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Report: Many 2016 voting sites lacked full disability access

Fewer than one in five polling places were fully accessible to voters with disabilities during the 2016 general election, a government report shows – a finding that has prompted federal officials to recommend the Justice Department adopt stricter compliance rules.

Why white plastic tension-rods have appeared in the Capitol…

If you’ve been wondering – and I know I have – why white plastic tension rods, like shower curtain bars, have been installed all around the Capitol under protruding items like drinking fountains, we now have the answer: ADA. They’re an interim version of a fix...

Idaho man remembers life before Disabilities Act

BOISE – Kelly Buckland remembers what it was like to live as a person with a disability in Idaho long before the Americans with Disabilities Act passed. A lifelong Idahoan whose dive into the Snake River at age 16 broke his neck and left him in a wheelchair, Buckland recalled relying on his classmates at Rigby High School to carry him up the steps into the school and back down at the end of classes.

Idaho tests new voting machines for people with disabilities

BOISE – Since 2004, all states have been required to have at least one voting machine that works for people with disabilities in every one of its in-person polling places. Idaho, where most still vote in person, has about 1,000 of them.

Idaho officials were warned about Capitol makeover shortcomings

BOISE – When Kelly Buckland and Bobbie Ball rolled their wheelchairs into a meeting with state public works officials several years ago, bringing a list of specific changes needed in Idaho’s state Capitol restoration project to accommodate people with disabilities, they thought they’d gotten the state’s attention. Buckland was the executive director of the State Independent Living Council at the time; Ball was the director of the Idaho Task Force on the Americans With Disabilities Act. The two went over the blueprints for Idaho’s $120 million Capitol renovation and expansion with state officials, pointing out things like the need for wheelchair-accessible seating in the House and Senate galleries and issues with elevators and doors.

Idaho Capitol’s disability access spurs more remodeling

BOISE – After spending $120 million to renovate its state Capitol, Idaho will pay $400,000 more to make the building more accessible to people with disabilities. State officials wrongly assumed the historic structure was exempt from compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act when the work was done five years ago.

ADA complaint filed against North Idaho College

COEUR D’ALENE — A man has filed an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint against North Idaho College because he says the school wrongly required documentation before it would allow him to use his service dog on campus.

Service animals help more than the blind

Max drags a laundry basket over to Charlie Bales and passes her clothes as she loads the washing machine. Max, a German shepherd, also shuts off the lights, opens the fridge and picks up items Bales drops on the ground – tasks that the Spokane resident has a hard time

‘Inclusion ministries’ has become her calling

Lynn Swedberg has applied her 32 years of experience as an occupational therapist to make her Spokane church, Manito United Methodist Church, more inclusive. Now she’s moving beyond that by sharing ideas nationally as a quarter-time disability consultant for the national United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries and chair of its Task Force on Disability Ministries.

Picnic, rally mark ADA anniversary

People with disabilities and their advocates celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Monday at a picnic in Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley and a rally at the federal courthouse in Spokane.