This week we’re catching up on Cullen v. Netflix and what it might mean for web accessibility; a bipartisan proposal to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); the United Nation’s call to action for inclusive hiring; the White House Conference on Aging’s (WHCOA’s) healthy aging recommendations; and more.
- Ars Technica is reporting on an April 1 federal appeals court ruling in Cullen v. Netflix, which found the Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply to Netflix since the web-based, only, streaming video provider is “not connected to any actual, physical place.” Meanwhile, at least one other court has come out the other way on the issue.
- A joint proposal to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as No Child Left Behind, would maintain limits on the number of students with disabilities taking less rigorous tests, reports Disability Scoop. Related: Education Week shares emerging evidence suggesting students with disabilities have better outcomes after school if they set their own goals, have parents who expect them to be self-supporting, and are able to travel independently outside the home.
- Disability Scoop also is sharing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to action urging employers to make “concrete commitments” to hire those on the spectrum — and joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell.
- WHCOA is gearing up for Older Americans Month and this year’s conference with the first in a series of policy briefs: “Healthy Aging.”
- The Huffington Post is catching up with a group of Brigham Young University students who created a customizable, light weight and inexpensive electric wheelchair for toddlers with disabilities – and are posting the design online for families to DIY.
- A new pilot is evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of providing treatment services for autism through telehealth to reach underserved areas of a rural state, per AUCD.