminatory Now these workshops actually have statutory permission to exist as good options for people with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act Resources WIOA Changes to the Rehabilitation Act https www2 ed gov about offices list osers rsa publications wioa changes to rehab act pdf National Association of Workforce Boards WIOA Overview Not disability specific http www nawb org documents Publications WIOA Overview pdf Summary of Major Policies Included in Titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act http www leadcenter org system files resource downloadable version WIOA POLICY BRIEF 10 22 14 pdf American Network of Community Options and Resources http www ancor org sites default files news ancor summary on wioa 14august2014 pdf Tags Employment Vocational Rehabilitation WIOA Workforce workforce innovation opportunity act Post navigation DIW Podcast ABLE Act Update and Crabs in a Barrel DIW Podcast Ban the Box Good for People with Disabilities And a few of my thoughts people with disabilities in

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