Newsletter: March 14, 2011






Northeast ADA Center March 14th News Bulletin

What's New in Our Region:

Free Business Continuity Awareness Training In New Jersey:
Staff from the Progressive Center for Independent Living and the Northeast ADA Center will provide a free "Business Continuity Awareness for Human Service Providers" training on March 23rd from 1:00-3:30pm at the Project Freedom Robbinsville in Robbinsville, New Jersey.  Business Continuity is planning for an emergency by ensuring continuous operation of the organization's essential day-to-day functions. This program will address different kinds of emergencies and the impacts they can have on the disability community and provider agencies, why a business continuity plan might be implemented, and the initial steps needed to develop this plan.  This training is designed for human service providers whose consumers are people with disabilities, such as disability service providers, health and human service agencies, state and local government entities, public safety personnel, and emergency preparedness planners. To register for this event, please contact Scott Ellis at either Scott.Ellis@pcil.org or 609.581.4500 ext.19.

Nuevos Servicios de la ARV en el Sureste de Puerto Rico:
La Administración de Rehabilitación Vocacional (ARV) ha establecido 2 nuevas oficinas de información y referido en el área sur de Puerto Rico, mediante el uso de fondos ARRA (por sus siglas en inglés).  Estas oficinas atienden 8 municipios y en 4 meses han servido 361 personas. También la ARV, mediante un acuerdo colaborativo con el Centro Ponceño de Vida Independiente, provee servicios de vida independiente y equipo de asistencia tecnológica a consumidores sordos y con discapacidad auditiva en el área sur.  Para más información sobre estos servicios puede comunicarse con la ARV al: (787) 729-0160 ext. 7247.


What's New in the Rest of the Country:

New Online Tool for Jobseekers!
The Department of Labor has launched "My Next Move", an online tool for first-time workers and those returning to the workforce to explore careers and find jobs. Jobseekers can access information on more than 900 jobs, local job openings and training opportunities. They can search by occupation, industry, growing industries, the green sector, and via an interest profiler that matches the jobseekers' interests with suitable occupations. Access My Next Move at: http://mynextmove.dol.gov

Department Of Justice (DOJ) Settles with National Board of Medical Examiners:
The DOJ has reached a settlement agreement with the National Board of Medical Examiners after a complaint was lodged against this private, nonprofit organization by a medical school student with dyslexia who was denied reasonable accommodations to take the exam. The Board has agreed to grant this student the requested testing accommodations, as well as remove other barriers to people with disabilities who want to take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.  Read the full agreement at:  http://www.ada.gov/nbme.htm

Health Care Reform Act Provides $621 Million for Community Living:
The federal government is jumpstarting a program that allows persons who live in institutions to move into communities with their support services intact. Expanding the Money Follows the Person program to 13 additional states over the next five years aims to allow the state to address the preference that most persons with disabilities have towards living at home rather than in an institution. The government will also provide $3.7 billion to the Community First Choice Option, which works to place people with disabilities in the community, on the condition that the limit on how many can live in the community is eliminated. Read more at: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/02/22/feds-billions-community-living/12390/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=February+22,+2011:+News+from+Disability+Scoop&utm_source=YMLP&utm_term=

Guía sobre las Leyes de Discapacidad Disponible en Español Ya:
El Centro de la ADA del Suroeste se complace en anunciar la disponibilidad de la Guía sobre las Leyes de Discapacidad ahora en español. Esta guía utiliza el formato de preguntas mas frecuentes y responde a preguntas sobre la Ley de Americanos con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), la Ley de Enmiendas a la ADA, la Ley de Rehabilitación, Seguro Social, la Ley de Acceso al Transporte Aéreo, la Ley de Educación para Individuos con Discapacidades, la Ley de Derechos Civiles de Personas Institucionalizadas, y las Enmiendas a la Ley de Vivienda Justa. Se pueden descargar copias gratuitas en: http://www.swdbtac.org/html/publications/Spanish/gld/index.html

Disability Law Handbook Now Available in Spanish:
The Southwest ADA Center is pleased to announce the availability of the Disability Law Handbook now in Spanish. This Handbook is written in FAQ format and answers questions about the ADA, the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments.   Free copies may be downloaded at http://www.swdbtac.org/html/publications/Spanish/gld/index.html

AAPD & Walmart Will Provide Summer Internships in Washington, D.C.:
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are providing $600,000 for the new American Association of People with Disabilities Summer Internship Program.  This program proposes opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and law students with disabilities to intern with Congress and other federal agencies and offices.  With this new partnership, the internship program will host 28 interns this summer.  Read more at : http://jfactivist.typepad.com/jfactivist/2011/02/walmart-awards-600000-to-aapd-for-internship-program.html

FEMA Works to Improve Accessible Emergency Alerts:
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is working on the IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) system already in place in an effort to increase how many people are alerted during disasters. FEMA is trying to incorporate new technologies such as cell phones and the Internet in their alert messages so that they can reach most of those possibly in danger with one round of messaging. Read more at : http://jfactivist.typepad.com/jfactivist/2011/02/fema-making-emergency-