Make your workspace work for you
This special package of articles is chock-full of ideas on customizing your workspace for function and efficiency.
Employers must consider adapting or providing alternatives for work-related items they would usually provide for all employees such as desks, chairs, computers and telephones, says Linda Batiste, principal consultant for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed 19 years ago this July. In our annual roundup, we look for signs of progress over the past year.
‘Disability’ gets a makeover in new ADA Amendment Act
On Jan. 1, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 went into effect. The Act promises improvements in employment-related ADA protections, bringing the landmark disability civil rights legislation back into line with the original intentions of its creators 19 years ago.
Advocates should be aware that if your state reduces its Medicaid home-care services, whether personal attendant care hours and eligibility, home health, number of prescriptions, or other services, there may be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) legal challenges available to stop these reductions.
Be on the lookout in your state for:
Returning to the framers’ intent: efforts to restore the ADA’s protections
When Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, its intent was to prevent discrimination, in all aspects of society, against people with disabilities.
Now some members of Congress and the disability community say recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have negated protections afforded by the ADA, and those protections need to be restored.