Americans with Disabilities Act

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It’s been 27 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. The law has helped people with disabilities live their lives through physical accessibility, public services, and working against discrimination. ADA Advocates at the Gulf Coast Center for Independent Living say much has changed for the better, but more needs to be done.

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Pet owners are increasingly signing up to have their animals certified as “comfort” "therapy" or "emotional support" animals. The certification can be helpful for some conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety, but significant differences separate comfort dogs from medical assistance dogs, including training, certification, and where they are legally allowed to go under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Tara Calligan

Correction: The Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office says the iVotronic Voting system is ADA compliant however in 2007 the state legislature stopped the public use of that system and only allowed them to be used for the disabled. However they now being replaced because they are old and not user friendly.

A new voting system allows voters with disabilities to cast their ballots anonymously and without help. The Lee County Elections Office held a demonstration recently revealing the ExpressVote universal voting system.

Florida statutes require the current touch screen voting devices to be replaced by 2020. Lee County wants them replaced by the 2016 Presidential election. Its Supervisor of Elections seeks $715,000 in funding this fall to have them up and running by then.