June 30, 2016

by Katherine Blakeslee
Sandy Ho is a person of color, has a disability and a member of the LGBTQ community. In light of the recent tragedy in Orlando on June 12, her collective identities felt even closer to her. As Sandy read the headlines on June 13, she asked herself, “How can anyone separate one part of themselves from the next? Where does my Asian-American identity end, and my disability, and queer identities begin?”

May 10, 2016

Mental Health America’s (MHA) theme for Mental Health Month is - Life with a Mental Illness - MHA calls on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously).

May 6, 2016

May is Mental Health Month and what a better way to kick it off than with a grass roots global release of Healing Voices Documentary!

The producers of “Healing Voices” – a new social action documentary about mental health released the film via community screening partners in a coordinated global event. The movie will screened in more than 130 locations across the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Australia on and around April 29th as part of the movie’s “ONE NIGHT, ONE VOICE” grass roots release.

January 27, 2016

“On January 5th 2016 Thomas Manning, New Hampshire Assistant Secretary of State, presented information about theHelp America Vote Act (HAVA) and the strides New Hampshire has made in providing accessible voting. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (Pub.L. 107–252), is a United States federal law which passed in the House 357-48, 92-2 in the Senate, and was signed into law by President Bush on October 29, 2002.

January 14, 2016

by Katherine Blakeslee
I had the pleasure of meeting Rex Pace while he was attending the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) on November 19. He was presenting in two sessions one entitled, “ADA Updates 2015” and the other, “ADA and Mass Architectural Access Board Regulations Untangling the Confusion,” alongside Kathy Gips, who is our Director of Training at the New England ADA Center. Mr. Pace is the senior accessibility specialist at the U.S. Access Board, and also serves as the technical assistance coordinator.

December 22, 2015

A two-year federal investigation has concluded that 83 percent of New York City’s public elementary schools are not “fully accessible” to children with disabilities, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

December 21, 2015

In 2012, Delbert Cloud, then Town Manager of Bethel had the foresight to apply for the New England ADA Center’s ADA Field-Based Training. This training would arm him with the necessary skills and information to improve the accessibility of Bethel’s recreation facility. Little did he know the list of ADA problems would be a long one: inaccessible walkways, bathhouse, playground and signage, to name a few.

November 11, 2015

Kathy Gips, Director of Training at the New England ADA Center, will participate in two sessions at ABX 2015. ABX is the leading building industry event in the Northeast.

October 23, 2015

It's Complicated!

Did you know that people with a disability are less likely to have completed a bachelor's degree? Just 16% of people with disabilities completed a bachelor’s degree while 35% of people without disabilities completed at a bachelor’s degree. About 1 in 5 people with a disability had less  than a high school diploma, compared with 1 in 10 people with no disability. In a knowledge based economy, education counts!

October 23, 2015

Amica Insurance Company in Lincoln, RI hosted Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo & the RI Governor's Commission on Disabilities "A Better Bottom Line" Conference. The conference promoted employment of people with disabilities to RI employers and attempted to bust myths about people with disabilities. Some employers at the conference included, Ben & Jerry's, RI Public Transit Authority and Amica. Governor Raimondo said, " One size does not fit all when it comes to employing  people with disabilities."


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