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November Newsletter

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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM), Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and American Diabetes Month. For 2019, the Epilepsy Foundation is promoting the importance of recognizing seizures and reviewing recommended first aid techniques using #StaySafeSide. For American Diabetes Month, in partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, this year’s focus is on the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease with the theme “Take Diabetes to Heart”. To learn more about Alzheimer’s, the history of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and how you can celebrate, click this link.

In November we also celebrate National Family Caregivers Month. Caregivers play a pivotal role in the disability community and November is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country.

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

Father reaching into an incubator to touch his baby
Appeals Court: Dad Fired After Child Born With Severe Disability Can Sue Under Americans With Disabilities Act

Supreme Court Hands Victory to Blind Man Who Sued Domino’s Over Site Accessibility

10 Fascinating Facts About the White Cane
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My Disabled Body Isn’t a ‘Burden.’ Inaccessibility Is.

Hiring people with disabilities is good for the community and for business

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 7th, 2019 2:30 PM EST – 4:00 PM EST
Leased Facilities [WEBINAR]
Federal agencies and the US Postal Service (USPS) must ensure that facilities they lease are accessible as required by the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Standards issued under the ABA, which apply to facilities funded by the federal government or USPS, provide minimum requirements for facilities or buildings newly leased by federal agencies or the USPS. These provisions address accessible routes, parking, toilet and bathing facilities, sales and service counters, joint-use areas, fire alarms, and other elements and spaces. Presenters will review these requirements and explain how they apply to leased facilities. 
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Wednesday, November 13th – Friday, November 15th, 2019
Mid-Atlantic ADA Update - the 26th Annual Conference on the Americans With Disabilities Act [IN PERSON]
The Mid-Atlantic ADA Update will be held this November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference will provide a wide range of up-to-date information on ADA regulations and guidelines, as well as strategies and best practices for successful implementation of the law. Conference speakers will include subject-matter experts from federal, state, and local government agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations, and universities. The ADA Update will offer opportunities to network with other professionals with similar interests and concerns. Professional development hours from several accreditation organizations will also be available.
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Thursday, November 14th, 2019 11:30 AM PST – 1:00 PM PST
ADA National Network Learning Session: Earthquake Preparedness For Everyone, With Everyone [WEBINAR]
In this webinar, participants will get an overview of new resources and materials developed by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. Emergency Managers will learn steps to take to include people with disabilities in preparedness education and drills. This presentation will also highlight a best practice model for providing earthquake preparedness training for and with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Earthquake Preparedness is for everyone with everyone!
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Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 12:00 PM EST - 1:00 PM EST
Accessibility in the Laboratory [WEBINAR]

Access to STEM education and careers can be challenging for people with disabilities.  Given the importance of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates with disabilities for careers in science and technology, the Northeast ADA Center would like to share critical information about access in laboratory environments.  This introduction will provide an overview of the legal requirements to provide access in laboratory environments in post-secondary education.
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This Month's Special Feature

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Being prepared for emergencies of any kind often comes down to planning and anticipating yours and your family’s needs when daily life gets disrupted. As a disaster can dramatically affect your activities, personal emergency preparedness is essential.

Our Emergency Preparedness Resources Page offers a selection of emergency preparedness and response resources, including ones for people with disabilities. You can find fact sheets, Regional ADA Center and Federal resources, and weather and disaster specific resources.

You may also reach out to your ADA Regional Center to obtain specific information about emergency preparedness in your region.

This Month's Featured Media

Epilepsy Awareness Month November 2017 video still
In honor of National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM) we have decided to choose a throwback video for our Featured Content: our 2017 interview with Jessica Keenan Smith of Living Well with Epilepsy. Though a couple of years old, the video's themes of anti-discrimination, support in the workplace, reasonable accommodations, and the overall importance of the ADA to the epilepsy community hold strong. Visit Living Well with Epilepsy to find resources, stories, and community to celebrate NEAM this November and all year long!

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