July 23, 2014
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College
Join the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ricardo Thornton, disabilities advocate, will be the keynote speaker. A leader of the District of Columbia's self-advocacy coalition, Project ACTION!, and Co-Chair of the District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, Ricardo spent many years as a child and young adult at Forest Haven, an institution for people with developmental disabilities located in Laurel, Maryland (Forest Haven closed in 1991). In 1980, Ricardo left Forest Haven to begin a new life in a group home, with a job at the Martin Luther King Library; he has held that job for more than 35 years.
The 2014 ADA Celebration is free and open to the public. The event will begin with a reception in the theatre lobby; light hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served. The Cultural Arts Center is located at 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910. Sign language interpreters and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be provided. For other accommodations or to RSVP for the event, please call the Maryland Department of Disabilities at 410-767-3660 or 1-800-637-4113, or send an email to Maryland Department of Disabilities no later than July 24, 2014.
July 2014 marks the 24th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In honor of this important event, the U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services has shared an article in the newsletter “Disability Connection,” which highlights several facts you may not be aware of regarding the ADA (check out the final bullet under item number 2 - Breaking Down the ADA - the link to "Title V" links you to our website!)
Disability.gov connects people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care, or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.
The Southwest ADA Center is collecting stories for the ADA StoryTeller project, highlighting people who have been successful at removing barriers to employment, education, transportation, and housing, including the right to live at home in one's own community. People with disabilities, families experiencing disability, and businesses that employ people with disabilities are encouraged to submit success stories via the ADA StoryTeller online form or by calling 713-520-0232 to schedule an interview with Center staff.
Trainings and Opportunities
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
The LEAD Center, which is funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and managed by the National Disability Institute, will host “Customized Employment: Beyond the Basics.” Targeted at workforce development professionals, disability service providers, individuals with disabilities and other stakeholders, this webinar will address how to use the information gathered during discovery to connect hard-to-serve job seekers, both with and without disabilities, to a range of employment opportunities.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
ADA In Focus Webinar Series, presented by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
From guide dogs that help individuals who are blind navigate their surroundings, to cats that provide emotional support to people with depression, there are numerous types of assistance animals available to people with disabilities. However, federal laws governing the right to be accompanied by these animals in various settings can be confusing. This free session will help unravel the puzzle of what types of assistance animals are allowed in what settings. We will focus on the federal laws that address assistance animals in public accommodations and housing. Presenter: Kat Taylor, Disability Rights Program Manager, The Equal Rights Center.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Eastern Time
Twenty-four years ago, the ADA was signed into law, guaranteeing equal opportunity and providing civil rights for people with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
Please join us for this interactive training where attendees will receive an overview of the 2008 ADA Amendments Act, an overview of the employment regulations, and obtain informative guidelines that can be implemented and shared immediately.
Emergency Management and Preparedness
Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series:
It's Not about the List!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
The whole community approach to emergency management requires an informed and shared understanding of a community's risks, needs, and capabilities. Communities often consider using Emergency Assistance Registries as a strategy for gaining such an understanding of their populations with communications, medical, independence, support, or transportation access or functional dependencies.
Drawing on recent research, this talk will not focus on "the list"; rather, it will focus on four concepts critical to making registries about the people: registry purpose, inherent contract, location vs. hazard, and contract fulfillment. These concepts will be explained by showing how they played out in one community's registry operation.
This webinar series is produced by the Pacific ADA Center with technical support by the Great Lakes ADA Center. The Pacific and Great Lakes ADA Centers are both members of the ADA National Network. Register for this free session through ADA Conferences.
Learn the latest information on the ADA at our 21st annual conference featuring representatives from:
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Access Board
- Federal Transportation Administration