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July 24, 2018
Teach Access

This unique collaboration of leading educational institutions, technology industry representatives, and advocates for people with disabilities works to make the fundamentals of digital accessibility a larger, more integrated part of undergraduate education so that future designers and developers will have a broader understanding of inclusive technologies. Check out their educational materials, initiatives, and resources!

NDI Online Classroom Offers Courses on Financial Wellness

The National Disability Institute (NDI) offers a variety of resources and training, including online courses, to help build financial literacy, stability, and empowerment for individuals with disabilities and their families.

July 24, 2018
Baltimore Orioles Celebrate ADA Day!

In recognition of the signing of the ADA on July 26, 1990, the Baltimore Orioles will host “Celebrate ADA Day” at Oriole Park on Thursday, July 26, when the Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:05 p.m. Eastern Time. The evening’s activities, in addition to a great game under a summer sky, will include fun, frivolity, song, and ceremony.

Among the many organizations participating in the event are the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), Centers for Independent Living, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, V-LINC, the Special Olympics, several chapters of The Arc, and Challenger League, a regional organization that provides opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball.

July 24, 2018

Volume 22, Number 2

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.

July 24, 2018
New Training Specialist Joins Center Staff

Hi everyone. My name is Caleb Berkemeier, and I am the new Training Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Before I joined the Center, I was teaching research writing and literature classes for Kent State University in Ohio while working on a Ph.D. in English and disability studies. When my teaching fellowship ended, I was looking for a job outside of academia that had an educational mission. I found that mission here at the ADA Center.

As the Training Specialist, I am responsible for teaching people about the law. Our three primary types of training are webinars, customized in-person trainings, and our annual ADA Update conference. I’m becoming more involved in these areas and enjoying the opportunity to provide reliable and interesting content for our region.

We have some exciting training opportunities coming up this year. I hope you are already registered for the ADA Update in Tysons, Virginia this September. But if you can’t make it, put March 27 - 29, 2019 on your calendar. ADA Update is coming to Philadelphia, and I have a lot of session ideas that you won’t want to miss.

July 24, 2018
Nationwide Settlement with Learning Care Group Will Improve Integration of Children with Diabetes

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered a settlement agreement with Learning Care Group, Inc. (LCG), which operates approximately 900 child care centers across the country under seven brands, including Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers, The Children’s Courtyard, Montessori Unlimited, La Petite Academy, Everbrook Academy, and Creative Kids.

The settlement is the result of a DOJ investigation following complaints from several parents, who alleged child care centers refused to assist their children with insulin administration by pen or syringe. DOJ’s investigation determined that the organization had a corporate-wide policy of refusing such assistance. The company will implement new policies and procedures to consider requests for such assistance on an individualized basis.

Additionally, the company will provide training to its staff, and pay compensatory damages in the amount of $10,000 to each of eight families.

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.