NYLPI’s Disability Justice Program highlights rights to housing and employment

August 18, 2021

Disability Justice, Event Recap, Fair Housing, News

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NYLPI’s Disability Justice team has recently been working with organizations such as Sinergia NY, the Community, Inclusion, and Development Alliance, AHRC New York, and the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, as well as the Office of the NYC Public Advocate on events regarding disability access in New York City. NYLPI is committed to educating NYC residents on their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as employment and housing becoming cornerstone issues during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. What are reasonable accommodations under the ADA? How do you ask for them when receiving housing or employment? How are these accommodations enforced, and how has COVID-19 impacted the current landscape?

Last week Ruth Lowenkron, NYLPI’s Director of the Disability Justice Program, spoke on a panel on Employment Rights, Remote Work, and Disability Justice. Lowenkron kicked off the panel by defining reasonable accommodations under disability law as: “a change to a job, the work environment, [or] the way things are usually done, that is required in order to allow the individual with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities.”

The full panel can be viewed on the Facebook page for the Office of the Public Advocate: https://fb.watch/7teARKCY5q/.

ASL interpretation and open captions were included as part of the panel.

This week Suhali Méndez, Senior Advocate of the Disability Justice program, joined Sinergia NY for a presentation on Reasonable Housing Accommodations in NYC. This training was held to educate the public of their legal rights in the area of reasonable accommodation and how to enforce their rights.

The full training can be viewed on Sinergia’s Facebook page: https://fb.watch/7tfeRxsrOD/.

Open captions were included as part of the panel.

Learn more about NYLPI’s Disability Justice program here.


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