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DOE Issues Finding on St Johns County School Playgrounds: CalRecycle Publishes Best Practices for Playground Owners

Courtesy ncaonline.org

June 27, 2014

DOE Issues Finding on St Johns County School Playgrounds: CalRecycle Publishes Best Practices for Playground Owners

Big news is making its way across the internet to public playground owners.  In the first ADA-complaint of its kind specific to the maintenance of playground surfaces, the U.S. Department of Education has issued findings regarding four playgrounds operated by the St Johns County (Florida) School District.

For more information, go to http://www.ncaonline.org/news/news_doe_playground.shtml

 

ADA LAWSUIT RELIEF ON HOLD BY CONGRESS

 

         If you are a business of any type, including RV Parks and campgrounds, the following may be of interest.

  By Dennis Wyatt
   Managing Editor
                   Congressional relief to stop serial drive-by American with Disabilities Act litigators from preying on businesses such as the 21 so far slapped with lawsuits in Manteca isn’t coming any time soon.

         …….serial litigators that collect an average of $45,000 per lawsuit based on research by a San Diego law firm. That is on top of the cost to fix alleged ADA violations.

To learn more, go to http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/1/article/106144/

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SETTLES LAWSUIT AGAINST STATE OF OHIO TO END UNLAWFUL SECLUSION OF YOUTH IN JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SETTLES LAWSUIT AGAINST STATE OF OHIO TO END UNLAWFUL SECLUSION OF YOUTH IN JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES

WASHINGTON – The United States and private plaintiffs announced today that they have reached an agreement with the state of Ohio, under which the State Department of Youth Services (DYS) will dramatically reduce, and eventually eliminate, its use of seclusion on young people in its custody.  DYS will also ensure that young people in its juvenile facilities receive individualized mental health treatment to prevent and address the conditions and behaviors that led to seclusion.  The order resolves allegations that the state subjects young people with mental health needs in its custody to harmful seclusion and withholds treatment and programming, in violation of their constitutional rights.

“Overreliance on solitary confinement for young people, particularly those with disabilities, is unsafe and counterproductive,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.  “This agreement will help ensure that incarceration in Ohio’s state facilities is humane and that appropriate treatment is provided for young people with mental illness.  The Justice Department will continue to evaluate the use of solitary confinement so that it does not become a new normal for incarcerated juveniles.”

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/May/14-crt-541.html

AmeriGO RV Club Forms Strategic Alliance With RVing Accessibility Group — Collaboration Helps Support Goal of Advocating Accessibility for the RV and Camping Community

Charlotte, North Carolina (PRWEB) April 30, 2014

AmeriGO RV Club, the newest RV consumer organization in the RV industry launched in August 2013, and RVing Accessibility Group, today announced a collaboration in which RVing Accessibility will provide information for the Club’s members and industry partners with the goal of enhancing the awareness for recreational accessibility via AmeriGO’s insightful blogs and articles.

CAMPGROUND OWNERS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION INDUSTRY: PAY ATTENTION—–CIVIL PENALTIES FOR ADA NON-COMPLIANCE INCREASE

It’s time to get serious about complying with the ADA of 1990.  Click on the link below to see the huge penalties for violations, $75,000 – $150,000 per violation.  Maybe it is time for a good assessment and transition plan.  Contact us for assistance.

For more go to http://www.ada.gov/civil_penalties_2014.htm

Mark Douglass Interviewed by RV Insights on Campground Accessibility

Click on link below to see interview.

http://tinyurl.com/odxgysa

RAISING AWARENESS FOR GREATER OUTDOOR RECREATION ACCESSIBILITY

If you want to help us with our nonprofit mission, please click on the link below:

http://www.gofundme.com/ALLACCESS

Delta Airlines Fined $2M for Violating Rules Protecting Air Travelers with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) assessed a civil penalty of $2 million against Delta Air Lines for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities.

This civil penalty is the largest penalty ever assessed against an airline by the Department of Transportation in a non-safety-related case.

“Ensuring that passengers with disabilities receive fair treatment when they fly is a priority for the Department of Transportation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We take our aviation disability rules seriously and will continue to enforce them vigorously.”

Read more at http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/discrimination/delta-airlines.php

US Airways Fined $1.2 Million For Wheelchair Complaints

US Airways has agreed to pay $1.2 million in fines because it provided inadequate wheelchair service at the Charlotte and Philadelphia airports, leading to delays and even missed flights for disabled passengers, officials said Monday.

       Read more here:

 

Fake Service Dogs Causing Trouble For Oklahoma’s Disabled

Oklahoma City, Okla — 2 year old Labrador Retriever, Dennis is the arms and legs for artist, Greg Burns. Burns said, “It just makes life a lot easier.”

More & more Oklahomans are now passing off pets as service dogs. It’s an easy rule to break; A law that some “impostors” admit to us, they ignore. One man told us, “I would take her out to get her familiarized. I think, PetSmart, Target sometimes. So, yes. I have bent the rules.”

For more information on how people are using fake service dogs, go to the following link:

http://kfor.com/2013/11/01/fake-service-dogs-causing-trouble-for-oklahomas-disabled/