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People with Disabilities Make Their Voices Heard Over Voting Restrictions

Voter access and voter rights have taken been in the news a lot this year. For people with disabilities, this has been a critical issue for decades.

In Texas, disABILITYsa, a group  dedicated “to educate, advance and engage individuals with disabilities”, is now contending the State’s Senate Bill 7 and the roadblocks it puts up for people with disabilities to have equal access to vote.

The three biggest concerns for the disABILITYsa were the requirement to verify a voter’s disability to get a mail-in ballot, changes to curbside voting and possible criminal charges against caregivers or attendants often needed to assist a voter with disabilities.

To continue reading this story, please visit https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/06/25/disability-community-sends-message-to-texas-lawmakers-over-proposed-voting-restrictions/.

In North Carolina, previous legislative efforts have gone to the courts. Recently, North Carolina’s Eastern District Judge Terrence Boyle recently ordered the state’s Board of Elections to make a number of changes which include the preservation of absentee voting for blind and otherwise disabled voters.

The ruling poses new limitations, and possibly more ADA violation, though. For those wanting to cast absentee ballots, voters with disabilities are required to fill out a form and submit it to their local election board before receiving an absentee ballot.

While most voters without vision impairments were able to go about this process privately, visually impaired voters often required assistance, affecting their ability to privately cast a ballot.

To continue reading this story, please visit https://www.thetimesnews.com/story/news/2021/06/25/court-order-ensures-convenience-and-privacy-disabled-voters-blind-terrence-boyle-north-carolina/5333922001/.

Sources:
Court order secures new voting rights for North Carolina’s disabled voters
By Dean-Paul Stephens, Times-News
Published June 25, 2021
https://www.thetimesnews.com/story/news/2021/06/25/court-order-ensures-convenience-and-privacy-disabled-voters-blind-terrence-boyle-north-carolina/5333922001/

Disability community sends message to Texas lawmakers over proposed voting restrictions
By Jessie Degollado, KSAT 12 San Antonio
Published June 24, 2021
https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/06/25/disability-community-sends-message-to-texas-lawmakers-over-proposed-voting-restrictions/

 

Communities Nation Wide Focus on ADA Accessible Parks

Southbend ADA Accessible Playground

Improving parks and recreation accessibility to all is a hot topic right now. We’ve highlighted the great work done in communities such as the Town of Sudbury, Massachusetts and City of Moscow, Idaho in the past, and now we spotlight South Bend, Indiana. Construction is already underway at Howard Park that will feature playground equipment that is 75% ADA accessible. South Bend Venues, Parks & Arts Executive Director Aaron Perri says, “We don’t think that there’s going to be anything like this playground anywhere nearby.”  The design is inspired by beauty of the St. Joseph River that flows through northern Indiana on its way to Lake Michigan. The design recently won the parks department a $30,000 grant from National Recreation Park Association and Disney. ADA initiatives for parks and recreation programs are rapidly moving to the forefront of public efforts to create accessible spaces for all. Proactive municipal leaders are using this momentum to ensure ADA compliance is integrated into future community enhancement planning.

Source:
New ADA accessible South Bend playground expected to be largest in the area
Michiana WSBT News 22
Jun 13, 2019
https://wsbt.com/news/local/new-ada-accessible-south-bend-playground-expected-to-be-largest-in-the-area

ADA 101 – Title II Service Animals

ADA 101 info graphic with ADA Title II section 35.136 code and picture of a service dog greeting a person in a swimming pool

ADA Title II 35.136 – Service Animals

(a) General. Generally, a public entity shall modify its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability.

(b) Exceptions. A public entity may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if —
(1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken.

* Regulation according to 28 CFR 35.136. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.

ADA 101 – Size of Clearance at Water Closets

ADA 101 inf graphic with ADAS 2010 section 604.3.1 code and example pictures

2010 ADAS 604.3.1 – Size of Clearance at Water Closets

Clearance around a water closet shall be 60 inches (1525 mm) minimum measured perpendicular from the side wall and 56 inches (1420 mm) minimum measured perpendicular from the rear wall.

Code according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

 

O’Hare Adds Changing Places Restroom to Serve Travelers with Disabilities

O’Hare International Airport in Chicago now offers expanded service for travelers with disabilities and their caregivers. O’Hare’s new “Changing Places” restroom features an adult changing table, motorized lift system, and an accessible shower, in addition to its ADA compliant toilet and sink.

Read the full story at https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/01/06/changing-places-restroom-increases-accessibility-for-ohare-passengers-with-disabilities/

Town of Hudson Uses Park Funding for ADA Improvements

Town of Hudson Centennial Beach (Daily News and Wicked Local Photo)

Finding ways to fund ADA renovations at public parks isn’t always easy. The Town of Hudson, Massachusetts, made it a priority and is using community preservation funding to restore its beachfront park. In addition to retrofitting its 50-year-old bathhouse, it’s also adding accessible walkways that will act as an erosion barrier.

Read the full story at

https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20190102/hudson-is-seeking-to-renovate-centennial-beach

ADA 101 – Accessible Site Arrival Points

ADA 206.2.1 - Accessible Site Arrival Points At least one accessible route shall be provided within the site from accessible parking spaces and loading zones.

ADA 206.2.1 – Accessible Site Arrival Points

At least one accessible route shall be provided within the site from accessible parking spaces and accessible passenger loading zones; public streets and sidewalks; and public transportation stops to the accessible building or facility entrance they serve.

Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

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