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PDF Accessibility Tools and Solutions – Webinar January 18

Information courtesy of the Great Lakes ADA Center and the ADA National Network

On January 18, the Great Lakes ADA Center and the ADA National Network will present an informative webinar on accessible PDF documents. This session is the second in their examination of accessible PDFs. (Watch the first part here.) The webinar will demonstrate tools discussed in the previous webinar, as well as forms and tables. Design, layout, tab order, and other issues and solutions will be discussed.

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NPR Series Discusses Sexual Assault against People With Intellectual Disabilities

Information courtesy of NPR, the Arc, and RespectAbility

NPR is airing a series of news stories on victims of sexual assault who have intellectual disabilities (ID). People with ID have one of the highest rates of sexual assault of any group in America, over seven times the rate of people without disabilities. “Abused And Betrayed: People With Intellectual Disabilities And An Epidemic Of Sexual Assault” runs until January 18, and includes interviews with staff and clients from several chapters of The Arc.

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Justice Department Scraps Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines

Information courtesy of DisabilityScoop, the US Department of Justice

Back in December, President Trump issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to identify regulations for “repeal, replacement, or modification”. In response to the order, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that he is rescinding twenty-five guidance documents, including several related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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The Power of Theater and Storytelling to Engage Students with Disabilities – Webinar January 9

On January 9, VSA (Very Special Arts) will present an informative webinar on Embodied Storytelling (ES). ES uses multiple art forms to motivate students who normally shun creative writing and to challenge students who love to write. This webinar will present strategies to strengthen literacy skills, develop self-respect, create positive group dynamics, and build a strong writer’s voice. This webinar embraces inclusivity with a multidisciplinary approach that draws upon Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and ES to support student achievement.

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Fifth Freedom Welcomes New Office Manager Josh Zeimet

Fifth Freedom is proud to be starting the new year with a new office manager, Josh Zeimet! Josh has been with us for a while, first as an independent contractor helping us with accessibility assessments, and later working in the office as an Executive Assistant. His hard work and dedication to disability issues have earned him this well-deserved promotion.

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