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FCC to Host Free Event on Making Social Media Accessible for People with Disabilities

Posted By Anne Long | Jul 01, 2014 updates

FCC to Host Free Event on Making Social Media Accessible for People with Disabilities - July 17

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Accessibility and Innovation Initiative is hosting an event called "Accessing Social Media" on July 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. Representatives from government agencies, disability advocacy groups, technology companies and members of the public will discuss tools and best practices for making social media accessible. RSVP to, or watch the event live via webcast on July 17. After the event there will be demonstrations of accessible technology solutions in the FCC's Technology Experience Center.

Digital Interventions for Document Disorganization

Posted By Anne Long | Jun 19, 2014

Inclusive Education Webinar Series: Think College! Planning for Post-Secondary Education

Date: July 18, 2014
Time: 9:00am - 4:00 pm
Location:  Sheraton Harborside Hotel
250 Market St, Portsmouth, NH
Fee: $95*

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Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., ATP

Registration Deadline:
July 11, 2014 

* Fee Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.
** Participants in this workshop are eligible for 7 staff development credits/hours.

Questions? Call 603.228.2084 or email us.

Sponsored by Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH), a program of the UNH Institute on Disability.

Space is still available to attend Digital Interventions for Document Disorder on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH.

In our current social and educational contexts, we often feel distracted and overloaded with so much information coming at us at once. Whether it’s your desk that’s overflowing with paper, countless disordered files on your computer or device, or an out-of-control email inbox, “document disorganization” can leave you feeling anxious, stressed, and scattered. Students with executive function disorders may experience increased challenges around organizing homework, research, and hobbies and interests. How can digital technology help create a system to keep track of—and keep up with—work, resources, and communications?
Participants in this workshop will learn how to:

  • Use QR codes, Evernote, DocScan, and other apps and electronic notetaking tools to reduce paper through digitizing files
  • Use LiveBinders, Google Docs, and more to organize files on your computer
  • Manage your out-of-control email inbox
  • Organize your iPad
  • Use apps like Dropbox and AirDrop to share documents
  • Discover organization apps like Popplet, Priority Matrix, Inspiration, and many more!

Learn how teachers, students, and parents can use these tools to stay organized (both in and out of the classroom) and to reduce their reliance on paper documents!

Who Should Attend:
K-12 general and special educators, paraeducators, parents and family members, and anyone interested in using digital technologies to get and stay organized are encouraged to attend.

Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring your own device, in particular a tablet or smartphone with a QR code reader app installed.

AT & Employment Webinar Series: Obtaining or Retaining Medicaid While Working:

Posted By Anne Long | Jun 18, 2014

AT & Employment Webinar Series: Obtaining or Retaining Medicaid While Working: The Section 1619(b) and Medicaid Buy-In for Work

Join us for a Webinar on June 25

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Medicaid funds a range of AT and specialized equipment in all states that support work at many levels.  These items may help an individual prepare for the trip to work, support travel to work, or enable an individual to complete work tasks.  Even as wages increase, Medicaid often remains a key funding source for AT such as custom and power wheelchairs, speech generating devices, bath equipment, and patient lifts.  This session will provide an overview of two work incentives – 1619(b) Medicaid and the Medicaid Buy-In for Working Individuals, which allow individuals to retain Medicaid as they attain significant levels of earned income.

RESNA Catalyst Project Partners James R. Sheldon, Esq., Neighborhood Legal Services, and Ronald M. Hager, Esq., National Disability Rights Network, will be presenting this webinar.  This webinar will include live captioning, and .1 CEU will be available for a $16 fee.  For questions, please contact Paul Galonsky at


AT & Employment Webinar Series: Obtaining or Retaining Medicaid While Working: The Section 1619(b) and Medicaid Buy-In for Work


Wednesday, June 25, 2014


2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

How Assistive Technology (AT) Can Help You

Posted By Anne Long | Jun 10, 2014

How Assistive Technology (AT) Can Help You in the Workplace

The NIDRR-funded AlbeData project recently released this fact sheet, which introduces AT in the workplace, discusses common examples of AT solutions, and outlines how employees may obtain AT products and services. For upcoming releases and other AT-related information, follow AbleData on Facebook  and  AbleData on Twitter. 

Workforce Agencies

Posted By Anne Long | Jun 03, 2014

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the availability of approximately $15 million in grants to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in existing career pathways programs in the public workforce system.  These grants represent the fifth round of funding through the Disability Employment Initiative, a joint program of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy.  Eligible applicants are public state workforce agencies.  DOL anticipates awarding eight grants of between $1.5 and $2.5 million, to be spent over a 42-month period.   Applications are due July 8, 2014.  Learn more at

Press Release: Disability Equality Index Survey to be Unveiled on June 26, 2014

Posted By Anne Long | Jun 02, 2014

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2014

Contact: Brianna Gross
Phone: 202-521-4319

Washington, DC (May 29, 2014) -- The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) are excited to announce the public release of the first Annual Disability Equality IndexSM (DEISM). Created by leaders in the business and disability communities, the DEI is an online benchmarking tool that offers businesses the opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices.

After the successful completion of the DEI pilot with 48 Fortune 1000 scope companies in March 2014, AAPD and the USBLN will be releasing the DEI survey questions publicly on June 26, 2014 before opening up the first Annual DEI survey to Fortune 1000 scope companies for participation in October 2014. Those interested in attending the DEI survey public release call must register here by June 19, 2014:

“The DEI is an aspirational, educational, recognition tool that is intended to help companies identify opportunities for continued improvement and help build a company’s reputation as an employer of choice,” said Mark Perriello, President and CEO of AAPD, the nation’s largest disability rights organization. “The DEI pilot was thorough and helped us create an even more meaningful tool for the business community and disability community.”

“We are confident the DEI is going to be a game changer for all companies who are interested in enhancing their disability inclusion efforts regardless of where they are at in their journey,” said Jill Houghton, Executive Director of the USBLN. “The DEI is also helpful for a company whether or not they are a Federal Contractor.”

Companies that take the DEI self-report on a wide-range of criteria within four categories: Culture & Leadership, Enterprise-Wide Access, Employment Practices, and Public Support & Engagement.

Companies that participated in the pilot DEI reported the following strengths:

  • “Comprehensive but not too challenging to complete” 
  • “Well-rounded; touches on more areas than just employment, such as customers and suppliers” 
  • “Questions are insightful and provide ideas for improvement” 
  • “Focuses on strategy and concrete programs / policies rather than data reporting”

Additionally, companies participating in the DEI pilot said:

  • “Allowed us to look at the big picture to see how far we’ve come” 
  • “Required us to engage multiple stakeholders across the company; enabled us to reaffirm our commitment to inclusion of people with disabilities during the discussions” 
  • “The areas of indication provided a good indication of current and future trends” 
  • “Helped us to set targets for improvement”

For more general information about the DEI, please visit:

About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. AAPD’s members, including people with disabilities and family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change. To learn more, visit the AAPD Web site:

About the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®)

The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN® serves as the collective voice of over 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) is the nation’s leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.


About AAPD

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change. To learn more, visit the AAPD Web site: