Join us for one of the most popular sessions in the ADA Audio Conference Series. Listen to an update on EEOC Enforcement and Guidance Activities and pose your questions to our speaker.
This session will review the scoping and technical provisions for accessible communication elements and features in the ADA and ABA standards and highlight updates to the specifications.
|Comparison Guide for 2010 and 1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design: Technical and Scoping Requirements
Stories from Around New England
Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Launch Event to be Hosted by Senator Jack Reed
A ribbon cutting ceremony to officially announce the arrival of wheelchair accessible taxis to Rhode Island will be held Friday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Square, Providence. The state's transit system (RIPTA) has purchased 13 wheelchair accessible taxi cabs that will be given to 5 taxi companies for use by the general public. View the event invitation. areas. View the event invitation
Burlington, Vermont Downtown Businesses in Spotlight for Compliance with the ADA
Story from the Burlington Free Press
A recent Americans with Disabilities Act compliance review of Church Street Marketplace restaurants by the Justice Department found that at least seven establishments might not be in compliance with the law. U.S. Attorney for Vermont Tristram Coffin said the department is in discussions with the restaurants about how to remedy the situation. Read the full story.
The New Hampshire Governor's Commission on Disability Holds a Legislative Training Day
On Monday, April 2, 2012, the Governor's Commission on Disability held a legislative training day at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, New Hampshire. About thirty people took part in a lively event reviewing subjects such as:
- The legislative process - how does a bill become law?
- The importance of advocacy - insights of a lobbyist.
- Communicating with your senators and representatives.
Some of the featured speakers included Senator Sylvia Larsen, Minority Leader, Rep. Cindy Rosenwald, Bob Dunn and Devine Millimet.
Vigil Held at Wesleyan University to Remember Disabled Victims of Domestic Violence
Story from the Middletown Eye
On March 31 at 6:00 PM local disability rights advocates held a vigil at Wesleyan University's Usdan Courtyard to honor the lives of disabled people murdered by their families and caretakers. This was part of a nationwide Day of Mourning. Eighteen cities participated by holding candlelit vigils in locations across the country. Read the full story.
Financial Education for Individuals with Disabilities - Train-the-Trainer Workshop
May 22 & May 23 from 8:30am - 4:00pm
UMass Medical School, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury
The ability to understand and manage one's finances is a critical component for persons with disabilities, especially as they plan for employment and self-sufficiency. People who have taken this course and used the curriculum with their clients report that it was very well received and in some cases resulted in life changing behaviors among participants.
Who should attend?
- Employment, Housing, Peer, Benefits and Work Incentives Specialists; Trainers; Case Managers; and IPS Master Trainers.
- We encourage two people from each organization to attend; ideally, when implemented within your agency, this training is given in pairs.
Cost: $150.00 per person or $275.00 for two people from the same organization for this two-day training; includes breakfast and all materials.
Hold your spot and pre-register today by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Space is limited!
Visit their web site to learn more about Work Without Limits.
Steven Bassett, IHCD's Accessible ICT Specialist and Social Media Coordinator, has compiled a list of March's most popular stories from the New England ADA Center's Twitter feed. Click on the links below to learn more!
HHS Releases Fact Sheet on Affordable Care Act
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability has released a fact sheet entitled "People with Disabilities and Serious Health Conditions: The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act (ACA)." The fact sheet is available in English
. This resource highlights key aspects of the ACA which meet the needs of consumers with disabilities.
American Association of People with Disabilities Accepting Applications for Youth Transitions Fellowship Through End of April
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), in coordination with The HSC Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Youth Transitions Fellow position. The Youth Transitions Fellow will gain exposure to youth programs serving people with disabilities and will have the opportunity to facilitate collaboration among internship, fellowship, and apprenticeship programs based in the Greater Washington, DC area. This paid fellowship position at AAPD is ideal for a recent college graduate with a disability who is looking to jump start a career and help peers transition facilities.
The application deadline is April 30, 2012. Apply for the 2012 Youth Transitions Fellow position!
National Institutes for the Blind Seeks Applicants for Fellowship for Leadership Development
The Fellowship for Leadership Development, sponsored by National Industries for the Blind, is a salaried program that combines business-focused, on-the-job experience with professional development activities. Legally blind individuals who have an undergraduate degree, work experience, and passion for business are invited to apply. The deadline for application is April 30, 2012. Read more about how to apply.
|Deaf Student 'Speechless' After Obama Responds To Him In Sign Language
Story from Distinction
Stephon stood just a few feet away from Barack Obama. The president, busy shaking hands, looked right at him. "It was like he was waiting for me to say something," he said later.
So the 26-year-old Prince George's Community College student took his cue and spoke to President Obama in his first language: American Sign Language. "I am proud of you," Stephon signed. The president, almost involuntary, instinctively, immediately signed back.
"Thank you," Obama replied.
Read the full story.