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Disability Funders Network E-News: Vol. 6, No. 2

In This Issue

Guest editor: Greg Maas

Note: The symbol indicates the article, event or award is disability-specific.

DFN News

DFN Selects New Executive Director

It is with a great deal of pleasure that we report to you that the Disability Funders Network’s board of directors, after a national search conducted by Leadership Transitions, has unanimously selected Kimberley A. Hutchinson to be the next executive director of DFN!

From her work at Easter Seals of Virginia and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Kim brings leadership in developing long-term growth strategies, maximizing support from the community, and developing and implementing strategic political action. Part of what makes Kim so well suited to assume leadership of Disability Funders Network is her ability to build organizations and engage multiple networks in the work of the disability community. Kim is currently completing a short-term appointment as director of development at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Kim was an executive manager for a national commercial real estate development and construction firm. She was also a lobbyist for the commercial construction industry and continues to maintain multiple connections in the private sector.

Kim is a graduate of the University of Richmond and a resident of Midlothian, VA. Her appointment is effective June 11, 2007.


June 1-28


VSA arts’ International New Media Exhibition
Washington, DC

June 4, 6, 11, & 14

Public Hearings on Proposed Rules for Part C of IDEA 2004

June 4 — Portland, OR
June 6 — Oklahoma City, OK
June 11 — Indianapolis, IN
June 14 — Washington, DC

June 8

Technology and Employment Forum:
“Harnessing Technology to Expand Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities”

Washington, DC
607-254-8311; mtc11@cornell.edu

June 10-13

National Conference on Community Preparedness

Alexandria, VA

June 12-16

Postsecondary Disability Training Institute

Saratoga Springs, NY
860-486-3321; carrol.waite@uconn.edu

June 13-15

Bridges to Employment: Pathways to Employment for Latinos with Disabilities

Miami, FL

June 15

K-12 and Beyond – Raising Expectations and Results

Jobs that allow people with significant disabilities to maximize their potential

Webinar 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time

June 21

2007 Federal Agency & Government Contractor Career Fair for People with Disabilities

Washington, DC
866-327-6669; earn@earnworks.com

June 21-24

Hearing Loss Association of America Convention 2007

Oklahoma City, OK

June 27

Ethnic Diversity in Acceptance of Disability, Community Integration Needs, Barriers, and Supports


June 27-29

Sixth National Conference on Black Philanthropy: Philanthropy and the Covenant with Black America

Arlington, VA 22202
202-530-9770; info@ncfbp.net

July 9-12

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Annual Conference

Washington, DC

July 12

Workplace Accommodations: A Small Investment Yields Large Return


July 12-15

MindFreedom Conference Retreat

Litchfield, CT

July 16-18

APSE National Conference

Kansas City, MO

July 19

Exemplary Best Practices — Focus on Ability

Webinar, 2 -3 p.m. Eastern Time

July 21

4th Annual Disability Pride Parade

Chicago, IL

July 24-26

National Council on Disability Quarterly Meeting

Chicago, IL

July 27-28

National Youth Transit Talk

Youth 16-28 discuss how to improve access to public transit

Washington, DC
www.cilberkeley.org; click on Youth Transit Talk bar

July 30-August 1

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) Annual Conference

Minneapolis, MN

July 30-August 4

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Youth Slam

Baltimore, MD


NCIL Conference

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) are offering an educational youth track at the July NCIL conference in Washington, DC. NCIL is also offering full or partial conference registration fee waivers to at least 20 youths participating in the program. Waiver applicants must be 22 years old or younger and must submit an application no later than June 9.

Voice: 202-207-0334
TTY: 202-207-0340

Ann Ford Scholarship

The National Center for Learning Disabilities annually awards the Ann Ford Scholarship of $10,000 to an outstanding high school senior with a learning disability who is committed to completing a college degree.

For more information, go to www.ncld.org.


FTA Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Grants

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Civil Rights is accepting proposals for cooperative agreements for research and/or demonstration projects to improve emergency preparedness, disaster response and disaster recovery for populations with specific mobility needs in the event of a natural or man-made emergency.

Eligible recipients include city or township governments, county governments, for-profit organizations other than small businesses, Native American tribal governments, Native American tribal organizations, nonprofits having a 501(c)3 status, private institutions of higher education, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, small businesses, state governments and public transit agencies.

Proposals will be funded by the Transportation Equity Research Program (TERP), and cooperative agreement(s) will be three-year awards. The total available funding for the first year is for $214,000. Subsequent funding is authorized at $250,000 per year under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). Actual funding will be based on annual appropriations.

Deadline for submissions: July 17, 2007.

For more information, go to www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=13945&mode=VIEW.

CTFC ZeroDivide Fellowship

Community Technology Foundation of California (CTFC) is requesting nominations for the ZeroDivide Fellowship. This program seeks to foster a network of community leaders who effectively engage technology tools, strategies and policies to impact social change in California.

CTFC seeks nominations for community leaders who are interested in joining and shaping the community technology movement in the state of California. Nominees should share a commitment to CTFC’s mission and values, and have an interest in advocating for underserved communities in information and communications technology issues and policies. Individuals may nominate themselves.

Nomination deadline: June 29, 2007.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Fresh Ideas” Open Competition

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has an open competition for its “Fresh Ideas: Community-Based Approaches to Improve Care for Vulnerable Populations” grant program.

For more information, go to www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=19480.


NCD Bulletin

A monthly publication of the National Council on Disability (NCD): www.ncd.gov/newsroom/bulletins/2007/07bulletins.htm.


A monthly newsletter from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: www.aaidd.org/FYI/.

Fund for Global Human Rights Launches Initiative on Disability Rights

The new United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities offers opportunities for advancing the human rights of people with disabilities. To support implementation of the convention, the Fund for Global Human Rights has announced the launch of an initiative on disability rights to ensure the convention becomes an effective tool in promoting the rights of people with disabilities.

Diana Samarasan will lead the new initiative.

For more information on the Disability Rights Initiative, write to info@disabilityrightsfund.org.

National Council on Disability Selects New Executive Director

The National Council on Disability (NCD) recently announced that Michael C. Collins of Sacramento, CA, would become NCD’s new executive director on June 18. Mike Collins is currently executive director of the California State Independent Living Council and has been a key participant in California’s efforts to implement changes in state policies resulting from the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision that has increased the demand for community-based services.

USBLN Appoints New Executive Director

The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) recently announced that John Kemp has been retained as their new executive director.

For additional information, go to www.usbln.org.

Tricia Mason Elected Chair of the Access Board

The Access Board elected public member Tricia Mason chair at its March meeting. Appointed to the board by President Bush in 2005, Mason serves as a State Government Relations Specialist at Easter Seals in its Office of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. Mason is a former president of the Little People of America, a nonprofit organization for individuals of short stature and their families, and serves as its representative to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117 Committee. She is originally from Cheyenne, WY, where she chaired the Mayor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Board chairs serve for a term of one year.

For more information, go to www.access-board.gov.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

The Program in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises at the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, recently announced a new initiative, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). This program is designed to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with disabilities.

Application deadline: June 5, 2007.

For more information, go to http://whitman.syr.edu/eee/veterans.

Training, Education and Internships

State Youth Leadership Forums
Many states conduct a 3-5-day leadership training residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. The program accepts applications from youth with any type of disability following the California Youth Leadership Forum model.

For more information, go to http://ldonline.org/ldresources/opportunities/ylf.

TWC Academic Internship Program

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) offers an academic program combined with internships in Washington, DC. It offers a fully inclusive program, including accessible housing.

For more information, go to www.twc.edu.

AAPD Summer Internships for College Students with Disabilities

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) offers two internships. One is funded by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and places students in congressional offices in Washington, DC. The second, funded by Microsoft, is for students majoring in information technology. Accepted candidates will work in various agencies in the executive branch of the federal government.

For more information, go to www.aapd.com.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Internships

Entry Point, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), offers internship opportunities for college students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science and some fields of business.

For more information, go to http://ehrweb.aaas.org/entrypoint/.

Emerging Leaders Internships

Emerging Leaders Internships provides internships for college students with disabilities. Internships are located in several geographic locations and with a wide range of companies. The program is funded by Booz Allen Hamilton and administered by the National Business & Disability Council.

For more information, go to www.emerging-leaders.com/.

U.S. Departments of Labor, Defense Co-Sponsor Workforce Recruitment Program

Workforce Recruitment Program is a summer work program for college and university students with disabilities co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Defense. Hiring is done directly by federal offices throughout the country. The majority of positions offered are for the summer and with federal agencies; however, students in this database may be recruited for full-time positions by either the federal government or the private sector.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep/programs/workforc.htm.

EDI Offers Online Courses in Disability, Workplace and Employment Support Practice

Online courses from experts in Disability, Workplace and Employment Support Practice are now available from the Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) at Cornell University’s ILR School. These are online professional development courses and certificate programs in Disability, Workplace and Employment Support Practice. Each course consists of interactive multimedia presentations and downloadable PowerPoint course materials.

For more information, go to www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/.

DOJ Offers Online Course on ADA to Businesses

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Disability Rights Section has an online course for businesses, “Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities.” The course explains how the ADA applies to businesses in 10 short lessons.

For more information, go to www.ada.gov/reachingout/intro1.htm.

ADA-IT Centers Offer Online Course: “At Your Service”

“At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities,” is a free, accessible, self-paced Web course for people interested in best practices for working with customers who have disabilities.

For more information, go to http://www.wiawebcourse.org/.

Job Development Web Course

Job Development Web course offers training covering key principles for job development for youth and adults with disabilities. The course includes applying marketing principles, creating various job-seeking tools and developing business partnerships.

For more information, go to www.trninc.com/entry/welcome2.asp.


The Office of Disability Employment Policy has developed a new brochure to help faith-based and community organizations better understand the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The publication is titled “Demystifying Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.”

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/faith.htm.

“Entering the World of Work: What Youth with Mental Health Needs Should Know About Accommodations” is a fact sheet that provides guidance to assist with a successful transition into the workforce by answering questions regarding disclosure, accommodations and resources.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/transitioning.htm.

“Encouraging Future Innovation”: This fact sheet provides guidance on entrepreneurship education for youth with disabilities.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/entrepreneurship.htm.

Circle of Champions (CoC): Innovator in Employing All Americans is the group of U.S. businesses and organizations that received the Secretary of Labor’s New Freedom Initiative Award for innovative and proactive efforts to recruit, hire, and promote people with disabilities. This brochure provides snapshots of some of the innovative practices implemented by these employers.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep/newfreedom/coc2007/brochure.htm.

“Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing” is an ADA guide for law enforcement officers published by the Department of Justice.

For more information, go to www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/lawenfcomm.htm.

Disability Matters is an Internet talk radio show hosted by businesswoman and disability employment leader Joyce Bender. The program can be heard live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern at www.voiceamerica.com. The broadcast is also closed-captioned and has a toll-free caller/listener number, 1-866-472-5788. Transcripts and rebroadcasts can be found at www.benderconsult.com; click on the “radio show” button on the left of the screen.

Posted in the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Presentation Library are several employment-related videos including “SunTrust Bank: Creating an Inclusive Culture,” “ADA and Substance Abuse in the Workplace,” and “Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace.”

For more information, go to www.jan.wvu.edu/ppt/.

Sports and Recreation

Disabled Sports USA offers sports and recreation opportunities to people with disabilities at 85 chapters throughout the United States.

For more information, go to www.disabledsportsusa.org.

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