PNS Daily Newscast - September 24 

The ground rules seem to have been set concerning the sexual assault allegations against nominee Brett Kavenaugh. Also on the Monday rundown: we will take you to a state where more than 60 thousand kids are chronically absent; plus the rural digital divide a two-fold problem for Kentucky.

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Changes Coming to North Dakota Courtesy Disabilities Act Amendment

December 23, 2008

Bismarck, ND - When the "Disabilities Amendment Act" takes effect next month, it will include more North Dakotans under the protection of the original "Americans with Disabilities Act" (ADA).

The new law means new protections for people who use hearing aids, prosthetic limbs and, in some cases, people who take medications. According to Jim Moench of the North Dakota Disabilities Advocacy Consortium, it should be easy, and cost almost nothing, for businesses to comply with the new requirements.

"If there is some accommodation that would help a person do their job and that's provided, then everything is fine - and we find that, in most cases, accommodations cost less than $200."

A majority of workplace modifications, he adds, won't cost a cent. The amendment, Moench explains, clarifies some of the legal challenges to the original ADA, which was passed nearly 20 years ago.

"Some courts had determined that, if you could mitigate a disability, then you were no longer considered disabled by the law - and that was just objectionable."

Moench recommends updated ADA training for all human resource and employee health personnel, to ensure that companies "get off on the right foot" in understanding and meeting the new requirements.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND