Newsletter: October 14, 2011

October 14, 2011 Northeast ADA Center News Bulletin

What’s New in Our Region:


2011 Global Veterans Career Expo November 7th in New York City (NYC):

The NYC Business Leadership Network is partnering with Hire Disability Solutions to host another Global Veteran’s Career Expo on November 7th from 9:00am-3:00pm in NYC aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The expo is designed for any company, including those outside of NYC, who is seeking to hire qualified Veterans. For more information go to:


Disability Inclusive Diversity Conference in New Jersey (NJ) November 3rd:

The Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) 12th annual National Conference, “Exploring Disability-Inclusive Diversity”, will be November 3rd at Hyatt Morristown in Morristown, NJ. Presentation topics will include veterans with disabilities, employment challenges for students with disabilities and an employer panel discussion on the conference’s theme. Learn more and register at:


Applications Available for 2012 NYS Partners in Policymaking Program:

The New York State Partners in Policymaking program will be back again in 2012 with new content based on the successes experienced in 2011 utilizing a blended interactive distance learning format.  The program, presented by Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute and the Advocacy Center of Rochester, is based on the national model of Partners in Policymaking.  The learning format enables more individuals to avail themselves of this valuable training. The NYS Partners program also continues to seek Partners graduates.  If you are a Partners graduate, or interested in applying for the 2012 program, please visit the NYS Partners website at


New York City (NYC) Hotel Will Make Changes to Aid People with Disabilities:

The Grammercy Park Hotel in NYC has agreed to make the facility more accessible after an investigation which brought to light all of the violations that were not in compliance with the ADA. The investigation began after complaints were filed by a “profoundly deaf” guest who was denied a Telephone Device for the Deaf during both of his stays in 1996 and 2004. To see the changes that the hotel will make, please visit


What’s New in the Rest of the Country:

Guidance on Workforce System Participation in Ticket to Work Program:

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Agency and Office of Disability Employment Policy released Training and Employment Notice (TEN) No. 06-11, “Increasing the Public Workforce Development System’s Participation In The Ticket to Work Program for Disability Beneficiaries.” The TEN’s purpose is to provide updated information to the state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards, and One-Stop Career Centers on the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program, including changes to the Social Security Administration’s policies for Employment Networks.  Access the Notice at:


DOJ Settles Disability Discrimination Case with Law School Admission Council:

A new ADA settlement agreement with the Law School Admission Council, Inc. by the Department of Justice has been added.  The agreement covers providing accommodations on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for a person with ADD, Learning Disability, and a physical disability.  Read the entire agreement at:


Examining Accessibility Standards for Travel Websites and Self-Service Kiosks:

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing to implement a new set of rules around access to air travel information. Online and computerized self-service technology have become commonplace in the travel industry. However, this move has created barriers for those who are visually impaired. As a result of the new ADA regulations regarding access to information, the DOT is proposing that air travel websites and automatic airport check-in kiosks be made accessible to people with disabilities and is currently seeking input from the public on this matter. Read more at:  The DOT is also working with the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI) to make it easier for the public to comment on these proposed new federal regulations. Travelers with disabilities, Web designers, usability experts and others with an interest can use CeRI's online participation site, Regulation Room, to get easy-to-read explanations of the proposal, look at the cost and benefit estimates and discuss how the proposal could be improved. CeRI will summarize the Regulation Room discussion and submit it as a public comment that DOT can consider as it finalizes these regulations. Read more at:


Making Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) More Accessible:

The Department of Justice introduced new accessibility rules for ATMs. These rules require advanced instructional and security features for customers who are blind or have certain physical disabilities that few banks currently meet. For example, ATMs will have to include audio-based capabilities for all features on the machine. Banks will have to assess whether non-compliant machines will be worth upgrading or replacing. The ADA rules and new data security standards from the card industry present a significant expense for banks, pushing many to consider outsourcing the ATMs. Banks must meet the new standards by March 2012. Read more at:


Autism Act Clears Senate:

The U.S. Senate finally approved an extension of the Combating Autism Act on September 26th. The Act was set to expire at the end of September, but the reauthorization was blocked by a small group of Republicans. The measure calls for $231 million for each of the next three years to fund autism research, training, prevalence tracking, education, early identification and intervention programs. Read more at:


Disability Employment Remains Low in September:

Even though the economy added 103,000 jobs in September, the unemployment rate remained at 16.1 percent for people with disabilities, unchanged from August and significantly higher than the jobless rate of 14.8 percent reported last year at this same time. Read more at:


Opportunities for You!


Applications for American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarships Due November 15th:

Eligible applicants must be enrolled full time in an undergraduate school or part time in a graduate school, have a documented disability, and be a U.S. citizen. Preference will be given to students majoring public health, disability studies, health promotion, or related field. Applications are due November 15th. For more details on the scholarship and application requirements and process, go to:


2010 ADA Regulations & the Arts Ticketing Free Webinar Series:

The Great Lakes ADA Center and the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Program is providing five free webinars between October 12th and November 9th on the ADA 2010 Regulations for accessible seating and ticketing. For more details on each webinar’s specific topic and to register, go to:


Job Development Web Course October 26th- November 8th:

The Training Resource Network, Inc. has opened registration for its 2-week, 18 hour web training covering key principles and hands-on tools for job development for youth and adults with disabilities, with a focus on marketing and job development. Participants will learn to approach employers and represent job seekers with confidence. Registration is $149. To register, go to:


Take Survey on Employment Issues for People with Disabilities:

Share your unique perspective on emerging employment issues such as disability disclosure in the workplace, leave as a reasonable accommodation, and job applicant screening. The survey is co-sponsored by the American Association of People with Disabilities and Cornell University and the results will provide a foundation for guiding policy change around these issues. Take the brief survey at:


Comment on Rights-of-Way Guidelines by November 23rd:

The U.S. Access Board has issued proposed guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way that are available for public comment until November 23rd. The guidelines address access to newly built or altered streets and sidewalks and provide design criteria for pedestrian access routes, street crossings, curb ramps and blended transitions, on-street parking, street furniture, and other elements. Read more at:


Special Spotlight-  October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month:


October has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is "Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities," which promotes the valuable contributions people with disabilities make to America's workplaces and economy. Learn more about NDEAM and order posters, available in English, Spanish, and other languages, at: Read on to learn more about local, state/territory, and national efforts to celebrate this month!


Presidential Proclamation of NDEAM:


Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is October 19th: To learn about how to participate and connect to the American Association of People with Disabilities national DMD sponsors, visit:  To learn more about DMD, go to:


ODEP continues funding organizations focused on improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities:


U.S. Business Leadership Network, U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation join to create a series of success profiles of just a few of the 4.9 million individuals with disabilities contributing to our workforce and economy:


Think Beyond the Label launches online tool to help businesses realize the benefits, including financial, of hiring someone with a disability:


Diversity Best Practices organization recognizes NDEAM:


ODEP's Campaign for Disability Employment's award- winning “I Can” public service announcement is scheduled for another round of airing on radio and TV.  To date, the PSA has resulted in more than 37,000 national television airing and 514,000,000 TV media impressions. To read more, and to watch the PSA, go to:


The Employer Assistance and Resource Network will be hosting weekly webinars in celebration of NDEAM.  The brief webinars will take place every Thursday in October from 2:00-2:30pm ET. Remaining dates and topics include: October 20: EEOC Charge Data: What We Can Learn About the Employment of Persons with Disabilities; and October 27: The Workforce Recruitment Program: Tapping the Talent of Students and Graduates with Disabilities. Learn more at: