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November 23, 2021
Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Seeks New Team Member

TransCen, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center's parent organization, is seeking a Technical Assistance and Content Specialist to join our team! This full-time position is available in our headquarters location in Rockville, Maryland. The successful candidate will join our efforts to educate the public about the Americans with Disabilities Act!

TransCen is seeking other professionals for positions in Rockville, as well as at our locations in San Francisco, California, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Find out more about TransCen's career opportunities if you are interested in advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities!

November 9, 2021
U.S. Access Board Issues Technical Bulletins on Lavatories and Sinks, Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers, and Saunas and Steam Rooms

These bulletins address specifications for clear floor space, knee and toe space, forward and side reach, operable parts, height, turning space, benches, and doors in the standards under the ADA and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).

November 9, 2021
“Get to Know Eternals Star Lauren Ridloff, Marvel's First Deaf Superhero”

The 43-year-old actress is set to make history as the star of Marvel's upcoming film Eternals, in which she's cast as Makkari – the franchise's first-ever deaf superhero.

November 9, 2021
Webinar: “The ADA in Higher Education Settings”

November 10, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Steve Gordon, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Coordinator for the Civil Rights Enforcement Program for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia, will provide an online presentation for stakeholders in the higher education community. This event is free, but registration is required.

November 9, 2021
Honor and Support Veterans

November 11 is Veterans Day. Remember and honor all those who have served. Here are just a few resources for veterans with disabilities. Visit the Veteran’s Administration for more resources for veterans with and without disabilities.

Make the Connection: This organization offers mental health resources for veterans, active duty, National Guard, and reserve personnel.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA): This organization offers a variety of information about spinal cord injuries and related issues.

Disabled American Veterans: This organization assists veterans with benefits claims and provides a variety of other services. 

Blinded Veterans Association: This organization provides peer support programs and assists veterans with benefits claims.

Wounded Warrior Project: This project offers a variety of programs and service for wounded veterans and their families.

November 9, 2021
“EEOC Launches Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Fairness”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will investigate how technology is changing the way employment decisions are made. The goal is to guide applicants, employees, employers, and technology vendors in ensuring that these technologies are used fairly, consistent with federal equal employment opportunity laws.

“Artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision-making tools have great potential to improve our lives, including in the area of employment,” said EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows. “At the same time, the EEOC is keenly aware that these tools may mask and perpetuate bias or create new discriminatory barriers to jobs. We must work to ensure that these new technologies do not become a high-tech pathway to discrimination.”