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March Newsletter

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Thank you for subscribing to the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network (ADANN) newsletter! 

March is here, which means that not only will there be a surplus of four-leaf clover decorations, but it's also Developmental Disability Awareness Month! We'll be sharing related resources over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on our social media pages. In the meantime, you can catch up on the latest top news and upcoming events in this newsletter.

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

ADA in the News - Highlights

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NBC Universal Prioritizes Disability Representation and Pledges to Audition Disabled Actors

Deaf Culture, Deaf Creatives, and the Quest For Language Exposure
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Warren ‘Wawa’ Snipe’s ASL Super Bowl Performance Went Viral. He Wants To Redefine What Deaf Artists Can Do

Breaking Down Workplace Barriers for Those With Invisible Disabilities
Two gamers using an Xbox, one with accessibility controls
The Future of Game Accessibility on Xbox

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Will Pay $15,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 11th, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT – 3:30 PM EDT
ADA National Network 30th Anniversary Series: Spotlight on the National ADA Symposium [WEBINAR]

The 2021 National ADA Symposium will be a hybrid event. The on-site conference will be held July 25-28, in Phoenix, Arizona followed by a virtual conference Aug 2-5, 2021. This session will provide a brief history of the ADA Symposium, and its impact on ADA implementation. We will also cover the 2021 ADA Symposium session schedule and content, speakers, and conference activities. We will discuss the decision to offer a hybrid conference and considerations in choosing between the on-site and virtual events (or how to attend both!) Bring any and all questions regarding the 2021 National ADA Symposium!
Learn More / Register for this ADA Anniversary Series Event
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT – 3:30 PM EDT
Livable Communities for a Lifetime [WEBINAR]

The Livable Communities movement has experienced significant growth in the past twenty years. As a model for community planning and development, the movement complements the regulatory approach to accessibility through community participation strategies based on a shared vision of a community for all ages and abilities.
Learn More / Register for Livable Communities for a Lifetime
Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT – 3:00 PM EDT
Reasonable Accommodation: Best Practices for Return to Work During COVID-19 [WEBINAR]

As vaccination efforts ramp up and pandemic safety measures improve, employers are seeking guidance on how to navigate the return to work, particularly for employees with disabilities. Join long-time JAN consultant Linda Carter Batiste for a discussion about reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to returning employees to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Linda will share hot topics employers are grappling with such as ongoing requests for telework and leave, accommodating employees with mental health impairments, temporary job restructuring, vaccinations, and medical documentation.
Learn More / Register for Reasonable Accommodation: Best Practices
Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT – 3:30 PM EDT
The Future is Accessible: A Legal Perspective [WEBINAR]

The Covid-19 pandemic and conditions of the past year increased our reliance on digital communication and entertainment applications like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, and much more. Whether we use them for work, communication, or entertainment, these useful applications each pose their own unique benefits and challenges when it comes to accessibility. This program will review disability elements and related legal requirements of some of the more popular applications. Discussions will also touch on the emergence of telehealth as well as a brief look at the advancements in access and current deficiencies of gaming.
Learn More / Register for The Future is Accessible: A Legal Perspective

Thursday, March 18th, 2:30 PM EDT – 4:00 PM EDT
What Exactly Are Accessible Overlays? Do They Work? [WEBINAR]

This session will explain what a web accessibility overlay is and why would you use it? Does incorporating accessibility overlays address WCAG standards and make your website compliant? There are several different types of accessibility overlays available from tool-based options that include toolbars and plugins to JavaScript and hardware models. Not all overlays are created equal and certain types have more challenges than others. This session will breakdown the benefits or downfalls of web accessibility overlays so you determine if overlays are worth using.
Learn More / Register for the Accessible Overlay Webinar
Friday, March 26th, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT – 2:00 PM EDT
ADA: 101.1 Defining Disability [WEBINAR]

This presentation will build on the introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) given in the webinar, ADA-101. Intended for those new to the ADA or for those wanting a refresher, this webinar will explore the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, its interpretation, and its application and meaning for individuals in different settings. It will also discuss how the ADA's definition of disability is often different from definitions used by service providers, federal programs, and advocates.
Learn More / Register for ADA 101.1

This Month's Featured Content

Two facemasks
New month, new resources! Our fact sheet on Healthcare and Face Coverings: Reducing Communication Barriers for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients just went live. This guidance sheet provides tips and strategies for effective communication and is intended to assist healthcare providers, family members, and advocates of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. A Spanish translation will be arriving shortly!
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month #DDawareness2021

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and their partners work together to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. You can learn more about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at the NACDD website.

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