Polling Place Accessibility Missed the Mark in 2016 Election

According to a new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), while people with disabilities could easily vote on accessible voting machines at the majority of polling places during the 2016 election, they were unable to get inside their polling place to do so. Why?  The report – which calls on the U.S. …

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Everything Old is New Again: Paper Ballots Are Making a Comeback

In the words of Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY reporter, voting machines were “once about as newsworthy as your water meter.”1  This, however, is no longer the case, as voting machines are suddenly making headlines in the wake of mounting evidence Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In fact, a bipartisan pair of …

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Pat Maher Discusses National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates the public about the value of creating a workforce that includes the skills and talents of people with disabilities. Reflecting the important role that different perspectives play in workforce …

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Join us this year at the CASI Accessibility Codes and Standards Summit

It’s almost here!  And no, we’re not referring to Halloween (although we’ve already filled the office candy bowl because a few of us have a sweet tooth).  It’s time to get ready for the first-ever CASI Accessibility Codes and Standards Summit from October 19-20!  At the risk of being preemptive, we’re pretty sure this is …

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ADA Compliance: What Chicago’s Small Business Owners Need to Know

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stipulates businesses must make “reasonable accommodations” for people with qualified disabilities.  However, the Act only applies to businesses that fit certain guidelines. For example, some portions of the ADA exempt businesses with fewer than 15 employees, while other provisions apply to businesses providing services to the public, regardless of …

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