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Do I need an ADA Access Audit?

Do I need a DDA Access Audit? A facilities audit (also known as a Barrier-Free Audit, or People with Disabilities Access Audit) is an assessment of a building or facility, an environment, or a service compared to best practice standards to benchmark its accessibility to people with disabilities. The key

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Christmas gifts for people with sensory differences

Deciding on a gift to get your loved ones, friends, and colleagues at Christmas can be a difficult and strenuous task. For many, gift-giving is an annual minefield where we worry ourselves about everything from settling on a socially acceptable price, whether a gift is too generic and impersonal, and

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Uber Sued by U.S Justice Department for Disability Discrimination

Uber Technologies Inc has come under fire (rightly) for allegedly overcharging disabled passengers, being sued by the US Justice Department on Wednesday. The Department has also asked a federal court to order compliance with anti-discrimination law. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in San Francisco, targets an April

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New Federal Guidance updates rules for Disability Employment

New federal guidance has been released which offers details on what qualifies as competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. A frequently asked questions document by the U.S. Department of Education has served as guidance for the vocational rehabilitation program, which has been updated for the first time since 2017. 

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Accessibility is an issue even for our leaders

At Direct Access, our mission is to guide people towards creating an accessible, disability-friendly society through education and action. However, at the same time, we appreciate that creating a just and equal society for disabled people takes time, patience, and money to adapt to the challenges. Over the years, we

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Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Many employers want to establish diverse workforces that include persons with disabilities, but don’t know how to do so. As an organization that has a team consisting of 86% people with disabilities, Direct Access believes that exemplary practices in disability employment can offer many benefits. Considering this, we felt compelled

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Organizing an accessible wedding

Organizing a wedding that considers the potential accessibility needs of your guests could easily be dismissed as additional stress to a day that in the planning stages, will no doubt have many. However, creating an accessible environment for your guests while considering their individual needs is simply a win-win situation.

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Washington State Businesses must now provide Closed Captioning

A victory was achieved for deaf and hard of hearing consumers in Washington State as a new law which took effect last month mandates that all businesses with forward-facing TVs are now required to always provide closed captioning in public places of accommodation. This includes restaurants, bars, salons/barber shops, hotel

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Direct Access Founder Steven Mifsud MBE lends his voice to the Paralympics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHCDvdCaJhI Steven Mifsud, the profoundly deaf founder, and director ofDirect Access will see his dulcet tones broadcast to millions as he lends hisvoice to the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics, which begins today in Tokyo. His voice will be utilized in the opening ceremony’s combination of imagery and audio-visuals. In

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ADA Accessible Parking Procedures

If you own or operate a business property, understanding how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacts accessible parking provision for your visitors is essential. The ADA is a federal law designed to protect the rights of Americans with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing equal opportunities for people with

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Direct Access founder appointed MBE in the UK

Profoundly deaf Steven Mifsud, founder of Clearwater-based disability consultancy firm Direct Access has been awarded an MBE for services to International Trade in the United Kingdom Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours list. In Florida, the Direct Access team delivers accessibility audits of premises for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Accessibility in historic buildings

Historic commercial buildings that are open to the public such as offices, retail facilities, and restaurants need to consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements on access. The ADA came into force in 1990 establishing minimum accessibility requirements for all buildings. Historic properties are not exempt from ADA requirements

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New England Museums Association Seminar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G__bpeTilSg In a year that has presented so many challenges, one of the highlights of 2020 for us was a presentation we took part in called “Accessibility in a post-COVID word?”. This was delivered for the New England Museum Association, where we tackled everything from the correct positioning for hand

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