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UN Disability Treaty is in the Senate Again: Will It Go Through This Time?

by s.e. smith July 28, 2014
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The Voice®, the Official Newsletter of SNA

July, 2014 – Vol 8, Issue 4

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The ADA and Online Accessibility

Since the advent of the digital age, the job application process is almost entirely conducted online. Wendy Strobel-Gower, Director of the Northeast ADA Center, contributed a blog post on the importance of making online application systems accessible to all job applicants, including people with disabilities. Wendy explains how accessible online application systems are one way to meet the requirements laid out in the final regulations for implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and lists some of the best resources for making these accommodations.

Read the blog post here.

 

ePolicyWorks – This week in the News

July 28, 2014

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ODEP News Brief

August 1, 2014

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The latest JAN ENews is now available at: http://askjan.org/enews/2014/Enews-V12-I3.htm

 

ENews topics include:

 

1.    Recruiting Resources for Federal Contractors

2.    Online Application Systems: Sample Language for Accommodation Statements

3.    ADA Leave Beyond FMLA

4.    Executive Function Deficits

5.    BYOD! (Bring Your Own Device)

6.    Accommodating Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)

7.    JAN Blog Growing

8.    JAN Releases New Resources

9.    E-vents

10.  JAN Exhibit and Training Schedule

11.  Subscribe to JAN Newsletter

 

ePolicyWorks – This Week in the News

July 31, 2014

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Why You Hate Work

By TONY SCHWARTZ and CHRISTINE PORATHMAY 30, 2014

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Disability Rights are Civil Rights – Assistant Secretary Martinez’s Blog

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy Kathy Martinez posted a blog reflecting on the Civil Rights movement and the effect it had on the disability rights movement. “In the 1960s, the unified disability rights movement was just emerging,” said Martinez, “and its leaders learned a great deal from those who brought the Civil Rights Act to fruition.”

 

Financial Literacy: Improving the Numbers for People with Disabilities

by Kathy Martinez on August 13, 2014 · 0 comments

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Webcasts

Wireless Technology and 508 Webinar (Learn More)

This webinar will be valuable for users with disabilities, 508 practitioners and IT professionals involved in making wireless device selections and decisions.  It will provide basic information about the wide range of wireless devices and accessibility.

This session will examine the relevant Section 508 standards and will provide information on resources available to research the accessibility features of specific wireless products.  The FCC Clearinghouse on Accessible Products will be discussed as well as the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative.    The webinar will also include tips for evaluating wireless products.

Presenters:

  •  Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
  • Ben Lippincott, Industry Relations Manager, Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jamal Mazrui, Manager, Accessibility Clearinghouse, Federal Communications Commission

 Moderator:  Deborah Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, HHS

 To Register:

On-line registration is available at http://www.adaconferences.org/CIOC

Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent via email to registered individuals in advance of the session.

Co-sponsored by the Accessibility Committee of the CIO Council, the U. S. Access Board, and eFedLink/ODEP

 

Please join the Partnership on Employment and Technology (PEAT) for an upcoming webinar “Employers & Accessible Technology: The What, Why and How” on Wednesday, August 6th from 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST.  Presenters will share important information for employers on ensuring that the technology in their workplaces is accessible to all employees, including those with disabilities.  PEAT’s guest speakers will provide a basic primer on accessible technology and its relevance to employers and their bottom line.

Participants will learn:

  • The nuts and bolts of accessible technology—what it means and the responsibilities of employers as they relate to accessible tech in the workplace, including new rules that affect employers who do business with the federal government
  • How accessible workplace technology can ensure employee productivity and improve the bottom line
  • How to insert accessibility into a company’s technology procurement policies
  • Tips for building or fine-tuning an accessible technology initiative for one’s workplace

Featured presenters include:

  • Richard Crespin (Moderator), CEO, CollaborateUp and Senior Fellow, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Diane Rodriguez, Lead Compliance Analyst, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, AT&T
  • Mike Paciello, Founder, Paciello Group and WebAble.TV (and author of “Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities”)
  • Peter Wallack, Senior Director of Accessibility Program Office, Oracle Corporation

To register, visit: http://www.peatworks.org/webinars/2014/08/employers-accessible-technology.  For additional information, please contact info@PEATworks.org.

 

WEBINAR: Navigating Alternative Financial Services and Products

Date: Wed, August 13, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

 

Join National Disability Institute and Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) as we discuss effective strategies in navigating the wide variety of alternative financial services and products. During the webinar we will define and highlight these financial services and offer examples of their products. We will explore prepaid debit cards and tools that are connected to prepaid cards to help individuals build their financial health.

Speaker: Tanya Ladha, Manager, Advisory Services, Center for Financial Services Innovation

Webinar Objectives:

  • Define financial services
  • Define prepaid debit cards
  • Identify appropriate and affordable financial products and services
  • Identify strategies for using these products and services to help improve the financial health of persons with disabilities.

 

NDI would like to thank our 2014 sponsors:
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Webcast: An Unconfined Life and the Role of Employment
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities will host a webcast, An Unconfined Life and the Role of Employment, August 14th, 2pm ET. Nancy Brooks-Lane and Christopher Coleman will discuss employment and removing limitations to experience an unconfined life. Registration is required and individuals with disabilities may register free of charge.

 

Webinar: “Employers & Accessible Technology: The What, Why and How”

Please join the Partnership on Employment and Technology (PEAT) for an upcoming webinar “Employers & Accessible Technology: The What, Why and How” on Wednesday, August 6th from 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST.  Presenters will share important information for employers on ensuring that the technology in their workplaces is accessible to all employees, including those with disabilities.  PEAT’s guest speakers will provide a basic primer on accessible technology and its relevance to employers and their bottom line.

Participants will learn:

  • The nuts and bolts of accessible technology—what it means and the responsibilities of employers as they relate to accessible tech in the workplace, including new rules that affect employers who do business with the federal government
  • How accessible workplace technology can ensure employee productivity and improve the bottom line
  • How to insert accessibility into a company’s technology procurement policies
  • Tips for building or fine-tuning an accessible technology initiative for one’s workplace

Featured presenters include:

  • Richard Crespin (Moderator), CEO, CollaborateUp and Senior Fellow, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Diane Rodriguez, Lead Compliance Analyst, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, AT&T
  • Mike Paciello, Founder, Paciello Group and WebAble.TV (and author of “Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities”)
  • Peter Wallack, Senior Director of Accessibility Program Office, Oracle Corporation

To register, visit: http://www.peatworks.org/webinars/2014/08/employers-accessible-technology.  For additional information, please contact info@PEATworks.org.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors’ Use of Evidence-Based Practices Involving Motivational Interviewing

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research is collaborating with the American Institutes for Research to support webcasts and a community of practice to examine issues around implementing evidence-based practice into vocational rehabilitation (VR).

This webcast follows the thread of the relationship between research and practice as it relates to the use of “motivational interview (MI)” techniques by VR counselors. Motivational interviewing refers to an approach developed by clinical psychologists in the early 1980s (developed in part by Professors William R. Miller and and Stephen Rollnick) and evolved from experience in the treatment of problem drinking.

The webcast organizers do not mean to endorse MI as an appropriate approach for VR, but rather to explore how research has been conducted and applied, through training, to inform VR practices
Having trouble with the above link? Copy and paste this URL into your browser:
www.ktdrr.org/training/webcasts/webcast18

 

The New Frontier of Disability Rights: Introduction to Child-Custody Rights of Parents with Disabilities

August 27, 2014; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF).

Presented by: Kelly Buckland, Ella Callow, and Megan Kirshbaum of the National Council on Independent Living and Through the Looking Glass

Among our most basic human rights is the right to have and raise children. Yet we know that parents with disabilities are regularly denied the opportunity to raise their children in their own homes, specifically because of their disability. Whether you or your consumers face discrimination by the courts, family members, landlords, or others, you’ll want to sign-up for this introductory presentation to learn the types of discrimination parents with disabilities typically face, and the resources, legal strategies, and other support you can provide to help them exercise their right to be proud parents with disabilities to their children.

Target Audience:

  • Any CIL staff who work directly with parents or prospective parents with disabilities.

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webcast.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Describe the history and impact of the eugenics movement and fundamental trends leading to discrimination against parents with disabilities.
  • Describe how disability law and policy apply to parents with disabilities in the child welfare and family law systems.
  • Explain the intersection between state law and ADA protections.
  • Identify strategies and types of programs that can protect parents with disabilities and their children from involvement in child custody litigation and/or improve outcomes if they do become involved in such litigation.
  • Understand basic structural (legal and service) changes needed to protect this population of families.
  • Understand how to advocate on a case by case basis.
  • Develop awareness of the resources that are available to provide training, support and technical assistance for creating changes structurally, case-by-case or to develop program and service capacity locally.
  • Develop awareness of key materials (articles, reports, books) that can enrich and inform stakeholders and systems.

Meet Your Presenters

Kelly Buckland is Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL). Before moving to Washington to lead NCIL, Kelly was the Executive Director of the Idaho SILC and, previously, the Executive Director of LINC, a Center for Independent Living in Boise, Idaho.

Ella Callow, J.D. is the Legal Program Director at The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families at Through the Looking Glass.

Megan Kirshbaum, Ph.D. is the Founder & Executive Director of Through the Looking Glass and is the Co-Director of its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families.

 

PRESENTED BY CIL-NET: A program of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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