Disability Etiquette

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It’s Just Respect has been developed with input from persons with different types of disabilities and is rich with information and tips about communicating with and about persons with disabilities. The goal of sharing It’s Just Respect is to improve the experiences of people with disabilities by providing information about disability etiquette to people in the workforce and in communities.

It’s Just Respect is a program of MossRehab, a part of the Einstein Healthcare Network. MossRehab has demonstrated a commitment to advocating for persons with disabilities for over 100 years and is a leader in educating the community about disability etiquette. It’s Just Respect is a program whose mission is supporting the fully integrated lives of people with disabilities. Examples of individuals who have participated in MossRehab-led presentations include health insurance executives, special education teachers, high school students and teachers, healthcare clinicians, family members and local museum staff members.

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Julie Anne Hensler-Cullen, RN, MSN is Director of Education, Quality and Advocacy at MossRehab. MossRehab, part of Einstein Healthcare Network, repeatedly ranks among the nation’s top 10 rehabilitation hospitals and is #1 in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. MossRehab provides specialized treatment for persons with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, amputation and orthopedic conditions. MossRehab operates acute inpatient rehabilitation programs at six locations and over 20 outpatient sites throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

MossRehab has proven itself as a leader in educating the community about disability etiquette through its programming for children and adults. Representatives from MossRehab have provided presentations to many groups including, but not limited to health insurance executives, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging staff and volunteer Senior Companions, special education teachers, elementary and high school students, healthcare clinicians, restaurant workers and even local museum staff.

Hensler Cullen, who received her undergraduate nursing degree from Gwynedd Mercy College and a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from LaSalle University, has over 20 years experience working at MossRehab advocating for persons with physical disabilities. She is the proud recipient of the 2012 Rehabilitation Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.

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Campaign 2014: Results of New Bi-Partisan Poll of Voters with and without Disabilities on Disability Issues

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Republican Whit Ayres, PhD is a leading Washington, D.C. political consultant with over 30 years of experience in polling and survey research for high profile political campaigns and associations.

As Founder and President of North Star Opinion Research, a national public opinion and public affairs research firm located in Alexandria, Virginia, Whit provides message development advice and strategic insights to high level political clients including U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and association clients including the Boy Scouts of America, the National Rifle Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.

Whit and former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie are Co-Founders of Resurgent Republic, a centeright nonprofit which develops and disseminates a steady stream of national polls and focus groups, helping policy makers, think tanks, interest groups and others advocate for policies that are consistent with conservative principles.  Resurgent’s research is regularly cited by leading journalists and politicos.

Whit has been active in The American Association of Political Consultants for over 20 years, serving as its Treasurer, President, and Chairman. In 2012, Whit was honored as the Republican Pollster of the Year by the organization. AAPC is a bi-partisan professional society that promotes the political consulting industry, protects political freedom of speech, and fosters ethical behavior in political campaigns.

Whit is a frequent commentator on network and cable media outlets including NBC’s Meet the Press,FOX News, CNN, NPR and the BBC.  His comments and analysis appear in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and numerous regional newspapers.

Whit founded his company after a career as a tenured professor at the University of South Carolina. Whit is a graduate of Davidson College and holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Whit has been an active private pilot for 30 years, flying his Beechcraft Baron throughout the eastern U.S.  He is also the 2012 Virginia State Racquetball champion in his undisclosed age division.

Democrat Stan Greenberg, PhD has served as polling advisor to presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, and dozens of tough campaigns in the US and around the world, including President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Nelson Mandela, as well as the national leaders in Israel, Europe and Latin America. Greenberg’s corporate clients include Boeing, Microsoft and other global companies. He also conducts the bi-partisan polls for NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Greenberg and James Carville founded Democracy Corps, the leading organization providing in-depth research and strategic advice to progressive groups, candidates and leaders. When Karl Rove listed in the Wall Street Journal 10 steps to regain the Republican majority, step one was to create a Democracy Corps. The New York Times’ Nate Silver rated their national polls the most accurate, within 1/2 point of Obama’s actual margin.

His New York Times best-selling book with Carville – It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! – was praised as a “recipe for Barack Obama’s re-election” and “playbook on how to talk to voters about economic issues” that “Democrats and Republicans alike in the elite and political class should pay heed.”

Stan’s book, Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders, led George Stephanopoulos to conclude, “No single strategist has done more to lay the foundation for modern progressive politics – across the globe.”

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Making Documents and Presentations Accessible for All

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Session Summary: Creating Accessible Documents: Word, PDF and Power Point. Come learn the basics of document accessibility with us. In this user-friendly presentation you will learn how to ensure that people with disabilities are able to get your information, understand it, and use it. Feel free to invite your IT, graphics, finance, administrative and other members of your team to join you for this free training. The speaker is fantastic – he makes it all way easier than you ever thought possible – and it’s free!

Though editorial and other quality-control measures are part of a well-defined clearance process in many organizations, one commonly over looked quality-control measure is ensuring accessibility. File accessibility has legal roots in current Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and will be strengthened with the upcoming Section 508 Refresh, which will likely roll in existing WCAG 2.0 standards (Level A and Level AA). This presentation will provide a brief overview of the current Section 508 standards and the upcoming refresh, with an emphasis on how they can inform document design. The presentation will then introduce two easy-to-check items for each of the major file types (i.e., Word Documents, PowerPoint Documents, and PDFs) and three easy-to-check items common to all file types. The presentation is not meant to be a comprehensive tutorial on everything needed to make documents accessible; rather, it is an introduction meant to support one key take-away message: making files accessible can take time, money, and resources—so accessibility must be actively planned into and accounted for in a project’s budget and timeline.

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Cristopher Broyles is the Web Accessibility Program Manager for ASPA/DCD at HHS—a program that encompasses nearly 2.5 million web pages, 30,000+ files, across 11 Operating Divisions. He has been working in accessibility and communications for nearly 10 years, and he has drafted SOPs, guidance documents, and policy documents in support of accessibility and compliance with Section 508. In addition to his professional work, he is a published academic who is currently working on his doctorate in Technical Communication at Texas Tech University. His main area of interest is the rhetorical underpinnings of descriptions written for nontext elements, such as alt text, and how user-centered design can reshape how such descriptions are created.

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“Implementation of WIOA: Lessons from Research on Employment”

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WIOA is now law and every state must now come up with a comprehensive, coordinated and performance based plan to expand employment for people with disabilities in their state. But what policies actually work? What is a waste of time and tax money? Join this conference call with leading experts who will share proven best practices in a free webinar. Live captioning will be offered.

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Dr. David Stapleton, an economist, is a senior fellow at Mathematica and the director of Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy. Since 1991, his research has focused on the impacts of public policy on the employment and income of people with disabilities. He is currently leading Mathematica’s research efforts under its Disability Research Consortium agreement with SSA, is co-leader for the evaluation of SSA’s Benefit Offset National Demonstration, and is senior advisor for a Department of Labor project on return to work supports for workers who encounter medical conditions that threaten their ability to continue to work.

Dr. David Wittenburg, an economist, is a senior researcher in Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy. Over the past twenty years, he has published several reports, journal articles and policy briefs for the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Education on employment initiatives for people with disabilities and has a specific interest in issues facing transition-age youth. He has written extensively and testified before Congress on the challenges facing youth who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in transitioning to independence. He currently works on several projects for SSA and ED, including a NIDRR funded Employment Policy Measure Research and Rehabilitation Training Center that is supporting this presentation.

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Battleground Poll: Will America’s 56 Million Citizens with Disabilities Swing the Elections?

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The survey among 1,000 likely 2014 voters in the U.S. Senate battleground. conducted from September 20-24, 2014 using a list of 2006 voters, 2010 voters, and new registrants. Unless otherwise noted, the margin of error for the full sample is = +/- 3.10% at 95% confidence.   States include:  AK, AR, CO, GA, IA, KY, LA, MI, MT, NH, NC and. WV.

Republican Whit Ayres, PhD is a leading Washington, D.C. political consultant with over 30 years of experience in polling and survey research for high profile political campaigns and associations.

As Founder and President of North Star Opinion Research, a national public opinion and public affairs research firm located in Alexandria, Virginia, Whit provides message development advice and strategic insights to high level political clients including U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and association clients including the Boy Scouts of America, the National Rifle Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.

Whit and former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie are Co-Founders of Resurgent Republic, a centeright nonprofit which develops and disseminates a steady stream of national polls and focus groups, helping policy makers, think tanks, interest groups and others advocate for policies that are consistent with conservative principles.  Resurgent’s research is regularly cited by leading journalists and politicos.

Whit has been active in The American Association of Political Consultants for over 20 years, serving as its Treasurer, President, and Chairman. In 2012, Whit was honored as the Republican Pollster of the Year by the organization. AAPC is a bi-partisan professional society that promotes the political consulting industry, protects political freedom of speech, and fosters ethical behavior in political campaigns.

Whit is a frequent commentator on network and cable media outlets including NBC’s Meet the Press,FOX News, CNN, NPR and the BBC.  His comments and analysis appear in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and numerous regional newspapers.

Whit founded his company after a career as a tenured professor at the University of South Carolina. Whit is a graduate of Davidson College and holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Whit has been an active private pilot for 30 years, flying his Beechcraft Baron throughout the eastern U.S.  He is also the 2012 Virginia State Racquetball champion in his undisclosed age division.

Democrat Stan Greenberg, PhD has served as polling advisor to presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, and dozens of tough campaigns in the US and around the world, including President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Nelson Mandela, as well as the national leaders in Israel, Europe and Latin America. Greenberg’s corporate clients include Boeing, Microsoft and other global companies. He also conducts the bi-partisan polls for NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Greenberg and James Carville founded Democracy Corps, the leading organization providing in-depth research and strategic advice to progressive groups, candidates and leaders. When Karl Rove listed in the Wall Street Journal 10 steps to regain the Republican majority, step one was to create a Democracy Corps. The New York Times’ Nate Silver rated their national polls the most accurate, within 1/2 point of Obama’s actual margin.

His New York Times best-selling book with Carville – It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! – was praised as a “recipe for Barack Obama’s re-election” and “playbook on how to talk to voters about economic issues” that “Democrats and Republicans alike in the elite and political class should pay heed.”

Stan’s book, Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders, led George Stephanopoulos to conclude, “No single strategist has done more to lay the foundation for modern progressive politics – across the globe.”

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Conference Call With Scott Walker

RespectAbilityUSA conversation with Gov. Scott Walker (WI) on Employment First Policies and Jobs for People with Disabilities.

Thursday, September 4th

Listen to audio of the call here and download the transcript here.

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Disabilities to Diverse Abilities: Changing the Workplace Paradigm with Lori Golden

Disabilities to Diverse Abilities: Changing the Workplace Paradigm
with Lori Golden

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Lori Golden is Ernst & Young’s Abilities Strategy leader, driving efforts to build an enabling and inclusive work environment for people of all abilities. She consults on accommodations and career development issues for EY people working with differing abilities, and advises the firm’s AccessAbilities professional resource network, which includes several hundred people from across the organization’s geographies, ranks and functional groups, and the Abilities Champions network of leaders who advocate for abilities inclusiveness within their respective geographies and functional groups.  Lori leads initiatives to enhance ergonomics and accessibility in Ernst & Young offices, communications, meetings, trainings and technology and to educate Ernst & Young people on abilitieselated issues.  Lori is a member of the US Department of Labor’s Circle of Champions, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the US Business Leadership Network, the largest employer-led disabilities organization, and TransCen, a non-profit helping young people with disabilities transition from school to competitive employment.  She’s been with Ernst & Young 15 years and is a graduate of Harvard University.

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M-Enabling Summit

M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase June 9-10 2014 Washington, DC
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Comedy Night MC Live

RespectAbility is proud to be a sponsor of Comedy Night MC Live

 
MC Live is a new event collaboration hosted by eight organizations within the Jewish community whose passion is providing a quality of life to individuals with disabilities.  All proceeds from the event will benefit: Friendship Circle, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Jewish Social Service Agency, Matan, RespectAbility, Sulam, and Sunflower Bakery.

The event  is for individuals 21 and older and will take place Monday, May 5, 2014 from 7-9pm at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW) 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852 

There will be a Bar Reception (ID REQUIRED! Dietary Laws Observed. Comedians take the stage at 7:30pm

 

Join the event on Facebook and use the Twitter hashtag #MCLiveComedy!

You can register to attended the event, make a donation, or become a sponsor by clicking here.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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Disability community poll data release webinar

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The release of RespectAbility’s poll data of nearly 4,000 individuals in the disability community regarding employment and other key issues.

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