Tuesday, June 24, 2008

ADA in the House this week

The following article ran on the Associated Press wire yesterday. I'm posting it mainly as an update. There are also several regulation changes that have been proposed. There's a great government Web site if you're looking for more info on ADA or any regulatory changes etc at www.ada.gov. Who knows, maybe soon I'll actually have a chance to wade through some of this and read it for myself!

House to improve accessibility for handicapped
By STEPHANIE S. GARLOW – 18 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — House leaders announced Monday that they plan to install wheelchair lifts in their chamber so that people with disabilities will have access to the speaker's podium.

The renovations — which will allow people in wheelchairs to reach the speaker's rostrum, where the leaders of the House work — are expected to be completed next year.

"Our commitment to a barrier-free workplace sends an invaluable message to all Americans that the House will lead by example," Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

The announcement comes as the House is set to consider legislation that would broaden the definition of disability in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"Since Congress requires businesses across the country to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities, it is fitting that we should follow the rules we set for others," Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said.

To read more: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jLRr4tt4_9jckg3nXnx7QJLpM5kwD91G2K8O0

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