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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

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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Sign language for children

Efforts assure disabled children that they have value and are not forgotten. And people from all walks of life work toward a common goal that benefits the whole community. Read more

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Shared use paths

The phrase “shared use path” can be confusing. Language straight from the guidelines may help. Read more

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Avoid ADA non-compliance

The most discouraging thing the author sees is that government entities don't take the basic steps to comply with the law. Read more

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The U.S Department of Justice has updated its brief after 13 years. Read more

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