November 18, 2014
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We Want to Hear from You for “ADA25”!
Next summer, July 26 will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act! There will be ceremonies and celebrations, and we can’t wait to get started!
We are asking you to share your memories, experiences, and perspectives on the ADA.
What has the ADA meant to you? Did you work for the passage of the ADA? What positive experiences have you had implementing the ADA in your workplace, school, or community? How do you plan to celebrate?
So share a sentence or a story, a snippet or a sonnet! We would like to post a few selections on our ADA Anniversary webpage and feature them in our materials as we mark this momentous milestone!
Send your contributions to Celebrate ADA; we will select several contributions to be posted.
This report on an international study on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) highlights innovative policies and practices in accessibility and universal design.
Launched by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), ePolicyWorks is a web-based approach to policymaking that engages citizens and stakeholders. The initiative is designed to foster real-time collaboration and communication about employment issues for people with disabilities. Participants can benefit from a variety of tools and features to help them stay informed, build relationships, and contribute to policy development.
This article explores the risks and benefits of disclosing psychiatric disabilities in the workplace.
Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
A new document was issued jointly by the Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Education, using a “frequently asked questions” format to explain public schools’ responsibilities to meet the communication needs of students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.
Also posted is the “Dear Colleague” letter, also available in Spanish, that was sent to public schools, outlining the obligations they have under the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Able South Carolina Video Series
Able South Carolina offers these videos on YouTube:
What You Need to Know about Medical Examinations in English with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or with audio-descriptions is helpful for both health care providers and people with disabilities.
What You Should Know about Parenting with a Disability in English with ASL or with audio-descriptions discusses the legal rights of parents with disabilities.
A new trail in Patapsco Valley State Park, designed with input from students and staff at the Maryland School for the Blind, opened in October. The trail incorporates a variety of elements, ranging from plants chosen for their textures and scents to musical instruments such as drums and pipe bells. The trail is also designed to be navigable for wheelchair users and people with other types of disabilities.
Chad Taylor, founder of Linguabee, a Web-based interpreter marketplace, talks about planning for accessible events.
This writer is concerned that sufficient funding and support for community-based services are not in place to balance the continued push to close institutions for people with mental illnesses.
Remember to pledge your support for the ADA as we prepare for the 25th anniversary of the signing of one of the world’s most historic civil rights laws. Celebrate progress and commit to the principles of the ADA!