California to Celebrate Disability History Week

When: October 10-16 2010

This measure designates the second week of October 2010, and annually thereafter, as Disability History Week, and encourages public and private institutions of higher education,
state and local agencies, nonprofit and community-based organizations, private businesses and corporations to observe Disability History Week by dedicating appropriate classroom instructional time or by coordinating all-inclusive activities to be conducted during that week to afford opportunities for students and the general public to learn more about the disability community and to celebrate and honor its role in contemporary American society.
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Administration on Developmental Disabilities "Evisioning the Future" Summit Series

When: October 18 – Philadelphia, PA (Northeastern Region)

November 8 – Orlando, FL (Southeastern Region)

November 15 – Dallas, TX (Southwestern Region)

December 6 – Denver, CO (Western Region)

December 2 – Detroit, MI (Central Region)

What:  There are so many complex issues affecting people with disabilities across the country – implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the new economic reality of states, persistent unemployment, education reform efforts, and our aging population – these are only a small sample of the significant changes that are shaping the future.

Additionally, thanks to many years of hard work by advocates, families, and communities, the realities for people with developmental disabilities have positively evolved in recent decades, including:
• Options to live in homes and communities of their choosing, with self-directed supports and services;
• Moving beyond simple integration and participation, into community interdependence and meaningful belonging;
• High expectations in educational outcomes, including access to college;
• Technology that is changing the landscape and providing countless new opportunities;
• Employment and economic self-sufficiency as achievable hopes and dreams, including for people with significant disabilities;
… and many other cultural, programmatic, service and social changes.

2nd Annual Moving Forward Together
Secondary Transition Community Forum

When: September 25, 2010 From 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Where: 901 G Street NW Washington DC

The DC community is coming together to support youth with disabilities transitioning into employment, education, and independence.

* Workshops for youth & young adults, parents, educators, employers, community providers.
* Local resources on employment, education, independent living, and more.
* Success stories and community building.
* Individual sessions with DC legal service providers
* And much more . . .

The goal of the forum is to create an opportunity for information sharing, community-building, and problem-solving about the transition of DC youth with disabilities into the next phase of their lives.

Learn How to Get the Most from Your Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Benefits  While You're Working Free Webinar

What: National Work Incentives Seminar Event-Transition-Age Youth

When: Wednesday August 18, 2010 3:00-4:30 PM

Where: Online. To register for this FREE event, visit 

Thousands of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries have learned  how to stay in control of thier benefits while enriching thier lives through employment. You can too.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

When: June 24-28 and July 1-5  2010

Where: Washington, DC

What: Cultural Festival

The Smithsonian Institution is committed to making the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival accessible and enjoyable for all visitors. The 2010 Festival features "Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties," " México" and "Smithsonian Inside Out."

The 10-day Festival, held outdoors on the National Mall between Seventh and 14th streets, will take place from Thursday, June 24, through Monday, June 28, and Thursday, July 1, through Monday, July 5. Admission is free. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, with concerts, special events and dance parties extending into most evenings.

Visitors with disabilities who need assistance are advised to report to the Information kiosks located at various points around the Festival site or to the Volunteer tent located in the Festival Services area near the Smithsonian Metrorail station's Mall exit. A large-print version of the Festival's daily schedule and food concession menus will be available. The Festival program book is available on CD and in other formats upon request. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available at the Volunteer tent for loan.

American Sign Language interpreters will be on site and may be requested in the Volunteer tent. The Festival schedule indicates which performances and presentations are interpreted. Verbal-description and tactile tours are scheduled for June 25 and July 2 at 1 p.m. for visitors who are blind or have low vision; reservations may be made by e-mailing access@.... Other modes of interpretation may be provided if a reservation is made at least two weeks in advance by calling (202) 633-2921 (voice) or by e-mailing access@.... All music-stage locations are equipped with audio loops. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival welcomes all service animals.

National Youth Leadership Network

Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems Institute

When: July 29-31, 2010

Where: Raleigh, North Carolina

What: Introduction of a new, interactive curriculum

• The curriculum teaches youth with disabilities how to work with their families to maximize support from people in their lives and become more self-determined

• Youth, family members, and adult allies learn together.

• Created by youth with disabilities with input from family members.

• Includes 100% fun and hands-on activities

Who: YOU!

• Young people/young adults (ages 14-28) with disabilities

• Family members of young people with disabilities

• Youth groups and youth group facilitators

• Community development administrators

• Inclusive educators

• Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

• Independent Living Specialists

• And more.....

Learn more at <> (link at bottom of page) or call 1-866-480-6565.

The Reap What You Sow project is funded by a grant through the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

Assistive Technology Summer Institute

When: July 12-16 2019

Where: Concord, NH

What: Intensive Assistive Technology Bootcamp

This is an intensive, hands-on, week-long assistive technology training. The week includes three days of hands-on AT fabrication “make and take” with Dr. Therese Willkomm. Learn how to fabricate hundreds of solutions on the fly using everyday tools and materials; each participant will take home an AT MacGyver tool and materials kit, a PVC transformer kit, and a switch making and mounting kit. On day four, learn about and explore hundreds of different Apple and Android mobile device applications, portable apps, and web apps for people with disabilities. On day five, Dan Herlihy will discuss computer access strategies and devices to accommodate individuals with physical disabilities.

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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Tuesday evening, July 20, 2010 • 7 pm–11 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC

Join the American Association of People with Disabilities as they celebrate 20 years of the ADA. Dance to the music of Flame, a rock band from New York and enjoy a barbecue supper. Flame is made up of 11 people with disabilities and performs across the USA and in Europe with a song list of over 100 classic rock, country and blues songs from the past five decades.

To find out more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Disability Power & Pride to host ADA 20th anniversary gala
From Disability Power & Pride:

Disability Power & Pride and its lead Sponsor, AT&T, will host a Gala Celebration on July 26, 2010 in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signing! It will be another "Night to Remember”!

Enactment of the ADA was a crowning achievement for our community – not only for the way it changed the law but also for the way in which it brought us together. We have come a long way since that declaration on July 26, 1990. From Justin Dart and George Bush to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, we have mobilized and fought for disability policy reform. We came together then, and we will come together now to celebrate our diversity and to show our Power & Pride!

Disability Power & Pride is dedicated to mobilizing all Americans with disabilities, and our families, friends and allies, to speak with one powerful voice. We want to change public perceptions of disability by elevating leadership, encouraging dialogue, and empowering individuals to become active citizens.

Our 2009 Inaugural Ball was a smashing success because so many of you attended. Please come again for good food and dancing. Come for the good cheer and company. Come to make a statement about our community. Most important, come and help us have a ball once again!


Becky Ogle, Gala Chair, Director of Identity & Events
Tony Coelho, Chair
Jonathan Young, Vice Chair
Sue Swenson, Secretary, Director of Public Affairs & Communications
Thomas Panek, Treasurer, Director of Finance & Development
Sandy Finucane, Director of Federal Appointments & Employment
Susan Mazrui, At-Large Executive Committee Member

Tickets can be purchased now at

Autism Summer Institute

August 9-12 2010

Nashua NH

Since 1999, the Autism Summer Institute (ASI) has engaged families, self-advocates, and professionals to improve the quality of education in inclusive settings. This year, the ASI continues to be committed to including the voices of national renowned experts who experience Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in describing a “NEW” view of ASD. Concepts of neurodiversity, presuming competence, and person-centered planning are expanding our perspectives on what is possible for individuals with ASD in school, at work, and in the community.

Through a unique combination of keynote presentations, 35 theme-based breakout sessions, and action planning activities, participants will learn practical strategies to support individuals with ASD, their families, and the support systems surrounding their lives. Breakout sessions have been grouped together into six theme-based strands to provide participants with the option of a concentrated learning experience in a specific area.

Dates: August 9-12, 2010
Time: MTW - 8:00am to 3:45pm, TH - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel*, Nashua, NH | Phone: (603) 886-1200
*A limited number of rooms at a reduced rate of $109 per night are available to ASI participants. Please mention the ASI when making your reservation. Rate available until July 9, 2010.
Free WiFi is available at the Crowne Plaza for all ASI participants.

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