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Sixty Percent of Polling Places Have Accessibility Issues

Information courtesy of the Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report on polling place accessibility. GAO examined 178 polling places during early in-person voting and on Election Day 2016, and found that 60% had at least one accessibility problem. The most common were steep ramps, lack of signs indicating accessible paths, and poor parking or path surfaces.  GAO examined voting stations at 137 of the polling places. Of the stations examined, 65% had accessibility issues that could prevent people with disabilities from voting privately and independently.

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Spinal Cord Injury and Osteoporosis – Webinar November 16

Information courtesy of the United Spinal Association

On November 16, tune in to an informative webinar on Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a brittle bone disease that is highly prevalent among people living with long-term spinal cord injury (SCI) or paralysis. The webinar will also highlight how to combat this common disease and what to do to keep your bones healthy as you age with SCI. Find more SCI and paralysis resources at http://indinaapop.org!

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ADA Drive-by Lawsuits – Webinar November 15

Information courtesy of the Great Lakes ADA Center and the ADA National Network

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations are occasionally misused in what some call “drive-by lawsuits”. Media coverage on this issue can be confusing and, to business owners, even frightening. On November 15, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about the legal reality behind these lawsuits, proposed legal reforms, and related updates.  The webinar will also cover how to enforce ADA rights and avoid the label of “drive-by lawsuit”, and how the businesses can defend themselves against this type of lawsuit.

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ADA Live – Service Animals – November 1 live online

Information courtesy of the Southeast ADA Center

“ADA Live!” is a monthly radio show broadcast free on the Internet. Ask questions and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Leaders in the field will share their knowledge, experience and successful strategies that increase the participation of persons with disabilities in communities and businesses.

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Finding, Understanding, and Using Research about Assistive Technology to Inform Your Practice -Part 2 – Webinar October 31

Information courtesy of AbleNet

This month, AbleNet is presenting a two-part webinar looking at assistive technology research. Learn about the selection, provision, and use of assistive technology for students with disabilities. It will include a review of the types of research being conducted and how each can be of value to you in the schools. The webinar will also address research about the use of augmentative communication and power mobility.  Part One is on October 24, and Part Two is on October 31.

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