- We provided training and ongoing telephone support to the DOL navigators based throughout the state. They call us regularly with ADA employment questions and their ability to
solve these real problems has definitely improved in the six months we have been
working with them.
- We assisted the staff of the Savannah Independent
Living Center in designing a presentation for the city police force.
Presentations were to be conducted in small groups over six months.
This training focused on tips for assisting and or arresting people with
disabilities. One policeman from
each precinct attended a more in depth class on deaf culture and emergency sign
language. Now each police car
carries a one page tips sheet on interacting with people with disabilities.
- In the fall of 2007, a Chinese restaurant owner
refused admittance to a young woman with a guide dog citing health codes as the
reason for his refusal. The woman and her aunt were outraged and called the police and a local TV station.
DRG’s director was interviewed about service animals and Title 3
requirements. The Chinese restaurant owner called DRG and asked for more information and offered to make amends with
the young woman in any way she chose. In May of this year, DRG received a call from a woman in Carrollton who
was refused entrance into a Chinese buffet restaurant since she was accompanied
by her service dog. She uses a wheelchair and has MS so the dog provides a variety of services.
She and her dog were trained extensively at a canine assist program in
Georgia. She tried to give the restaurant owner a printed card with details about Title 3 and service animals
but she was still asked to leave with her dog. She was told she could come in without her dog.
She went home very angry. We
called the owner of the Atlanta Chinese restaurant we had worked with in 2007
and asked him to explain the ADA service dog requirements to the restaurant
owner in Carrollton. They spoke at length and the Carrollton owner called and invited the woman to come in with her
dog for a free dinner. We have spoken with writers for both Chinese and Korean newspapers about service dogs
and the difficulties Asian business owners are having understanding Title
3requirements. These articles will run
- DRG, the State ADA Coordinator’s Office, and The
Georgia Assistive Technology Project conducted a day-long workshop for
Department of Human Resources department heads.
The goal was to help them begin the process of looking at all their
programs and policies in order to determine both their compliance with the Title
2 requirements of the ADA and to increase their sensitivity to the needs of the
people with disabilities their agency is serving.
- DRG became a member of a new Georgia Emergency
Management Administration Committee whose purpose is to make sure disability is
a part of every emergency plan or program throughout all state agencies.
This committee grew out of our project on Emergency Preparedness for All
which we conducted in the 13 coastal counties of Georgia.
- DRG developed a two page summary sheet on the
basic requirement for medical facilities under Title 3 of the ADA.
We have distributed these pamphlets to over 50 service organizations, 20
hospitals, and over 500 people with disabilities.
- We are working in collaboration with the Council
on Developmental Disabilities and the Center for Pan Asian Services to conduct
seminars and provide telephone support to Korean families who have members with
disabilities. We have six different
basic disability rights pamphlets in Korean that we are distributing.
- We have hired a summer intern who is a college
student with a visual impairment who is minoring in ASL.
She is concentrating on outreach to the deaf-blind community.
We have produced five of our basic rights pamphlets in very large print.
We are participating in the first deaf-blind summit in Georgia on June
28. We are using the party approach we
developed for the Komen Project in order to provide rights and resources
training to people who are deaf and blind.