Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate
ADA in Focus Webinar:
Committment to Digital Accessibility: Best Practices for Inclusive Technology
January 17, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Digital accessibility is a civil right: the right to participate in all that is offered on websites, mobile applications, and through other technologies. Join Lainey Feingold, one of the country’s leading disability rights lawyers, for a lively presentation on digital accessibility basics. How do people with disabilities use technology? What barriers stand in their way? What best practices have emerged from legal developments and from organizational champions? Learn the tools you need to help make 2018 a year of great digital inclusion for people with disabilities.
FCC Seeking Comment on Effective Communications During 2017 Hurricane Season
The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks public comment on the resiliency of the communications infrastructure, the effectiveness of emergency communications, and government and industry responses to the 2017 hurricane season, which devastated many communities and the communications networks that serve them. The FCC seeks information to better understand how well communication access was maintained (for those with or without disabilities) and what lessons may be learned for the future.
Applications are being accepted for this two-year fellowship, designed for professionals with an MD or PhD who wish to gain expertise in health services and outcomes research. Applications are due by February 1, 2018.
The Mobility Unlimited Challenge, sponsored by the Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, is seeking teams from around the world to create game-changing technology that will help radically improve the mobility and independence of people with paralysis. The Challenge will reward the development of personal mobility devices incorporating intelligent systems.
The multi-year challenge will make several awards to develop technologies, culminating in one final award of $1 million in 2020. The deadline to apply for the first round of awards is February 7, 2018.
Ambassadors for the challenge include Paralympian Tatyana McFadden, who began her quest to become “the fastest woman in the world” when she and her family challenged her Maryland high school to make track and field programs more inclusive. The McFadden’s efforts eventually led to Maryland’s Fitness and Athletic Equity Law for Students with Disabilities.
An opinion piece by Ms. McFadden, “Technology Has Changed Our World, but Hasn't Done Enough for People with Disabilities,” urges innovators to participate in the Mobility Unlimited Challenge.