This ten-minute video from the Helen Keller National Center shows a variety of mainstream and assistive technology and how members of the deaf/blind community use it. Simple, clear language, and ASL interpreting included
DD Awareness and Advocacy Day comes to the Statehouse this year on March 8. Details here:
FEBRUARY 28, 3:00 - 4:30pm ET,
Join this WEBINAR: What Disability Advocates Need to Know about New WIOA Equal Opportunity Provisions. Hear directly from the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center and Office of Disability Employment Policy staff about changes, DOL’s, Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity. Details and registration here:
This webinar will be captioned and a link to download the presentation will be sent to registrants.
To request any other reasonable accommodations, please contact email@example.com at least 48 hours prior to the webinar.
Join us at our February forumsFebruary 13-16, 2017It’s time to transform mobility in Central Ohio. From autonomous vehicles and rapid transit to expanded bus service, the future of transportation is now.
Make YOUR MOVE to help COTA finalize the NextGen vision, a transit initiative coordinated with Smart Columbus, Connect Columbus and insight2050.*
It’s going to be an exciting ride!
Presentation & discussion, followed by an open house
Monday, February 13 – Olde Towne East
Columbus Public Health, Room 119C
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
Tuesday, February 14 – The Ohio State University Campus
The Ohio Union, Student Alumni Council Room, Room 2154 (Second Floor)
1739 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
Wednesday, February 15 – Downtown
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), William G. Porter Boardroom
33 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Thursday, February 16 – Worthington
Worthington Municipal Building
6550 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43085
Can’t make it in person? Participate online and take our survey
February 13 - 28 at COTA.com/NextGen.
Learn more at:
Deadline March 15: 2017 Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship. Managed by Rooted in Rights and AAPD, this fellowship allows someone with a disability to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design. The project combines hands-on training on cutting edge technologies with a strong foundation in developing the individual’s voice and using story-driven videos in advocacy.
Details here: http://www.aapd.com/disability-rights-storytellers/#main
What Every Tenant and Landlord Needs to Know About ADA Access Violations in Public Accommodation Facilities
What Every Tenant and Landlord Needs to Know About ADA Access Violations in Public Accommodation Facilities, is coming February 15th, 12:30-1pm ET. Hear more on tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including access requirements and common misconceptions, access violations on leased properties, best practices to avoid lawsuits, handling "drive-by" lawsuits, and common conflicts around accessibility issues and how to avoid them. Registration is free and required; conference call-in also available.
The following information is forwarded to you by the Great Lakes ADA Center (www.adagreatlakes.org) for your information:
The Next Chapter: Master Classes for the Seasoned Professional
May 18 - 20, 2017
The Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas
AHEAD, through its conferences, webinars, and other resources, is recognized as a leader in providing professional development for disability services and resource personnel. For a number of years, highly experienced professionals have also asked for more content that pushes their development: that assists them in making nuanced decisions, staying current with legal and technological changes, engaging campus stakeholders, and gaining the respect necessary to redefine access on their campuses.
The Next Chapter is a response to those requests. With four 3-day Master Classes, we invite institutional leaders and seasoned disability providers, with a solid understanding of the ADA and disability accommodation process, to join national-expert instructors for a deep dive into an “advanced” curriculum. Programs include:
Thursday & Friday - 6.75 hours; Saturday - 6.5 hours
Bio’s for the faculty, registration and additional information can be found on the AHEAD website at: https://www.ahead.org/meet/conferences/the-next-chapter
The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network is pleased to host the February ADA Audio Conference Series Session titled:
Employer Practices to Improve Employment Outcomes: Considerations across the Employment Process
February 21, 2017
2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time
There is a significantly reinvigorated interest among businesses in identifying effective ways to hire and retain individuals with disabilities. This interest is being driven by regulatory requirements for federal sub-contractors and organizations within the federal sector itself as an employer. In addition, technology is opening possibilities to move the needle on employment for individuals with disabilities – new assistive technologies and accessibility features for existing ones, new technology applications in business that require specialized talent, creating opportunities for people with differences like autism, and virtual offices and mobile technologies which enable work by anyone, anytime, anywhere. Knowing which policies and practices across the employment process will be most effective is imperative to respond to and advance these current business strategy-driven interests. In this presentation, an overview of effective workplace disability inclusive practices across the employment process will be presented; included will be recruitment and hiring, career advancement and retention, compensation and benefits, accessibility and accommodation, diversity and inclusion, and metrics and analytics. The information presented is empirically derived, taken from a series of interlocking research projects to examine the most effective ways to minimize disability discrimination and maximize workplace disability inclusion. The implications of these employer practices for business, as well those providing training and technical assistance consultation services to employers, will be discussed.
Featured Speaker: Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at the Cornell University ILR (Industrial and Labor Relations) School
Registration is Free. The session will be closed captioned.
Register on-line at: www.ada-audio.org (Will be required to establish an account if you do not already have one to register)
Questions? 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached is a flyer announcing upcoming training sessions on community health and safety. As people with disabilities become more included in their communities, they have access to greater resources and opportunities. Increased opportunities can also bring additional risks and challenges.
Funded by The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and Employment First, The Center for Disability Empowerment developed the Speak Up ~ Stay Safe: Community Health and Safety Training. Sessions will be offered around Ohio for both parents/professionals and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Topics will include the following: healthy relationships and boundaries, sexuality and dating, abuse, bullying, harassment, human trafficking, alcohol, drugs, weapons, and online safety. We encourage people to come to the training sessions to learn more about materials, resources, identifying and reporting abuse, and empowerment. (Note: CPDUs are available)
Please share this information and flyer with your networks to spread the word about this important opportunity.
Registration is required at http://www.planetreg.com/SpeakUp-StaySafe
Sessions coming soon include:
Dayton (Feb 7 and 21)
St. Clairsville (March 2 and 13)
Athens (March 9 and March 23)
Cleveland (March 28 and April 11)
Akron (March 30 and April 20)
Toledo (April 4 and 25)
Findlay (April 18)
Cincinnati(May 2 and 16)
Delaware (May 9 and 23)
Columbus (May 18 and June 1)
Portsmouth (May 25 and June 6).
Technical Assistance Workshop
Ohio Arts Council's
Artists with Disabilities Access Program
Get a detailed overview of the ADAP grant components, application process, and tips to help you tell your story!
Friday, February 17
10:00am - 12:00pm
Visionaries + Voices
Northside Gallery + Studio
3841 Spring Grove Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45223
Space is limited.
RSVP to email@example.com or
The ADAP grant is a program of
2017 Grant Deadlines
for activities occurring
July 2017 through June 30, 2018:
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017
Provides technical assistance for ADAP on
behalf of Ohio Arts Council.
**This is not a VSA Ohio grant.**
Click here to read the Guidelines (pdf)
Click here to view the application as a Word document.
Click here to visit the OAC's online grant system, ARTIE, and start your grant.
What the program supports:
The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) provides funding that gives individual artists with disabilities - and organizations that serve them - the resources they need to further their artistic development. Creative expression by artists of all abilities is essential to building dynamic and diverse communities throughout Ohio, and developing an artistic career is a long-term process. ADAP awards help artists with disabilities advance their artistic practices, making Ohio a more accessible and inclusive place to build an artistic career.
Individual Artist Information:
Creative and performing artists who have a
disability, are residents of Ohio, and who are not students may apply. Artists may apply as an:
No matching funds are required.
Funds may be used for a variety of expenses, including professional development, supplies, professional services, and travel. Consult the Guidelines for a full description of the types of activities which can be funded. Professional Artists will need to include support materials demonstrating you are a professional artist.
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations of any discipline or other nonprofits that provide arts programming may apply.
Organizations may apply for a variety of expenses and initiatives which are dedicated to advancing the artistic careers of artists with disabilities.
Current OAC operating support grantees must demonstrate how the proposed project is separate from or an outgrowth of ongoing programming.
How to Apply:
**VSA Ohio will provide assistance if you cannot access a computer to complete the online application.
Contact VSA Ohio at 614.241.5325 with accessibility needs or to receive ADAP materials in an alternative format.
VSA Ohio, 77 S. High Street, 2nd floor, Columbus, OH 43215
A news blog on issues in the community of people with disabilities and accessibility.
Derek Mortland, ADA and Community Outreach Coordinator