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Nationally, the Olmstead decision has had two principal effects. First, the case confirmed that a state could be sued if its programs lead to unnecessary institutionalization. Second, the Olmstead decision and its reasoning have become accepted in the community, particularly throughout the network of persons providing aging services. Policymakers, stakeholders, and many consumers are familiar with Olmstead and understand the core of its ruling—that people with disabilities have a right not to be relegated to nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, and like institutions.

Obligations of School Districts under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with Updates on the ADA Amendments Act (Ronald Hager – Nat'l Disability Rights Network – July 2011)
Section 504 was included in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The major thrust of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was to provide federal funding and a mandate for vocational rehabilitation services for people with disabilities.  Section 504 is a very broad statute.  It prohibits discrimination in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.  It also applies to any programs run by the U.S. government.  Section 504 also served as the foundation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Disability access to city funded shelters – training for shelter staff.

A self-help survey that owners, franchisors, and managers of lodging facilities can use to identify ADA mistakes at their facilities.

Materials to help law enforcement officers understand how to interact with victims, witnesses, suspects, and others who have disabilities.

While it is true that the ADA does apply to schools, both public and private, it is important to remember that the ADA is foremost a civil rights act with a broad application.

ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments.

Thanks to the advocacy of a number of organizations representing persons with disabilities and low income folks, DHS has issued a policy on "Nondiscrimination in Service Delivery". Although it is not perfect, by any means, the policy is a HUGE step forward. The publication that DHS has issued to inform clients about their rights under the ADA is not written in plain language and contains some misinformation (e.g. says you must use their form to file a complaint). See Equal Access to Programs.

Reminder from IRS that there are tax benefits in the form of credits and deductions for businesses that accommodate individuals with disabilities.

If you're over 30, you probably remember a time in the not-too-distant past when a curb cut was unusual, there were no beeping sounds at crosswalks on busy streets, no Braille at ATM machines, few if any ramps anywhere, and automatic doors were common only in grocery stores.

This Parent Advocacy Brief will help you understand the changes brought about by the ADAAA, how they apply to Section 504, and how these changes may impact children with disabilities, including learning disabilities, as well as other conditions such as Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Aspergers Syndrome, diabetes, asthma, and life-threatening food allergies.

The pamphlet discusses the legal obligation to make agency websites accessible to people with disabilities, to make any online application forms and process accessible, to modify agency policies and practices when necessary to ensure accessibility, to ensure that telephone communication with individuals with disabilities is effective, and to use automated phone systems that are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.

Senator Tom Harkin released a 110 page committee report which indicates that "states fail to fulfill the community living promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act."