Tuesday, April 26, 2011

FREE online training: iPad Communication Accessibility Apps

May 4, 2011
3:00-4:30 p.m.
RSVP by May 2 to storee.powell@usu.edu OR (435)797-7412.
This FREE training by Scott Baggaley will explore using Proloquo2go, its different features and updates for using an iPad as a communication option.  He will also look at different communication app options that are not as famous as the Proloquo2go.  This will include text based communication options for literate users, a scanning option for those who need this as well as sequenced messages.
Scott Baggley has been working as an Education Program Specialist at the Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities at the Utah Center for Assistive Technology for the past 8 years. He specializes in Computer Access, Augmentative Communication, and Educational Software.
1) be sure you have high speed internet and,
2) go to http://aggiecast.usu.edu/ to test your video and sound before the day of the training, which is also the same site you will view the training. Please note that the video streaming will be a montage of Utah State University videos, including sporting events. If you are unable to properly connect to the training site be sure the latest Quick Time plug in 7.6 is updated on your computer and check to be sure you can view the video streaming at the URL above prior to the training day.

Technical Support 
Before May 4 – Call Utah State University Information Technology Help Desk for technical questions or problems, 435-797-4357 or 877-878-8325 or Shane Thomas at 435-797-0525 or shane.thomas@usu.edu or Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or sachin.pavithran@usu.edu.
Day of Training - Call USU Information Technology Help Desk for technical questions or problems, 435-797-4357 or 877.878.8325.

Ask Trainer Questions - Click on “UATP Ask a Question” (NOT available until the day of the training) to type questions for the trainer to answer throughout the training.

Accommodations - If you are a screen reader user or need other accomodations, please contact Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or sachin.pavithran@usu.edu to make arrangements to participate via phone by May 2.

Monday, April 18, 2011

AER Utah Chapter iPad training

AER Utah Chapter is having a great discussion about the IPAD.  Come learn how to use it.

Date: Wednesday, April 27

Time: 6:00-8:00

Place:  Cowboy Grub

2350 South Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City

Topic: Got an app for that?

David Johansen and Denise Warren and Quintin Williams will be presenting information on the iPad and the functional technology that is useful for the blind and visually impaired.

 Dinner will be your choice of:

Half Roasted Chicken

Harvest Cranberry Salad

Pot Roast Dinner

$15.00 a person and AER will cover the rest

Remember to RSVP to Sandy Ruconich

by Monday, 4/25 @:


An Evening of Hope: Celebrating autism and faith in our community

This event will be held at 3130 W. Maple Loop Dr., Lehi UT (Located in Thanksgiving Point) and is for the entire community.  Refreshments will follow the presentations. 

On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, the Autism Council of Utah and the Utah Parent Center are presenting An Evening of Hope:  Celebrating autism and faith in our community.


This event is free of charge. Workshops are offered online via Elluminate
Session Two: Tuesday, April 26, 1-2:30pm HST (4-5:30pm PDT)
Expanded Session -  Tools for Mentoring Presented by Steven E. Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
For more information about the topics and speakers please visit http://www.ist.hawaii.edu/
Pre-Registration required up to three days before the event. Information about how to access the Webinars will follow. To register email Kathryn Parado at kathrynparado@gmail.com with your name, email address, department/institution or other affiliation. Please submit any disability accommodation requests when you register.

Free Webinar: Understanding Attitudes of Disabled Populations about Savings & Financial Education

Tuesday, April 19th 2:00-3:00pm EST
Katherine Dahlem, Abt. Associates, will discuss the findings from focus groups conducted in 2010 by CFS and Abt. Associates Inc, as part of the Financial Literacy Research Consortium.  These focus groups gathered information on how people with disabilities and their families address financial planning, understand SSA regulations, address employment, and interact with school systems.   In her presentation, Dahlem will detail the results which suggest that information about financial planning is vital to people with disabilities and caregivers to help them address financial and care needs. Register here http://myemail.constantcontact.com/REGISTER-for-April-19th-Webinar---Understanding-Attitudes-of-Disabled-Populations-about-Savings-and-Financial-Education-.html?soid=1104220831070&aid=BPBar3VWXeQ.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

FREE Accessible Online Webinar: A Business Planning Course for Microentrepreneurs

Are you an entrepreneur with a disability who needs a business loan for your small business?  Need help writing your business plan? Then sign up for RESNA’S FREE Accessible Web-based meeting!

Session #1: Introduction and Business Planning Basics – What do you need to consider in order to start or expand a small business?

Kathy Gilman of the Washington Access Fund will be presenting webinar for budding entrepreneurs from around the country so that they can learn about entrepreneurship and the basics of business planning.  Kathy has 15+ years of microenterprise development and microlending experience.
Date:  April 27, 2011
Time:  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
To Register:
     Phone:  800-524-5152               
     Email:  Lois.Summers@usu.edu


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

EEOC Announces Final Bipartisan Regulations for the ADA Amendments

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final regulations to implement the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) are now available for public view on the Federal Register website at www.ofr.gov.  The regulations will be published Friday.  Like the law they implement, the regulations are designed to simplify the determination of who has a “disability” and make it easier for people to establish that they are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“The ADAAA is a very important civil rights law,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien.  “The regulations developed by the Commission to implement the ADAAA clarify the requirements of the law for all stakeholders, which is one of the Commission’s most important responsibilities.”
“Based on the hard work we did at the Commission over the past months, I am confident that these regulations will work well for both people with disabilities and employers,” said Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who joined the EEOC in April, 2010. “It was our job as an agency to carry out the intent of this landmark law and I believe we have done so successfully.”  Feldblum was one of the lead negotiators on the original ADA as well as on the Amendments Act.
“Just as the ADAAA was the result of a considerable bipartisan effort by Congress, the final rule represents a concerted effort of EEOC Commissioners representing both parties to arrive at regulations that hold true to that bipartisan Congressional intent,” said Commissioner Constance S. Barker. “I was pleased to have been able to vote in favor of the final rule.”
The ADAAA went into effect on Jan. 1, 2009.  In the ADAAA, Congress directed the EEOC to revise its regulations to conform to changes made by the Act, and expressly authorized the EEOC to do so. The EEOC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposed implementing regulations on September 23, 2009, and received well over 600 public comments in response.  The final regulations reflect the feedback the EEOC received from a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
The ADAAA overturned several Supreme Court decisions that Congress believed had interpreted the definition of “disability” too narrowly, resulting in a denial of protection for many individuals with impairments such as cancer, diabetes or epilepsy.  The ADAAA states that the definition of disability should be interpreted in favor of broad coverage of individuals.  The effect of these changes is to make it easier for an individual seeking protection under the ADA to establish that he or she has a disability within the meaning of the ADA.
The ADAAA and the final regulations keep the ADA’s definition of the term “disability” as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; a record (or past history) of such an impairment; or being regarded as having a disability.  But the law made significant changes in how those terms are interpreted, and the regulations implement those changes.
Based on the statutory requirements, the regulations set forth a list of principles to guide the determination of whether a person has a disability.  For example, the principles provide that an impairment need not prevent or severely or significantly restrict performance of a major life activity to be considered a disability.  Additionally, whether an impairment is a disability should be construed broadly, to the maximum extent allowable under the law.  The principles also provide that, with one exception (ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses), “mitigating measures,” such as medication and assistive devices like hearing aids, must not be considered when determining whether someone has a disability.  Furthermore, impairments that are episodic (such as epilepsy) or in remission (such as cancer) are disabilities if they would be substantially limiting when active.  
The regulations clarify that the term “major life activities” includes “major bodily functions,” such as functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, and brain, neurological, and endocrine functions.  The regulations also make clear that, as under the old ADA, not every impairment will constitute a disability.  The regulations include examples of impairments that should easily be concluded to be disabilities, such as HIV infection, diabetes, epilepsy, and bipolar disorder. 
Following the dictates of the ADAAA, the regulations also make it easier for individuals to establish coverage under the “regarded as” part of the definition of “disability.”  Establishing such coverage used to pose significant hurdles, but under the new law, the focus is on how the person was treated rather than on what an employer believes about the nature of the person’s impairment.
The Commission has released two Question-and-Answer documents about the regulations to aid the public and employers – including small business – in understanding the law and new regulations.  The ADAAA regulations, accompanying Question and Answer documents and a fact sheet are available on the EEOC website at www.eeoc.gov/.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: A Special Report from AbilityPath

AbilityPath.org has released this report: Bullying and the Child with Special Needs. AbilityPath.org interviewed experts, educators and parents regarding a silent epidemic facing children with special needs - bullying. The result was the report and guide, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Bullying and Special Needs. Read, Learn and share its important results and resources.Walk A Mile In Their Shoes - Bullying and Special Needs report and guide

CPD Legacy Story: Andrew Crookston

A new CPD Legacy Story is by a mom whose son attends the ASSERT program.  This is Autism Awareness month and so take a minute to read what a great job the ASSERT program is doing:  http://www.cpdusu.org/blog/2011/04/cpd-legacy-story-andrew-crookston/.