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2010-10-08 14:56:00

New Law Makes Technology More Usable for Americans with Vision Loss and other Disabilities WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, joined by disability-rights advocates and tech industry representatives, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. The legislation requires smart phones, television programs and other modern communications technologies to be accessible to people with vision or hearing loss. "This law is...

2010-10-05 07:45:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey sponsored by Kessler Foundation and National Organization on Disability (NOD) finds that although corporations recognize that hiring employees with disabilities is important, most are hiring very few of these job seekers and few are proactively making efforts to improve the employment environment. These results, from the Kessler Foundation/National Organization on Disability 2010 Survey of Employment of Americans with Disabilities conducted by...

2010-09-29 12:56:00

AAPD Applauds U.S. Congress for Passing New Accessibility Law for People with Disabilities WASHINGTON Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) commends the U.S. Congress for passage of the "Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act." On September 28, the bill cleared its final legislative hurdle by passing the House and is expected to go soon to President Obama for signature. "This legislation is a victory for...

2010-09-02 14:26:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the National Council on Disability's newsletter for September 2010: NCD Celebrates ADA 20th Anniversary with Disability Policy Summit NCD celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with its partners by convening the first-ever National Disability Policy Summit July 25-28 in Washington, DC. A high-energy, diverse group of more than 500 people from U.S. Territories, tribal entities, 48 states,...

2010-08-17 16:52:00

Claim that the MTA's June 27th Service Cuts Violate Americans With Disabilities Act and Disproportionately Impact Mobility-Impaired New Yorkers BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, plaintiffs RueZalia Watkins, Anthony Trocchia, and Clara Reiss, all people who are unable to travel long distances on their own or make use of the subway system because of their mobility impairments, along with Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York and The Brooklyn Center for the...

2010-08-17 10:03:00

Equip for Equality Files Federal Discrimination Suit So Carol Stream Girl Can Participate in Sporting Competitions CHICAGO, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Carol Stream family has initiated a federal lawsuit against Special Olympics Illinois and Community High School District 94 for denying their 17-year-old daughter, Jenny Youngwith, a full and equal opportunity to participate in basketball and track programs administered by the two organizations. Due to her respiratory impairment,...

2010-08-11 09:30:00

BOWLING GREEN, Ky., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. In the spirit of the ADA, Pan-Oston today announced its commitment to raise awareness for the largest group of disabled Americans - the hearing impaired. Pan-Oston - a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of retail products, fixtures and fittings to the grocery, convenience store and retail industries - offers an induction loop technology product,...

2010-08-09 16:26:00

Senate Bill Now Goes to the House for Vote WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the country's largest cross-disability membership organization, commends the U.S. Senate for passage of the "Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act" (S. 3304) by unanimous consent on August 5. "This is a significant victory for all people with disabilities," said Tony Coelho, AAPD's board chair. "The way all people...

2010-07-26 14:20:00

WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, and Congressman Jim Langevin hosted a reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this afternoon in Statuary Hall of the Capitol. Following the reception, Congressman Langevin, the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress, presided over the House, marking the first time a Member in a wheelchair has ever presided...

2010-07-26 10:23:00

BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam's Club, a division of Walmart, has awarded $350,000 to the National Organization on Disability (NOD) to support the organization's Bridges to Business initiative, which seeks to identify and understand the gaps limiting the employment of Americans with disabilities in the workplace. According to NOD, 67 percent of Americans with disabilities are unemployed currently and this number has remained the same since World War II. (Photo:...