March 19, 2014 | Issue 87  
ACCESSIBILITY

Join the Conversation for Change on Social Media Accessibility
Dates: March 17 - April 4, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Council on Disability invite the public to participate in a virtual town hall dialogue, "Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media — The User Experience," which will examine the accessibility barriers of social media for individuals with disabilities, including jobseekers and workers. The conversation will explore the value of social media in the lives of people with disabilities, particularly around work, and identify accessibility issues and creative approaches to making social media tools more accessible and usable. The information gathered will help NCD and ODEP further collaborate with the social media industry to implement solutions.

More about the event here.



ADVOCACY

Now Seeking Next Generation of Disability Advocates for ADA Program!
Application Deadline:  April 11, 2014
The Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) program awards a young adult with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26 who is positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. Funded by The HSC Foundation and the Sarah Beth Coyote Foundation, the selected recipient is awarded $3,000 in recognition of his or her disability advocacy and will receive up to an additional $7,000 in funding support for a project to benefit the disability community. The ADA Program is part of The HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Initiative.  The application deadline is April 11, 2014.

More on the ADA Program here.
Online application and link to guidelines here.



CAREER DEVELOPMENT

ODEP's "Shelly Saves the Future: A Story of Career Development" Informational Comic
ODEP and its research partners have found that Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) positively impact all youths' self-determination, leadership abilities, and awareness of career opportunities. In this info-comic, high school senior Shelly learns to take charge of her future by using an ILP.

See the Info-Comic here.




People With Disabilities Impetus For New Teaching Hotel
Construction is set to begin on a 150-room Courtyard by Marriott where teaching and employing people with disabilities will be just as important as accommodating overnight guests. At least 20 percent of workers at the hotel being built in Muncie, Ind. will be individuals with developmental and other types of disabilities. These employees will be working in all types of positions, including management. The hotel will offer postsecondary educational opportunities for individuals to learn about the hospitality and food service industries, and will serve as a training ground for human resources professionals to better understand how to hire people with special needs. There are also plans for two businesses owned by people with disabilities to be located in the hotel lobby.

See more about the project here.








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