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Attention Disability Rights Community:

The National Disability Rights Network is now offering continuing learning opportunities for professionals in the disability rights field, advocates, and activists. Each session is $25, or if you buy five or more, each session is $20. Register for one or more of these webinars now!

These webinars are pre-recorded. If you have any questions please contact Marcia Baldwin at (202) 408-9514 or [email protected].

 

More and more states are putting Medicaid dollars into assisted living programs and facilities. Are they truly integrated housing? What rights do applicants and residents have? Learn about recent cases applying the Fair Housing Act, ADA, and landlord-tenant law to individual Assisted Living residences — and how courts have invalidated state laws themselves for discriminating against people with disabilities.

This session will focus on developing strategies to build relationships in American Indian communities to advocate effectively for Native students with disabilities. Drawing upon their own experiences working with communities in the Four Corners, the presenters will guide participants through an understanding of how principles of disability and critical race theory intersect and inform the way in which we provide services to our American Indian communities. Participants will identify strategies to utilize in building relationships with communities in their geographic areas, understand the unique challenges special education advocates may encounter when working with American Indian families, and understand the importance of individual and historical trauma as it impacts these communities.

This session will provide attendees with an overview of competitive integrated employment (CIE) in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and its implementing regulations and discuss concerns at the federal level that the regulations may be opened to change the definition of CIE. Attendees will also hear from Disability Law Colorado about their efforts to get a bill introduced and passed that would phase out sub-minimum wages for workers with disabilities in the state and create a new/improved community connector and job training services under Colorado’s Medicaid waiver.

This session will provide attendees with an overview of competitive integrated employment (CIE) in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and its implementing regulations and discuss concerns at the federal level that the regulations may be opened to change the definition of CIE. Attendees will also hear from Disability Law Colorado about their efforts to get a bill introduced and passed that would phase out sub-minimum wages for workers with disabilities in the state and create a new/improved community connector and job training services under Colorado’s Medicaid waiver.

The news media is packed with stories about COVID infection in jails, prisons, and other secure detention facilities. P&As monitor and investigate health conditions in these settings under normal circumstances. What can we do now to improve conditions and how can we plan now to help prevent future outbreaks?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This presentation contains descriptions of conditions and treatment of people with disabilities that P&A staff encounter during the course of their reviews, monitoring, and investigations. The content may be distressing.

Agreements with government can be used to prevent incarceration of youth with disabilities on a systemic level. Informed by the work of P&A recipients on the Ford Misincarceration grant project, this session will cover what P&As, planning to or working with government, need to know to create a successful diversion project.

Who is meeting the needs of the disability community as they age? For instance, what is the unique profile of needs and potential solutions? In addition, the likelihood of disability increases with age and by 75 many need help with at least one Activities of Daily Life. Yet, adequate housing options are lacking, discrimination against people with disabilities is widespread, and the housing with services that exists often “creams” among applicants or targets just a few functional needs. This session will both review the requirements of the anti-discrimination laws, the data behind the needs, and discuss ideas for future advocacy.

More and more individuals are “owning their disability” with pride as they openly and vocally self-identify in person and through social media outlets. This may have a profound impact on potential employment opportunities. This session will explore the do’s and don’ts of disclosure and will help advocates prepare beneficiaries for those inevitably challenging interview questions without setting themselves up for discriminatory claims.

In the wake of a series of tragic events in 2019, a false and harmful narrative has grabbed hold of the American public – that mental health disabilities are a causal factor in episodes of mass violence. This session is intended to help P&As and allies better understand what the research demonstrates, hear from an individual with lived experience about the effects of this harmful narrative, and finally help attendees develop communication strategies to effectively counter mental health stigma.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This presentation contains descriptions of conditions and treatment of people with disabilities that P&A staff encounter during the course of their reviews, monitoring, and investigations. The content may be distressing.

WIOA added significant protections to youth entering employment, specifically sheltered employment. Learn how DOL has been monitoring sub-minimum wage work settings in support of section 511.

Transition remains a hot topic in the VR and the education world. This session will discuss successful strategies and approaches, from both perspectives, that can be implemented to better serve your clients.

Employment Networks are generally not well liked in the advocacy community and are often misunderstood. While less than prefect in design, Employment Networks are hard at work getting and keeping beneficiaries in jobs. Learn about the pros and cons of Employment Networks and their role in the Return-to-Work efforts of individuals with disabilities.

P&As are having success litigating cases to improve access to in-home nursing services (e.g., private-duty nursing) for children with medically fragile conditions. However, the formulation of these cases raises numerous issues, including the interplay between Medicaid (EPSDT and reasonable promptness), disability laws (ADA/504/1557), and notice and hearing rights (constitutional and statutory). Class certification/definition and the nature of relief can also be challenging. This session will explore these issues from a case conduct perspective, using a hypothetical situation involving a group of children with medically fragile conditions.

The application of a Financial Needs Test is a critical step in the VR process because it determines how much a client must contribute to the cost of services. But, there is often much confusion among attorneys, advocates, and VR agencies about the correct implementation of this step. This session will address these issues from a variety of angles using both the federal regulations and case scenarios.

A celebratory session designed to convey the creative collaborations between P&As and fire service representatives culminating from NDRN’s Facing Flames Regional Workshop Series. In addition to assessing lessons learned, this session will also feature abbreviated editions of popular activities from the ten city regional workshop series for all those previously unable to attend in person.

A profoundly relevant session comprised of COVID-19 reflections and lessons learned. This virtual workshop will review recent issues related to internal operations as well as the network’s collective effort to provide protection & advocacy during the Coronavirus pandemic. Join us for snapshots of our combined successes and help us envision new creative strategies for managing crises.

The use of Supported Decision Making (SDM) continues to progress across a number of states as an alternative to guardianship and conservatorship. Based on the results of several SDM pilot projects, participants will be able to identify the key legal and practical elements necessary for SDM to succeed. Participants will develop advocacy strategies to expand the use of SDM by persons with intellectual and mental health disabilities, and reduce the number of plenary guardianship/conservatorships within their state.

The Fair Housing Act governs the rights of people with disabilities in housing. This session will provide an overview of basic coverage and protections as well as discuss some emerging issues in fair housing law for people with disabilities.

P&As are addressing a new rash of school removals of students with disabilities, due in part to abuse of the Threat Assessment processes put in place after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Other disability-related concerns that stem from school hardening techniques include physical barriers that are not accessible, social media monitoring, registries, and anonymous tipping. Join this session to learn what P&As are doing and can do to fight back.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This presentation contains descriptions of conditions and treatment of people with disabilities that P&A staff encounter during the course of their reviews, monitoring, and investigations. The content may be distressing.

Issues involving service animals and other assistance animals continue to be a common issue for people with disabilities who have them. The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed new regulations under the Air Carrier Access Act and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing new policies for animals in housing.

What is the difference between an effective message and a talking point? How do I shape a narrative? How do audiences hear our messages? This Messaging 101 session will outline a framework for thinking about message development and audience targeting that is designed to shift narratives around issue advocacy. In this workshop, we’ll talk brain chemistry, soundbites, how to write a good message, and why long lists of talking points are a no-no – all designed to help you nail messages that stick!

This session provides an overview of Supreme Court decisions from the current term and recent Circuit Court decisions. Cases focus on disability and related civil rights, as well as access issues to the federal courts that impact litigation on behalf of people with disabilities.

Although Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskey was decided in 1998, many prisons and jails continue to fail to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This session will outline the requirements of the ADA as it applies to correctional settings, strategies to respond to common defenses, and discussion about how advocates can ensure that individuals with disabilities who are incarcerated have access to programs and services by discussing hypothetical issues for group consideration.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This presentation contains descriptions of conditions and treatment of people with disabilities that P&A staff encounter during the course of their reviews, monitoring, and investigations. The content may be distressing.

SABE GoVoter Project, and some of their partner organizations, will present data from their 2018 voter experience survey and discuss implications of the findings for PAVA work during the 2020 election cycle. P&As will also learn about opportunities to expand their partnerships with self-advocates, including voter education.

This session will delve into the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of job placement. This evidence-based approach has helped people with significant mental health concerns achieve successful employment outcomes. Learn how this approach could benefit your clients!

People with complex communication needs are, now more than ever, living, working, and recreating in their communities. It is extremely important to know who people with complex communication needs are and how to work with them. This session provides information about the best ways to interact with and accommodate people with complex communication needs. It additionally covers some challenges this population faces in working with agencies or organizations. This session will be presented by someone who has lived experience as a person with complex communication needs and has professional experience working with the same population.

Demonstrate how to leverage existing partnerships and forge unique alliances with new coalition partners in order to strategically plan a successful voter engagement and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaign to expand voting access and maximize the participation of people with disabilities to ensure their votes are counted.