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Michele S. Ohmes

Michele S. Ohmes

Michele S. Ohmes is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specialist and wheelchair user who works with public works departments, facility managers, and contractors. She travels the country doing presentations, multiday trainings, and consulting; and has written Public Works’ ADA column since 2013.

Michele S. Ohmes's Posts

New Year Brings New Rules for Buses and Vans New Year Brings New Rules for Buses and Vans

Changes in technology prompted revisions to accessibility guidelines that affect transit agencies, but the financial impact is minimal. Read more

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Nightmare Bathroom Scenarios Nightmare Bathroom Scenarios

Toilet paper dispensers can make or break a disabled person’s experience using public facilities. Read more

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The Not-So-New Definition of ‘Disability’ The Not-So-New Definition of ‘Disability’

New language that goes into effect in October requires state and local governments to prove they haven’t discriminated. Read more

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The Americans with Disabilities Act,  26 years later The Americans with Disabilities Act, 26 years later

New publication explains how quality of life has improved since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Read more

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Fair is Fair: What Constitutes 'Reasonable Accommodation' Fair is Fair: What Constitutes 'Reasonable Accommodation'

Determining an appropriate accommodation is a case-by-case decision. The principal test is effectiveness. Read more

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