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Join the disAbility Resource Center as it Celebrates the Holidays at its 16th Annual Open House

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
409 Progress St., Fredericksburg, VA  22401

At 4 p.m. we will provide recognition and appreciation of Arva Priola who is retiring after more than 20 years of service to the  dRC
and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

R.S.V. P.: 540-373-2559 or


Job Seekers with Disabilities 

EXCEL! Networking Group

Booz Allen Disability Employment Seminar

Thursday, October 15, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201

RSVP with accommodation requests:

Patricia Jackson, a disability employment specialist from Booz Allen, will speak about the company's pioneering disability employment efforts and share how to apply.

DOWNLOAD - Excel flyer 10.15



Free Performance & Party with Deaf Hip-Hop Artist Sean Forbes & DJ Robbie Wilde

Free  - open to all

TiLT Challenge and Dance Party

Kennedy Center Atrium
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
July 20, 2015

Free; Limited seating; Limited capacity. Up to two wristbands per person will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the States Gallery outside the Atrium at the Kennedy Center

Don’t miss this dance party featuring Deaf performers Sean Forbes and DJ Robbie Wilde. Sean is a ground-breaking, one-lf-a-kind talent – he is a rapper and a songwriter with a show that will knock your socks off!    Sean will share the stage with  DJ Robbie Wilde who says he literally feels his music. Come for the music, come to dance!

The show will be signed, captioned and voiced.  Everyone is welcome.

The Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution 20/40 Celebration
DOWNLOAD - VSA2540 Celebration2015_PressRelease





Disability Scoop

Disney is again updating its program for accommodating guests with disabilities at its theme parks.

Starting Thursday, the Disability Access Service Card is going digital at Walt Disney World in Florida. Rather than write down return times for rides and other attractions on a card, cast members will scan visitors’ tickets or MagicBands, the company said.

The change will allow the disability accommodation to be integrated with My Disney Experience, a website and app for park visitors.

The switch to an electronic process will not alter procedures for guests utilizing the Disability Access Service Card, however. Disney said visitors with disabilities will still need to visit each attraction in order to obtain a return time based on current wait times.

Disneyland previously adopted a digital approach to the Disability Access Service Card in November.

Changes in recent years to Disney’s accommodations for people with disabilities have been highly controversial. In 2013, the company did away with its Guest Assistance Card which often let individuals with special needs and those they were traveling with skip to the front of long lines for theme park rides.

Read more  . . Disney.

Other Disney resources Services for Guests with Hearing Disabilities



The FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at FCC headquarters, located at 445 12th Street, SW, in Washington, DC. 

The Committee meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and will be open to the public.  At 11:45 a.m., the Committee will break for lunch and subcommittee activities.  The Committee meeting will reconvene and will be open to the public at 3:30 p.m.  The Committee will receive comments from the public at 4:30 p.m.  Comments can be presented in person or by e-mail to  The Committee meeting will adjourn at 5:00 p.m.

The Committee meeting will be webcast with open captioning at

The agenda has been posted on the Committee’s webpage at  Minutes of the Committee meeting will be posted at a later date.

Links to the agenda for March 17, 2015:

Links to the Public Notice announcing the meeting on March 17, 2015:|


Reserve Your Seat Today!
The EXCEL! 2.0 Networking Group Presents
“How Do I Answer That?”

A Mock Interviewing Practice Session
for Job Seekers w/Disabilities

Get tips & practice on addressing:

  • Gaps in work history
  • If, when and how to disclose your disability
  • The difference between “honesty” & “TMI”
  • Your rights under the ADA

And much more!

When:     Thursday, March 19, 1-3 p.m.
Where:    ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV)
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201
(at the Court House Metro, Orange Line)
RSVP by Friday, March 13, at
or call (703) 525-3268 & include any accommodations requests.






Do you work with individuals with disabilities actively seeking employment or preparing to transition into independent living?

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is featuring disability employment expert Dale Brown at our next

EXCEL! Networking meeting on Thursday, February 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Topic: “Informational Interview Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities”

Dale is a published author, employment specialist, national presenter. This information-packed seminar will explain:

  • Benefits of interviewing professionals in your field, or in a field you are trying to break into
  • How to use informational interviews to get influential references
  • How gaps in work history and other obstacles may be overcome by the right contacts
  • What to ask and how

The seminar is at:
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201
To RSVP, call (703) 525-3268 or email

Please see the  flyer for more information.
Also let us know if you wish to be added to our e-mail list for educational and social events.

About the Presenter

Dale Brown, a nationally known disability employment specialist, will lead an Excel workshop on informational interview strategies Thursday, February 19, 1-3 pm at ECNV.  Dale is an author, speaker, and strategic leadership consultant. Her most recent book is Steps to Independence for People with Learning Disabilities.

She also coauthored Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People who have Disabilities with Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? 

She has written three other books;

Dale has worked for the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor.  She has spoken at over one thousand national, state, and local conferences and symposia on disability issues. Topics include employment, job accommodation, self-help, and other related issues.

And much more!





Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is now accepting applications for a Disability Integration Advisor position with an American Sign Language (ASL) specialty. The open period for this announcement is from Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015.  To apply for this position or for full information, including key requirements and a description of duties, please click the following link to access the job announcement through USAJobs.gov

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Blair at or by phone number 800-879-6076.

Job Title: Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-011-RSV

Salary Range
: $39.97 to $39.97 / Per Hour
Open Period: Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary - Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies - Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust - Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

As a Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty) in FEMA's Reservist Program, you will be responsible for:

Providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to meet the communications requirements of disaster survivors, FEMA employees, and the general public throughout emergency operations, programs and services while deployed to disasters.

Providing guidance regarding effective communication access in all phases of emergency response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

Providing interpreting services to achieve equal access to effective communication between Disability Integration Advisors, Disability Advisor Leads and Command and General Staff including:

  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to Federal Coordinating Officer, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, External Affairs, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, Information Technology and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center and other field locations.





The American Association of People with Disabilities is currently accepting resumes for college students and jobseekers with disabilities interested in participating in Disability Mentoring Day on October 28th.

This is a great opportunity to expand your professional network and connect with a mentor. Participants will be matched with mentors who are employed by a financial services company in Washington, DC. The event will include individual job shadowing, networking, and career sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

More information can be found on the AAPD website:

To apply, submit your resume to by October 1st.




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Justice Department Reaches Agreement with the City of Baltimore
to Prevent Disability Discrimination

City of Baltimore to Pay $65,000 in Damages and Adopt New Policies and Procedures

The Justice Department today announced that it has reached an agreement with the city of Baltimore, Maryland, to end hiring practices that discriminate against people with disabilities.  The agreement, filed as a consent decree along with a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, resolves allegations by the department that the city engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Title I of the ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of disability in various aspects of employment, including hiring.

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Nikki D. Evans, attorney and author of the May 4th, 2014 post entitled, “Hearing Loss and Social Security Disability,” provides readers with explanations of the Social Security Administration’s definitions of hearing impairment or loss as a disability.

Blog Posting: updatesJustice Department Settles Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination over Inaccessible Housing ComplexesThe U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a federal district court judge in Jackson, MS, has approved a settlement with the owners and developers of nine multifamily housing complexes in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. The Justice Department’s lawsuit alleged that the housing complexes did not have accessible features for people with disabilities. The Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act require these types of housing complexes to have accessible features. These include hardware that makes it possible to open doors and making sure that there are enough accessible parking spaces. Last year the departments of Justice and Housing & Urban Development issued guidance on the design and construction requirements under the Fair Housing Act. 

Read this recent guest blog post on Disability.Blog, Accessible Housing for Everyone.

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Sen. Tom Harkin to Headline Discussion in Commemoration of 40th Anniversary
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973



WASHINGTON –  On Thursday, Sept. 26, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor will hold a public symposium from 12-5 p.m. entitled “The Past, Present, and Future of the Rehabilitation Act” at EEOC headquarters at 131 M Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20507.

Distinguished speakers will include Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), as well as EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien, Commissioner Chai Feldblum, and other experts on disability issues. Other invited speakers include:

  • Debra Carr, Director of the Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development for the Office of the Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Dept. of Labor
  • Judith Heumann, Special Advisor, International Disability Rights, U.S. Dept. of State
  • Claudia Gordon, Public Engagement Advisor on Disability, Office of Public Engagement, The White House
  • Jeff Rosen, Chairperson, National Council on Disability
  • John Wodatch, retired Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • Robert Silverstein, Attorney, Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville PC
  • Ruby Moore, Executive Director, The Georgia Advocacy Office

Organizations who have an interest in the employment of individuals with disabilities will also exhibit in the hall outside of the symposium, beginning at noon. To reserve a space, e-mail

Seating for the event is limited, so you must RSVP and request any accommodations by sending an e-mail to and typing “Rehab Act Event RSVP” in the subject line.  It is suggested that visitors arrive 30 minutes before the event begins in order to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room.  The event agenda is subject to revision.

The EEOC is the federal government agency responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination laws in the workplace.  Further information about the EEOC is available at


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Disability Connection: 10 Things You Need to Know about Emergency Preparednessemergency


1. September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters can strike quickly and without warning making every second count during an emergency. Since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sponsored National Preparedness Month, which encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. The site’s toolkit includes helpful information, such as how to build an emergency supply kit, making a family game plan, staying informed before, during and after an emergency, and other preparedness resources and tips. Be ready and be safe! Find preparedness events in your community.

2. Tornadoes. During a tornado, finding shelter quickly is paramount to staying safe. An underground area, such as a basement or storm cellar, provides the best protection from a tornado. Staying in your trailer or mobile home, even if it is tied down, is not safe. If an underground shelter is unavailable, the following tips should be considered: ...continue reading "Be Prepared! 10 Things You Need to Know About Emergency Preparedness"


Thursday, September 12, 2013

White House Disability Update

Dear Friends,

In this White House Disability Update, you will learn about recent and upcoming Obama Administration efforts to advance equality, inclusion and access on behalf of the disability community.


Claudia L. Gordon
White House Office of Public Engagement

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