Save the Date! Pacific ADA Update Conferences 2017

Save the Date!
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)
UPDATE CONFERENCES 2017
Join us for the annual Pacific ADA Update Conferences in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The conferences will feature multiple learning tracks and subject matter experts to share recent ADA and state law developments and information.

When & Where
September 18 – 19, 2017 Los Angeles Renaissance Airport Hotel
September 21 – 22, 2017 InterContinental Hotel, San Francisco

Registration:  Formal invitation with registration details – coming soon!

Details: The 2017 ADA Update Conferences will feature 18 breakout sessions on ADA topics including:

  •    Accessible Information Technology
  •    Emergency Preparedness
  •    Employment   
  •    Facility Accessibility
  •    Healthcare
  •    Housing
  •    Service Animals
  •    Transportation

Questions about the conferences? Contact Trace Elms at the Pacific ADA Center at planner@adapacific.org.

 

U.S. Access Board Issues Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

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Source: U.S. Access Board

The U.S. Access Board has issued new accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) under section 510 of the Rehabilitation Act. The standards provide design criteria for examination tables and chairs, weight scales, radiological and mammography equipment, and other diagnostic equipment that are accessible to people with disabilities. They include requirements for equipment that requires transfer from mobility aids and address transfer surfaces, support rails, armrests, and other features. The Board developed the standards in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration.

“The new standards will be instrumental in ensuring access to health care services,” states Regina Blye, Vice Chair of the Access Board. “The Board is pleased to fill this gap in accessibility because diagnostic equipment has remained problematic for many people with disabilities due largely to the lack of design specifications for making such equipment accessible.”

Barriers to diagnostic equipment include equipment height and other dimensions, the lack of supports and features necessary for transfer, and the characteristics of contact surfaces. The standards address these as well as other features such as operable parts and patient instructions. The provisions are organized based on use position (standing, lying down, or seated) and whether transfer from wheelchairs is necessary. In addition to the final rule, which includes a discussion of the requirements and background on how they were developed, the Board released an assessment of the benefits and impacts of the standards and an overview of the rule.

As issued by the Board, the standards are not mandatory on health care providers and equipment manufacturers. The U.S. Department of Justice, which has issued guidance on access to medical care, may adopt them as mandatory requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other federal agencies may implement them as well under the Rehabilitation Act which requires access to federally funded programs and services.

Visit the Pacific ADA website for further information or contact us at 1-800-949-4232.

The information provided in this message is intended solely as informal guidance, and is neither a determination of legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor is it binding on any agency with enforcement responsibilities under the ADA.

Public Comment Period Extended for State & Local Government Web Accessibility Rulemaking

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

This week, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta approved an extension of the public comment period for the Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities. The public comment period will be extended for 60 days, and will now close on October 7, 2016.

More information, as well as a link to the Federal Register publication, is available at https://www.ada.gov/newproposed_regs.htm.

To learn more about the ADA, visit the Pacific ADA Center’s website at www.adapacific.org. You can contact us at 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY) or by email at adatech@adapacific.org.

The information provided in this message is intended solely as informal guidance, and is neither a determination of legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor is it binding on any agency with enforcement responsibilities under the ADA.

Qualified Charitable Organizations Tax Credit

NH LogoYour donation to New Horizons DEC qualifies for the Qualified Charitable Organizations Tax Credit of up to $400 when filing single, or up to $800 when filing jointly. The Qualified Charitable Organizations Tax Credit is in addition to any public or private school tax credits. You do not have to itemize deductions. Please consult your tax advisor regarding your individual tax deductions. New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center (formerly New Horizons Independent Living Center) has provided programs and services to individuals with disabilities for 24 years in Northern Arizona. Your tax-deductible contribution to New Horizons DEC supports a variety of services designed to empower people with disabilities to achieve or maintain an independent lifestyle in their communities. Your contribution helps us continue providing services to thousands of people with disabilities and their families. Thank you –Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

Secure donations can be made online at www.newhorizonsilc.org.

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Prescott Valley AZ 86314

Updated Checklist for Polling Places Added to ADA.gov

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Source: U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice released an updated technical assistance publication on polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities. The publication, “ADA Checklist for Polling Places,” (PDF) includes a survey to guide election officials in evaluating the accessibility of facilities used or being considered for use as polling places.

To learn more about the ADA, visit the Pacific ADA Center’s website at www.adapacific.org. You can contact us at 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY) or by email at adatech@adapacific.org.

The information provided in this message is intended solely as informal guidance, and is neither a determination of legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor is it binding on any agency with enforcement responsibilities under the ADA.

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Suite 1030
Oakland, CA 94607

2016 Mobility Management Springfest

CYMPO DaveOn May 11, CYMPO hosted the 1st annual Mobility Management Springfest. Thank you to all who were able to participate and those that were unable to participate we missed you…

At the afternoon appreciation BBQ, we were able to express our gratitude to many people in the community that contribute time, talent, and treasure to the mobility of all people, especially those in most need like our elderly and disabled. Join me in celebrating the following people and organizations that we were able to recognize with some special awards.

Mobility Rookie of the Year Award
Dave Seigler, New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center

Friend of Mobility Award
Jean Jongsma, NAU Senior Companion Program

Regional Mobility Partnership Award
Ron & Cheri Romley, Yavapai Regional Transit

Vicky McLane Award (Community Spirit, Compassion, Drive, & Volunteerism)
Fritzi Mevis, People Who Care

Thank you to our elected representatives and their staff for their leadership and support of mobility management in our region. Special thank you to Supervisor Craig Brown (Mary Connor), Supervisor Tom Thurman (Marlyn Summers), Barbara Fox-Thomas on behalf of Supervisor Rowle Simmons, Councilwoman Billie Orr, and Councilman Steve Sischka for their presence at Springfest.

Thank you to Joe Baynes, City of Prescott Parks and Recreation for the use of the Ramada.

Thank you to Joe Huot, Yavapai County Public Works for setting up sound system and podium.

Thank you to Chris & Alec Bridges (Grill Masters), Deb & Steve Hernandez, and Deb Gallegos (our awesome photographer).

Let’s keep promoting effective mobility management in our region through better coordination and the leveraging of our limited resources. Working together we will serve all those in our communities to have mobility access for healthcare, jobs, school, shopping, and recreation bringing the best quality of life to the people of Yavapai County.

Vincent “Vinny” Gallegos
Transportation & Mobility Planner
Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization
Office: (928) 442-5732 Cell: (928) 848-0276
1971 Commerce Center Circle – Suite E
Prescott, AZ 86301

New Accessible Technology Section Added to ADA.gov

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Source: U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a new Accessible Technology section for ADA.gov, its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site, to further assist covered entities and people with disabilities to understand how the ADA applies to certain technologies, such as Web sites, electronic book readers, online courses, and point-of-sale devices. Covered entities have longstanding obligations to make their programs, goods, services, and activities accessible—including those they provide online or via other technology. The new Web pages compile in one place the Department’s technical assistance and guidance about accessible technology, as well as information about the Department’s accessible technology enforcement efforts, regulation development, and other federal accessible technology resources and initiatives.

To find out more about the new Accessible Technology website section, visit the Pacific ADA Center’s website at http://adapacific.org/news/index.php?id=121, or call us at 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY).

The information provided in this message is intended solely as informal guidance, and is neither a determination of legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor is it binding on any agency with enforcement responsibilities under the ADA.

 

Closed Captions to Be Available for Airline Passengers on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

ADA logo01/26/2016 – Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and Gogo LLC, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, have reached a historic agreement for Gogo to make closed captioning available for 100 percent of programming content sourced by Gogo and streamed through its on-demand in-flight entertainment service, Gogo Vision.

This is the first agreement of its kind with an in-flight entertainment company, and is the result of the parties’ mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television that are viewed in flight on U.S. domestic flights. Passengers using their own personal Wi-Fi enabled devices can access a Gogo Vision server located on aircraft of certain airlines that contain an extensive library of movies and television shows.

Under the agreement, Gogo has now added technology that will enable customers to have the option to display closed captions for content with closed captions sourced by Gogo; Gogo has also begun sourcing new content with closed captions where available; and Gogo will replace all of its existing sourced content with content that has closed captions through a phase-in process that will be completed by June 30, 2017. All captions will be consistent with Federal Communications Commission standards for completeness, accuracy, synchronicity, and placement.

The information provided in this message is intended solely as informal guidance, and is neither a determination of legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor is it binding on any agency with enforcement responsibilities under the ADA.

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