Office Closure

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In lieu of the National Day of Mourning for Former President George H. W. Bush, RISE Center will be closed tomorrow, December 5, 2018 to honor the life and accomplishments of the former president. We will resume normal business hours Thursday, December 6th at 8 am.

Former President George H.W. Bush passed away last Friday. In 1990, Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life.

In this article shared by Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities Lex Frieden is interviewed about Bush’s role in passing the law. Frieden, a professor at UTHealth and former director of theNational Council on Disability, is considered one of the architects of the ADA.

Attached below is the link:

President Bush Signed American with Disabilities Act

Accessible Transportation

Did you know there are guidelines for accessible transportation?

There are! The Americans with Disabilities Act has established guidelines for individuals with disabilities, thus prompting the Department of Transportation to further establish guidelines for accessible transportation.

The Department of Transportation has a page set aside for transportation, as well as a Disability Resource Center where you can do things such as:

  • Request an accommodation
  • Request an interpreter
  • Learn about employment of people with disabilities
  • Learn about section 508

(Section 508 was an Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In 1998 the US Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.)

  • Provide feedback

Along with this helpful page, there is other useful information to be found as well. If you intend to travel, you should check out their site:

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U.S. Department of Transportation