Tag Archives: ADA Compliance

So a Woman and a Kangaroo Walk Into a Bar

On this blog we’ve explored the laws related to service animals and how the ADA’s regulations extend their use far past traditional notions of “seeing eye dogs.” In Wisconsin (admit it, you assumed this blog post was going to have an Aussie connection), a woman is treading new territory by seeking legal recognition to use a kangaroo as a therapy animal. The woman, Diana Moyer, owns several kangaroos and also has a doctor’s note stating that one of the kangaroos—Jimmy—is a therapy animal to assist her in dealing with cancer treatment and depression. In no way would we ever mock …

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DOJ Ratchets Up ADA Enforcement For Health Care Providers

In 2011, the Department of Justice launched its  “Barrier Free Health Care Initiative.” This Initiative utilizes U.S. Attorneys Offices across the Country to act as a “force multiplier” to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not denied access to health care. The DOJ’s enforcement priorities include situations where an individual is unable to access treatment, care, or services because of physical limitations such as deafness and blindness. Recently, the DOJ has made equal access for individuals with HIV/AIDS a priority under this initiative. Within the last two months, the Agency has entered into settlement agreements with three different medical providers …

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Where to Start When Auditing Your Business’s ADA Compliance

As you know if you are a frequent reader of this blog, many states have seen spikes in the number of federal lawsuits filed under the ADA for alleged violations of accessibility requirements. Individual plaintiffs have filed upwards of one hundred lawsuits in some states. Class actions are also on the rise. What can you do to protect your business from ADA lawsuits and determine if you are a likely target? If a complete audit of the your ADA compliance and renovation of non-complying features is not realistic or readily achievable, evaluating the hot spots which are the most frequent …

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