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November Newsletter

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This year marks the 82nd anniversary of Veterans Day. Explore the ADA National Network's resources for veterans by visiting our Veterans Topics page. Here you will find fact sheets, upcoming events, and more.

To honor Veterans Day the ADA National Network and ADA Regional Centers will be hosting a Twitter chat on Veterans and the ADA. Join us on November 18th, 10 am PST / 1 pm EST. Find more information on how to participate by visiting the Twitter chat event page.

As always, our ADA specialists are here to help. Contact us at 1-800-949-4232 (toll-free voice or TTY) or email us.  

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ADA in the News - Highlights

Nyle DiMarco attends the premiere of "A Quiet Place Part II" at Lincoln Center on March 8, 2020 in New York. In his new Netflix series Deaf U, DiMarco turns the camera on students at Gallaudet University.
The Pressure to ‘Perform’ My Disability for Abled People

With 'Deaf U,' Nyle DiMarco Strives To Show 'There Is No One Right Way To Be Deaf'
A woman standing at the polls
Why Voting Matters for the Disability Community

Growing Up With Autism, She Never Saw Herself On TV. Now On ‘Atypical,’ She Strives To Show Others With Disabilities ‘Characters They Can Relate To.’
A Microsoft technology tester
Adobe Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month With Several Internal Initiatives

How Thousands of People with Disabilities Shape the Technology You Probably Use Every Day

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 5th, 2020, 2:30 PMEST – 4:00 PM EST
Using the ADA and ABA Standards Series: Chapter 9: Built-In Elements [WEBINAR]

This session will review scoping and technical provisions for built-in elements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards (Chapter 9). When errors are made in the design or construction of built-in elements, they can pose barriers to people with disabilities in accessing goods and services. This session will address the requirements for dining & work surfaces, benches, check-out aisles, and sales and service counters. Presenters will address common sources of confusion and frequently asked questions about these provisions.
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Tuesday, November 17th, 2020, 2:00 PM EST – 3:30 PM EST
The ADA, Playgrounds, and a School District in Iowa-Case Study [WEBINAR]

During this session, participants will learn how one organization turned the negative aspects of an ADA complaint into the opportunity to build a model best practice for maintaining accessible playground surfaces achieving a 100% pass rate over the last three seasons.
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Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, 2:00 PM EST – 3:30 PM EST
Spotlight on Mental Health: Understanding Psychiatric Advance Directives [WEBINAR]

Attorney Laurie Hallmark will discuss how psychiatric advance directives can be used to create the systemic change to address the cycle of criminal justice, hospitalization, and homelessness recidivism. Topic areas will include a brief background and main components of directives, and a look at some differences in state laws as they pertain to these directives.
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Thursday, November 19th, 2020, 1:00 PM EST – 2:30 PM EST
Protecting your Mental Health during the Pandemic and Holidays [WEBINAR]

Our lives have changed because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Many people remain jobless. Many people are struggling to afford housing and are experiencing food insecurity. Schools and colleges are struggling with how to return to class. The uncertainty of what is safe, what is not, and when it will end has added unprecedented stress to the American people. Join us for insight into the mental health concerns caused by the pandemic, and learn how to take better care of ourselves during the holiday season.
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Thursday, November 19th, 2020, 2:00 PM EST – 3:30 PM EST
Accessible Kiosks [WEBINAR]

This webinar will cover topics related to the accessibility of interactive kiosks for the widest range of people. Kiosks come in many different forms, including: public kiosks with unlimited use and no personal information; kiosks which require personal information but allow for unlimited use (e.g. ATMs); and kiosks which require personal information and allow limited use (voting machines).
Learn More/Register

Looking for more events? Visit our Upcoming Events page!

This Month's Special Feature

ADA State of the Science Save the Date

Join us on April 13th - 15th, 2021 for the virtual
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) State of the Science Conference

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, the State of the Science Conference will highlight research related to successes and challenges in fulfilling the promise of the ADA.

Each day the virtual conference will feature a keynote speaker and research presentations focusing on a unique theme. Day 1 will focus on Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency, Day 2 will focus on Community Development and Planning, and Day 3 will focus on Access and Inclusion. Days will last for 3 hours and 30 minutes and feature researchers from the ADA Regional Centers as well as external researchers.

Stay tuned for more details!
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