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ADA Amendments Act Summary

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act went into effect on January 1 of 2009. The main purpose of this act was to nullify previous court decisions that narrowed the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), broadening the definition to make it more in line with the original intent of Congress when the ADA was passed. Also, the intent of the Amendments Act was to encourage the courts, when presented with a disability discrimination case, to not focus on whether or not someone is legally disabled, but to focus on whether or not discrimination occurred.

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Evaluate your workplace technology accessibility with TechCheck

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) helps increase the employment, retention, and advancement of people with disabilities with accessible technology. Recently, PEAT announced a new accessibility evaluation tool, “TechCheck”. TechCheck is a free, interactive tool that helps organizations evaluate their accessible technology efforts and find resources to develop them further.

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Three Places to Review a Business’s Accessibility

For people with disabilities, finding accessible restaurants and stores can be frustrating. Review sites like Yelp will tell you about menus and customer service, but not if they have a wheelchair ramp. Very often, there is no way to know if a business is accessible until you go check it out yourself. However, there are several websites that are trying to change this by giving people with disabilities a place to rate and review the accessibility of local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses, and find accessible spots reviewed by others.

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The Ups and Downs of Asperger’s Syndrome

By Richard DeRemer as told to Doug Schmidt

Seven or eight years ago, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve always had some difficulty with social situations, but I spent most of my life not knowing why. I was just labeled as “odd”.

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Write for a Change a brief introduction to contacting elected officials

GENERAL RULES

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