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New window: Disability Rights Advocates Sue Baltimore For Accessible Sidewalks, Streets

August 9, 2021, WYPR News: Susan Goodlaxson always wondered why so many Baltimoreans pushed their wheelchairs down city streets instead of the sidewalk. When she began using a wheelchair at age 60, she realized why.

New window: Disability Access Hits Opposition in Senate Infrastructure Debate

August 5, 2021, Bloomberg: An amendment aimed at boosting ADA compliance for public transit agencies was criticized as a “woke planning mandate” by a GOP senator.

New window: 'I want to be amazing': Garfield speedster heads to Tokyo for Paralympics

August 5, 2021, NorthJersey: In less than a month, at the shot of a gun, Gianfranco Iannotta and his wheelchair will burst from the starting line as one at the Tokyo Paralympics, his arms pumping furiously down the track.

New window: Fiverr and Wix Join Forces to Help Make the Web Accessible for Everyone

August 4, 2021, BusinessWire: Fiverr and Wix are teaming up to provide a unique program where experts from Wix will train people with disabilities to build accessible websites. Participants can then offer their services as web accessibility builders on the Fiverr platform.

New window: Why Sherri Turpin Is Asking The FCC To Make Telecommunications ‘Accessible And Inclusive For All’

August 3, 2021, Forbes: The needs of disabled people—especially in this technologically dominant age—is a prime example of diversity and inclusion. Accessibility is so important, not only to technology but to life in general, because making things accessible is precisely how we feel included.

New window: How Accessibility at the Summer's Gaming Events Stack Up

August 3, 2021, Wired: Before the game reveals at Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest last month, the host took to Twitter to announce several accessibility initiatives for his event. Not only would disabled viewers have access to an ASL costream led by Chris “DeafGamersTV” Robinson, they also had the opportunity to tune into a completely audio-described version on Brandon “Superblindman” Cole’s Twitch channel.

New window: COVID-19 long haulers gain access to federal disability protections

August 2, 2021, WKBN27: President Joe Biden said people who are dealing with the long-term effects of COVID-19 will have access to disability protections.

New window: NJ's Legislative Disability Caucus Focuses Efforts on Accessible, Affordable Housing for Disabled

August 1, 2021, TapInto: Members of the bipartisan New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus on Tuesday joined members of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey, and intellectual and developmental disabilities advocates to discuss housing accessibility for individuals in the I/DD community.

New window: Disability Pride Month: PawsAbilities eyes possibilities for present, future

July 30, 2021, 41KSHB: Disability Pride Month ends July 31, but that doesn't mean those who work with the disabled community stop growing their services. PawsAbilities in Olathe is looking to expand.

New window: Boosting accessibility on UK railways for disabled passengers

July 29, 2021, Railway Technology: Accessibility has always been an issue on the UK railway network, often discouraging passengers with disabilities from using the transport system. To create a system that is more inclusive and accessible the UK Government has announced a series of initiatives, including an audit of all UK train stations, to restore passenger confidence in the railway system.

New window: Advocates Push For Vaccine Accessibility For Disabled Residents

July 28, 2021, CBS Detroit: The disabled community has its share of challenges, but having access to health care shouldn’t be one of them.

New window: Microsoft Accessibility Boss Jenny Lay-Flurrie Reflects On Three Decades Of The ‘Landmark’ Americans With Disabilities Act

July 28, 2021, Forbes: This week marked the 31st anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, colloquially known as the ADA. President George H.W. Bush signed the bill into law on July 26, 1990 in a ceremony at the White House’s Rose Garden.

New window: Accessibility before and after the pandemic

July 28, 2021, Temple Now: Andrea Vassar, director of Disability Resources and Services, talks about how the pandemic has affected accessibility features for the disabled community, the process for establishing accommodations, and what tools will still exist after the pandemic.

New window: Digital access still a barrier for people with disabilities | Commentary

July 27, 2021, Orlando Sentinel: From paying bills to making travel plans to catching up on the latest news, more and more Americans are relying on the Internet “almost constantly” to handle day-to-day necessities. The role technology plays in our daily lives has become so ubiquitous that it’s easy — for most of us — to take it for granted.

New window: On anniversary of ADA, some with disabilities worry about return to the office

July 26, 2021, ABC 11: Monday marks 31 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA took effect. The anniversary, near the end of the Disability Pride Month, is a reminder that although law mandates access for people who are disabled, they must still overcome many hurdles to both getting to and inside the workplace.

New window: Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2021, The Hill: President Biden on Monday celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a sweeping civil rights law, and announced a new program to help Americans experiencing long-term COVID-19 symptoms and conditions.

New window: Infrastructure Bill Seen as Means to Force Transit Accessibility

July 26, 2021, Bloomberg: Monday marks the 31st anniversary of the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the groundbreaking legislation that became the gold standard for accessibility and guaranteed people with disabilities equal access to public transportation. President Joe Biden, who co-sponsored the original legislation, will mark the occasion with an event in the Rose Garden.

New window: Colorado requires accessibility to state, local government websites.

July 22, 2021, Colorado now requires that both state and local government agencies meet website accessibility standards. HB-1110, signed by Gov. Jared Polis on June 30, calls for the state’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) to develop web accessibility standards and hire a software developer to help state agencies implement them, according to a report in Colorado News Online.

New window: How Businesses Can Make The Internet More Accessible For All

July 20, 2021, Forbes: For most people, the internet is a ubiquitous social hub, economic driver and professional facilitator as billions of people access web content every day.

New window: Colorado Law Requires ADA Accessibility for Government Websites

July 20, 2021, Pagosa Daily Post: To the state lawmaker who sponsored legislation for people with disabilities, the success of House Bill 21-1110 is the perfect example of why “representation matters.”