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DRA seeks input on Ross stores.

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is investigating complaints from people with disabilities regarding a practice at Ross Stores of refusing to provide assistance to customers with disabilities.

If you are a person with a disability who has shopped at a Ross Store, they would appreciate hearing about your experiences in seeking customer service.

PLEASE CONTACT:
Jon Simeone
jsimeone@dralegal.org
510-665-8644

Meaningful Access to United States Currency for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons

May 20, 2010 (FIND, Inc. via COMTEX) – SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) are issuing this Notice pursuant to the ruling in American Council of the Blind v. Paulson that ordered Treasury to provide meaningful access to U.S. currency to people who are blind and visually impaired pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. BEP seeks to develop a solution that fully complies with the Court’s order and provides people who are blind and visually impaired meaningful access to U.S. currency, while also giving appropriate consideration to the interests of domestic and international users of currency, U.S. businesses, and cash handling and cash-intensive industries. The purposes of this Federal Register Notice are to inform the public of the features that BEP intends to propose to the Secretary of the Treasury to accommodate people who are blind and visually impaired in denominating U.S. currency, and to solicit public comment on the proposed accommodations.

DATES: Submit comments on or before August 18, 2010.

To read the complete article, go to: http://it.tmcnet.com/news/2010/05/20/4799927.htm

Achieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Digital Age – Current Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

The LightHouse is pleased to read the following exemplary statement on the evolving status of our digital access rights and aspirations.

 

Achieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Digital Age – Current Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

Statement to the House by noted disability rights lawyer Daniel Goldstein.

Excerpt:

In today’s increasingly online society, limiting the ADA (or any civil rights law) to only those businesses that operate in physical facilities would undermine the fundamental goals of civil rights.  Given that one of the essential purposes of Title III is to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities in the basic, day-to-day activities that are a fundamental part of living and functioning in a community, it is hard to imagine that coverage would depend on whether a covered entity offers its services and goods in a physical location, door-to-door, by phone, or online.  In an age where hundreds of millions of Americans are increasingly using the internet every day to shop for groceries, plan their travel, conduct business, do their banking, how to invest in gold and silver, attend college classes, and socialize with friends and family, it is undeniable that these websites are an indispensable part of basic, day-to-day life in the community.