Posts by Jennifer Skulski

30 and counting! Recommitting to the Spirit and Intent of the ADA

Audience of business professionals applauding

The fashion was flannel, neon and scrunchies. The music was grunge. The top box office was Home Alone, Goodfellas and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Oil hit a record $40/barrel. Gas sold for $1.08 and a postage stamp was 25 cents. Seinfeld premiered. The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. And President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.…

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Accessibility Management: Why Do You Do What You Do?

Last week while working on a new accessibility assessment project I had the unbelievable good fortune to make the acquaintance of Mr. Clarence Johnston of southern Ohio. Mr. Johnston has a soft voice, beautiful smile and a passion for fishing. From across the waterfront, he was mesmerizing. Of course, from the photos here, many would think it…

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What is Accessibility Management? Utilizing the Process to Make Change Happen!

Accessibility management is the practice and process of implementing federal, state, and local disability legislation to ensure people with disabilities will have the equal opportunity to participate and benefit in all of your programs, services and activities. Whenever possible, accessibility management promotes the concept of going above and beyond minimum compliance with accessibility regulations and…

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7 Ways to Celebrate the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act is turning 29 on July 26. How are you going to celebrate? As we age, we don’t celebrate birthdays and anniversaries as frequently as when we were kids.  We tend to only pop open the champagne and celebrate the big ones, those divisible by 5 or 10.  That’s okay.  Everyone…

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Our Favorite TED Talks on Disability, Accessibility and Inclusion

Judith Heumann

CONFESSION: We LOVE a good TED Talk.  Even better…..we LOVE LOVE LOVE a good TED Talk on disability rights and inclusion of people with disabilities. So….we thought we would share some of our favorites here. Our fight for disability rights and why we’re not done yet Judith Heumann | TEDxMidAtlantic It’s incredibly important for people…

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Are Your Applications and Registration Forms Too Nosy?

What do the cities of DeKalb, Fallon, Isle of Palms, and Vero Beach have in common? All four cities have recently entered into settlement agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice for disability-related questions on their employment applications.  When applications and registration forms are too nosy, they illicit too much information — information that could lead to intentional or unintentional discrimination on…

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Is Your “Smart City” REALLY Accessible?

How are your city planners working to make a “Smart City” ACCESSIBLE and INCLUSIVE of people with disabilities? Is the use of new technology really accessible or is it putting up new roadblocks for people with disabilities? In MIT’s Technology Review, Elizabeth Woyke explains how Smart cities could be lousy to live in if you have…

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“Access” Documentary Filmmaker Shares Man’s “Typical Day” Wayfinding with Technology

Storyteller and filmmaker Chris Higgins has released a short documentary about accessibility. It follows Cory Joseph through a typical day, showing how he uses his smartphone, Braille display, tactile watch, and guide dog to navigate the world. Higgins describes the film making experience in his blog, “I wanted to make a film that would raise the…

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Why You Should Always Use a Microphone in Meetings

It can be frustrating when a speaker says “That’s okay, I don’t need a microphone, I’ll just talk loud.” It doesn’t take into consideration the number of people with hearing loss that rely on the microphone for amplification and clarity. In this article, Sheri Eberts discusses the need for microphones at meetings. The featured video “Like…

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