[NFBOH-Cleveland] Fwd: This week's Ability Front; includes list of information resources for your future reading/subscription

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
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From: elizabeth.sammons at ood.ohio.gov <elizabeth.sammons at ood.ohio.gov>
Date: Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 8:01 AM
Subject: This week's Ability Front; includes list of information resources
for your future reading/subscription

*Our first formal “Ability Front” came out October 29, 2012. I’ve archived
well over 700 pages of “Resources,” “Opportunities,” and of course those
infamous “Did you know’s?” since then. Thanks for being such a great
audience and sharing forward some of the trivia found in this (mostly)
weekly news. I hope you’ll feel inspired to continue paying it forward and
keep passing on things to others that are valuable, timely, or just
downright cool! *

*I’m putting it out, now it’s your turn to run for the roses and pass it

*Thanks, happy explorations here as always,*

*Elizabeth L. Sammons*

*Week of August 31*

*Did you know?*

One teen from Georgia decided to make a difference when he discovered
vandalism to an accessible trail; now he has projects, and a website
covering accessible trails and sensory gardens from 35 countries. This
YouTube discusses his work and lessons learned.


When Ryan Huizdos’ Little League team was told it had to use the standard
white ball at the District Tournament, he took his case to the U.S.
Department of Justice. After a three-year battle, the league agreed to
allow the yellow ball to be used nationwide


Should we laugh or should we cry today? You may have heard of Elizabeth
Kubler-Ross’s “Five Stages of Grief
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCbler-Ross_model>” as taken from her
book On Death and Dying. If not, they are denial, anger, bargaining,
depression and acceptance. “If the names of those phases aren’t a fit for
what happens in the accessibility world,” this blogger puts forth, “I don’t
know what is.” “Five stages of accessibility”


Due September 4: The Ohio Third Frontier Diversity and Inclusion Technology
Internship Program, sponsored by the Ohio Development Services Agency, is
an opportunity for college students to get paid internships with Ohio
companies. Freshman or greater, with a STEM major or career goal are
encouraged to apply. Just complete an application outlining skills and
experiences and upload a resume. Details here:

Due September 4: Read details for the 2018-19 Disability Rights
Storytellers Fellowship, offering the chance to write and produce your
advocacy through guided training from experts.


Scholarships available from the Autism Society of Central Ohio. CEU’s also
available.  Now through Sept. 4 use the code “LABORDAY” and save 25%: on
the   Sept. 27-28 ACT Dis/Ability Conference + Festival (stands for
Accessible Creativity Transforms) from VSA Ohio and Food for Good Thought.
The event is at Lincoln Theatre and Jazz Arts Group spaces in
Columbus. The mission
is to make sure people of all dis/abilities are able to access creativity.
Culture Administrators, Self-Advocates, Educators, Therapists,
University/Public Sector, Artists, Students, and Families are all welcome.
Details here: www.vsao.org/ACT2018 <

Sept. 6, 11:30-12:30: attend this free webinar, Strategic Review of
Medicaid from Center for Community Solutions:

Sept. 6 2PM: free webinar from Coalition on Human Needs: Poverty, Income,
Health and Work: What Can We learn From the New Census Data?

Sept. 12 7PM: ReelAbilities free film and happy hour from VSA Ohio at
Gateway Center, Columbus.  This run, 4 shorts are featured, including:
Sky   |   Netherlands

9-year-old Sky feels powerless and misunderstood among his hearing
classmates. He thinks the outsiders don't understand him, but does he
understand them?

Stutter   |   USA A strong-willed man with a stutter resolves to win his
son's respect by speaking to the boy's class on Career Day. For more
details, see http://www.vsao.org/reelabilities

Coming Sept. 13: Don't miss the annual Digital Accessibility Trends Update
from Level Access including: *      Who Uses What

*            Accessibility Across Industries

*            The rise of mass market digital accessibility litigation

*            WCAG 2.1 and *              VPAT 2.1

Register here:

If you can't make the live webinar, register to still receive the slide
deck, recording, and transcript once available.

Attention Sept. 20. From the FCC: FEMA Will Conduct Nationwide Emergency
Alert System Tests on September 20.

Due Sept. 21, commission applications invited. The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) anticipates renewal of its Disability Advisory Committee
(DAC. The FCC invites applications for membership to the DAC from anyone
interested. See online application portal
at www.fcc.gov/dac/application (preferred), or by email to DAC at fcc.gov.
Additional contacts and other details here:

Due October 1: Artists from around the world and of all dis/abilities are
invited to apply for 2-week and 4-week fellowships from December through
May to reside at the Vermont Studio Center. This site directs to various
eligibilities.  https://vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships

Coming in October, assistive technology fairs. Sessions offer vendor
sessions, opportunities to see, touch and feel the latest assistive
technology tools and a chance to network with other AT professionals.

                           *            October 2, 2018 - The NEW Center at
NEOMED (Rootstown)

                           *            October 3, 2018 - Rhodes State
College (Lima)

                           *            October 4, 2018 - SST 16 (Chauncey)

                           *            October 5, 2018 - Hilton Garden Inn
- Austin Landing (Dayton)

Details here: www.ohioatvendorfair.org

Oct. 17, 3:00-5PM, attend this year’s final Center for Disability
Empowerment (CDE) free Power Learning Class, “Benefits Basics:
Understanding Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and More.” Call (614)
575-8055 to register; request any accommodations by Oct. 12. . The class
will be at the class is at CDE, 510 East North Broadway, Columbus
on the 4th floor, at the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center.

EyeCare America, from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides eye
care at no out -of-pocket cost to those who qualify. Find out if you are
eligible at: http://www.aao.org/eyecare-america/read-more


This survey of several hundred legally blind adults found that braille
literacy is key to life satisfaction, regardless of what age they become
blind or how much residual vision they have left.

What’s a mentor, and what’s a dad? In this blog, you’ll discover the power
of disability relationships and what they mean in the lives of a man and
three nearly grown-up boys. Warning, get your tissues out!

This recent, mainstream article offers a cool run-down of current and
upcoming technology useful in the blindness community, including links to
several additional resources.


This article offers vivid ideas and best practice on what Chicago is doing
in its “Enabling Garden.”

This report from United Health Foundation ranks and categorizes the
situation for Ohio’s seniors. The link shows highlights with availability
of the entire report.

It’s August! Students are wrapping up their summers and getting ready to go
back to school or enter the workforce. Take a look on this blog at some
tips and resources that can help with that transition, including: *
Available employment supports

*            Benefits counseling

*            Student Earned Income Exclusion

*            Plan to Achieve Self-Support


Many businesses have created successful autism-focused recruiting and
hiring initiatives. Autistic employees may think, learn, and process
information in diverse ways, and this can affect the way they interact with
workplace technology. The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology
explores these issues in a blog called "The Technology Angle of
Autism-Focused Hiring Initiatives." Read it here:


The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) “the REV UP
Issues Guide” focuses on November’s Elections. Find a comprehensive,
concise overview of the issues, legislation, and regulations that have a
significant impact on the disability community. The Guide serves as a tool
for voters, advocates, candidates, and the media to be better informed on
the issues that matter to people with disabilities. Spanish-language
version coming soon. Download a printable version
of the Issues Guide (PDF download, 32 pages).

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth has
several videos on its website. In addition to a video about the National
Youth Action Council on Transition, others feature young people tackling
important issues about living with a disability. These include "411 on
Disability Disclosure" and "Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal
Assistance Services." See videos and downloads here:

This art and literature article, “Poetry Is a Way of Being in the World
That Wasn’t Made for us” from The New York Times highlights ten of the many
gifted poets who have disabilities and share their world with us through


This guide addresses families who wish to support a family member in
recovery in getting and keeping employment. It includes links for 15 major
topics, including vocational resources, disclosure planning, peer support,
and more.   (PDF download, 67 pages) <

Created as a ready resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs,
the online, monthly newsletter *Business Sense* provides an inside track
for employers on the latest information related to disability employment.
You may find here the: Back issues of Business Sense Newsletter

This database registry lists911 Call Centers, also known as Public Safety
Answering Points (PSAPs), now ready to receive text-to-911 messages.  Each
PSAP is identifiable by ID #, name, county, primary point of contact and
other information.  See at

Check in regularly on the Southeast ADA events calendar for conferences,
free webinars and other disability events of interest.

Nobody wants to go to the hospital, but reading these 9 preparation steps
might make it a bit easier on everyone. (Note: this information is from a
specific company, but widely applicable.)


This comprehensive guide examines the laws that impact a child with special
needs, the importance of the individualized education plan, and the
different paths a child can take transitioning to adulthood. It includes a
national directory of state agencies that assist families to find support
services. “Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of
Children with Special Needs.”


The Just in Time Disaster Training Library includes training videos for an
array of emergency situations ranging from Ebola, to wildfires, to winter
weather. The library offers resources to include videos in 18 different
spoken languages and American and Australian sign language. The videos
target audiences including people with disabilities, first responders, and
community planners. They detail disaster related mitigation, preparedness,
response, and recovery training.  See


*Most useful news sources for this newsletter: (in no particular order.)*

Cleveland Library for the Blind OLB Dimensions Newsletter


American Council of the Blind ACB 2018 forums


*National Federation *of the Blind *NFB Braille Monitors *


Helen Keller National Center HKNC Connect quarterly newsletter

https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/newsletters/spring-2017 <

US Department of Labor ODIP? News brief

ODEP Home Page <

United States Department of Labor subscriptions at subscriptions.dol.gov

NRTC quarterly newsletter: http://www.blind.msstate.edu/ <

Disability Law and Policy e-newsletter

To subscribe or unsubscribe, email david-klein at uiowa.edu <
mailto:david-klein at uiowa.edu <david-klein at uiowa.edu>>

The e-Newsletter is archived at
http://disability.law.uiowa.edu/lhpdc/publications/news.html <

The latest JAN ENews is now available at
http://AskJAN.org/ENews/2017/Enews-V15-I1.htm <

Your monthly link to the latest information on the products, services, and
training opportunities from the American Printing House for the Blind.


Disability Scoop

Click here <
for the Web version.

Treatment Advocacy Center

Read our spring Catalyst <

From: Ben Lippincott & the Wireless RERC [mailto:ben at imtc.gatech.edu
<ben at imtc.gatech.edu>]

The Wireless RERC Newsletter

Wireless RERC Homepage <

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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