Archive for April, 2011

Partners in Policymaking: NEW Application Deadline 5-13

Partners in Policymaking logoThe application deadline for the 2012 class of Partners In Policymaking has been extended to May 13, 2011.   Only 30 individuals will be selected to participate in the Partners in Policymaking (PIP) program, sponsored by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD).  Don’t let this opportunity slip by.  If you are a parent of a young child with a developmental disability or an adult self-advocate residing in Virginia please consider applying soon.  The PIP program is highly regarded and often called “life-changing” by past participants. 

Class members, called Partners, learn about self-advocacy, supported employment, building inclusive communities, assistive technology, communication, independent living, and more from national experts.  VBPD covers all expenses for participants’ training, lodging, meals, and travel. 

Eight sessions are held in Richmond on Friday afternoon to late Saturday afternoon. For a complete schedule or to download the application, visit www.vaBoard.org/policymaking.htm.

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April 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

Partners in Policymaking: Application Deadline 4-29

Partners in Policymaking logoThere’s only a short time left to apply for the 2011-2012 Partners in Policymaking (PIP) program…applications must be received by April 29, 2011.

Only 30 individuals will be selected to participate in the series of eight weekend PIP sessions. Sponsored by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), all expenses are covered for participants’ training, lodging, meals, and travel.

Featuring national experts through eight weekend sessions in 2011-2012, Partners learn about self-advocacy, supported employment, building inclusive communities, assistive technology, communication, independent living, and more!

Participants reside in Virginia, have a developmental disability, or are the parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Sessions are held in Richmond on Friday afternoon to late Saturday afternoon. For a complete schedule or to download the application, visit http://bit.ly/gcmQX7. You can also learn more at www.vaboard.org.

Hurry—this program fills up quickly, so don’t delay!

April 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

Whitehouse Disability Conference Call

telephoneIn order to help keep you more informed, we are hosting monthly calls to update you on various disability issues as well as to introduce you to persons who work on disability issues in the federal government.

I would encourage you to call in about five minutes early due to the large volume of callers.

This call is off the record and not for press purposes.

We strongly urge and ask that you distribute this email broadly to your networks and list serves so that everyone has an opportunity to learn of this valuable information.

Our next call will be Thursday, April 28 at 2:00 PM Eastern.

The conference call information is below.

Dial in for listeners: United States: (888) 428-4479              

Title: White House Disability Call (use instead of code)

Date of Call: 04/28/2011

Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern (dial in 5 minutes early)

For live captioning, at the start time of the event, please login by clicking on the link below:

http://www.fedrcc.us//Enter.aspx?EventID=1745291&CustomerID=321

April 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm 3 comments

Free Webinar: Section 504, the ADA and Students w/Disabilities in Public Schools

ECNV staff using a computerPIER: OCR: Section 504, the ADA, and Students with Disabilities in Public Schools

Join us for a Webinar on April 27

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/674659982

This presentation will cover school districts’ responsibilities to students with disabilities under Section 504 and the ADA, eligibility and changes made by the ADAAA, and procedures for evaluation and placement. OCR complaints and what happens during an OCR investigation will also be discussed.

Title: PIER: OCR: Section 504, the ADA, and Students with Disabilities in Public Schools
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

* After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

Credit to Chery Ward

April 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

Thank you, Christian!

Christian VasquezECNV wishes to thank Christian Jose Sacarelo Vasquez for all his volunteer work here over the past two months. Christian is the nephew of former ECNV employee Carla Koski and he was visiting the US from Ecuador during his break from school to work on his English.

He was at ECNV everyday helping out filing papers and other general office chores. He helped a lot and will be greatly missed!

Article from the ECNV Declaration (Spring 2011 Edition)

April 21, 2011 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Free EARN Webinar

EARN presents:

Introduction and Analysis of EEOC’s Final Regulation
Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Thursday April 28th, 2011
2:00 to 3:30 EDT

EARN logoTopics to be Covered

  • Purpose of the ADAAA
  • Definition of Disability
  • Application of Standards under the ADA, as Amended by the ADAA, to Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Modifications to the Structure of the ADA, as Amended by the ADAAA
  • Other Provisions of the ADA, Including Discrimination and Defenses, Not Affected by the ADAAA

Presenter

Robert “Bobby” Silverstein, J.D.
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC

Currently, Mr. Silverstein is a principal in the law firm of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, P.C. where his practice focuses in the areas of disability, health care, rehabilitation, employment, education, social security, and civil rights. He also serves as director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy where he directs actions research and analysis of disability-related policy issues. For over a decade, Mr. Silverstein served in various capacities on Capitol Hill, including staff director and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy where he was the behind-the-scenes architect of 20 bills enacted into law including the Americans with Disabilities Act and several reauthorizations of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Mr. Silverstein received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 1974 and his B.S. Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (cum laude), 1971. Mr. Silverstein is the recipient of more than 10 national awards, including the Distinguished Services Award of the President of the United States. Bobby has worked extensively with USBLN® over the years, including conducting a webinar for USBLN® shortly after the ADAAA was enacted into law.

Register for this free webinar at: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/register/AskEarn_Webinar_04-28-2011.cfm

The day before the event, all those who have registered will receive an e-mail message with instructions on how to log in to the Webinar.

If you have questions please e-mail Maria Hopko at msh46@cornell.edu or call 607-254-8311.

Maria Hopko, Project Assistant
201L Dolgen Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
Phone: (607) 254-8311
TTY/TDD: (607) 255-2891
Email: msh46@cornell.edu

Credit to EARN

April 20, 2011 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Meet Our “New” Travel Trainer

Selvin GarciaECNV has a “new” Travel Trainer. The “new” is in quotes because Selvin is new to Travel Training but he is certainly not new to ECNV! Selvin has been with ECNV for over 10 years, having served in various positions throughout the office.

Originally from Guatemala, Selvin became a fully naturalized US Citizen in 2006. He is fluent in both español and English and he looks forward to helping individuals with disabilities increase their independence by learning to travel using public transportation.

Article from the ECNV Declaration (Spring 2011 Edition)

April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

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