Newsletter: November 26, 2008

Northeast ADA November 26, 2008 News Bulletin

What's New in the Northeast:

DBTAC Northeast Conducts Successful Train the Trainer Network:

On November 19th and 20th over 25 professionals from throughout New York and New Jersey gathered in Amherst, NY to participate in the DBTAC Northeast's Train the Trainer Network. Participants received necessary training and materials to implement several of our basic trainings to their area's constituents on a variety of disability related topics spanning the five titles of the ADA. We are excited to continue the expansion of our network of qualified trainers. We encourage you to consider your future training needs and contact us to locate a trainer in your area!  Call 1-800-949-4232 for more information.

Dunkirk City, New York Court to Address Mental Health Issues:

The Dunkirk City Mental Health Court is slated to begin hearing cases on December 4, 2008 and hopes to have a positive effect on individuals with a diagnosed mental illness who find themselves in the legal system. This Court seeks to link defendants whose mental illness is related to their criminal justice involvement to Court supervised, community-based treatment thereby improving the well being of people with mental illness. Read more at:

New Jersey's Promises Accessible Listings for the Disabled: announced its launch as the first job portal and social network that allows working-age people withdisabilities to connect to peers, mentors, employers, advocacy groups, and a network of national service providers dedicated to the career advancement of individuals with disabilities.  Read more about how this resource can benefit both the job seeker and the employer at:


What's New in the Rest of the Country:

National Council on Disability Monthly Bulletin:

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released its Monthly Bulletin which includes reports on the current state of health care for people with disabilities, serving service members and veterans with post traumatic stress disorder traumatic brain injury, the 2008 Housing Initiative, workforce infrastructure in support of people with disabilities, and several other topics. The NCD is an independent federal agency composed of members appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. NCD provides advice to the President, Congress, and executive branch agencies to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities and to empower said individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. The Bulletin is available at:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Vote YES to New Radio Technology:

During the historic election in early November, some of our country's deaf and hard of hearing citizens were voting on something else of great significance- the future of captioned radio broadcasts that would allow hearing impaired people to experience live radio coverage for the first time. National Public Radio, Harris Corporation and Towson University partnered to provide live demonstrations of this technology throughout the country. This resulted in three-quarters of the people watching indicating they would now be interested in purchasing captioned radio displays.  Read more at:

New Technology can Enable One to Drive a Wheelchair with their Tongue:

Electrical and computer engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed new assistive technology that would allow one's tongue to control the movement of a wheelchair, as well as other devices such as a computer cursor.  Read more at:

Opportunities for YOU:

Panel Discussion on the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA):

Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the Cornell Law School, and Proskauer Rose LLP will sponsor and feature a panel of experts from their organizations, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, to provide an overview of the ADAAA, and discuss its potential impact regarding EEOC regulations, employment rates of people with disabilities, and litigation.

When:  Tuesday December 9, 2008 from 6:00-8:30pm

Where:  Cornell University ILR Conference Center, 16 East 34th Street, 6th floor, New York, New York 10016.

Fee: $85 (includes materials and light refreshments)

CLE Credit:  2.5 CLEs- Professional Practice (Transitional & Non-Transitional)

Register:  Call 212-340-2866 or Email

25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities:

The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii invites you to the 25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities on May 4-5, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the tradition of PacRim, the 2009 conference will revisit familiar themes and explore new directions through scholarship, best practice, and international networking. There will be several pre and post conference sessions, an international film festival and the 2nd Annual International Forum: Securing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Eradicating Poverty.  For information on how to register and the call for papers, visit:


Special Spotlight: Welcoming Our Veterans Back into the Workforce:

November 11th was Veterans' Day and always provides us an opportunity to highlight the value of these dedicated individuals. As our veterans return home from service, more large and small businesses are realizing that hiring returning vets is not just a good thing to do, it also makes good business sense.  The following articles and resources offer you more information and assistance on reintegrating veterans back into our workforce:

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Business Sense article:

Hire Vets First:  a comprehensive career website geared toward managers, human resources specialists, and veterans, which offers resources one would need to match employment opportunities with veterans:

America's Heroes at Work:  online resource managed jointly by ODEP and Veterans' Employment and Training Service to assist employers and human resource professionals with helping veterans who have traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder return to work:  

The National Resource Directory:  an online partnership of "shared care" providing information on, and access to, services and resources for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, their families and families of the fallen, and those who support them from recovery and rehabilitation to community reintegration.

It is maintained by the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs. The information in the Directory is from federal, state, and local governmental agencies; veteran service and benefit organizations; non-profit community-based and faith-based organizations; academic institutions; professional associations and philanthropic organizations:


See you in a few weeks!!!