April 30, 1997 |
The government has issued a set of guidelines advising employers how they must treat workers or applicants with mental disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidance is directed primarily at investigators, lawyers and courts handing employment cases involving mentally ill individuals. Among the guidelines: * Employers are not required to lower their standards for performance.
April 19, 1999 |
Hospitals for mental patients have been scorned since World War II, and most have been closed. But many states still operate a few large hospitals for the mentally ill. Georgia, for example, has more than 100,000 beds in its state facilities. But that may be about to change. A federal judge in Atlanta, acting on an appeal from two mentally retarded women who wanted to leave a mental hospital, ruled they had a right to be cared for in a community home.
April 11, 2001 |
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. said it settled a union lawsuit over the No. 2 U.S. railroad's former practice of genetic testing of workers who claimed disability because of carpal tunnel syndrome. The company agreed to stop the practice two months ago after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a suit claiming the testing violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1993
I was appalled to read Dana Parsons' column (Oct. 27) describing the Lake Forest 1 homeowners' association decision to kick out the Boy Scouts in order to avoid falling under the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This decision is disturbing in several ways, not the least of which is the attitude of discrimination that is suggested as the homeowners' association tries to find legal maneuvers to get out of making their facility accessible to the disabled. It is my understanding that several current dues-paying members of the Lake Forest homeowners' association are paraplegic and in wheelchairs, and are denied use of their facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2000 |
The Community Development Commission awarded Warvi Construction Inc. of Huntington Beach a contract Tuesday to retrofit City Hall. The retrofit will bring the structure into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requiring that disabled citizens have equal access to public and private facilities. Work will include modifying the Public Works Department and city clerk's office counters for the disabled.
August 24, 1997
Just a note of appreciation for your column ("5 Years Later, Disabilities Law Gets Mixed Response," Travel Insider, Aug. 10) illustrating the frustrating lack of Americans With Disabilities Act implementation in the U.S. hotel industry. Disabled people like myself can never assume a hotel is accessible despite promises made by phone reservation agents. Upon arrival, we often must cope with barely accessible rooms that include tiny bathrooms more suitable for gymnasts or Munchkins. Our best resources are invariably other disabled travelers who can verify access issues and offer valuable information.
March 16, 2011 |
New federal regulations improving access for the disabled took effect Tuesday at more than 7 million facilities nationwide, including many used for recreation. The changes, required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, affect places such as amusement parks and movie theaters. "If you went on vacation and your family was going to go play a game of miniature golf, up until now, a child in a wheelchair would have to sit on the side and watch everybody else have fun," said Maureen Fitzgerald, director of disability rights at the Disability Policy Collaboration, an advocacy group.
August 11, 1992 |
The young man wearing the leather baseball jacket has all the usual attributes of male models: manicured hands, broad shoulders and a perfect crescent smile. But the dimpled model staring out from the glossy pages of the department store catalogue also displays an unusual accessory--a wheelchair. The youth in the $99 jacket is one of three models with disabilities pictured in a recent Nordstrom catalogue, and one of dozens who have appeared in mostly print advertisements across the country.
December 4, 2012 |
The Senate rejected a United Nations treaty aimed at banning discrimination against individuals with disabilities Tuesday, falling five votes short of the two-thirds needed in a 61-38 vote. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities calls on participating countries to work to attain equality in access to education, healthcare and more, and was based largely on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It was negotiated by President George W. Bush's administration in 2006 and has since been signed by President Obama.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1998 |
Los Angeles City Council members Mike Feuer and Richard Alatorre have proposed the creation of a separate city department on disability, designed to jump-start the city's belated efforts to comply with the federal disability rights law. If the measure passes today as expected, Los Angeles will be among the first major cities in the country to elevate disability issues to the level of a city department, said Jim Dickson of the National Organization on Disabilities, a national advocacy group.