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ADA in Focus: Winter 2018

ADA in Focus: Winter 2018 Volume 22, Number 1 ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us. ADA In Focus is intended for use by individuals, state and local governments, businesses, legal entities, and others interested in developments in the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication is intended solely as an informal guidance and should not be construed as legally binding. ADA In Focus does not serve as determination of the legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA for any individual, business or entity. Learn more about the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Winter 2018, Volume 22, Number 1 (suitable for printing) Winter 2018, Volume 22, Number 1, in large print (suitable for printing) In this issue: Vertical Tabs Center Update(active tab) Focal Point Zoom in on Training Close-Ups: What’s New Zoom in on Court Decisions and Settlements Center… Read More > ADA in Focus: Winter 2018

SSA Blog Post: Top 3 Questions You Can Expect During a Job Interview

Top 3 Questions You Can Expect during a Job Interview Feb 8, 2018 Job interviews consist of 2 types of questions: questions about you and questions about what you know. The latter type, knowledge questions, usually relate to the particular requirements of the job you’re applying for and are very specific. Today, we’ll talk about the more general questions you can expect. These are the kind of questions that will set you apart when all the candidates are equally knowledgeable. Recruiters ask these general questions to learn more about who you are. Are you confident? Do you sound enthusiastic? Will you fit their company culture? Are you committed enough to take the time to research their company? If you’ve decided to discuss your disability during the interview, you can think about how to do so in the context of these typical questions. For more information on disclosure, check out Disclosure: Let’s Talk About It. Let’s look at the 3 most… Read More > SSA Blog Post: Top 3 Questions You Can Expect During a Job Interview

SSA Blog Post: You Asked, We Answer! Financial Independence

You Asked, We Answer! Financial Independence Feb 12, 2018 Did you miss our January WISE webinar? During the event, we talked about financial independence, including the path to work and money management skills and resources. By learning how to manage your finances, you can set smart financial goals, save more money for your needs and wants and enjoy financial independence. More than 450 people joined us on January 24 for the webinar, and we received many great questions. Today we’re answering the top 3 questions to help you find resources that may help you on your own path to success. Do I need to pay taxes? If you earned income during 2017, chances are you’ll need to file a tax return this year. You can also take the IRS’s quiz, Do I Need to File a Tax Return?, to find out if you’re required to file a tax return. For additional questions, contact your local IRS office. Finding help on… Read More > SSA Blog Post: You Asked, We Answer! Financial Independence

SSA Wise Webinar- “Ticket to Work: Choosing the Service Provider That’s Right For You!”

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET, join us for the national Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, “Ticket to Work: Choosing the Service Provider That’s Right for You.” WISE webinars are a great first step for people who have a disability and are ready and able to benefit from the social and financial rewards of employment, so share this event with Social Security disability beneficiaries and encourage them to attend. During the webinar, we’ll discuss: Ticket to Work and Work Incentives; The different types of service providers that are available; and How to learn more and choose a service provider that’s right for you and your work goals. Below, we’ve provided some sample social media announcements. We appreciate your help spreading the word! Facebook: Join @ChooseWork! for the next WISE webinar on February 28, 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET, to learn more about “Choosing the Service Provider That’s Right for You.” Register now! Twitter: Join @chooseworkSSA for the next #WISEwebinar on choosing a service provider. Register… Read More > SSA Wise Webinar- “Ticket to Work: Choosing the Service Provider That’s Right For You!”

WVU CED Research Study on TBI

Research Study on Traumatic Brain Injury Have you experienced a traumatic brain injury or concussion in the last 5 years?  The WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is conducting a research study to learn more about statewide services and needs for survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in West Virginia. Participants will complete an anonymous online survey about their experiences with services and supports. The survey will take about 20-30 minutes to complete and is open to all who have had a TBI or concussion in the last 5 years. Participants must be at least 18 years of age to participate.     Alternative formats are available.   This research is conducted under the direction of Teresa McCourt, Assistant Director, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities.   IRB approval is on file. WVU Protocol #: 1712897444   Complete the survey at    

AT in IEPs

AT in IEPs -by Staff Attorney Erin Snyder The Individualized Education Planning (IEP) process is a great opportunity to collaborate on the delivery of supports and services for students with disabilities. School districts are responsible for providing assistive technology (AT) devices and services a student needs to benefit from their educational program. The IEP team will make a determination of what these needs are through evaluations and assessments. It is important to take into consideration the student’s disability, environment, technology options, and preferences when considering AT devices and services. Playing an active part as a member of the IEP team during the AT evaluation, eligibility and determination processes, will help students succeed from school to the workplace. The West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council (WVDDC) and Disability Rights of West Virginia (DRWV) have developed: A Parent’s Advocacy Guide to Special Education for family members, students, educators, and advocates for students with disabilities. This Companion Guide to the WV Department of Education… Read More > AT in IEPs

Accessible Technology in the Workplace

Accessible Technology in the Workplace Feb 22, 2018 By Josh Christianson February is Low Vision Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness about vision rehabilitation services among people with low vision. It’s also a good time to consider the technology needs of employees and job seekers with visual impairments. After all, technology is essential to applying for and doing many jobs. And, as long as the technology is accessible, it can help you succeed in employment long-term. Getting What You Need Individuals with disabilities — including those with low vision — who understand how accessible and assistive technology (AT) can help them in their career choices are most likely to be successful. Being proactive is the key. Here are 7 steps you can take: Consider the technology you’re using now. Begin by taking a look at the technology you use in your daily life — for example, mobile devices, email software, and social networking apps. By reviewing everything you already… Read More > Accessible Technology in the Workplace