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Public Hearings on Vocational Rehab & Supported Employment

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) invites you to attend public forums to comment on its state plan describing how Virginia provides vocational rehabilitation services. The first public hearing will be held on March 24 (2:00-3:00 pm) at the DARS office, 5904 Old Richmond Hwy., Suite 410, Alexandria, VA 22303.

To review the current state plan and to learn more, visit or

2014 Youth Transitions Fellowship

The HSC Foundation, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living, is now accepting applications for a paid fellowship position with the organizations’ disability youth transition and collaboration work.  This fellowship is ideal for a person with a disability who has an interest in youth career transitions and employment solutions. The fellowship starts in June 2014, and continues for 12 months. The Youth Transitions Fellow will gain exposure to youth programs serving people with disabilities and will have the opportunity to facilitate collaboration among internship, fellowship, and apprenticeship programs based in the Greater Washington, DC area. A college graduate 26-or-younger who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability is invited to apply.

More information about the Youth Transitions Fellowship.

SSA Proposes Changes to Rules for Submitting Evidence for Disability Claims

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is asking for public comments on a new proposal that would change the rules for submitting medical and other evidence for disability applications. SSA plans to require that people applying for Social Security disability benefits submit all evidence that relates to their disability claims, including documents that may not actually support their claim of being disabled. A claimant's representative would also be required to help the applicant submit all necessary evidence for the disability application. Feedback on these proposed changes can be sent in online, by fax, or mail by April 21, 2014.

Online Dialogue on Social Media Accessibility

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Council on Disability invite the public to participate in a virtual town hall dialogue, “Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media – The User Experience,” which will examine the accessibility barriers of social media for individuals with disabilities, including jobseekers and workers. This crowdsourcing event will take place from Monday, March 17, to Friday, April 4, and it will be the first in a series of three social media accessibility online events taking place over the next three months.

The conversation will explore the value of social media in the lives of people with disabilities, particularly around work, and identify accessibility issues and creative approaches to making social media tools more accessible and usable. Participants will be able to discuss their social media experiences and submit ideas, comments and vote on potential solutions.

To register, visit:

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