Newsletter: October 13, 2010

Northeast ADA Center October 12, 2010 News Bulletin


What's New in Our Region:

Free Webinar on New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the ADA:

On October 21st from 1:00-2:30pm EST, the Northeast ADA Center will provide their next monthly webinar, "Intersections & Crossroads: New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the ADA". Facilitated by LaWanda Cook, Ph.D., Northeast ADA Center, and Frank Vespa-Papaleo, Attorney with significant experience in New Jersey (NJ) civil rights legislation, this webinar will review and compare the major features of the ADA and NJ State Law across several areas of life, focusing on employment, housing and other areas of program and physical accessibility. This may be of interest to people with disabilities, affirmative action/diversity managers, ADA Coordinators, and professionals who work in public sector, legal, human resource, education, and disability-related fields. To register go to:


Free ADA Training for the Virgin Islands in November:

The Northeast ADA Center is providing follow up training for members of our ADA Trainer Network as well as a day of professional development open to anyone within Virgin Islands, all free of charge! We will be providing training on November 4th and 5th on St. Croix and November 8th and 9th on St. John. For more details and registration information, please visit our website at:

or call us toll free at 1.800.949.4232.

NJ Honors Business Leaders for Providing Jobs to People with Disabilities:

New Jersey Senator Bateman will join the Arc of Somerset County in honoring over 40 local businesses who provide employment opportunities for more than 200 people with disabilities at the "Celebration of Partnerships for Employ-ability" event on October 22nd from 2:00-3:30pm in Branchburg, NJ. This event is free and open to the public and is in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Read more about the event and companies being honored here:

19na. Conferencia OPPI en Puerto Rico:

La Oficina del Procurador de las Personas con Impedimentos (OPPI) en Puerto Rico, llevará a cabo su 19na. Conferencia Anual enfocada en el tema de: "El Rol del Intercesor como Figura Central de la Protección y Defensa de los Derechos de las Personas con Impedimentos", el 17 de noviembre en el Hotel Ponce Hilton Esta actividad es libre de costo. Puede registrarse en el 1 (800) 981 - 4125 o (787) 725 - 4014 (TTY).

Federal Grant Supports Employment Training in New York State (NYS):

The Department of Labor awarded nearly $5 million to the NYS Department of Labor as part of a $21 million award to nine states under the department's Disability Employment Initiative meant to improve education, training, and employment opportunities. Learn more about the grant and the program here:

Women with Disabilities in Science Radio Series Now Available for Free:

WAMC Northeast Public Radio's "Access to Advancement" series about the opportunities for, and achievements of, women with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is now available online and on free CDs in time for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The complete series is available via Flash Audio, podcast, and transcript at, where visitors can also request free CDs. The site has links to relevant websites and resources that students, educators, employers, and others can use to inform teaching, learning and hiring practices. "(These) will be an excellent addition to National Disability Employment Awareness Month activities because the series is designed to increase the public's awareness of the capabilities and contributions of employees with disabilities," said series co-producer Glenn Busby. "We expect Access to Advancement to generate and inform important discussions about the role of people with disabilities in the workforce."

What's New in the Rest of the Country:

New ADA Regulations Published!

On September 15th the Department of Justice's revised ADA regulations were published in the Federal Register. These regulations involve Title II and Title III of the ADA. The final rules take effect on March 15, 2011. Links to the HTML and PDF versions of these regulations and fact sheets are available at:

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 2010/2011 Webcast Series Starts Soon:

JAN is launching its series of monthly Webcasts beginning October 25th. This year's series includes more sessions focusing on accommodation solutions in the workplace. Topics include employing Veterans with disabilities; creating customized employment for individuals with significant disabilities; return to work; accommodations for an aging workforce; accommodations for fibromyalgia; Website accessibility; accommodating allergies in the workplace; effective practices to hire and retain individuals with disabilities; and many more. For the complete schedule and to register, go to:

New Online Return-to-Work Toolkit Now Available:

The Office of Disability Employment Policy has created a new online Return-to-Work Toolkit to help employers and employees understand the return-to-work process and provide resources to help get employees back on the job quickly and smoothly. To access the toolkit, go to:

21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Law Passes:

On September 28th the "Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act" passed the House of Representatives. It is expected to go before President Obama soon. Among other things, this law requires video description on television and that captioned programs also be captioned when delivered over the internet. To read more, go to:


Guide on Supporting Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities:

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) released "Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities", a guide intended to help practitioners, administrators, and policymakers in high schools and colleges, transition programs, One-Stops, youth employment and community rehabilitation programs to improve services and outcomes for youth with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities. It includes numerous tools, strategies, and approaches. To learn more and access the guide, go to:

Opportunities for You!

AAHD Student Scholarship Applications Due November 15th:

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is seeking applicants for its 2011 Scholarship Program. Applicants must have a documented disability, be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school, and be majoring in a field related to disability and health. Deadline for applications is November 15th. To learn more and to apply, visit:

Free Webinar Series on the ADA and Transportation Begins October 12th:

The ADA National Network has announced a free 7 session webinar series covering the recently released "Topic Guides on ADA Transportation". The Topic Guides, funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and developed by the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund and TranSystems Corporation, is a compilation of ADA, Department of Transportation, and FTA regulations and best operational practices for ADA compliance. The Topic Guides is available at: The series sessions will be held on the second Tuesday of each month from October through April from 2:00-3:30pm EST and each session will cover a different topic in the Guides. To register go to:

Special Spotlight: National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Welcome to National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! The percentage of Americans with disabilities in the workforce continues to be extremely low compared to Americans without disabilities. However there are businesses, employers, and government entities that recognize that employing quality people is imperative for business survival and success, and that making workplaces attractive, and accommodating, to people with disabilities- the largest minority in our country- can help ensure success in the workplace for all. Below are several articles and resources on this topic:

Presidential Proclamation for NDEAM:

ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez' 2010 NDEAM Message:

The Interfaith Disaility Advocacy Coalition Statement of Solidarity around Promoting Disability Employment Awareness:

New Study Reveals Lack of Characters and Actors with Disabilities on Television:


Campaign for Disability Employment's "I Can" PSA Premieres on Big Screen in AMC Movie Theaters:

ODEP's National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster reflecting this year's theme, Talent has no boundaries, is now available. Posters can be downloaded in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French, Navajo, and Lakota or you can order free hard copy versions in English and Spanish:

La "Campaña de Empleo para Personas con Discapacidad" lanzó un sitio micro de Internet en español y el Anuncio de Servicio Público (ASP) "Yo Puedo". Visite:, para obtener recursos en español relacionados con empleo para personas con discapacidad y ver el ASP "Yo Puedo" en español.


See you in a few weeks!