[NFBOH-Cleveland] Fwd: This week's Ability Front
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From: "elizabeth.sammons at ood.ohio.gov" <elizabeth.sammons at ood.ohio.gov>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2018 11:59:39 +0000
Subject: This week's Ability Front
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Elizabeth L. Sammons
Week of May 4
Did you know?
May was coined Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949 by Mental Health
America, a national organization addressing the needs of people with
any type of mental illness. Research published this month suggests
that up to one-third of individuals with serious mental illness are in
a period of remission, and the older the person, the more likely a
remission. Details here:
Italian engineers at Ford have invented a system for nonvisual
travelers to learn what's passing by outside. "Feel The View" takes
pictures that are turned into high-contrast monochrome images. These
are reproduced on the glass using special LEDs. By touching the image,
different shades of grey vibrate with a range of 255 intensities,
allowing passengers to touch the scene.
Starting May 7, Members of the public are invited to join one of seven
public meetings across the state to discuss Ohio's long-term
transportation future. Find details and meeting schedule here:
Can't attend? We still want your input! Take a few minutes to
participate in our survey by clicking
Deadline May 9: The ABBVIE CF SCHOLARSHIP provides $3,000 in financial
assistance toward higher education for exceptional students at any
level past high school, including trade schools, living with cystic
Free webinar May 9, 3PM. Many people recovering from serious mental
illness, cognitive challenges, and substance use want work and a
career. This presentation will briefly review Individual Placement
practice and principles, research, and implementation strategies.
Learn more about cross-system issues, such as funding, state agency
agreements, and the role of a national learning community. View the
webinar here: https://apps.econsys.com/eflsmp/copwebinar
The National Organizing Project is seeking personal stories involving
the importance of community living and/or stories about the ADA to use
on the Hill talking with national legislators. Please send stories by
May 11to sheryl at ncil.org<mailto:sheryl at ncil.org>
<mailto:sheryl at ncil.org?subject=Stories>. Include your first name (or
initials), your city and state, a photo (preferred but optional), and
2-3 concise paragraphs. More specific details here:
May 15 12:30PM attend this free webinar, Project Sidewalk: Mapping
Accessibility through Google Street View. A team from the Washington,
DC area is exploring an approach called Project Sidewalk. Volunteer
users virtually walk through cities in Google Street View to label and
assess sidewalk accessibility--a bit like a first-person video game.
Rather than pulling solely from a local population, the potential pool
of users scales to anyone with an Internet connection and a web
browser. Details here:
May 15 7PM, What can you expect after graduating college and moving to
your first career job?
Talk with two recent graduates who have lived the experience: Cara
Liebowitz and Kings Floyd from the National Council for Independent
Living (NCIL)! Their presentation -- "Now What? When Independent
Living Becomes Reality" -- will explore the transition to full time
work and independent living and discuss tips and tricks to make the
transition easier. Register here:
Accounting professionals seeking new career opportunities, students
ready to begin their careers and professionals who want to learn more
about opportunities for advancement should attend this May 16: CPA
Career Center Virtual Career
The next free, bimonthly film from ReelAbilities Film Festival comes
May 16, 10:30 matinee and 7:15 repeat. This month's focus is on mental
health/recovery, some adult content. Movies span the world and
represent the spectrum of disabilities. All are shown at the Columbus
Gateway Theatre with 6PM happy hour and 7PM showings. For details and
schedule, bookmark this page:
May 16, learn how to protect yourself from Scams and Fraud at the next
Power Learning opportunity at The Center for Disability Empowerment.
The presenter is Danielle Murphy, of the Ohio Attorney General's
office. CDE is located in the Columbus Speech & Hearing building, 510
East North Broadway, 4th Floor, and Columbus. No cost to attend, but
call to register at (614) 575-8055. Request any accommodations at
least five days prior to the class. CDE is located on the #4 and #32
COTA bus lines.
May 17 marks the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).
The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning
about digital (web, software, mobile access/inclusion and people with
different disabilities. Details here:
July 10, 10:00AM to 2:30PM; Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically
Disabled will host its annual Family Fun and Learning Day in
Cleveland, featuring programs of interest to readers, and updates
about OLBPD service. Refreshments provided, along with various
organizations offering information valuable to the blindness and
disability community. Call 800.362.1262 for additional information
Find numerous free upcoming trainings and events at: Events & Training
Calendar - Southeast ADA Center:
Several free courses are available from Wright State University's
SARDI (Substance Abuse Resources and Disability Issues) program,
totaling 11.75 CRCC CEU's. These include: * Queer Competency for
* Career Assessment with NO Tests!
* Best Practices and Strategies to Maximize the Benefits of
* Assistive Technology and Video Conferencing
Several additional classes are also offered. All details at
Have you ever considered short or long-term work in international
development or poverty relief? The nonprofit organizations at this
link have committed to diversity in opportunities, including
applicants with disability. Don't just say no... first take a look!
Westerville's public library has become the 36th in Ohio to host the
adaptive toys program. Adaptive toy and book kits highlight: social
skills, fine motor, sensory, and gross motor skills. The kits contain
toys and books for families with and without disabilities to borrow
for up to 4 weeks that support each skill set, along with activity
cards. For a complete listing of libraries maintaining this service
Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled is auditioning
volunteer narrators to read and record books and magazines. All
volunteers need is their own audio recording equipment and the ability
to receive and send files electronically. Anyone interested may
contact OLBPD for more information. 800.362.1262.
Do you want to learn more about what it takes to become a preschool or
adult vision screener? Your volunteering can detect early vision loss
that is sometimes preventable. If the opportunity interests you,
contact amyp at pbohio.org<mailto:amyp at pbohio.org> for upcoming
trainings, including June 6 in Tipp City (Miami County.)
HireGround is a quarterly newsletter from Opportunities for Ohioans
with Disabilities (produced by this editor) and geared primarily for
the needs, interests and resource updates of Vocational Rehabilitation
professionals in Ohio. The new issue is out. You'll find a mix of
best-practice articles, features and resources in each volume.
HireGround is available both in PDF and in Text versions at this link.
The Global Disability RightsNow! Resource center has identified 10
principles, common elements of effective disability rights laws around
the world, from recognizing the expertise of disabled people to
reaching out to leaders from other social movements. Read all 10
In case you missed the May 3 HOME Choice Conference -
Empowering Community Living- or if you simply wish to review materials
from break-out sessions, you'll find lots of review information here:
A new national group, Project LETS, is working to set up peer
advocates and support for students who have mental health needs,
including help with the "full-time job" of navigating accommodations
and services. https://www.thenation.com/article/mental-health-care-on-college-campuses-is-broken-this-group-aims-to-change-that/
"Selfie medicine" could help people take their pills, but it could
also be dangerous. Researchers are studying whether requiring patients
to upload videos of them taking pills can fix this issue. And while
some results are promising, the technological solution is also fraught
with concerns about privacy, accessibility, and interactions with
doctors. Explore the controversy here.
* Roxane Gay became famous for her writing about feminism and fatness,
but after deciding to get weight reduction surgery, she writes about
her journey and the physical, psychological and philosophical impact.
The "MVP" -- Multilingual Virtual Pollworker provides instant,
real-time translation to ASL and dozens of other languages at polling
places. Download this Flyer on MVP Virtual Translation System [PDF]
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology has published
its April eNews. Highlighted are new staff training resources for
accessible workplace technology, the Teach Access curriculum
development grants, new Future of Work podcast episodes, PEAT blog
posts, and more. http://www.peatworks.org/enews/2018/april
One Mississippi Congressman believes the Disability Internship Program
he pioneered Expands after His Departure, and it looks hopeful.
The JAN (Job Accommodation Network) spring newsletter is out. Among
other topics, find: Accommodating Social Anxiety Disorder (Social
Phobia); Assistive Technology Solutions for Employees with Speech
Impairments; Common Accommodations for Vertigo; Determining If Apps
Are Right for You; Disability Awareness Resources to Foster Inclusion;
and much more at https://askjan.org/ENews/2018/Enews-V16-I2.htm
>From the National Center on Disability and Journalism, this style
guide is intended for journalists, communication professionals, and
members of the general public who are seeking the appropriate and
accurate language to use when writing or talking about people living
See also, Terms to avoid when writing about disability.
Social Security offers this page of resources and advice for youth
seeking skills for Living...and Working
If you're age 18 - 64 and receive SSDI or SSI, a Ticket to Work
service provider may help you return to work. When you participate in
the Ticket to Work program, you'll work with a service provider to
identify your career goals and develop a work plan, like an Individual
Work Plan, or Individualized Plan for Employment which will serve as
your road map to success.
Find top things to know about Braille signage in public venues. This
archived webinar reviews the key steps toward the millions of
Americans who are blind or visually impaired value for appropriate
accessible signage. http://www.adainfo.org/training/Accessible-Signage
Commitment to Digital Accessibility: Best Practices for Inclusive
Technology: Digital accessibility is a civil right: to participate in
all that is offered on websites, mobile applications, and through
other technologies. This archived webinar features a leading
disability rights lawyer for a lively presentation on digital
A Quiet Place, a new horror film, exemplifies "Deaf Gain" instead of
"hearing loss," compared with other movies like The Shape of Water
that follow outdated views on deafness, sign language, and disability.
Disability and Deaf studies professor Lennard Davis offers a review:
Shaquem Griffin is the first NFL player with an amputation. His
journey to pro football was a long road for him and his twin brother,
who is also about to become an NFL athlete.
May 9th, 11 am - 2 pm Eastern, attend this free Virtual Event Open to
Legally Blind Jobseekers, Hosted by National Industries for the Blind.
Registration and employer details here:
For more information: 770.980.0088 or email
NIB at CareerEco.com<mailto:NIB at CareerEco.com>
This site features free online courses from institutions such as Yale,
MIT, Stanford, and Harvard. The site is optimized for mobile devices.
Students can explore the courses, create unique programs and track
their progress. For more information, visit
This blog post focuses on internships and discusses steps you can take
to find an internship or work-based experience. It also details
helpful internship resources.
The EyeCare America program offer service at no charge to medically
underserved seniors and glaucoma exams to those at increased risk,
through a corps of US volunteer ophthalmologists. For more information
or to check eligibility, see https://www.aao.org/eyecare-america
Check out Buy IT! A free online resource for employers and their
purchasing teams to build accessibility and usability into information
technology (IT) procurement processes. Buy IT! Offers step-by-step
guidance on researching IT vendors, specifying accessibility
requirements in RFPs, and validating accessibility in product choices.
Read about Buy IT!<http://www.peatworks.org/Buy-IT> At
This resource contains videos, fact sheets, and a slideshow for people
with traumatic brain injury and their families to understand changes
in memory after TBI. The videos feature both survivors and clinical
experts. Additional resources offer strategies that can help people
who experience these changes to function more effectively.
Interested in opportunities for research and education including grant
applications and NIDILRR-sponsored conferences? Subscribe to this
resource from the National Institute on Disability, Independent
Living, and Rehabilitation Research. http://www.naric.com/?q=node/33
Learn more about yourself and developing a list of your "invisible
skills "with this blog, "How to Use Your Transferrable Skills to Make
Yourself Irresistible to Employers.
Elizabeth L. Sammons
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Wishing You All the Best,
Cheryl E. Fields
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human
life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will
--D. Elton Trueblood
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