Monthly Archives: September 2013

Grant opportunity for Minnesota artists

Posted by Adam Johnsen on September 30, 2013
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Grants to assist Minnesota emerging artists with disabilities in creating new work are available from VSA Minnesota.

With funding from the Jerome Foundation, seven grants of $1500 each will be awarded to writers, performers, visual or multi-media artists through a competitive grant application process. November 8, 2013, is the deadline. Applications and guidelines are available at or can be requested in several formats at 612-332-3888800-801-3883,

The Jerome Foundation and VSA Minnesota have been offering these annual grants since 1996. VSA Minnesota is a statewide, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts. The Jerome Foundation seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development and production of new works by emerging artists.

ADA Legal Webinar Series Sept 18th – Litigation Landscape Five Years after the Passage of the ADA Amendments Act

Posted by Adam Johnsen on September 16, 2013
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The ADA National Network reminds you that the ADA Legal Webinar Series session this week will address “Litigation Landscape Five Years after the Passage of the ADA Amendments Act”.   The session is scheduled for Wednesday September 18, 2013 at 2:00PM ET.
The ADA Amendments Act was passed in September 2008, and after five years, we are seeing how it is changing the way courts interpret the ADA. This session will review cases interpreting the definition of disability under the ADA Amendments Act and the relevant regulations that have been issued. There will also be a discussion of emerging ADA legal issues in the wake of fewer cases being dismissed for failing to meet the definition of disability.
When:   September 18, 2013
Time:      2: 00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time
Speakers:  Barry Taylor, Vice President of Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation and Rachael Weisberg, Attorney, Equip for Equality
Registration is still available on-line at
Questions regarding this session can be directed to or by phone at 877-232-1990 (V/TTY)

ADA Audio Conference Series Topic for September is Accessible Health Care

Posted by Adam Johnsen on September 11, 2013
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The ADA National Network is pleased to announce the September ADA Audio Conference Series session will address the topic of Accessible Health Care.

Date:   September 17, 2013

Time:  2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time (calculate the time for your location accordingly)

 Title:  Building Blocks for Accessible Health Care

 Description:  Join us to explore basic tools that health care providers can use to promote accessibility in health care delivery. Most people think that health care is accessible to people with disabilities, but barriers in communication, facility access and medical equipment can prevent people with disabilities from getting the care that they need. The Disabilities Resource Center at UPMC will share the structure of their approach to accessibility, lessons learned, basic tools and community partnerships developed to reduce barriers to healthcare service delivery. The building blocks for accessible health care can be used in hospitals, physician offices and outpatient centers

 Speakers: Mary Duranti Director, Disabilities Resource Center-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Karin Morris Accessibility Manager, City of Bend-Oregon.

Session Format:   This session is available via telephone (Fee applies) and/or Webinar Platform (No Charge).    The session will be real-time captioned via the Webinar Platform.

Telephone:  A toll free telephone option is available with operator assistance.  A  registration fee applies for this option.

Webinar Platform:   Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing version 12.5.  A mobile version is also available for Ipad, Iphone, Android Devices and Kindle Fire HD.  A free app is available at Apple Store, Google Play and Amazon.

Cost:   1) Telephone Connection (Toll Free #) – $25.00 Non-Profit/$40.00 For Profit per telephone connection.

2) Webinar Platform:  No Charge, FREE

Registration:  To register for this session go to    If you do not already have an account for this program you will need to set up an account before you can register.   Payment (if applicable) will be collected during the registration process.

Instructions:  Instructions for accessing the program will be sent to all registered persons at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled session.    A confirmation email will be sent to you upon registration.  Keep that email for future reference.

Questions regarding this session or registration should be directed to the Great Lakes ADA Center at or by phone at 877-232-1990 (V/TTY)