When I talk about my cases with friends, one of the most common questions is whether old buildings are "grandfathered" from the ADA. They aren't. Tellingly, this phrase comes from racially exclusive voting laws of the Jim Crow era.
According to the CDC, we must fight stigma during this COVID pandemic—against people who have, or have recovered from COVID, and against ethnic groups wrongly blamed for or seen as carriers of the virus. Three kinds of law can help.
Redesigning streets and parks just for bicycles can create problems for people with disabilities. Upgrades need to include ADA access--to be an improvement for everyone.
The ADA was signed into law 30 years ago, and it has been a month of reflections. I found myself thinking: How does the ADA affect my work as a lawyer?
Community is a form of medicine, writes Rachel Setzer about reconnecting with her Cherokee Ancestors’ traditions. The ADA's "community mandate" may help. The Supreme Court interpreted this requirement in Olmstead v. L.C. , agreeing with Lois Curtis that she should receive services in the community rather than an institution.
In the wake of CDC guidelines and changing public attitudes, many businesses are reshaping their space. Now is the opportunity to ensure ADA accessibility.
A little-known law requires many insurance plans to give equal treatment to mental health. Mental health and addiction treatment must be covered and paid comparably to physical conditions.
The fight for accessible sidewalks is becoming a successful movement. This struggle has a long history in the disability community. Longer still, and perhaps less well known to disability rights lawyers, is the history of sidewalk barriers in racial injustice.
"Intentionally burning down a neighbor's house is arson, even if the perpetrator's ultimate intention (or motivation) is only to improve the view." -- Justice Gorsuch, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. Does this point the way to a new understanding of equality in the ADA and beyond?
While COVID-19 safety is critical, no-visitor policies can go too far. It is harmful—and illegal—to isolate people with disabilities from those who help them communicate or provide other disability-related support.