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July 17, 2018

New this year at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Update, the ADA and Business Boot Camp offers an opportunity for business owners and operators to learn the basics of ADA compliance and welcoming customers with disabilities.

Early bird registration rates are available until July 31! Check out the details for both the full conference, which will take place in Tysons, Virginia on September 5th and 6th, and the Business Boot Camp, which will take place the afternoon of September 5th.

May 29, 2018
Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Building a Barrier-Free Digital Experience

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offers this collection of information and resources related to the accessibility of websites and other information technology (IT).

“ODR for All: Digital Accessibility and Disability Accommodations in Online Dispute Resolution”

This article offers advice on how to ensure that people with disabilities can participate effectively in online dispute resolution (ODR), which utilizes a variety of technologies, such as web-based conferencing systems, to supplement more traditional methods of resolving disputes.

May 29, 2018
"CUNA-Requested ADA Language Added to House Approps Bill"

At the urging of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), language requesting the Department of Justice to clarify website accessibility standards under the ADA was added to a House appropriations bill.

May 29, 2018
2018 Theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month: “America’s Workforce: Empowering All”

This year’s official National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme will be “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” NDEAM, traditionally observed in the month of October, is a nationwide campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities, and emphasizes the importance of ensuring they have access to the services and supports that enable them to work.

May 29, 2018
Webinar: Let's Go to the Playground!

May 29, 2018
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Become a Hearing Assistive Technology Trainer: Applications Due July 9

The Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) is a network of consumer volunteers (parents of children with hearing loss and adults with hearing loss) who train others to use hearing assistive technologies to enhance communication. The organization is accepting applications for the upcoming training series. Trainers who complete the course must commit to conducting at least three local training events for people affected by hearing loss. Applications are accepted through July 9, 2018.

February 27, 2018

Volume 22, Number 1

ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us.

February 27, 2018
Community Spotlight: WVCDHH Initiatives

The mission of the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WVCDHH) is to advocate for, develop, and coordinate public policies, regulations, and programs to assure full and equal opportunity for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in West Virginia.

WVCDHH has been working on two projects to address needs in the deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) communities in West Virginia. A vehicle visor card was designed and distributed to deaf drivers in West Virginia to facilitate communication with law enforcement. Another WVCDHH initiative involves working with theaters to offer open captioned movie showings to the D/HH community.

Recently, WVCDHH Project Director Sarah Lowther answered some questions about these two projects.

Visor Cards

Can you tell us how this project began?