ADA

PDF conversion tools and services

A frequent request that we receive at Maine CITE is for assistance in converting complex digital documents into an accessible format. Often these are documents that have been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF) and the original document may no longer be available. The requests often come from organizations and institutions that have a large… Read more PDF conversion tools and services

U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

The U.S. Access Board today – January 9 2017 – released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. “This update is… Read more U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

GAO Releases Report on Accessible Prescription Drug Labels

From the U.S. Access Board… The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently completed an assessment on the availability of prescription drug labels that are accessible to people with vision impairments or who are elderly. Under this study, GAO surveyed pharmacies, advocacy organizations, industry groups, and regulatory agencies to assess industry compliance with voluntary best practices for… Read more GAO Releases Report on Accessible Prescription Drug Labels

Movie Captioning and Audio Description Final Rule

From ADA.gov… On November 21, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a Final Rule revising the Justice Department’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) title III regulation to further clarify a public accommodation’s obligation to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services for people with disabilities. The Final Rule requires require movie theaters to: Have and maintain… Read more Movie Captioning and Audio Description Final Rule

Resources Available on Voting and Polling Place Accessibility

From the US Access Board: Voting is a fundamental and protected right for all citizens, including those with disabilities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws, people with disabilities must have full and equal opportunities to vote. The Department of Justice (DOJ), which regulates and enforces ADA mandates that apply to state… Read more Resources Available on Voting and Polling Place Accessibility

New Guidance on Education of Children with Disabilities Attending Public Virtual Schools

From the US Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) today, August 11, 2016, issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter to states to ensure students with disabilities attending public virtual schools are getting the special education and supports that they deserve and… Read more New Guidance on Education of Children with Disabilities Attending Public Virtual Schools