WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined United Airlines $2.75 million for violating the Department’s rules protecting air travelers with disabilities and for violating the Department’s rule prohibiting long tarmac delays. The airline was ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations.
See more at: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/united-fined-violating-airline-disability-tarmac-delay-rules#sthash.ShmEtaBo.dpuf
FROM: Great Lakes ADA Center
RE: Stipends for 2016 ADA National Symposium in Denver, Colorado
We are pleased to announce that the ADA National Network is hosting the 20th annual ADA National Symposium on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability issues. The Symposium will take place in Denver, Colorado from June 19 to 22, 2016.
The ADA Symposium includes up to date information regarding employment, communication, transportation, emergency preparedness, case law, regulatory updates for government and private entities and the latest on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
Hear from presenters representing various federal agencies including the Departments of Justice, Education, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Access Board. This year there are break-out sessions on a wide-range of ADA related topics and online access to hand-outs from all sessions prior to the conference. You can view the Symposium Schedule and Agenda on-line.
The Great Lakes Center will continue our history of supporting participation and attendance from across our six state region. To that end, we are making available a number of stipends in the amount of $650.00 to cover the cost of registration (we will not pay late registration fees). The conference is very popular and registration #’s have imploded over the past few years resulting in cut off of registration before the deadline due to it being “full”. Thus, it’s very important that individuals desiring to attend register for the conference in a timely manner.
Applications will only be accepted from individuals who reside in the Great Lakes Region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI). This stipend is only valid for the 2016 Symposium and registration should be completed as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted through January 29th, 2016. Notification to recipients will be made by email within the first week of February. Individuals will be responsible for completing the registration process in a timely manner. The sooner you register, the better chance you have of getting the sessions that you want as well as reduce the risk of the registration closing due to being “full”. Individuals who fail to register in a timely manner will forfeit the stipend. Receipt of the stipend does not guarantee registration. The registration process for the symposium is a first come, first serve process and our office does not have control over it.
Applications for the Application stipends can be completed on-line. Questions regarding the Symposium and the stipend program should be directed to the Great Lakes Center at 800-949-4232 (V/TTY) between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm Central Time or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stipend recipients are responsible for their own travel arrangements and travel costs. The registration fee includes 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches plus a networking reception. The 2016 Symposium will be held at theHyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $163.00 plus tax. Hotel information can be found on the Symposium website at:http://www.adasymposium.org/Agenda.html.
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Derek Mortland, ADA and Community Outreach Coordinator