News items will help keep you up to date on disability related developments, resources, and other emerging issues. 

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August 7, 2018
Maintenance Guide for Users of Manual and Power Wheelchairs

This factsheet, available in English and Spanish, discusses the importance of maintaining a wheelchair to avoid breakdowns, and provides guidance about maintenance schedules, parts and functions to inspect, and potential problems to look for in both manual and power wheelchairs.

Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Access

This document provides descriptions of some apps that can be used to enhance wireless emergency alert (WEA) access. It explains different apps, their features, and where you can locate them to better understand WEA messages and respond appropriately.

August 7, 2018
Too Much Information: Use of Mental Health Questions in the Bar Licensing Application Process

August 9, 2018
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern
This 30 minute webinar will focus on legal developments related to state bar examiners' use of mental health questions to determine bar applicants' fitness to practice law, and the use of "conditional admission" to the bar for applicants with mental health histories.

Embracing Accessibiliity in the Whole Organization: New Approaches and Resources

August 30, 2018
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
This 30 minute webinar will explore the latest thinking and resources for organization-wide approaches to accessibility.

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.