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October Newsletter

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This year marks the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month or NDEAM. People are celebrating this momentous Anniversary and the 30th Anniversary of the ADA with the theme "Increasing Access and Opportunity." Visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy's NDEAM page for information, ideas, and resources on how you can celebrate NDEAM.

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

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ginsburg Remembered for Impact on Disability Rights

‘A Failed System’: What It’s Like to Vote With a Disability During a Pandemic
Two children in costumes that incorporate their wheelchairs. One is a robot and the other is a construction worker.
Target, Disney Expand Costume Options for Those With Special Needs

‘Sesame Street’ Changing Attitudes About Autism
An Oscar in from of a sign that reads "The Academy Awards"
Academy Awards Make Push for Increased Disability Representation

A Message to TikTok Parents Who Use My Face to Make Their Kids Cry

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 8th, 11:30 AM PDT - 1:00 PM PDT
ADA National Network Learning Session: American Red Cross Disaster Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic [WEBINAR]

This webinar will cover several aspects of disaster response from the perspective of the American Red Cross during the COVID-19 pandemic including preparation and guidance development for disaster response, the strategy for non-congregate sheltering and the challenges of this strategy. In addition, worker safety and workforce care protocols will be shared. Lessons learned from recent disasters will be covered to inform attendees of the changes for disaster response going forward.
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Tuesday, October 13th - Thursday, October 15th, 2020
Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans – 2 Part Session [WEBINAR]

Are you one of those public entities that are slightly behind in doing a self-evaluation and transition plan? Are you asking yourself, "What is a self-evaluation and transition plan?". Well then, this is the session for you. All public entities subject to title II of the ADA must complete a self-evaluation. For entities that have 50 or more employees, there is also a requirement to have in place a transition plan that addresses structural changes that are necessary for achieving program accessibility. Come to this 2-part session if you are interested in learning more about how to approach conducting a self-evaluation and how to integrate the information gathered into a transition plan.
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Wednesday, October 14th, 1:00 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT
Virtual Series - Disability Employment (Event 2 of 4): Shaping Modern Disability Employment Policy through the Lens of Past Veterans' Experience [WEBINAR]
Join this webinar to discover the historical and contemporary views of the employment of veterans with disabilities. For the past decade, Dr. Larry Logue and BBI Chairman, Dr. Peter Blanck have conducted research on Union army veterans' experience with disabilities and federal government benefits. Their new book “Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: Veterans and Benefits in Post-Civil War America,” a volume in the Cambridge University Press Disability Law and Policy series investigates veterans' longevity and African Americans' treatment in the pension system.
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2:30 PM EDT – 4:00 PM EDT
Emergency Preparedness [WEBINAR]

Federal, state, local entities, and communities are increasingly developing emergency management and preparedness plans to handle disasters. Emergencies and disasters can be particularly concerning for people with disabilities. Successful outcomes for people with disabilities in disasters depend on how inclusive these plans are. This session will focus on key strategies and approaches at various levels (federal, state, and local) toward emergency management and preparedness and the inclusion of people with disabilities.
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Looking for more events? Visit our Upcoming Events page!

This Month's Special Feature

Twitter Chat Flyer reading "ADA National Network Twitter Chats #ADANetworkChat Employment and the ADA Wednesday, October 28th 10 AM PT / 12 PM CT / 1 PM ET"
Mark your calendars! Join the ADA National Network and Regional ADA Centers for a 1-hour Twitter Chat on Employment and the ADA. Visit our Twitter Chat event page to learn more about how you can participate in the fun.

This Month's Featured Media

The background color of the 2020 poster is royal blue. All lettering is gold. To the left, in upper case letters, is the theme INCREASING ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY. Under the theme in upper and lower case lettering are the words Celebrating 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under this statement is blue space.  At the bottom left are four elements:  Two logos side-by-side: 30th/ADA ANNIVERSARY 75th/NDEAM ANNIVERSARY National Disability Employment Awareness Month #ADA30 | #NDEAM75 | DOL’s logo with the following, in upper case letters, to its right: OFFICE OF DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT POLICY UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR To the right, cascading down to the bottom of the poster, are triangular shapes containing images of people with a range of disabilities working in various settings.
Looking for ways to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Visit the Office of Disability and Employment Policy's 31 Days of NDEAM page! We are starting with Day #1 — Put up an NDEAM poster (above). Share how you are increasing access and opportunity by using the hashtags #ADA30 and #NDEAM75.
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