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Justice Department's New ADA Rules Go Into Effect March 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Civil Rights Division
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011                                      

Congressional Briefing Update - March 15, 2011

“Preventing Obesity in Children and Youth with Disabilities through Participation in Physical Activity”

Hosted by the Inclusive Fitness Coalition with Rep. Kind

U.S. Department of Education Online, Video - Celebrating 35 Years of IDEA

December 3, 2010

On Nov. 29, 1975, the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), guaranteed access to a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment to every child with a disability. To see the celebration of the IDEA click on the following link.

Statement by the President on the 35th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

December 3, 2010

"In America, we believe that every child, regardless of class, color, creed, or ability, deserves access to a world-class education.  But as recently as thirty-five years ago, an American child with a disability might have attended school without the interventions and accommodations necessary for their success; or been involuntarily isolated in a state-run institution; or even received no education at all". Follow the link to read the full statement:

U.S. Department of Justice to Hold Public Meetings - Request for Comments Regarding Fitness and Recreation

The U.S. Department of Justice is holding three upcoming public hearings for comment on its recent Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM). The Department’s goal is to ensure that equipment and furniture used in programs and services provided by State and local government entities and private entities that are considered to be places of public accommodation are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Return-to-Work Toolkit for Employees & Employers

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) created its new online Return-to-Work Toolkit to help employers and employees understand the return-to-work process and provide resources to assist in getting employees back on the job quickly and smoothly. Effective return-to-work approaches can protect an employee’s earning power and boost an organization’s output as the employee adds value while still recuperating. Furthermore, in many instances, work itself plays an important role in the recovery process.

Iowa State Architecture Professor's Book Makes New ADA Requirements More Accessible

An Iowa State University architecture professor has devoted much of his career to helping architects, building contractors, code officials and students decipher and implement the accessibility standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).

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