SAVE THE DATE!!
Services for Independent Living, Inc. (SIL) presents:
“THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AT 25:
The Past, The Present & The Future”
Friday, October 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Plenary Speaker & Panel Facilitator:
Robin A. Jones, MPA, Director, Great Lakes ADA Center
Keynote Speaker & Afternoon Presenter:
Robert “Bobby” Silverstein, Esq., Director, Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy, and behind-the-scenes architect of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
Please watch for registration materials!
Services for Independent Living, Inc. *
26250 Euclid Avenue, Suite 801 * Euclid, OH 44132
216-731-1529 (Voice/TTY) * 216-731-3083 (Fax)
This conference was financially assisted by the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
Celebrating 70 Years!
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for this year — which marks 70 years since the first observance — is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am."
Title: COMMUNICATING ABOUT DISABILITY
Date: September 15, 2015
Time: 2-3:30pm ET
This program is designed for media and other communications professionals in mind but is open to anyone who is interested in the issue. As awareness emerges about disability issues, there is an increasing demand for respectful and effective reporting about disability in the media, she said. The webinar will provide tips that can be used immediately, and deeper discussion of disability portrayals.
The webinar begins with a 30-minute overview focused on key points to keep in mind when reporting on disability. The webinar’s second part is a 60-minute discussion about disability reporting by communicators and professionals in the disability field.
The webinar’s second part is a 60-minute discussion about disability reporting by communicators and professionals in the disability field. Attendees can choose to attend the entire webinar or only one part. Both sessions will be captioned.
Webinar moderator Hannah Rudstam of the Northeast ADA Center, located in the K. Lisa Yang and E. Hock Tan Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell ILR, said disability is quickly becoming “the new diversity.”
· John Robinson, CEO, Our Ability, Inc.
· Allison Weiner Heinemann, Disability Studies faculty, Cornell ILR
· Peter Quinn, Cornell ILR
· Hannah Rudstam, Northeast ADA Center, Cornell ILR
· Dot Marinaccio, Business Relations Coordinator, NYS ACCESS-VR
· Mary Catt, Assistant Director, Communications, Cornell ILR
· Peter Quinn, multimedia editor, Cornell ILR
· Wendy Strobel Gower, Project Director, Northeast ADA Center, Cornell ILR, Ithaca, NY
· Robin Jones, Project Director, Great Lakes ADA Center, Chicago, Ill.
Registration is at http://www.ada-audio.org/ProgramInformation/. An account at this website is required before registration can be completed. This program is offered free of charge if you are connecting via the webinar platform. There is a $20/25 fee for connecting via a toll free telephone #. The program is captioned and will be recorded for archival purposes.
Registration and session queries can be directed to 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) or by email to email@example.com.
More information about regional ADA centers is available by calling 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY) or by going to www.adata.org.
The Supreme Court ruled that the ADA applies to cruise ships as long as they dock in US ports (even if they are under a foreign flag) as long as the internal affairs of the ship are not compromised back in 2005. (Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Lines).
A few weeks ago Department of Justice and Carnival Corporation entered an agreement settling pending ADA complaints (DJ No. 202-17M-206). In this case, the DOJ developed “corporate accessibility standards” for Carnival that are quite extensive. They remind us that our processes need visibility, accountability, authority as well as procedures for implementing the appropriate standards and accommodation processes.
The Dept. of Justice announced a settlement agreement with Cedar Rapids today. It focuses on both physical and virtual access. Requiring a wide range facilities and virtual improvements. Within one year all of Cedar Rapids’ web based information and services will need to comply with the WCAG AA Standard. This requirement has become common in Project Civic Access agreements and is similar to the standards imposed in settlements with colleges and businesses imposed by the Courts and the Dept. of Education . This congruence seems to provide a minimum standard for due diligence despite the delays in rule making under the ADA’s Title II and Title III.
DOJ Press Release:
The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people with disabilities. The agreement was reached under Project Civic Access, the department's wide-ranging initiative to ensure that cities, towns and counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the agreement, Cedar Rapids will take important steps to ensure that people with disabilities can fully take advantage of the city's services, programs, and activities by: physically modifying the entrance doors to many of its facilities so that individuals with disabilities may access city services; by making the Veteran's Memorial Building more accessible so individuals with disabilities can access the Fair Housing Office; by physically modifying the entrances to the city's public libraries so that individuals with disabilities can access their services; by enhancing accessibility throughout the city's park system; by installing, repairing or replacing thousands of sidewalks and curb ramps throughout Cedar Rapids to bring them into compliance with current ADA standards; by ensuring that its city parking lots and toilet rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities and ensuring that all of Cedar Rapids' webpages comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 and website accessibility.
Today's agreement is in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. Each month, the Justice Blog will spotlight efforts that are opening gateways to full participation and opportunity for people living with disabilities. Today's entry in the Justice Blog features information about the Cedar Rapids settlement and how the Department's work in enforcing the ADA is improving access to sidewalks, parking spaces, curb ramps, and city facilities throughout Cedar Rapids.
A news blog on issues in the community of people with disabilities and accessibility.
Derek Mortland, ADA and Community Outreach Coordinator