WHAT: Seeking participation of wheelchair/scooter users anywhere in the U.S in a research project out of Virginia Tech (Research Project IRB # 20-629).
RESEARCH TITLE: Wheelchair accessibility in ridesharing through Uber and Lyft
STUDY PURPOSE: The purpose of this research is to develop a greater understanding of the accessibility of service hailed through Uber and Lyft apps from the perspective of wheelchair/scooter users and support informed policy making. The study is not affiliated with Uber or Lyft.
WHO: You are a wheelchair or scooter user (at some point in the past, currently, occasionally, sometimes, full-time) and live anywhere in the US. You may or may not have experience with Uber or Lyft. The study is interested in impressions too.
HOW: Eligible participants will complete an online survey that takes less than 10 minutes for those without experience with Uber and Lyft and about 15 minutes for those with experience.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-643-2474.
OTHER: You will be entered into a drawing for three $50 gift cards from Amazon in appreciation of your time and effort upon completing the online survey.
With more than 400 people registered to participate in the ADA 30th Anniversary / National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 75th Anniversary virtual event, participants experienced a new and novel way to celebrate. The free, online 90-minute event offered attendees a variety of presentations, education, artist works, and reason for celebration.
We are grateful to all those who served as presenters, providing expertise and insight, artistic inspiration, heartfelt commentary, and civic leadership. This truly successful virtual gathering was made accessible thanks to the technological expertise of a team from Minnesota State, Metropolitan State University, and the Assistive Technology Lab at St. Cloud State University. Thanks also to all the organizations who served as host sponsors and to the planning committee for their commitment to creating this important event.
Please know that it is no longer an option to mail in your ballot and expect that it will be delivered on time to count based on the ruling by the federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday. Ballots received after 8PM on Election Day will be segregated and a determination of whether those ballots will be counted may be made later.
In case you missed the Rev UP MN Voting Rights and Accessibility for People with Disabilities Forum on October 27, below is the video from this event. Thanks to Justin Page of the Minnesota Disability Law Center for sharing his expertise on the laws related to voting affecting the disability community!
The ADA 30th Anniversary planning committee is pleased to announce a virtual event on October 26 at 1:00 p.m. celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This free, 90-minute, online event will feature informative presentations, artistic performances, and more.
ASL and CART services will be provided for this event. Portions will be audio described. To request additional accommodations, contact Linda.email@example.com by Monday, October 19, 2020.
Barry Taylor, Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation andRachel Weisberg,Staff Attorney, both from Equip for Equality present: 30 Years of Employment Rights & The ADA:
Where We’ve Been; Where We Are and Where We’re Going
Over the past three decades, courts have decided many landmark ADA cases that have forever changed the landscape for people with disabilities. This webinar will review pivotal historical ADA decisions, analyze the current state of the law, and consider what we might see in the future, including as new issues arise, such as COVID-19. Don’t miss what is sure to be a thought-provoking celebration!
Special guest performers:
Disabled artist/dance/choreographer Alice Sheppard. Kinetic Light, founded in 2016 by Sheppard, is a project-based ensemble, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology. The event will feature a piece from DESCENT. Combining dance, architecture, design, and technology, the work challenges cultural assumptions of what disability, dance, and beauty can be. For more info: https://kineticlight.org/
Rapper, disability advocate, and community leader Dupree Edwards. A musician and Teaching Artist Program Support Assistant at Upstream Arts, Edwards brings a powerful, personal message to his music.
The event will feature emcee Vincent Peterson, a Metropolitan State University student pursuing a degree in computer science.
A big thank you to our sponsors and to Metropolitan State University and Minnesota State for their technical support in hosting this virtual event. A list of Committee Celebration Hosts is listed on ADA30MN.com.
Rev UP MN is sponsoring a virtual Voter Education Forum on Saturday, October 3 from 11AM to Noon. Staff from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office will review voter registration options, absentee balloting (particularly voting by mail) and polling place assistance and accessibility. In addition, a panel of people with disabilities will discuss why voting is important to them. There will be time for Q&A during this Zoom event. Caption services and sign language interpreters available. Please join us for this event! Please follow this link to register: https://arcminnesota.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlcO2grT0pGNI6r_Zk4U87WtlpDN6HTqLI