The ADA Report, December, 2018

Remembering George H.W. Bush

President H.W. Bush Signing the ADA into Law

Lex Frieden Reflects on the ADA and Bush Legacy-Houston Chronicle, Dec 3, 2018
Lex Frieden is the Professor of Health Informatics and of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Frieden directs the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research). Frieden has been called "a chief architect of the Americans with Disabilities Act." He is also regarded as a founder and leader of the independent living movement by people with disabilities in the U.S.

Reflecting on President George H.W. Bush
-Coleen Starkloff,  Starkloff Disability Institute, St. Louis, MO


Court Orders Essex County to Provide Methadone to Inmate.-Boston Globe

“This is the first time a court in this country has ruled that failure to provide medication-assisted treatment in the criminal justice system can violate the ADA and the Constitution,” said Sally Friedman, vice president of legal advocacy for the Legal Action Center, a New York-based nonprofit that fights discrimination against people with addiction.

No Vaccine? No job! Court affirms employer's ability to condition employment upon vaccinations.-The National Law Review
On December 7, 2018, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee who was terminated for refusing to take a rubella vaccine was not discriminated or retaliated against, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (“ADA”).

50 Colleges Hit with ADA Web Accessibility Lawsuits

A blind man is taking 50 colleges to court, alleging their websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities.--Inside Higher Ed, December 10, 2018

Delta Restricts Emotional Support Animals on Flights Over Eight Hours-Delta Airlines News Hub

-Additionally, airline bans support and service animals under four months of age.
Effective Dec. 18, Delta is updating its service and support animal policy. The enhancements introduce a ban on service and support animals under four months of age regardless of flight length as well as a ban on emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours.

Sign on Business Door that Reads We're Open

Fact Sheet: Opening Doors to Everyone--ADA National Network

As a small business owner, you want to open your doors to as many customers as possible.  But the door may literally be the reason you are missing out on a growing market group of customers-people with disabilities.  This fact sheet will explain how to make sure your doors are accessible to all customers and compliant under the ADA.

ADA National Network Seeks Input on Serving Older People and Latinos/Hispanics with Disabilities

The ADA National Network (ADANN) is interested in how to better serve older people and Latinos / Hispanics with disabilities. The results of these assessments will help inform outreach to support people with disabilities in understanding their rights and awareness of services.

Upcoming Trainings


Caribe Royale Hotel

There are still openings to
attend the ADA Coordinator Conference
Orlando, Florida. January 28-29, 2019
Details and Registration






U.S. Access Board Webinar: Accessible Entrances, Doors, and Gates
January 3, 3:30-5:00 CT

This webinar will cover scoping and technical requirements in the ADA and ABA Standards for entrances, doors, and gates. Presenters will review in detail the specifications for maneuvering clearances at doors using images and animations to better explain the rationale behind these provisions. They will also address recessed doors, automatic doors and gates, doors in a series, door hardware and other topics.

The Intersection of ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation-Mid Atlantic ADA Center
January 17, 2019
This webinar is designed to help employers understand obligations under laws that may affect employees taking time off from work.


Mark Your Calendar for the National ADA Symposium!

June 16-19  Grapevine-Dallas, Texas -Gaylord Hotel
Registration Opens January 7, 2019

Gaylord Texan Hotel

Happy Holidays from the Great Plains ADA Center!