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DATE LEAD ARTICLE
2011  

February

Lead Article: Audio File of Speech by Justin Dart Jr.
 

January

Lead Article: Insights and Reflections on Disability from Prominent Leader in Workforce Diversity
2010  

December

No Lead Article
 

Oct/Nov

Lead Article: Drive and Determination Move into the Ranks of Employers

September

Lead Article: Diversity and Disability (Continued): As a Legal Requirement

August

Lead Article: Social Constructs and Workforce Participation for People with Disabilities
Guest Article: The ADA: Not a Consolation Prize

July

Lead Article: Diversity and Disability (Continued):
A Resource Imperative
Guest Article:
Unemployment Rates in Perspective

June

Lead Article: Diversity and Disability (Continued): An Economic Payback - Addendum
Guest Article:
DisLabeling: Reconciling unnecessary discrimination, exclusion & confusion arising from having “mild” or “significant” disabilities

May

Lead Article: Diversity and Disability (Continued): An Economic Payback

April

Lead Article: Diversity and Disability: Kindred Souls on the Road to Inclusion

March

Guest Article: Response to "Last Hired - First Fired"
 

February

Lead Article: People with Disabilities: Last Hired – First Fired

January

Lead Article: Waiting on the World to Change
2009  

Nov/Dec

Lead Article: Ten Things Every Employer Should Know About Job Accommodation

October

Guest Article: Business Plans Don't Work?
 

September

Guest Article: Disability - the "Achilles Heel" of Diversity Professionals

August

Lead Article: Employer Awards: Shaping the Future By Default or Design

July
 

Lead Article: Employer Awards
Guest Article: What is Your Self Employment Motivation?

June

Lead Article: Employees with Disabilities: The Problem-Solvers

April/May

Guest Article: Fully Realized Disability Pride with a Side of Kindness and a Dose of Reality

March

Guest Article: My Spin: True Inclusion

February

Guest Article: Shifting the Burden of Proof

January

Lead Article: Most Jobs in Most U.S. Companies are Beyond the Capabilities of People with Disabilities - and the World is Flat

2008  

December

(No Lead Article)

November

(No Lead Article)

October

(No Lead Article)

September

Lead Article: When No One Was Looking... The ADA Amendments Act of 2008

July/August

Lead Article: Disability Humility for Employers: A Framework for Training

June

Guest Article: Top 7 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Assistant

May

(No Lead Article)
 

April

Featured Article: Justin Dart, Jr. - On Disability, Employment, Empowerment and Productivity - Part II

March

Featured Article: Justin Dart, Jr. - On Disability, Employment, Empowerment and Productivity - Part I

February

Guest Article: Response to "Employees with Disabilities: Deliberately Yours" by Barney Mayse

January

Featured Article: Employees with Disabilities: Deliberately Yours
2007  
December Featured Article: A Systemic Approach to Arming Students and Job Seekers with Disabilities and their Advocates in Securing Meaningful Employment
November No issue for November 2006

October

(No Lead Article)
 

September

Music Within:
Disability and Employment on the Big Screen

August
 

(No Lead Article)

July

(No Lead Article)
 

June

Impatient to Change:
Interview with John Kemp

May

Guest Article: What Can They do?
Responding to Employers

April

Employment Barriers:
Rocky Delivers a One-Two Punch

March

Tips for Proactively Recruiting People with Disabilities - Part II

February

Tips for Proactively Recruiting People with Disabilities - Part I

January

Entertainers, Performers and Speakers
Let's Get Creative!
2006  

December

No issue for December 2006

November

The Power of Presence
Increasing Workplace Receptivity

October

Lots of Reading
and a Sneak Peek

September

Uncommon Actions
and Rare Opportunities

August
 

If We Can’t, Who Can? Walgreens Sets a New Standard for Employing People with Disabilities

July

Overlooked Barrier to Employment:
Ineffectiveness of Employment Organizations

June

Large Companies and Disability:
Eight Key Characteristics

May

Mr. Mxyzptlk Reports
That Most Disabled Americans Have Jobs

April

Small Business:
Boundless Opportunities

March

Disquieting Questions:
Signs of Hope and Change

February

Needing a Revolutionary Breakthrough:
Re-envisioning Disability

January

Disability Navigators:
In the wake of Katrina
2005  

December

Customized Employment FAQs
"... create a niche for the work they love..."

November

Achieving Equitable Workforce Participation
Interview with Tom Proszowski

October

Falling Through the Cracks - Follow up
and Proposing a National Call Center

September

Disability Employment Awareness
Falling Through the Cracks

August

Gifts and Talents
 

July

We Have Found the Enemy
and They are Us

June

Taking Pride
in That which Sets us Apart

May

Ticket to Work
- But She Don't Care

April

Sharing Expertise
-
Employer to Employer

March

Corporate Affinity Groups
 

February

It is Hard to "Go it Alone"
- Opportunities to band together

January

(No Lead Article)
 
2004  

December

No Issue this month.

November

Workforce Diversity
- Disability Excluded
October Bridging the Great Divide
- Between Job Developers and Employers
September Firsthand Experience
- Disability-related Career Issues.
August Employment Proposals
- Jobs waiting to be created.
July Best Practice: Partnership with CBO's
- Employers leveraging community resources.
June Meeting Invitations And Those Illusive Employers - Attracting employers to events.
May Making Change With Disability Dollars - People with disabilities as a customer base.
April Being Myth-informed About Employment and Disability - Common misconceptions.
March Radio Lessons
- Unused talents in ourselves and others.
February The Spirituality of Disability And Employment
- The preciousness of our lives.
January Networking: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
- Networking in the job search process.
2003  
December "Productivity"... And A Vision For The New Year - The importance of productivity.
November Ambassadors On The Foreign Soil Of The Workplace - The burden of the first employed.
October It Is All About Dreams
- The injustice of unemployment.
September Close Encounters Of The Enlightening Kind
- Changing attitudes through personal encounters.
August Enriching Our Workplaces - The importance of diversity in our lives and workplaces.
July Professionals With Disabilities: Playing Hard To Get? - The lack of professional associations.
June People With Disabilities (Like Everyone Else) Come In Ones - Everyone is unique.
May My World Too - Everyone has a place in this world, we just have to find it.
April Attitudinal Change
- Workplace attitudes still the biggest challenge.
March Whole Business Accommodations
- Effective accommodations for self employment.
February  

January

 

2002
October 28
August 14
July 26
July 1
June 7
June 7
May 18
April 3
March 19
March 19
January 8

 

 

2001
December 23
December 21
November
October 13
October 5
August 12
August 4
June 5
April 16
April 6
March 28

Feb 1

 

   
 

 


February 7, 2003

NEWS

IT Works Ability Awards – Nomination Deadline February 21
The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), the nation
's leading IT industry association, in cooperation with the University of Iowa Law, Health Policy & Disability Center's 'IT Works' project, has established the IT Works Ability Awards, a national awards program recognizing IT firms that have developed effective strategies to promote the employment and advancement of people with disabilities. 'Our research shows demand for skilled and trained information technology (IT) workers,' said ITAA President Harris N. Miller. 'Research also shows the percentage of working individuals with disabilities in high tech careers is substantially lower than the percentage of working people without a disability. By placing a spotlight on innovative hiring and advancement programs in this area, we hope to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in IT-related positions.'  http://www.itaa.org/workforce/gendoc.cfm?DocID=101

RESOURCES

Disability and Workforce Development
Each state/district/territory is required to submit a Workforce Investment Act report on an annual basis to the US Department of Labor. Many reports include some discussion of disability issues. The
National Center on Workforce and Disability has reviewed the Program Year 2000 reports and, state-by-state, published any reference to disability in the narrative. http://www.onestops.info/article.php?article_id=183

Employment Barrier: Rural Transportation
Especially in Rural Areas, transportation issues for people with disabilities are often a major obstacle to employment. On June 16 & 17 the National Summit on Transportation for People with Disabilities in Rural Settings will be held in Indianapolis. There is a call for Best Practice nominations – due March 1, 2003. Contact pshankland@gpcpd.org.  

Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a fact sheet for employers who are considering allowing an individual with a disability to telework as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. For individuals with disabilities, teleworking can expand the universe of potential and accessible employment. http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/telework.html

New Magazine - Deaf Lifestyle
A new lifestyle-type magazine for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing folks is about to be launched.
http://www.deafsuccess.com/home1/home1.html

Accessible Websites and Software
Making Educational Software and Web Sites Accessible: Design Guidelines Including Math and Science Solutions. Although it is geared to the education arena, this is a great reference guide for all publishers, software programmers and Web site developers. http://ncam.wgbh.org/cdrom/guideline/

Inclusion Coalition
Disability activist Judith Snow has announced her intention to develop a worldwide coalition of citizens committed to inclusion. The International Association for Inclusive Citizenship (IAIC) seeks membership (especially on founding committees), ideas, volunteer fundraisers, and assistance in getting the message out to other interested individuals. For more information, e-mail Judith at include_me2003@yahoo.ca or call 416-538-9344.

Self Employment Resources

* Small Business and Self-Employment Service: provides information, counseling, and referrals about self-employment and small business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities.  http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/sbses/

* The Emerging Workforce of Entrepreneurs with Disabilities: Preliminary Study of Entrepreneurship in Iowa http://www.its.uiowa.edu/law/lhpdc/publications/
moreinfo/entrepIA.html

* No More Job Interviews! Self Employment Strategies for People with Disabilities (Book)
http://www.diversityshop.com/store/interviews.html

* Online Discussion group on issues of self-employment for people with disabilities. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pwd_self-employment/
(To join, just send email to pwd_self-employment-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

Winners on Wheels
A really engaging website for young people who use wheelchairs.
www.wowusa.com

EVENTS

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
National Annual Meeting
May 13 – 15, Seattle, WA http://www.cosdonline.org/conferences/index.shtml

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January 26, 2003

NEWS

Mediation, Disability, National Origin Seminars for Small Business – Feb 4!!
The EEOC is sponsoring a nationwide satellite technical assistance seminar on February 4, 2003- especially targeted to small and mid-sized employers. The fee is $50 per person and will include a three hour national satellite program followed by a one hour local program providing the opportunity for discussion and information with local area EEOC staff. For details and locations see: http://www.eeoc.gov/outreach/satellite.html

32,000 New Jobs For People With Disabilities?!?!?
The US Department of Defense says they are planning to hire 32,000 people with disabilities. See: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Dec2002/
n12092002_200212093.html

By Default, Employer Held Responsible for Accommodation
In a recent ADA Settlement an employer was held responsible for purchasing needed equipment when a state agency reneged on their promise to provide it for their client. See: http://www.cabln.org/ada.htm#Settlements

Employer Incentives Not Effective?
The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a report on Business Tax Incentives. Titled: “Incentives to Employ Workers with Disabilities Receive Limited Use and Have an Uncertain Impact (GAO-03-39, December 11)”. It raises some serious questions about the effectiveness of financial incentives like the Work Opportunity Credit, the Disabled Access Credit, and the Barrier Removal Deduction. Printed copies may be ordered from the General Accounting Office: 202-512-6000 (voice), 202-512-2537 (TDD), 202-512-6061 (Fax). For details see: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-03-39

AWARDS

Employment for People with Disabilities - Award for Leadership
Bender Consulting Services, Inc., provides competitive employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities in the technology, human resources, finance/accounting, and engineering and general business fields. Annually, they make their Tony Coelho Award to a CEO, President, or government leader who has demonstrated a significant commitment to employ people with disabilities in competitive positions, and worked to influence other business and/or government leaders. Available to nominees from both the US and Canada, the 2002 award was presented to Diana Burke, of the RBC Financial Group, in Toronto, Canada.  To nominate someone for the 2003 award, please contact Joyce A. Bender, CEO of Bender Consulting Services of Canada, Inc. and Bender Consulting Services, Inc. at jbender@benderconsult.com.   

GRANTS

Scholarships for Women with Disabilities
The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc. (ELA) 2003 ELA Scholarship provides financial assistance to women with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university graduate program in the United States. Application is now available at http://www.ela.org

$400 million in Grants for Computer Equipment
The Beaumont Foundation will be giving out almost $400 million in computer equipment starting in 2003 – to schools and community organizations. They are especially interested in submissions for people who are “homebound” due to disability or illness. Details at: www.bmtfoundation.com/grants/

ARTICLES

High-Tech Tools Lower Barriers for Disabled
This informative article, published by the SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management), explains how the latest generation of assistive technology is helping even more people with disabilities perform valuable work. See: http://www.worksupport.com/topics/assist.asp

Attitudes and Technology Influence Employment Opportunities
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has reprinted an informative article on the impact of technology and attitudes on employment opportunities for people with disabilities. See: Website

RESOURCES

Providing Services to Foreign-born People with Disabilities
Some great new online resources to help service providers better meet the needs of people with disabilities that were born in China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, and other countries. From The Rehabilitation Provider's Guide to Cultures of the Foreign-Born. See: http://www.ncddr.org/du/products/focus/focus2

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) with Disabilities
National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) to Increase Employment Opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities seeks assistance in gathering information to be published in a directory with the working title of Promising Employment Practices for AAPIs with Disabilities. More information from Lucy Wong-Hernandez at lucywong@hawaii.edu or 808-956-5344 (voice) or 808-956-7878 (fax). Anyone who believes they are involved in a model program or project is invited to respond to the questionnaire at: http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu/products/pp.htm

Emergency Preparedness
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has a new online (text and pdf versions) Emergency Preparedness Initiative Guide on the Special Needs of People with Disabilities. Here: http://www.nod.org/cont/dsp_cont_item_view.cfm?viewType
=itemView&contentId=1267

Accommodating Deaf Attendees at Meetings
Straightforward guidelines for effectively conducting meetings with sign language interpreters. Here: http://www.cabln.org/deaf.htm#Meetings

How Can Blind People Access Information On Your Printed Documents?
The American Council of the Blind, with support from AT&T, has developed A Guide to Making Documents Accessible to People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. Here: http://www.acb.org/accessible-formats.html

Ticket to Hire: New Recruiting Resource for Employers
Ticket to Hire is being promoted as a new national service to connect employers with qualified job candidates with disabilities. It represents job seekers who are part of the new Ticket to Work program. For complete information, call 1-866-889-4473 or Email See: http://www.ssa.gov/work/Ticket/TicketHire.html

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

Customer Service for Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing Persons
The Canadian Hearing Society has developed helpful online resources for providing good customer service to people who are Deaf:
Guide for Retail Businesses at: http://www.chs.ca/info/access/busguide/retail.html
Guide for Restaurants at: http://www.chs.ca/info/access/busguide/food.html  
Guide for Medical Services at: http://www.chs.ca/info/access/busguide/medical.html

US Disability Policy, Legislation, Programs
For anyone interested in a quick tutorial of federal disability policy in the US, Cornell University's Independence project is a good summary of basic programs and initiatives. Here: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/ped/il/Independence/pol_choice.htm

Statistics on Disability: Prevalence, Employment Rates and Household Income
In an easy-to-use query format from Cornell University helps you quickly find Employment rates, Prevalence, and Mean Income of for working-age people with disabilities by state and/or by year (1981-1999) Here: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/ped/dep/rrtc_stats.html

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October 28, 2002

NEWS

Web Accessibility Becoming Mandatory?

Recently, a suit has been launched against American Airlines - alleging that as a “public accommodation”, their website should be accessible to all members of the public. See: http://www.adaaccessnow.org/internet.htm   We have also heard that, in January 1, 2003, a North Carolina law (SB 866 - amending North Carolina’s Persons with Disabilities Protection Act) may come into effect that will make web access mandatory for state and local governments as well as private employers with 15 or more full-time employees. From those kinds of developments, it seems likely that websites that are non-accessible may soon become a thing of the past. In October 2002, in a suit against Southwest Airlines, however, the judge ruled that the ADA “applies only to physical spaces, such as restaurants and movie theaters, and not to the Internet.” More Details: http://www.cabln.org/IT_Access.htm#Judge    

Batcanes?

The Batcane, developed by Sound Foresight Limited, is to be launched in the second quarter of 2003. Mirroring the navigational senses of bats, it uses ultrasonic echoes: signals which bounce off objects present in the environment, and feedback information to the cane. This covers the areas in front, to either side, and, uniquely, to the head height of the user. It also features tactile feedback designed to access a specific part of the brain used in mapping the surroundings. The Batcane gives users a more immediate awareness of their surroundings than has previously been possible. Want to see it in action? (You will need Real Player) Video Here:
http://www.soundforesight.co.uk/sf_bbctw
_real2%20352x288.ram  

AWARDS

Private Sector Principles

2003 Nonprofit Funding Competition Launched: Social Stimulus and the Keiretsu Forum Foundation have launched a $100k Nonprofit funding competition open to all US-based nonprofits. The grand prizewinner will receive at least $50K. The competition seeks to foster the broadest possible impact in the social sector using private sector principles. Entrants will be evaluated on sustainability, innovation and social impact. The deadline for nonprofit entrants is January 31, 2003 with the final recipients selected at the end of April 2003. http://www.pnnonline.org/article.php?sid=677      

RESOURCES

Video on Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment and Disabilities, a new 30 minute, closed-captioned, video tape contains 6 short vignettes featuring individuals who have successfully started their own small businesses. A wide variety of people with disabilities is represented. The tape illustrates how systems such as DD, VR, Social Security and Workforce Investment can work together to support innovation. Price: $59. Contact Program Development Associates toll free at 1-800-543-2119 or order online at www.pdassoc.com  

Online Video Re: Hiring Blind Employees

A great new online video on employing Blind/Visually Impaired people - “Hire Vision” Click Here: http://www.industryview.com/frameset.asp?BID=3    (Then click on American Foundation for the Blind - in the left-hand column.)

Psychiatric Disabilities and Employment

Accommodating Employees and Job Applicants With Psychiatric Disabilities in the Workplace - a brand new video that is an excellent introduction to people with common psychiatric disabilities and how to best accommodate them in the workplace. We liked it so much that we added it to our store! Employers have found the ADA-related information to be very useful - and job developers have found it to be a useful tool for educating employers.  http://www.diversityshop.com/store/PD.html  

Looking for Some Information to give to Employers?

The Business Case for Accessibility: How Accessibility-Awareness Strengthens Your Company’s Bottom Line - is an interesting online summary of employment & disability related issues/information from the Ontario Government’s Paths to Equal Opportunity. http://www.equalopportunity.on.ca/userfiles/item/
23549/BusAccess.pdf
 

Are You Working with Employers in California?

Introduce them to a great Network for information and resources – the California Business Leadership Network (CABLN). By becoming a Member (free), they will get a monthly Members-only Newsletter (See sample at: http://www.cabln.org/update02q3c.htm   and they will be invited to attend Educational Forums and network, on disability issues, with other employers. See: http://www.cabln.org  

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP)

A Training and Technical Assistance Project to Increase the Participation of People with Disabilities in National Service. NSIP builds connections between disability organizations and state commissions, offices, and service programs. http://www.serviceandinclusion.org  

New Federal Government Disability Site

The federal government has a new site for people with disabilities, containing information on the wide range of federal programs and services. It is intended to be a one-stop access to government disability information and resources as well as updates on the New Freedom Initiative. http://www.disabilityinfo.gov  

Workforce Development Focusing on Youth with Disabilities

A new website has been launched by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). The site contains useful information and resources for youth with disabilities and their families, service providers and other front line workers, administrators, policy makers, and employers. http://www.ncwd-youth.info  

Workforce Investment Act and Disability

The National Center on Workforce and Disability is a USDOL funded training and technical assistance center for One-Stops, Workforce Boards, and workforce development. Their website is full of information on employment of people with disabilities. On this site you can also sign up for NCWDs bi-weekly e-newsletter, which is delivered short, sweet, and full of useful information. http://www.onestops.info

Here are some examples of the useful information on their site:

Case studies of how disability (employment and training) organizations in Kentucky, Minnesota and Maine are adapting to WIA http://www.onestops.info/subcategory.php?subcat_id=45

WIA: Opportunities WIA for the Disability Community http://www.onestops.info/article.php?article_id=119&subcat_id=45    

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August 14, 2002

GRANTS

Customized Employment/Individual Choice

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces the availability of $600,000 to award one cooperative agreement. The desired outcome of this proposed technical assistance and training  effort is to work with providers using section 14(c) certificates to:  (1) evolve their programs to provide integrated employment outcomes (i.e., non section 14(c) employment) in non-stereotypical jobs based on customized employment strategies and individual choice; and (2) to increase wages of people with disabilities who are currently working at less than minimum wage through the use of customized employment strategies and individual choice. Deadline: September 4, 2002 Details: www.diversityworld.com/grants_tap.htm   

Telework

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, announces the availability of $1,000,000 to award one competitive grant to support the implementation and evaluation of three pilot demonstration projects involving DOL and two other Federal agencies over a period of 24 months  designed to evaluate the extent to and the manner in which various home-based telework/telecommuting arrangements can enhance the employment of people with disabilities. Deadline: September 4, 2002  Details: www.diversityworld.com/grants_tele.htm   

Faith-Based Initiatives

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in collaboration with the Office of the 21st Century Workforce (Office of 21CW), and the Center for Faith-Based Community Initiatives (CFBCI or Center), announce the availability of up to $300,000 to award approximately three to five grants, ranging in amounts between $60,000 to $100,000 each, to community and faith-based organizations to implement model employment programs for people with significant disabilities for the purposes of developing new or enhancing existing employment training and/or services. Deadline: September 4, 2002 Details: www.diversityworld.com/grants_faith.htm    

AWARDS

Accessible America

N.O.D. is launching its second annual Accessible America Competition, sponsored by the United Parcel Service. The $25,000 contest, open to towns and cities nationwide, highlights noteworthy progress in promoting the full and equal participation of citizens with disabilities in community life. Details at: Here   

Henry B. Betts Award

Individuals who have, in the course of their work, helped to lead the societal transformation that is producing dramatically better outcomes and higher expectations for the diverse groups that make up the disability community in the United States. receives an unrestricted $50,000 cash award and a commemorative crystal piece. Deadline October 4, 2002. Details: http://www.aapd-dc.org/docs/Betts2002app.html   Contact: Tracey Murray, AAPD Leadership Coordinator Phone: 770-232-9001 (voice only) or via E-mail: the-murrays@mindspring.com   

The Paul Hearne Leadership Awards

Up to five people with disabilities who are emerging as leaders in their respective fields will each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress as leaders. Deadline: November1, 2002. Details:
http://www.aapd-dc.org/docs/2002Hearneapp.html    
Contact: Tracey Murray, AAPD Leadership Coordinator Phone: 770-232-9001 (voice only) or via E-mail: the-murrays@mindspring.com   

EVENTS

Free Seminars for Small Employers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is conducting a series of free workshops for small businesses on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These workshops, which include information on tax incentives and community resources, are aimed at encouraging businesses with 15 to 100 employees to hire individuals with disabilities. If one of these events is taking place in your area, it may be in your best interest to help promote it. Find more info at: http://www.eeoc.gov/initiatives/nfi/index.html    

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July 26, 2002

RESOURCES/NEWS

July 26, 2002 – 12th Anniversary of the ADA and Justin Dart Jr. Memorial

Beginning this year, the Anniversary of the ADA will be celebrated along with remembrances of one of its greatest advocates, Justin Dart Jr. Justin, who died last month, asked that his memorial be held in conjunction with the ADA’s anniversary. This year, the press coverage of the ADA anniversary will be heightened by coverage of Justin Dart’s Memorial (see end of this email). (Our tribute to Justin is at http://www.diversityworld.com/Justin%20Dart.htm  )

Self Employment for People With Disabilities

If you are interested in this topic, we wanted to alert you to two resources… we have an active email discussion group, with over 130 participants, on this topic. To subscribe, simply send an email to pwd_self-employment-subscribe@yahoogroups.com    In our store, we also feature a terrific book: “No More job Interviews: Self employment strategies for people with disabilities”. See: http://www.diversityshop.com/store/interviews.html  

GRANTS

$6 Million in Employment Grants for People With Disabilities

Two new Grant solicitations have been announced by the Department of Labor for increasing and improving employment opportunities that allow individuals with disabilities to: (1) Move from nursing homes or other institutions and residential facilities into the community; (2) continue living in the community; (3) achieve economic self-sufficiency; and (4) attain full access to, and participation in, their communities. Up to $4 million for up to 27 Workforce Coordinating Grants ($100,000-150,000 per year up to five years). Up to $2 million for 2 to 4 Workforce Action Grants ($400,000 - $750,000 per year up to five years). Deadline for both: August 21, 2002 Details: http://www.diversityworld.com/grants_workFORCE.htm   

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

The Federal Office of Personnel Management has a new section of their Website devoted to employment of people with disabilities. http://www.opm.gov/disability/index.asp   

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July 1, 2002

RESOURCES/NEWS

Older Workers with Disabilities - ILO Research

The international Labor Organization (ILO) is preparing a paper on decent work for older workers with disabilities: their position in sheltered work settings as well as in the open labor market, policies and initiatives which ensure that they keep their jobs or learn new skills to access new forms of employment, economic traps that apply specifically to older workers, retirement issues, older family career issues.... The researchers are seeking grass roots input. If you are interested, send an email with a brief description of your experience to Nancy Breitenbach nbreit@club-internet.fr   

ADA Ruling - Health Risks are Grounds for Denial of Employment

June 10, 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that a business can deny a job to a person with a disability if that job would pose health risks for the individual in question. Advocacy Groups for people with disabilities assert that this ruling as further erodes the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act, undercuts worker rights and facilitates discrimination by employers. Details: http://www.cabln.org/ada.htm#health  

New Freedom Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for awards under President Bush's New Freedom Initiative. Deadline: July 22, 2002. Details: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-15744-filed  

GRANTS

Customized Employment Services

The Department of Labor is awarding 7 grants from $3.5 million in funds build the capacity in local One-Stop Centers to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities who may not now be regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system. Grants can be partnerships between One-Stops and community-based organizations. Deadline: August 12. Details: (Link not working)

Demonstration Grants for Youth with Disabilities

$2.5 million for up to 5 competitive grants to fund model demonstration programs designed to enhance the capacity of youth programs working in coordination with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). To be eligible, applicants must be local WIA grant recipients, fiscal agents for such grant recipients, Local Workforce Investment Boards (Local Boards), and/or competitively selected eligible youth service providers with formal agreements with such organizations. Deadline: August 12. Details: Here (Link not working)

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June 7, 2002 CANADA

New Canadian Email Newsletter

"The EnableLinker" is an E-zine (Email Magazine) that is linked to EnableLink ( http://www.enablelink.org  ), the website of the Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF). They have started this email newsletter to provide you with a quick and easy way to keep up with issues and events within the disability community in Canada. To SUBSCRIBE to the EnableLinker, send a blank email to: mailto:sub@enablelink.org

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June 7, 2002

GRANTS

Grants For Serving Minority Populations

"Capacity Building for Traditionally Underserved Populations" - grants to fund projects that provide training, technical assistance, or related activities to improve services provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act), especially services provided to individuals from minority backgrounds. Most of the funds will go to institutions of higher education; but three grants, under Priority 4 can go to community-based organizations. Application Deadline: June 24. Details: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2002-2/050902b.html

RESOURCES

All Ways Welcome - Video

A very fun and informative video that is great for disability awareness sessions. It was produced by the Ontario Department of Tourism - to help businesses in the tourism sector become more "disability friendly"; but it is general enough to be used for almost any audience. Approx 20 min. (VHS) Free from John Opiola 416-314-7353 or Peter Hitchcock 416-921-1021.

CALENDAR

Choose Work: Supporting Independence and Workforce Diversity

2002 Conference of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) is July 24th-27th 2002 in Minneapolis, MN. This conference will highlight best practices and innovations in the field, focusing on improving quality of service and making employment supports and technology available to all who want and need it. http://www.apse.org/mnconfernce/main.html

SPECIAL NOTICE

Job openings in DC - Deadline June 18!

The Office on Disability Employment Policy's mission is to provide leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. It has a key and critical role in influencing current and future employment opportunities for people with disabilities. ODEP has recently posted 16 job openings. It is important that these positions be filled with competent and visionary folks. Details: http://jobs2.quickhire.com/dol/show?view
=agency&family=0&page=5

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

Calculate the Number of People with Disabilities in Your City

Just follow these helpful instructions from the National Organization on Disability (NOD)
Here

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May 18, 2002

NEWS

ADA is Limited by Seniority Considerations

April 29, 2002: The Supreme Court ruled that Seniority policies take precedence over ADA considerations - they do not have to be overridden to accommodate employees with disabilities. Details at: http://www.cabln.org/ada.htm#Seniority

Overcoming Dyslexia

Great article profiling John Chambers of Cisco Systems; Richard Branson of Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways; Charles Schwab of Charles Schwab & Co., and Kinko's founder, Paul Orfalea. See: http://www.cabln.org/articles.htm#Overcoming 

Blind Economics?

The new Canadian $5 as Braille-like imprints to help visually impaired people identify different denominations. The set of six raised dots can be seen or felt in the upper-right-hand corner of the bill's face; the $10 bill, which was introduced last year, has two sets of raised dots. This is in sync with another recent development intended to assist the blind: Las Vegas casinos unveiled a new Braille-slot machine!

CALENDAR

Disability & Employment 2002

This is the RSA National Employment Conference. It is subtitled "Vocational Rehabilitation: where Partners Create Careers". Details will be announced shortly, but this conference is scheduled to be held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, August 19 -21. Call fro papers deadline is July 14, 2002. For information: jenn.rigger@ed.gov

Bridges to Employment: Exploring Options for Latinos with Disabilities

August 21-24, 2002, Anaheim, California. Sponsored by Proyecto Visión/Project Vision, the U.S. National Technical Assistance Center for Latinos with Disabilities based at the World Institute on Disability. For program information, contact Kathy Martinez, phone 510-251-4326 or email Kathy@wid.org  ; for registration and logistics, contact Daniel Gutierrez, phone 510-251-4327 or email Daniel@wid.org . Website: http://www.proyectovision.net

National Disability Mentoring Day (NDMD), October 16, 2002

Subtitled "Career Development for the 21st Century", NDMD promotes the employment of students and job-seekers with disabilities through one-on-one mentoring relationships with members of the business community. Last year, over 1,600 students and job seekers and hundreds of employers participated in more than 70 communities representing 32 states. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of this nation-wide initiative. For details, see www.aapd-dc.org/mentor.html

Rekindle the Flame, June 17, 2002, Santa Cruz, CA

New seminar from Denise Bissonnette. These are not easy times for folks in Human Service professions. Amidst such pressures as cutbacks, demanding caseloads/workloads and increased performance expectations, those in the helping professions are all-too vulnerable to discouragement and "burn-out". Designed to re-ignite the power, passion and purpose which originally drew people to the helping professions, this one day-intensive seminar intertwines poetry, parables, and practical applications to put soul back into the everyday realities of life on the job.  http://www.diversityworld.com/pts/rekindlesc.htm

RESOURCES

Free Web Site Accessibility Evaluation

A-Prompt (Accessibility Prompt) is a free software tool designed to improve the usability of HTML documents by evaluating Web pages for accessibility barriers and then providing developers with a fast and easy way to make the necessary repairs. http://aprompt.snow.utoronto.ca/index.html

Nationwide Phone Recycling Campaign to Benefit People With Disabilities

Sprint's wireless division announces a nationwide "call to action," asking consumers to donate previously used wireless phones at Sprint Stores and participating Easter Seals locations. Through Sprint Project Connect, donated wireless phones will either be recycled or resold with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Easter Seals and the National Organization on Disability.
http://www.pnnonline.org/corporate_giving/sprint041102.asp  

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

Free Web Accessibility Guide

Soaring Eagle Communications, in Canada,  produced the "Simplified Web Accessibility Guide". This publication is available on the Web, in both .HTML and .PDF formats. The Guide introduces and presents the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (the voluntary organization that develops and maintains the common standards and protocols for the Internet) in an easy to understand, easy to use question and answer format. http://www.webaccessguides.org  

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April 3, 2002

CALENDAR

Public Hearings on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) is holding a series of public meetings on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. OSERS is also seeking written comments on "how well the objectives of the Act are being accomplished and on any barriers to the effective implementation of the Act." Three more meetings are yet to be held: April 18 (Oakland, CA), May 9 (Dallas), June 19 (Washington, D.C.) See: Announcement: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-6536-filed

Public input on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act

The Employment and Training Administration is inviting public comment on two major workforce development issues: (1) what changes should the Administration propose to Titles I, III and V of the Workforce Investment Act, and (2) how can linkages between Title I and WIA and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program be improved. This is a good opportunity to advocate for changes that will improve the effectiveness of  services for people with disabilities. Public Forums are being held throughout the Country. Details on locations: http://usworkforce.org  Written submissions are also welcome. See: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-4724-filed

RSA National Employment Conference

Details will be announced shortly, but this conference is scheduled to be held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, August 19 -21

GRANTS

4500 Free Computers

Gateway is donating up to 4,500 computers (that were used in the Winter Olympic Games) to non-profit organizations. Applications will be online on April 2 at the following website; but you can register now for further information at: http://www.gateway.com/olympics/donations.shtml

New Technology Grants for Blind Persons

The Association of Blind Citizens has established the Assistive Technology Fund. The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. Technology must retail for a minimum of $200 with a maximum retail price of $6,000. Persons eligible to apply for assistance must have a family income of less than $50,000 and cash assets of less than $20,000.
http://www.assocofblindcitizens.org/assistive.html

RESOURCES

New Publication on Self-employment

No Lone Wolves: Partnering for Self-Employment Success, is a small book that provides 11 brief profiles of business owners with disabilities succeeding in Montana. Featured enterprises range from Edelen's Glass business (that grossed $750,000 last year!), to a retail store operated on a Reservation, to a vending machine operation, and a new beef Jerky company. This publication is a valuable resource for people with disabilities contemplating business start-ups. Send $15 to Nancy Maxson, Rural Institute, 634 Eddy St., University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812 More info: cgriffin@selway.umt.edu  

Nationwide Workshops for Small Business on Employing People with Disabilities

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is launching a nationwide series of workshops designed to share information on the employment of individuals with disabilities with small businesses nationwide. Targeting small business, the focus will be on the advantages of hiring people with disabilities and the workshops will address such topics as permissible questions during job interviews, reasonable accommodations, recruitment resources, and tax incentives. Seminars are currently scheduled for south Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Arizona, and Nevada. These events could be a great opportunity for local-area organizations to connect with new employers. For more information, contact: Joyce Walker-Jones or Michelle Zinman in the EEOC's Office of Legal Counsel at (202) 663-4637.

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

EmployABILITY

Do you want to see what an excellent Website on disability/employment looks like? Check out the EmployABILITY Network in California http://www.employ-ability.org/

Disability World

Interested in disability-related news from around the globe? Check out Disability World (No relation to Diversity World! LOL) http://www.disabilityworld.org

NEW IN OUR STORE (www.diversityshop.com)

A Pilgrim's Plea: The Journey of Spirit in Life and Work

New from Denise Bissonnette, this collection of poems both affirm us in our current life's journey and challenge us with new opportunities to live our lives with greater conviction and passion.  http://www.diversityshop.com/store/journeypoems.html

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March 19, 2002

CALENDAR

Webcast - March 20: The Definition of Disability Under the ADA and §504

As you are aware, a recent Supreme Court ruling limited the ADA's definition of disability - and restricted the number of individuals who would be protected under that law. This Webcast will explain and clarify this recent ruling. Presented by Brian East, Senior Attorney with Advocacy Inc. Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2002, 3:00 PM (Central Time) For info, go to http://www.ilru.org/online/index.html  and click on "Go to Current Web Cast and handouts".

Free Online Training on Web Accessibility

WebAIM will host a series of online training events that focus on accessibility during the month of April 2002. The topics covered during each of the five weeks will reflect an important area in web accessibility. This event will be free of charge and open to anyone interested in Web accessibility. For details, please see: http://www.webaim.org/training2002/index.php

RESOURCES

Disability News and Issues

Want to keep up-to-date on current disability-related news and issues? The Disability Grapevine is a great online newsletter. For more info, see: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabilityGrapeVine/  To subscribe, just send an email to: DisabilityGrapeVine-subscribe@yahoogroups.com  

Internships for People with Disabilities

Entry Point facilitates internship placements for students with disabilities who are in technical fields. For more info, see: http://www.entrypoint.org/

Software that Untangles Benefit Programs

WorkWORLD© (WW) is decision support software for personal computers designed to help people with disabilities, advocates, benefit counselors, and others explore and understand how to best use the work incentives associated with the various Federal and State disability and poverty benefit programs. It automates the computation of benefits, and takes into account the complex interaction of income, benefit programs, and work incentives. See: http://www.workworld.org/WWHome.html . To download the software, go to: http://www.workworld.org/DownloadMain.html

GRANTS

New Freedom Initiative Funding through NIDRR

Under President Bush's New Freedom Initiative, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has proposed funding priorities that include 5 new Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs). This has been published in the Federal Register - requesting both comments and Letters of Intent from prospective applicants . Comments must be received on or before April 11, 2002. For details, please see http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-5920-filed  . In his FY 2002 budget, the President also requested funding for the following NIDRR programs: $5 million for the Assistive Technology Development Fund. (Congress approved funding.) $3 million for the Interagency Committee on Disability Research. (Congress approved funding) $40 million in grants to states for micro-loans so that people with disabilities can purchase assistive technology. (Congress approved $37 million.) For additional information, contact Bill Peterson at NIDRR at william.peterson@ed.gov

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

Electronic Books

A new Napster-like file sharing site for electronic books  already has 7500 titles -- including the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy -- and volunteers are scanning hundreds more each month. These electronic texts are particularly useful for people with vision impairments because they can be easily fed into text-to-speech software. Downloading is free, BUT you have to prove you have a disability to do so; before using the site, you must submit a form certifying your disability. See: http://www.bookshare.org

IN OUR STORE

Access for All (Binder)

A terrific resource to help one-stop centers deliver quality services to customers with disabilities. One of the best compendiums of disability-related information that we have seen! A bargain at these prices! http://www.diversityshop.com/store/accessforall.html

New! A Pilgrim's Plea: Poems for the Journey (CD)

Don't you deserve a little inspiration now and then? This CD is a moving journey through 21 poems that are delightfully woven around subtle yet profound truths of the human experience in life and work. http://www.diversityshop.com/store/journeypoems.html

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March 19, 2002 CANADA

These item was added to the US Update:

30 Ways to Shine As A New Employee: May 6 & 7, Kenora, ON

Presented by Denise Bissonnette, 30 Ways to Shine will give you tools to provide outstanding support and guidance to new employees  - to ease their transition into the workplace and to enhance their ability to be productive and effective from the start! Details: http://www.diversityworld.com/pts/Kenora.htm

Home-based Employment for People with Disabilities

A New Publication is available online from the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies: "Best Practices in the Home-Based Employment of People with Disabilities". See: http://www.disabilitystudies.ca/teleworkbp.htm

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January 8, 2002

BREAKING NEWS!

January 8, 2002: Supreme Court Narrows Reach of the ADA

(Reuters) In a ruling that may affect millions of workers, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday narrowed the reach of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a law that bans job discrimination against disabled workers and requires employers to offer them reasonable accommodations. The justices said a lower court used the wrong standard in determining whether an impairment that prevents an employee from doing a specific, job-related manual task qualifies as a disability under the federal law. In the high court's opinion, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said the proper test instead involved whether the impairments prevented or restricted an individual from performing tasks ''that are of central importance to most people's daily lives.'' More details at http://www.cabln.org/ada.htm#Supreme

RESOURCES

Bank of America ADA Abilities Scholarship Program

For high school senior, high school graduate, or college students with a disability interested in pursuing a degree in Finance, Business or Computer Systems AND plan on a career with a banking institution. Additional requirements and application online. Deadline: February 15, 2002. 
http://www.scholarshipprograms.org/fsp_bankofamerica.html

CALENDAR

5 Live Webcasts from February to November 2002

Worksupport.com is offering live web broadcasts on the following topics: Self-Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, Social Security and The Ticket to Work, The Future Impact of Technology on Employment for People with Disabilities, Self-Determination: The Most Natural Support, and Supporting a Person with Difficult Behaviors. for details, see http://www.worksupport.com/topics/webcast.asp

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December 23, 2001

Community- Based Alternatives/Promoting Community Integration

As a part of his New Freedom Initiative, the President issued Executive Order 13217, "Community-Based Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities," on June 18, 2001. The Order calls upon the federal government to assist states and localities to swiftly implement the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C., stating: "The United States is committed to community-based alternatives for individuals with disabilities and recognizes that such services advance the best interests of the United States."

Ten federal agencies were formed the Interagency Council on Community Living to work collaboratively in this direction. On December 21, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson presented President Bush with a preliminary collective report:  Delivering on the Promise: Preliminary Report of Federal Agencies' Actions to Eliminate Barriers and Promote Community Integration. Individual reports of the agencies carrying out the Executive Order will be presented to the President in the near future.

The employment-related content of this report is below. The full report is online at http://www.hhs.gov/newfreedom/presidentrpt.html

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December 21, 2001

RESOURCES

Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders The Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education to establish the National Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities. Contact: Dr. Robert A. Stodden at 808-956-9119 stodden@hawaii.edu

CALENDAR

Assistive Technology Industry Association Annual Conference

January 16 -19, 2002, Orlando, FL This conference serves as a leading forum for a wide variety of professional presentations and discussion about new assistive technology, practical applications, and services. http://www.atia.org/conf_2002.html

More Events at: http://www.diversityworld.com/events/

GRANTS

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Employment and Training Administration (ETA), announces the availability of approximately $20 million to award competitive grants designed to enhance the employability, employment and career advancement of people with disabilities through enhanced service delivery in the new One-Stop delivery system established under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). Deadline: January 28, 2002 Contact: Ms. Yvonne Harrell, Grants Management Specialist, Fax (202) 693-2879 . (All inquiries should include the SGA number (DFA 02-101) and a contact name, fax and phone numbers.) This announcement will also be published on the Internet on the ETA's disAbility online Home Page at: http://wdsc.doleta.gov/disability/

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

Dismantling Attitudinal Barriers

Some tips for employers from RecruitABILITY http://www.disabledperson.com/RecruitABILITY/
emptips.htm#Dismantling

Department of Defense

Giving recognition to employees with disabilities... http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Dec2001/
n12182001_200112188.html

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November 13, 2001

RESOURCES

Emergency Preparedness

Wondering if your workplace has adequately prepared to accommodate employees and/or visitors in times of emergency or disaster? The Access Board has some great information and resources online at: http://www.access-board.gov/evac.htm  

CALENDAR

ADA a Deterrent to Employment?

In the 10 years following the passage of the ADA, employment rates for people with disabilities have decreased in the US. Some researchers attribute this decline to the ADA itself - suggesting it was, in effect, an unintentional deterrent to employers. This and related issues will be discussed tomorrow (Wednesday) on a Webcast beginning at 2:00 PM central time: Employment of People with Disabilities: U.S. Trends and State-to-State Comparisons For Details, See: http://www.ilru.org/online/handouts/index.html  To participate in the Webcast, see instructions at http://www.ilru.org/online/webcast.html  

Leading the Practice of Diversity

National conference of the Diversity Leadership Forum - professional association for diversity practitioners. December 2 - 3, 2001 Washington, DC http://www.diversityleadershipforum.org

More Events at: http://www.diversityworld.com/events/  

GRANTS

Employment and Training Administration

Approximately $6 million in competitive grant funds for multi-state employment and training projects serving people with disabilities. This skill training grant program targets projects that will provide multi-site training and other employment services to individuals with disabilities that result in long-term, unsubsidized employment. Grants will be between $300,000 and an absolute maximum of $500,000 for the first year with the possibility of two additional years of funding. Closing date for receipt of applications: December 21, 2001 For further information, call 202-693-2879 (Ref: SGA# DFA-02-100 On the Internet at: http://wdsc.doleta.gov/disability/htmldocs/soli.txt  or http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-27963-filed.pdf

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

Providing Employment Services? Are you using the Internet to your advantage?

Post your job seekers' resumes online now at RecruitABILITY. See suggestions at: http://www.disabledperson.com/RecruitABILITY/raagencies.htm

Sneak Peak - Self Employment

The Small Business Administration is just developing a website for entrepreneurs with disabilities: http://www.sbaresearch.org/

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October 13, 2001 CANADA

RESOURCES

Special 50% Discounts from Diversity World until October 31

For the month of October only, we are able to sell two terrific publications by Denise Bissonnette at 50% off the regular retail price. Beyond Traditional Job Development contains powerful insights and practical strategies for  helping others find employment. Cultivating True Livelihood an exciting new "activity-based placement" approach to delivering employment services for work-seekers! See our home page: http://www.diversityworld.com/

Tips for Employing People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Online resource for employers content developed by the University of Arkansas. http://www.disabledperson.com/RecruitABILITY/empdeaf.htm

CALENDAR

Tools for Success: Effective Strategies for Disability in the Workplace

A fabulous event for both Employers and service agencies - the annual summit of the Business Leadership Network. October 22 - 24, Des Moines, IA http://www.usbln.com/about/summit2001/index.html

Accessing Self Employment: Conference for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities will have the opportunity to meet, network and learn in a two-day forum geared towards those interested in starting or enhancing their own businesses. Victoria, BC October 31 & November 1, 2001
http://www.islandnet.com/~drc/conference.html

Taking the Winning Hand into the Future

Numerous sessions on self-employment for persons with disabilities. November 12 - 14, Reno, NV http://www.naddc.org/Conferences/Fall%20Conference%2001.htm

Farming Seeds for a New Tomorrow

Conference of the Farmers with Disabilities Program. November 14 & 15, 2001 Saskatoon, SK. Email: provservices@abilitiescouncil.sk.ca  

National Supported Employment Conference

This festival of ideas will address how persons with disabilities can make a smooth transition to full participation in the workforce. November 28-30, 2001 Halifax, Nova Scotia. For further information, Email: wlevy@accesswave.ca

28th Annual National Consultation on Career Development (NATCON)

The largest bilingual (English/French) international conference addressing career development and employment-related issues. January 21 - 23, 2002, Ottawa, Canada http://www.natcon-conat.utoronto.ca/english/index.htm

International Forum on Disability Management

Disability Management/Work Retention is a rapidly emerging field; the leadership, innovation and best practices offered through this forum May 27 - 29, 2001 Vancouver, BC  
http://www.disabilityworld.org/07-08_01/conferences/mgmtconf.shtml

More Events at: http://www.diversityworld.com/events%20disability.htm#Oct01

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

HandSpeak

This Online guide to sign language is fascinating and effective. Pick your word and see a demonstration of how to say it in American Sign Language. http://www.handspeak.com

HotBraille

Send someone a letter in Braille! Just email your letter to these folks and, for free, they will translate it to Braille and send it on to your intended recipient! http://www.hotbraille.com

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October 5, 2001

RESOURCES

Access for All

A comprehensive manual for delivering One-stop services to customers with disabilities, Access for All is a fantastic book - full of great disability-related information. Also a great resource for community agencies who want a better understanding of WIA and the One-stop system. http://www.diversityshop.com/store/accessforall.html

Special 50% Discounts from Diversity World until October 31

For the month of October only, we are able to sell two terrific publications by Denise Bissonnette at 50% off the regular retail price. Beyond Traditional Job Development contains powerful insights and practical strategies for  helping others find employment. Cultivating True Livelihood an exciting new "activity-based placement" approach to delivering employment services for work-seekers! See our home page: http://www.diversityworld.com

New Manual on Self Employment:

Making the Road By Taking it: Team and Individual Exercises for Self-Employment Training. The manual is designed for trainers to use in teaching rehabilitation staff the principles of business development, but can also be used to guide the development of key elements in business planning, business feasibility, marketing and sales strategies., etc. The manual is $10 per copy (shipping included). Contact: Nancy Maxson maxson@selway.umt.edu  406-243-2458

Tips for Employing People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Online resource for employers content developed by the University of Arkansas. http://www.disabledperson.com/RecruitABILITY/empdeaf.htm

GRANTS

Grants Announced

Research & Innovation to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities [CFDA# 84.324] Several new grant programs including one for new or improved approaches to support students with disabilities who are pursuing post-school employment. (84.324M) Details on all grants at http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2001-3/092801a.html

CALENDAR

"Win With Ability" NDEAM 2001

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Text of the official Presidential Proclamation is at: http://www.cabln.org/NDEAM2001.htm

Tools for Success: Effective Strategies for Disability in the Workplace

A fabulous event for both Employers and service agencies - the annual summit of the Business Leadership Network. October 22 - 24, Des Moines, IA http://www.usbln.com/about/summit2001/index.html

Taking the Winning Hand into the Future

Numerous sessions on self-employment for persons with disabilities. November 12 - 14, Reno, NV http://www.naddc.org/Conferences/Fall%20Conference%2001.htm

More Events at: http://www.diversityworld.com/events%20disability.htm#Oct01

INTERESTING ON THE WEB

HandSpeak

This Online guide to sign language is fascinating and effective. Pick your word and see a demonstration of how to say it in American Sign Language. http://www.handspeak.com

HotBraille

Send someone a letter in Braille! Just email your letter to these folks and, for free, they will translate it to Braille and send it on to your intended recipient! http://www.hotbraille.com

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August 12, 2001 CANADA

Tips for Employers

Tips on Recruiting People with Disabilities http://www.disabledperson.com/RecruitABILITY/raemployers2.htm

Training Event for Job Developers! - September 13 & 14, 2001

Denise Bissonnette will be training on Beyond Traditional Job Development in London, Ontario. See: http://www.tealondon.on.ca/prof_dev.htm

More Training Events with Denise Bissonnette: http://www.diversityworld.com/denise_events.htm

Computer Technologies

Broken down by disability, this booklet provides information on what close to 1000 college and university students with disabilities in Canada reported about the types and brands of computer and adaptive computer technologies that are useful to them. The booklet is online in html at: http://omega.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/adaptech/booklete.htm

Workplace Accommodations

The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation has a great article online: The Duty to Accommodate in the Canadian Workplace. http://216.13.114.21/workink/national/Lynk/lynk.htm

Resource for Employers

Conference Board of Canada has produced a booklet on Tapping the Talents of People with Disabilities. Available in pdf format at: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/pdfs/disability.pdf

Jobs for People With Disabilities in the Sports Industry - Conference

Challenge 2001: Disabled Sports Employment Conference will be held September 5 - 7, 2001 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. Details: http://www.dsusa.org/empconf-info.htm

National Business Leadership Network Conference, October 22 - 24 - Event

Particularly aimed at Employers' concerns, this promises to be a great conference to improve employment services to people with disabilities. (Note: Business Leadership networks are forming in Manitoba and British Columbia.) Conference Details: http://www.usbln.com/about/summit2001/index.html

Greater Vancouver BLN

http://www.gvbln.ca/

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August 4, 2001

RecruitABILITY Website, Online Recruiting - Resources

http://www.recruitability.org

Advisory Committee on Youth - Nominations

The Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities is forming an Advisory Committee to help develop policy on youth employment issues. The culturally diverse group of approximately 15 young people, representing a variety of disabling conditions, localities, and viewpoints will be appointed by the Secretary of Labor. Members must be between the ages of 14 and 28 and will serve from the date of their appointment until the expiration of the Task Force on July 26, 2002. Self-nominations are acceptable. For Further Information or to apply,  Contact: Richard Horne Senior Policy Analyst, Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room S-2220, Washington, DC 20210at 202-693-4939

Youth With Disabilities - Grants

Grants to fund model demonstration programs designed to enhance the capacity of youth programs to serve youth with disabilities. Up to nine competitive grants will be awarded in the range of $350,000 to $500,000. These awards are for a two-year period of performance. Deadline: August 29, 2001. Details at: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-18940-filed    For further information, email willis-cassandra@dol.gov .

Improving One-Stop Services - Grants

$3.5 million to award up to seven competitive grants for strategic planning and implementation activities designed to improve the employment and career advancement of people with disabilities through the new One-Stop delivery system. Grants are restricted to Local Workforce Investment Boards (Local Boards) as established under the Workforce Investment Act ; but can be submitted in collaboration with other organizations. Deadline: August 20, 2001. Details: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-18209-filed

Start Up High School/High Tech Programs for Youth with Disabilities - Grants

Eight competitive grants in the amount of $50,000 each. Deadline: August 20, 2001 Details: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-18208-filed

Jobs for People With Disabilities in the Sports Industry - Conference

Challenge 2001: Disabled Sports Employment Conference will be held September 5 - 7, 2001 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. Details: http://www.dsusa.org/empconf-info.htm

National Business Leadership Network Conference, October 22 - 24 - Event

Particularly aimed at Employers' concerns, this promises to be a great conference to improve employment services to people with disabilities. Details: http://www.usbln.com/about/summit2001/index.html

More Disability/Employment Events: http://www.diversityworld.com/events%20disability.htm

Disability Mentoring Day, October 24, 2001 - Event

An opportunity to create opportunities for students with disabilities to learn about different employers and to meet one-on-one with mentors who can offer insight and advice about career paths.  Info: http://www.cabln.org/mentoring_day.htm  For details, email: ImparatoA@aol.com

Job Development, August 23 & 24 and 27 & 28 - Training

Based on her best-selling book, Denise Bissonnette will be presenting "Beyond Traditional Job Development" at two locations in California later this month. Details: http://www.diversityworld.com

For Employers: Free CD ROM on the ADA

A complete collection of the Department of Justice’s ADA materials. It includes the Department’s regulations, architectural design standards, and technical assistance publications.  Detail: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adatacd1.htm

Interesting Websites - check them out!

http://www.esightcareers.net/  - Career Site for people who are visually impaired or physically disabled

http://www.hirepotential.com/  - Assists employers with accommodating and employing the "Untapped Workforce"

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June 5, 2001

Grants For Demonstration Projects

Focus: Model vocational rehabilitation demonstration projects that use innovative methods to promote high-quality employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Awards: 6 Awards of $225,000 to $300,000 each for five years. Deadline: July 18, 2001 Details: See http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/
announcements/2001-2/051401f.html  (If that doesn't work, go to http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/  Use the "Find" function and type in 84.235M)

New Book - Working with People With Disabilities!

Richard Pimentel has written an excellent new book for people charged with developing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. For details, see http://www.diversityshop.com/store/disability.html  

RecruitABILITY - Online Recruiting for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Job Seekers with disabilities can post their resumes and Employers can search them for Free. See: http://www.disabledperson.com/recruitability.asp  

Diversity World Website is "Bobby" Approved

We are pleased to announce that we have totally redesigned our website in order to meet "Bobby" standards for accessiblity. If you have a Website, consider using the user-friendly Bobby tool to make it accessible. See: http://www.cast.org/bobby/  

Job Developers on the Beach in August

Join Denise Bissonnette for an exciting two-day seminar on Beyond Traditional Job Development (while overlooking the beach in Santa Cruz) on August 27 & 28, 2001. Details on our Website www.diversityworld.com

Interesting Websites

If you are doing some web-surfing, here are some great sites to visit:

Ability Forum http://www.abilityforum.com/  

Work Support http://www.worksupport.com  

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April 6, 2001

New National Recruiting Service

EARN is a new national service designed to assist employers in locating potential employees with disabilities in their own geographic area. An employer seeking to fill a specific position may contact EARN with the job specifications. EARN staff will then search a database of local employment providers who may have appropriate job candidates with disabilities and send that information back to the employer. For information, see: Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN)

National Business Leadership Network (BLN) Website

BLNs are operating now in 28 States - networks for employers who want to be proactive about employing people with disabilities. The new national website is at:
http://www.usbln.com

53 Million Americans with Disabilities (1 in 5)

This and other data just released from 1997 census findings: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2001/cb01-46.html

Online Courses in Accessible Web Design

Beginners Barrier-free Web Design Workshop (next course April 30, 2001)
Barrier-free Advanced Accessible Web Design (next course July 2, 2001)
See here for details: http://www.rit.edu/~easi/workshop.htm

The Best $9 You Will Ever Spend On Employee Performance and Job Retention

Ordered in quantity, Denise Bissonnette's new book "30 Ways to Shine as a New Employee" can cost as little as $9 per person. Designed primarily for “front line” workers, this book is an outstanding tool for new employee Orientation and Mentoring programs. See: http://www.diversityshop.com/store/career.html

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April 16, 2001

Free Weekly Email Newsletter on Accessibility

Microsoft offers a free weekly email newsletter on Accessibility issues. For details, see http://www.microsoft.com/enable/news/subscribe.htm  

Disability Information Technology (IT) Initiative

A new $2.8 million fund has been established to assist people with disabilities to enter high-tech careers. Grants of $300k - $600k will be awarded to "Consortiums" of  public, private non-profit and for-profit entities. Deadline: May 15, 2001 For complete details, see the "News" column on the California business Leadership Network's home page: www.cabln.org  

Leadership Awards

Up to 10 people with disabilities who are emerging as leaders in their respective fields will each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress as leaders.  Nominations deadline is July 26, 2001 For details, see:  http://www.aapd-dc.org/docs/2001awards.html  

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March 28, 2001 CANADA

Directory for Accessibility

The Ontario March of Dimes has developed a great online directory of products and services that can increase employment-related access for people with disabilities. http://209.227.217.26/dbsearch/public/searchpage.cfm  

eAffinity Groups - Self Employment

Diversity world has started several new email discussion groups. The one on self employment for people with disabilities is particularly active! For more information, see: http://www.diversityworld.com/affinity.htm  

WorkInk

If you aren't familiar with it, you need to visit the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work's virtual employment resource centre. Probably the best site of its kind on the Web! http://www.workink.com  

Retention and Beyond - May 17 & 18 Red Deer, AB

Denise Bissonnette will be delivering this 2-day seminar sponsored by Employment Placement and Support Services. For details, contact:  ken@epssworks.com  

Online Courses in Accessible Web Design

Beginners Barrier-free Web Design Workshop (next course April 30, 2001)
Barrier-free Advanced Accessible Web Design (next course April 2, 2001)
See here for details: http://www.rit.edu/~easi/workshop.htm  

Canada's Network for Entrepreneurs With Disabilities

(NEWD) is a great resource for would-be entrepreneurs. Visit their new Website at http://www.entrepreneurdisability.org/  

Inclusion by Design: Planning the Barrier-Free World

This event will bring together the policy makers, educators, professionals and individuals who can focus on the implementation of design and equal access for all people. http://www.ccrw.org/worldcongress/sum-eng.htm  

The best $14 you will ever spend on Job Retention

Ordered in quantity, the new book "30 Ways to Shine as a New Employee" can cost as little as $14 per person. Excellent for job clubs and post-placement support programs. See: http://www.diversityshop.com/store/career.html  

Duty to Accommodate in Ontario

Policy and guidelines were released by the Ontario Human Rights Commission on March 22, 2001.  http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/disability-policy.shtml  

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Feb 1, 2001

disABLEDperson.com - Resume Data Base

Job Seekers with disabilities can post their resumes for free on the new Diversity Recruiting section of this website. The exciting news is that employers can also search the data base for free! If you run employment services for people with disabilities, you can have your job seekers post their resumes and then encourage local employers to use this site (for free) to find them! See: http://www.disabledperson.com  Or, simply send your resume, as a Word attachment, to disabledpersons@aol.com  

$204 Million Funding for Collaboration between Schools and Community-Based Organizations

A variety of "Community Learning Centers" projects will be funded through these monies - included targets are "employment counseling, training and employment" and "individuals with disabilities". Applications due March 30, 2001 See: http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc/  

Health and Human Services Grants - People with Disabilities

January 10 - HHS announced $70 million in grants to states to increase programs for people with disabilities. $8 million targeted at community-based personal assistance - including support fro self-employment. See: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2001pres/20010110.html  For more info, email: mhennegh@os.dhhs.gov  

Increases to Eligible SSA Earnings - 3 New Rules

Effective January 1, 2001 One rule increases the monthly substantial gainful activity amount from $700 to $740 a month. A second rule allows beneficiaries to earn up to $530 a month (increase from $200/month before that month will count as a trial work period month. A third rule allows for more income ($5200 annual) to be excluded when a student who receives Supplemental Security Income returns to work. See: http://www.ssa.gov/work/ResourcesToolkit/rules.html  

 

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