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Justice Department issues Letter of Findings regarding Augusta County, VA polling place accessibility
U.S. Department of Justice [ usdoj@public.govdelivery.com ]

On May 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter finding that Augusta County, VA is in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying voters with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the County's voting programs, services, and activities because over 80% of the County's polling places are not physically accessible to persons with mobility disabilities and persons with vision disabilities.

The Letter of Findings is available on ADA.gov.

For more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act visit ADA.gov, or call the toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).

 

Department of Justice files lawsuit against plastic surgeon who refused treatment to patient with HIV
U.S. Department of Justice [ usdoj@public.govdelivery.com ]

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, the Department filed a lawsuit against the Springfield Medical Aesthetic (doing business as Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York) and Emmanuel O. Asare, M.D., a plastic surgeon practice and surgeon in that practice, alleging discrimination on the basis of disability. Advanced Cosmetic, which has offices in Manhattan and Long Island, and Dr. Asare are alleged to have unlawfully discriminated against a prospective patient on the basis of his disability by refusing to provide services to the patient, without even conducting a medical assessment of his conditiion, because the patient has HIV.

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination by doctors. lawyers, hospitals, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, private transportation providers, and other private businesses and nonprofit organizations that provide services to the public. All of these entities are prohibited from excluding individuals with disabilities from their services and programs because they have a serious medical condition, such as HIV.

To find out more about the ADA or this lawsuit, call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access its ADA.gov website.

 

Justice Department Announces ADA Title I Settlement Agreements with the City of Parowan, Utah; the City of Española, New Mexico; and the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico
U.S. Department of Justice [ usdoj@public.govdelivery.com ]

The Justice Department announced today that it reached settlement agreements under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the City of Parowan, Utah; the City of Española, New Mexico; and the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Under the settlement agreements, each public entity agrees not to conduct any medical examinations or make disability-related inquiries of job applicants before a conditional offer of employment is made. Two of the entities must make their online employment opportunities website and job applications conform with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which are industry guidelines for making web content accessible.

To find out more about the ADA or these settlement agreements, call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access its ADA.gov website.

 

Third in Series of Project Civic Access Settlements signed in Kick Off of the ADA's 25th Anniversary
U.S. Department of Justice [usdoj@public.govdelivery.com]
 

An agreement with Madison County, New York (County) was announced today by the Department of Justice. Like the agreements with Nueces County, Texas and Rapid City, South Dakota, announced earlier, the County will take important steps to improve access for people with disabilities, such as: physically modifying facilities surveyed by the Department so that parking, routes into buildings, entrances, service areas and counters, restrooms, public telephones, and drinking fountains are accesible to people with disabilities; posting, publishing and distributing notices to inform members of the public of the provisions of the ADA and their applicability to the County's programs, services and activities; officially recognizing New York telephone relay service as a key means of communicating with individuals who are deaf, are hard-of-hearing,or have speech impairments and training staff in using the relay service for telephone communications; developing a method of providing information for interested persons with disabilities concerning the existence and location of the County's accessible services, activities and programs; and ensuring that all of the County's webpages comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 and website accessibility.

For more information or for a copy of the settlement agreement, please visit our ADA website at www. ada.gov. Those interested in finding out more about the ADA may also call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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