E-Bulletin: March 14, 2023

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General News

March: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Visit the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) to find resources to get involved and support the social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

Check out this year’s logo artwork by Jamila Rahimi, featured artist at District of Columbia studio Art Enables.

Disability Rights Leader Judy Heumann: 1947 – 2023

“The World Mourns the Passing of Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Activist”

This obituary outlines the extraordinary life of disability rights leader Judy Heumann.

“Activist Judy Heumann Led a Reimagining of What It Means to be Disabled”

This obituary recalls the leadership role that Judy Heumann played in the development of the disability rights movement.

President Biden also issued a statement on Judy Heumann’s passing.

“Long Covid Is a Disability. Here’s How to Ask for Workplace Accommodations.”

This article explores some of the issues facing workers newly disabled by long COVID.

“Remote Work Helped Push Disability Employment Up to a Record High”

An embrace of remote work spurred by the pandemic helped the employment rate for disabled people reach an all-time high last year.

Brief: Why and How Electronic Job Coaches Improve Employment for People with Disabilities

Researchers collected data on the challenges faced by supervisors, employers, and providers of employment services to workers with intellectual disabilities. This brief describes the researchers’ findings and the subsequent development of a cloud-based interactive electronic job coaching app.

Schneider Family Book Awards Winners Shine the Light on Disability Experience

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Check out this year’s winners for a great selection of engaging stories and beautiful artwork.

Accessibility Guides for Videos, Websites and Social Media Posts

These guides from the University of California, Davis offer practical tips for making your digital media more accessible.

Webinar: Make Your Small Business More Accessible

March 16, 2023
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
This session, hosted by DMV Coach Johnny Bailey, in partnership with Grow with Google, will focus on how small businesses can make their websites, email marketing, and other digital content more accessible to customers (and potential customers!) with disabilities.

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center: Mini-Con on the ADA and Criminal Justice

March 28, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This conference will feature sessions on common issues, emerging concerns, practical solutions, and innovative programs in law enforcement and corrections.

Webinar: Enhancing Disability Inclusion and Awareness in Hospitality

April 19, 2023
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
What are the top “best practices” for including people with disabilities in the hospitality sector? What tools and resources are out there? Presented by VisitAble, this webinar will explore these topics and offer guidance to help improve disability awareness, with the ultimate goal of enhancing experiences for visitors of all abilities.

Washington, DC: Black Deaf Art Period Exhibition Open Through April 3

The Black Deaf Art Period exhibit features 147 works of art and poetry by several renowned Black Deaf artists. The display is in the Linda K. Jordan Gallery at Washburn Arts Center on the Gallaudet University campus.