Community in Toronto: What Made the #A11yTO Conferences So Spectacular?

I’m sitting in the airport on my way home from two conferences put on by #A11yTO. I’ve been trying to figure out what made the three days in Toronto so great. This post is what I’ve come up with. #A11yTO is a volunteer-run digital accessibility community in Toronto. Puzzled by the title? A11y (that’s A-eleven-Y)…

Bank of America Honored for Accessibility Work; Structured Negotiation Gets Shout Out

On October 21, 2019 friends and supporters of Disability Rights Advocates, a national nonprofit disability rights legal center, gathered in New York to celebrate the organization and honor this year’s Eagle Award recipients. One of the honorees was Bank of America, a long-time digital accessibility and disability inclusion leader and Structured Negotiation champion. The picture…

Catherine Skivers: Organizer, Activist, Friend, Blind Community Leader

[Update: Catherine Skivers died on December 12, 2019, a week after this post was written.] Catherine Skivers came to California in 1949 at the age of 23 with the man she had married at 16. Within a year, her husband had left her, offering her a one-way bus ticket back to her family in Missouri.…

Joseph Karr O’Connor, Accessibility Champion (1953 – 2020)

Joseph Karr O’Connor died last month at the age of 65. As I get ready to attend the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference next month — for the 20th time — Joseph is on my mind and in my heart. He was a regular attendee and presenter at the conference, using the in-person gathering to cement…

Voices From the Field: Interview with Ginger Roberts-Scott

Ginger Roberts-Scott, Director of the Maine Women, Infant, and Children Supplemental Nutrition program, began her career as a licensed social worker working with individuals with intellectual disability and autism. Throughout her 32 years in a public health service career, Ginger has held several positions in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services helping children, senior citizens

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ED Games Expo Highlights Learning Through Accessible Gaming

  By Kristen Kushiyama Public Affairs Specialist, OSERS, U.S. Department of Education WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 10, 2019) — The U.S. Department of Education held the seventh annual ED Games Expo at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Jan. 9. “The ED Games Expo is the department’s annual public showcase and

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Web Accessibility Criteria

Web Accessibility Criteria includes the most critical compliance criteria of Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1). Every criterion targets specific accessibility issues that would ultimately improve the…

Voices From the Field: Interview with Grace Wardhana

Developing Executive Functioning Skills through Games Grace is co-founder of Kiko Labs, an educational company creating learning games based on principles of neuroscience. She has been the principal investigator on two small business innovation research (SBIR) grants funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education and another grant from

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Getting Where I Need to Go: Traveling Opens Doors

By Jamel Berry When I was in high school, I was advised to contact New York State’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services — Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) for job training. However, I wasn’t traveling on my own yet, because even though I was 20 years old at the time, I relied on the school bus

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Exploring Career Opportunities in Alaska

Note: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month This spring, 65 students with disabilities from southeast Alaska participated in the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (DVR’s) Explore program. The Explore program is a hands-on career exploration opportunity in the high-demand fields of construction, power technology and healthcare. Explore is part of Alaska DVR’s Pre-Employment Transition Services

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My Ever-Evolving Journey: Mom, Advocate, Board of Education Member

Note: October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month by Dria Law, Moorestown, N.J. I am the mom of two teenaged girls, one of whom has a disability. My youngest daughter, Julianna, or Juls for short, was born with Down syndrome, and like many parents of a child with a disability, I found myself thrust into a whole

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Words of Advice from a Triple Threat

NOTE: October is Learning Disabilities/ADHD/Dyslexia Awareness Month This blog is written by Alyssia Jackson, a member of the Young Adult Leadership Council of the National Center for Learning Disabilities One of the scariest experiences in life is finding a job after college. Sometimes it felt like the more I applied, the more I got rejected. I struggled

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Voices From the Field: Interview with Karen Nemeth

Supporting Dual Language Learners Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. is Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist -Dual Language Learners for the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning. She has published more than a dozen books on early education for children who are growing up with two or more languages and she has held leadership

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Virginia Agency Successes Look Different For Each Individual

NOTE: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) provides intensive consumer support to help their clients prepare for, obtain, and continue to work successfully. DARS aims to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. The following

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October and Disability Awareness — 2019

Throughout October, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services highlighted aspects of disability awareness for national disability employment, dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD and Down syndrome. Check out the stories below. Down Syndrome Oh, the Places You Will Go! | 10/2/2019 Dan and Emma have been friends for a long time. During their friendship, they

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Requesting Feedback Related to State VR Agency Technical Assistance Needs

As part of OSERS’ commitment to rethink its work to ensure that it is in the best position to achieve its mission, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is rethinking the way it supports and partners with its key stakeholders to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. One aspect of this ongoing work is rethinking

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Voices From the Field: Interview with Yetta Myrick

The Power of Parental Engagement Ms. Yetta Myrick is the mother of a teenage son with special needs. She is the founder and president of DC Autism Parents (DCAP), a non-profit organization. At DCPA, Yetta has created programs for children diagnosed with autism and their families and oversees the daily operations of the organization. Yetta

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A Commitment to Inclusive Employment

The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (CSAVR) National Employment Team (the NET), in partnership with CVS Health, a business at the forefront of building an inclusive workplace for individuals with disabilities, released a new video on recruiting, training and employing individuals with disabilities. OSERS highlighted one of the employees featured in the video this

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