1995

1995 issues of The Advocate

Guidelines for Reporting and Writing About People With Disabilities

Guidelines for Reporting and Writing About People With Disabilities, is a most helpful aid for writers in creating a "straightforward , positive view of people with disabilities." The Guidelines, offer suggestions or appropriate ways to describe people with disabilities and explains preferred terminology . The leaflet reflects input from over 100 national disability groups and represent the current consensus among those groups.

Cincinnati, Ohio Case About Federal Accessibility Law Settled

The first case in Ohio to test the 1988 Fair Housing Act as it applies to accessible housing for people with disabilities has been settled. The owners of a West Chester apartment building have admitted that their building did not comply with the law and they have agreed to make the building and all ground floor apartments accessible to tenants using wheelchairs.

The federal law requires that all apartment buildings with four or more units constructed after March 1991 have public areas and ground floor apartments that are accessible to people with disabilities.

Allegheny County Tenants Win Suit for Scattered Sites, Section 8 Mobility

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvaina in December approved of a consent decree that represents perhaps the most comprehensive resolution of a public housing desegregation case to date. This case, Sanders, et al. v. HUD, et a l. was filed in 1988 on behalf of 5,000 African-American residents of and applicants for public and Section 8 housing in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The suit was against HUD, the Allegheny County Housing Authority, Allegheny County, and Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority.

HUD ALJ Includes Source of Income as Sex Discrimination in Holyoke MA Case

HUD Administrative Law Judge William C. Cregar issued a precedent setting decision in July, ruling that Holyoke, Massachusetts landlords George and Mary Ross illegally discriminated against tenants on the basis of sex and national origin. Judge Cr egar assessed a $10,000 civil penalty against the landlords and awarded the Housing Discrimination Project, Inc. over $6,500 to compensate it for expenses incurred in the investigation of the Rosses plus $3,772 in attorneys fees.

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