[NFBOH-Cleveland] Fwd: Ability Front and quarterly scholarships round-up; next issue coming mid-July

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
Wed May 9 20:45:06 UTC 2018

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From: "elizabeth.sammons at ood.ohio.gov" <elizabeth.sammons at ood.ohio.gov>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2018 19:03:03 +0000
Subject: Ability Front and quarterly scholarships round-up; next issue
coming mid-July

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Week of May 9

Did you know?

Nike has a new shoe in this summer. The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35
FlyEase was developed in consultation with Justin Gallegos, a member
of the University of Oregon track club who has cerebral palsy.

Microsoft said this week that it will commit $25 million for a
five-year program that will make artificial intelligence tools
available to developers for creating "accessible and intelligent"
solutions with people who have disabilities in mind. This includes
seed grants for developers, universities and other inventors as well
as investments in promising projects and the addition of AI and
inclusive design across company products.

American Printing House for the Blind has created and released a
unique Spotify playlist. It includes works by and about more than 100
musicians who are visually impaired. From the works of Japan's Biwa
Hoshi of the 12th Century to KSB alumnus Michael Cleveland, music has
played a significant historical role in the lives, education, and
livelihoods of people who are visually impaired. Now, a sample of this
music can be accessed from anywhere through our Spotify


May 16, 2-3:30pm ET Webinar, ADA in K-12 Settings; (A closed captioned
event.) Often when people think about disability rights in the K-12
setting, they focus on special education rights under the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). But the ADA also applies. In
this webinar, the rights and responsibilities of students with
disabilities, family members, and school personnel will be discussed.
The webinar will also focus on the latest case law interpretations,
including the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the interplay
between ADA and IDEA. Register here:

May 22, 1PM, Don't miss this upcoming webinar! "Hiring & Keeping the
Best: Creating Effective Talent Acquisition & Retention Processes."
1.0 HR general recertification credit approved. Besides taking steps
to attract and recruit qualified people with disabilities, businesses
should encourage disability inclusion across the employment lifecycle.
This free webinar explores key strategies to create policies and
processes that facilitate the hiring, retention and advancement of
individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans. Attendance
limited; register here:

Attend this free, 90 minute webinar May 23, 3PM. iCanConnect is a
national deaf-blind equipment distribution program that provides
people who have both significant vision and hearing loss with free
equipment and training to help stay connected with friends, family,
and the world. This webinar will provide an overview of the program.
Learn how it works, types of equipment available, and how to connect
with your local iCanConnect agency. No registration required.

Deadline June 4: $100,000 in grants for faculty to incorporate
accessible design principles into courses. Of interest: develop
modules, presentations, exercises or curriculum enhancements or
changes that introduce the fundamental concepts and skills of
accessible design and development into existing classroom-based
courses to  introduce college students to accessibility principles and
increase awareness of the importance of accessibility for software,
apps, and products. http://teachaccess.org/facultygrants/

Ohio Craft Museum in Grandview is offering two free audio described
touch tours welcoming the blindness community and featuring the Best
of 2018 exhibit, 6:30 -7:30 pm Wednesday, June 6, and 1-2 pm Sunday,
June 10. This juried collection features contemporary fine craft works
by artists working in ceramics, wood, metal, fiber, glass and more.
Space is limited, so call to register at 614.486.4402 or visit

June 20 3-5PM, learn how to communicate with precision and settle
conflicts at The Center for Disability Empowerment's free class,
"Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution," presented by CDE
Board Member Katherine Betts. CDE is on the #4 and #32 bus lines,
located in the Columbus Speech and Hearing building, 510 East North
Broadway - 4th Floor, Columbus. Call to register at (614) 575-8055.
Please request accommodations at least five days prior to the class.

Save the date for Disabled & Proud 2018: Leading Change online
conference; October 11-13, 2018.

Disabled & Proud is for all undergraduate, graduate, and auditing
college students with any type of disability, including those who are
culturally Deaf, students with mental health conditions or chronic
illnesses, and those with ADHD, dyslexia, or other learning
disabilities.  Students in transition programs with intellectual and
developmental disabilities are also welcome. Each day will feature
online keynotes, small group discussions, presentations, and films.
We'll even have an online "exhibit hall" with resources across the
U.S... (Sponsorships available.) Students will develop leadership
skills and strategies to create campus change while networking with
other students.  Registration is coming in June; additional details
available here: https://www.disabledandproud.org/


Expressing commitment to a diverse workplace welcoming of the skills
and talents of people with disabilities is one of the easiest ways to
foster a disability-inclusive culture. Examples include equal
opportunity statements mentioning disability, statements by top
leaders, inclusive advertising and more. This page of AskEARN.org
shares successful approaches from businesses both large and small.

This article provides some simple but sound advice for parents of
children with special needs... and really for any couple.


In this blog, Google Home and Amazon Echo are compared and contrasted
in the scope, comfort and services provided by each.

Many forward-thinking employers are paying attention to mental health
and ways to ensure workplace success for employees with mental health
conditions. Global professional services consulting firm EY is one
example. Through a program called "r u ok?" EY's employee assistance
program offers various resources to help employees feel comfortable
talking about mental health openly. Learn more about the initiative

Students with Schizophrenia, founded by a college student from Ohio,
Is dedicated to help raise awareness of the illness and provide
support for people of college age, a time when schizophrenia
frequently strikes.

With the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity
Act, Customized Employment policies and practices are increasingly
occurring in state and local agencies. Customized Employment's
signature strategy, Discovery, offers an approach for job seekers with
barriers to employment consistent with some of the most widely
accepted strategies for career development. To assist, ODEP and the
LEAD Center released the "Self-Guided Discovery Facilitator's Guide:
Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment. Download it


Scholarships Corner:

Rolling and varying deadline scholarships:

Deadlines vary: These ten opportunities offer scholarships including
those for US students with disabilities who want to travel and study
abroad. http://www.miusa.org/resource/tipsheet/tenscholarships

Check this website periodically for many disability-related and other
scholarships available.

These include of note to Ohioans:

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio,
various deadlines, students up to age 21, all disabilities,
cross-cultural students encouraged.

Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds
Deadline May 30: for Ohio high school juniors, particular emphasis on
recommendations from counselors!

Law Student Assistance
, (deadline June 1, for students from Shelby and surrounding Counties)

Learn more on a surprising variety of grants and scholarships for
children whose parents have disabilities

Deadline rolling: The Academy of Special Dreams offers 2 types of
Scholarships, for college Students with Disabilities pursuing art
studies, and for adult artists with disabilities.

Awarded year-round: Autism Scholarship Program: Scholarships worth up
to $27,000 can be used toward tuition and services at participating
providers. Ohio Children ages 3-21 with IEP are eligible to apply.
Note on the same page, Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarships Program
(deadlines April and November.).

Scholarships due this summer

Deadline June 1: 180 Medical Scholarship Program for those pursuing
higher education at any level and who have spinal cord
injuries<http://www.180medical.com/Spinal-Cord-Injury>, spina bifida,
transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy (ileostomy,
colostomy, or urostomy). http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships

Deadline June 15: 5 $1500 Springboard scholarships, also $2,500
Colgate-Palmolive  one-time opportunities for full-time college
students of any major with documented disabilities of any type.

Deadline June 30 and   December 31: Association of Blind Citizens:
Assistive Technology Fund for up to 50% of A.T. purchase cost.

Deadline July 1: several $500 scholarships for students with
disabilities or in disability studies from GABRIEL'S FOUNDATION OF
HOPE. http://www.gabeshope.org/resources/scholarships/

Deadline July 1: $1,000 and $1,500 scholarships from National
Federation of the Blind Ohio available to Ohioans or students at Ohio
colleges who are legally blind. Additional requirement; attending NFB
state convention in November. Specifics of each scholarship here:

Deadline July 31: Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism, open
to current/accepted undergraduate and grad students with high


Deadlines July 31 and November 30: Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar
Awards to any graduating high school student or undergraduate with a
disability. http://www.augerlaw.com/disabled-scholar-award/

Deadline Aug. 1: This annual $1,000 scholarship/student essay contest
is open to all students who are facing the unique challenges of
attaining higher education and achieving career goals while living
with a disability.

Deadline Aug. 1: $500 Disabled Student Scholarships for full-time
students with a disability or studying special education.

Deadline Aug. 1 the American Council of the Blind of Ohio offers six
scholarships to residents of Ohio. Apply for $1,000 for incoming
freshmen in the 2018-2019 school year who are blind or visually
impaired; $2,000 for blind or visually impaired undergraduate; $2,500
for blind or visually impaired graduate students; or $2,000 for those
blind or visually impaired or studying a blindness-related field.

Deadline September 1: 2 $500 Karman HealthCare Scholarships, Open to
all college and university students with a mobility disability using a
wheelchair, or other mobility devices on a regular basis


May 16 3-5PM, learn how to protect yourself from Scams and Fraud at
the next free Power Learning opportunity at The Center for Disability
Empowerment. Presenter is Danielle Murphy, Ohio Attorney General's
office. CDE is on the #4 and #32 COTA bus lines, in the Columbus
Speech & Hearing building, 510 East North Broadway, 4th Floor, and
Columbus. Please call to register at (614) 575-8055. Request any
accommodations at least five days prior to the class.

The Department of Justice has launched an Accessible Technology
section to provide information on how the ADA applies to certain
technologies, such as web sites, electronic book readers, online
courses, and point-of-sale devices. Find this and much more here:

Let's talk about the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE). This Work
Incentive is for students through age 21 who receive Supplemental
Security Income (SSI) and want to earn money while in classes or job
training. This blog explains how it works and how much you can earn.

Attention wonks, students and academics! On this website, find tons of
class syllabi, disability literature by category and most anything
else you may find of interest for personal or professional disability
studies.  https://disabilityrhetoric.com/resources/

Interested in learning American Sign Language but can't go to classes?
Visit the ASL University designed for starters.

Whether you are a y member just interested in how someone reads
Braille or whether you aspire to transcribe, this resource lists
numerous ways to learn basic and advanced Braille systems.


National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability offers an
extensive website on health and fitness for people of many types of
disabilities, including hundreds of program initiatives nationwide.


This interfaith guide helps to transform any congregation into a place
that values, includes, and enjoys children and adults with all types
of disabilities.


Elizabeth L. Sammons
Program Administrator
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Tel. 614.438.1260

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
never sit.
--D. Elton Trueblood

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