A few more accessibility resources


All,
I’ve compiled a list of recent articles, tools, resources, and upcoming events that you may find helpful or interesting:
Ø Diversity Publications
ü  Diversity Executive, Spotlight Webinars:  http://diversity-executive.com/spotlight-webinars
ü  Diversity Executive Magazine, May/June 2014: http://diversity-executive.com/
ü  Profiles in Diversity Journal:  http://www.diversityjournal.com/
§  All previous issues are available in digital format at http://www.diversityjournal.com/previous-issues/.
ü  Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Diversity Update (most articles require a national SHRM membership):  http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/Diversity/Pages/default.aspx
Ø Disability
ü  Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Webcast Training Archives: http://askjan.org/webcast/archive/index.htm 
ü  Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) News Briefs:  June 27, 2014, http://www.dol.gov/odep/newsletter/
ü  ODEP News Brief, June 20, 2014:  http://www.dol.gov/odep/newsletter/
ü  Disability.org – Living with No Boundaries, Meet Brandan: http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2014/06/13/living-with-no-boundaries-meet-brendan/#more-8489
ü  Rocky Mountain ADA Center, eNewsletter, June–July 2014: http://www.adainformation.org/newsletter
ü  Think Beyond the Label Hire Wire Newsletter, June 30, 2014: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1147831/edac89e12e/520823527/17c9c88a2b/
Ø Service Members and Veterans
ü  Mobilizing our Community Symposium (see attached flyer): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mobilizing-our-community-symposium-helena-tickets-11389976727
ü  Employers for Montana’s Military:  http://www.montanachamber.com/about-us/Montana-Military
ü  Montana Department of Health and Human Services, Montana Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF), http://montana.networkofcare.org/Veterans/
ü  Veterans Crisis Line, http://veteranscrisisline.net/
Ø Women:
ü  Mamalode.com – This Week’s Stories: http://mamalode.com/ & Mamalode on Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/Mamalode
ü  The White House Summit on Working Families (held on June 23, 2014): http://workingfamiliessummit.org/
Ø U.S. Department of Labor
ü  U.S. Department of Labor News Brief, July 2, 2014: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/newsletter/#.U7sc5mznbL8
Ø Employment Law
ü  The National Law Review, June 24, 2014 (there’s an issue with the “For Full Text” hyperlinks in the right column, so you have to copy the title of the article in your search engine and the article will show up at the top): http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=c1260cc9-1ba6-418a-a1bb-06c04e1a5fac&c=aa9fcb70-ef09-11e3-9057-d4ae529a863c&ch=ab71e880-ef09-11e3-9098-d4ae529a863c
ü  SHRM Workplace Law (most articles require a national SHRM membership):  http://msg.shrm.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=113841&em_id=108242.0
As always, feel free to pass along.
John Pavao
State Diversity Program Coordinator
Department of Administration
State Human Resources Division
125 N. Roberts
P.O. Box 200127
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-3984
FAX: (406) 444-0703
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A few more accessibility resources

Some Accessibility Info


All,
Feel free to pass along:
Ø U.S. Department of Labor
ü  DOL News Brief, August 14, 2014: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/newsletter/#.U_OEF2znbL8
Ø Human Resource Management
ü  Society for Human Resource Management, Organizational & Employee Development (most articles require membership):  http://msg.shrm.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=118183&em_id=112042.0
ü  Complimentary Webinar: Harnessing the Power of Employee Engagement in the Public Sector, Tuesday, August 19 (click link for registration information): https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/490333008
Ø Employment Law
Ø Women and Men
o   Men Matter, Catalyst, Issues to Care About: http://www.catalyst.org/issues/men-matter
o   Working Parents, Catalyst Knowledge Center:  http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/working-parents
o   U.S. Department of Labor Resources for Women: http://www.dol.gov/wb/clearinghouse/
o   Employment Protections for Workers who are Pregnant or Nursing:  http://www.dol.gov/wb/map/index.htm
Ø Disability
ü  TARGET Interactive Technology Series: Expect to Work with Freedom Scientific Low Vision and Blindness Solutions:  http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a1cf85c5a3c6fa04c389240a8&id=c6161f663a&e=b1199d0f1e.  Note: It looks like a recap of the live session will be available online following the live session on August 21.  Refer to the link under, “Can’t Make it in Person?”
ü  Robin Williams and the ‘Stigma’ of Mental Illness: http://www.diversityinc.com/news/robin-williams-stigma-mental-illness/.
Ø  Service Members and Veterans
ü  Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Support Your Employee, Statement of Support Program:  http://www.esgr.mil/Employers/Statement-of-Support.aspx
ü  ESGR and Helena Job Service Community Job Fair (See Atchs 1 & 2)
ü  H2H, Hero to Hired (a free job posting and resource page for employers):  https://h2h.jobs/
Ø Diversity
ü  SHRM Diversity Update (membership required for most articles):  http://msg.shrm.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=118251&em_id=112104.0
ü  AfterCollege:  FREE University Recruiting Essentials Webinar: Make Your Brand Memorable With On-Campus Events: http://www2.aftercollege.com/2014-08-20.  Note: AfterCollege webinars offer HRCI recertification credits.  Check out their full webinar schedule at http://employer.aftercollege.com/webinars/.
ü  Job Target Virtual Career Fairs
§  Diversity MBA Virtual Career Fair, August 21, 2014: https://www.brazenconnect.com/event/diversity_mba_august_2014/sales
§  Women in Technology International Virtual Career Fair, September 9, 2014: https://www.brazenconnect.com/event/witi_career_fair_september_2014
§  ABILITY Jobs Virtual Career Fair, October 7, 2014: https://www.brazenconnect.com/event/abilityjobs_october_2014/sales
§  Diversity Nursing.com Virtual Career Fair, October 12, 2014: https://www.brazenconnect.com/event/diversity_nursing_october_2014/employer
ü  Complimentary Webinar: HR for Campus Employees: Diversity on Campus:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/987464776
ü  Professional Diversity Network, Diversity Jobs Index and Report, August 2014: http://diversityjobnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Diversity_Jobs_Report-Aug_FIN.pdf and Diversity Recruitment Platform: http://clearslidemail.com/view/mail?oeID=RH3V3E5N2L7M4JETPYVK
Ø LGBT
ü  LGBT Inclusion—Understanding The Terminology, Catalyst Knowledge Center:  http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/lgbt-inclusion-understanding-terminology
Enjoy the rest of your week!
John Pavao
State Diversity Program Coordinator
Department of Administration
State Human Resources Division
125 N. Roberts
P.O. Box 200127
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-3984
FAX: (406) 444-0703
Some Accessibility Info

March 2014 Updates from the NEA Office of Accessibility



March 2014 Updates from the NEA Office of Accessibility
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SAA/RAO Accessibility Coordinator Peer Session at the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Conference. Save the date! In August the Office of Accessibility plans to repeat our successful Accessibility Coordinator Peer Session at the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference in Chicago, IL. The pre-conference session take place Sunday, August 3 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. CT and Monday, August 4, from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon CT. The LEAD conference will begin the afternoon of August 4 and run through the evening of August 6. We look forward to seeing you there! https://www.kennedy-center.org/accessibility/education/lead/conference.html
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VSA Funding Available for Organizations to Perform Arts, Education and Disability Programming.  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Office of VSA and Accessibility, is seeking proposals from organizations  to carry out the following 8 (eight) VSA programs:  VSA Arts Connect All Professional Development Program,  VSA Arts Connect All Workshop/Residency Program, VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program, VSA International Young Soloists: Music for Every Student Program, VSA Playwright Discovery Program, VSA Rosemary Kennedy Internship Program, VSA Museum Access for Kids Program, and VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Program.  Contract amounts will vary but generally range between $3,000 and $30,000. Deadline is May 19, 2014.  http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm
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NEA Funding Available through Challenge America Fast-Track.  Challenge America Fast-Track grants enable eligible entities, particularly those organizations that are small or mid-sized, to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those demographics whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. CAFT offers $10,000 matching grants for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.  Deadline is May 8, 2014.  For more information, register for the CAFT Guidelines Webinar occurring April 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. ET.   http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america-fast-track
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Best of luck to your Poetry Out Loud state champions at the National Finals!
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or want to let us know what is happening in your state. Accessibility@arts.gov, Beth Bienvenu at Bienvenub@arts.gov, or Katie Lyles Levy at Levyk@arts.gov
March 2014 Updates from the NEA Office of Accessibility

Disability Management Employer Coalition


Here is a great resource (Disability Management Employer Coalition) passed along to me by Joe Hamilton, the state’s Return to Work Program Manager.  Thanks, Joe!
There is a lot of information available to non-members, including archived webinars on a variety of relevant employment-related topics such as FMLA, ADA, return to work, etc.  If you scroll down from their home page, you’ll find some of the recently archived webinars.
Have a safe and Happy New Year.
Disability Management Employer Coalition

Kennedy Center offers ‘sensory-friendly’ concerts for children with special needs


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Kennedy Center offers ‘sensory-friendly’ concerts for children with special needs

By Katherine Boyle
The children do not know that the music is about war, yet they stomp along with the fury. A young boy shakes his hands as though they have caught fire, keeping tempo with the violin’s shrieks. A girl in a pink romper, no older than 6, jumps to her feet to conduct from the 12th row. And at the abrupt end, the children wail without inhibition, because this is how one feels after hearing Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet; this is how one feels when dropped from its dizzying pull. And when children with autism or special needs feel something inside, they often express themselves with movements and sounds.
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Kennedy Center offers ‘sensory-friendly’ concerts for children with special needs

June 2013 Updates from the NEA Office of Accessibility



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NEA Webinar: Web Sites, Videos, Mobile Apps, + Video Games: Accessibility for All. The NEA Office of Accessibility recently hosted a webinar on making websites, videos, mobile apps, and video games accessible to all users, featuring expert speakers from the WGBH National Center for Accessible Media and the AbleGamers Foundation. The webinar is now archived, as well as a document listing the links referenced in the presentation.
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Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists. The NEA just announced a new research tool on working artists. This online Arts Data Profiletallies the number of artists at the state and metro levels and breaks out key demographic characteristics, including artists with disabilities. For example, it highlights that nationally, 4 percent of all artists have disabilities, compared with 6 percent of the labor force. At 7 percent, the share of dancers and musicians with a disability is somewhat higher. The percentage of working musicians with a disability is comparatively high in Alaska (25 percent), Alabama (14 percent), Kentucky (16 percent), and Wisconsin (13 percent). Check the site for more interesting data on your state and how artists with disabilities fare.
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Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference. Please mark your calendars for the LEAD Conference, which will be held August 21-23, 2013, in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Office of Accessibility will be holding a pre-conference peer session for regional and state Accessibility Coordinators. This is an opportunity to learn from experts in accessibility and share ideas with each other, with a strong emphasis on regional collaboration. The peer session will be held on Tuesday, August 20 from 1:00 – 5:30 P.M. and Wednesday, August 21 from 8:30 – 12 Noon, before the conference begins at 1:00 P.M. If you have questions, please contact Beth Bienvenu at bienvenub@arts.gov.
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VSA Funding Available for Organizations to Perform Arts, Education and Disability Programming.  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Office of VSA and Accessibility, is seeking proposals from organizations  to carry out the following 7 (seven) VSA programs:  VSA Arts Connect All Professional Development Program,  VSA Arts Connect All Workshop/Residency Program, VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program, VSA International Young Soloists: Music for Every Student Program, VSA Playwright Discovery Program, VSA Rosemary Kennedy Internship Program, and VSA Accessible Arts for Kids Program.  Contract amounts will vary but generally range between $2,000 and $25,000. Deadline is July 31, 2013.
June 2013 Updates from the NEA Office of Accessibility

John F. Kennedy Center for the Perfoming Arts’ Office of VSA & Accessibility


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Office of VSA & Accessibility, based in Washington, DC, has a number of national programs focused on the disability experience for performing and visual arts students in grades K-12. Some of these programs, for example, our VSA International Young Soloist Program, also serve emerging professional artists, primarily college and graduate level students with disabilities. Most of our programs directly serve students with disabilities, with the exception of our VSA Playwright Discovery Competition, which works to raise awareness about the disability experience and is therefore open to all students.
We are concerned that there are a large number of young and emerging artists who would be excellent candidates for our programs, but that they and their teachers, parents, or caregivers may not be aware of our programs or realize that they are eligible. As the 504/accessibility coordinator working with your regional and state arts organizations, we hope that you will help spread the word about these long-standing programs. Most are still accepting entries for this year, but do have application deadlines in May or June.
You may already be familiar with our programs, especially if you have a VSA Affiliate in your state, but in case you are not, I have included information about each of our performing and visual arts programs below. If you have questions about any of our programs or would like for us to send you hard copy materials, please feel free to contact Sonya Robbins-Hoffmann, VSA Programs Manager, at 202-416-8822 or srhoffmann@kennedy-center.org, or McKenzie Midock, VSA Programs Coordinator, at 202-416-8833 or mcmidock@kennedy-center.org. Thanks in advance for helping us spread the word.
We are also always happy to hear from you about programming for students with disabilities in your geographic region. Please let us know about any programming that you find particularly strong and innovative. We are always looking for best practices in arts education for students with disabilities.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Perfoming Arts’ Office of VSA & Accessibility