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DC Metro BLN News - February 2019
NOD's Disability Employment Tracker
The Disability Employment Tracker™ is a free and confidential way to measure your company's disability and veterans’ employment performance. Get a free benchmarking Scorecard showing where your company stands against the competition.

Learn more about this online survey from the National Organization on Disability and The Viscardi Center
Woman working at desk. Text reads Advance your disability employment initiatives. Take the Tracker.
Upcoming DC Metro BLN Programs
Thanks to our 2018 Gala Sponsors
Booz Allen Hamilton. Strategy and technology consultants.
eSSENTIAL Accessibility
Herson Family Vineyards.
Lockheed Martin.
Northrop Grumman.
The Sierra Group. Disability & Employment Leaders.
TCS Associates
TCS Interpreting
IN THE NEWS - Articles of Interest
Registration Now Open for 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards Program

Recipients of the HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award are evaluated based on a range of criteria, including:

  • Veteran hiring and retention
  • Availability of veteran-specific resources
  • Leadership programming for veterans
  • Dedicated human resources
  • Compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans

Employers interested in applying for the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program can now create an account online. Applications will open to employers on January 31 and run through April 30, 2019. For more information and to create an account for the HIRE Vets Medallion Program and Award, please visit . 
RespectAbility. Inclusion Advocacy Training Series.
RespectAbility Launches Disability Inclusion Advocacy Training Series in New York City

Empowerment project for women and girls with disabilities and their allies features distinguished author Donna Walton, Ed.D.

New York City, Jan. 16 – A new training program aimed at empowering women with disabilities begins this month, bringing the lens of inclusion and equality to New York City's civic life. RespectAbility, a national disability advocacy organization, will launch the Inclusion Advocacy Training Series in New York City on January 26, 2019, with the first of this monthly, six-part series. The series is made possible by funding from the New York Women’s Foundation and Coca-Cola Foundation.

For more information about RespectAbility’s ongoing New York City efforts, view:
Announcing the 2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award Recipients
AAPD is proud to recognize  Sarah Blahovec  and  Dustin Gibson  as the recipients of the  2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards .
Through the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. Two individuals each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing initiative that increases the political and economic power of people with disabilities.
Partners of Youth with Disabilities.
PYD's online mentoring program expands nationwide

Now open to any post-secondary student with a disability, age 18-26
PYD is excited to announce that it is expanding its  online mentoring program  to students with disabilities across the entire United States.

This program was designed specifically to support young adults with disabilities in improving their employment outcomes, including securing internships and jobs in their field of choice.

Through the network, college students with disabilities access professional and peer mentors to increase their networks, receive advice, and gather support about achieving goals.
JAN. Job Accommodation Network.
Current Events in Accommodation
Webcast — February 12 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will host a webcast on “Current Events in Accommodation.” The webcast, part of JAN's monthly training series, will highlight recent topics related to job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and JAN. Presenters will be Linda Carter Batiste, JAN Principal Consultant and Legislative Specialist, and Beth Loy, JAN Principal Consultant and Technical Specialist.

2018 Compendium
Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (EPM-RRTC) State of the Science Conference

Register for the Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (EPM-RRTC) State of the Science Conference on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, followed by the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Event on Wednesday, February 13th.
The EPM-RRTC State of the Science and Annual Disability Statistics Compendium offers both in-person and webcast participation options. Please register if you plan to attend in-person or via webcast. 

American Foundation for the Blind
2019 American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - Friday, March 1, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Welcome to the 2019 American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference. You will find a program packed with knowledgeable speakers, dozens of relevant sessions, and opportunities to network. In addition to three engaging general sessions, there will be concurrent sessions in the areas of aging and vision loss, education, technology, and leadership. In addition, the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University, will hold a State of the Science research conference on employment throughout the AFB Leadership Conference.

We invite you to listen carefully, engage with the experts and your colleagues, advance knowledge gained, and deliver by reducing systemic barriers. LEAD with AFB to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired.
nTIDE Lunch & Learn

March 8, 2019 noon EST

Webinar Agenda

  • 12:00 pm: Overview of National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report Release – Andrew Houtenville, UNH-IOD & John O'Neill, Kessler Foundation
  • 12:15 pm: News from the field of Disability Employment – Denise Rozell, AUCD
  • 12:30 pm: Guest Panelist - TBD 
  • 12:45 pm: Open Question & Answer period for attendees

If you missed previous webinars you can watch the nTIDE webinar recordings .
Digital Accessibility Legal Summit

Updates, Best Practices & Core‑Concept Training

Tuesday March 12, 2019
Optional Training Course: Monday March 11
Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort,
Anaheim, CA

An event for...
  • digital accessibility professionals
  • legal practitioners & counsel
  • IT program managers & executives
  • diversity program managers
  • accessibility program managers
  • students in accessibility and legal fields
Save the Date!
March 12, 2019
6:30pm | Cocktail Reception
7:30pm | Evening Program

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Tri-state Diversity Council

2019 Tri-State College Diversity Summit
Disrupting Norms: Changing the Paradox
March 23, 2019 
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  

Rutgers Business School
Second Floor Auditorium
1 Washington Pl
Newark, NJ 07102

10 th Annual Voices of Change Conference: Secondary Transition FOR DC Youth BY DC Youth March 29 th  

Friday, March 29, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington , DC 20001

Sponsored by:  District of Columbia Department on Disability Services & the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Division of Teaching & Learning

Join us in celebrating disability awareness and youth voice! Participating youth will have opportunities to LEARN, LEAD, and ACT.

Registration will start in January 2019.

In for INclusion

2019 Disability:IN Annual Conference and Expo

July 15 - 18, 2018
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Disability:IN has opened registration for the 2019 Annual Conference and Expo. Last year’s conference sold out and this year the event is expected to bring together more than 1,500 attendees from across the country. This year’s theme is “IN for INclusion”.
Shifting Gears in a Fast-Changing World.


Shifting Gears in a Fast-Changing World
July 30 through August 2, 2019

The theme of this year’s conference is “Shifting Gears in a Fast-Changing World.” The conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 30 through August 2, 2019. We will be looking for new and innovative presentations that recognize the many changes that practitioners in the EEO/AA field and that workers in general are facing. The RFP will provide you with some possible topics for the conference, but we welcome different, creative ideas that will be of value to conference attendees.

Director of OFCCP Craig Leen and Acting Chair of the EEOC Victoria Lipnic have confirmed their attendance at the 2019 NILG Conference in Milwaukee! 
At last year’s conference, Director Leen spoke at length about the OFCCP’s top priorities, outlining his goals for the agency in the coming year and gave contractors a preview of the many transformative changes we saw in 2018.

In 2018, the EEOC saw sexual harassment filings jump by 12% - the first increase in at least eight years. Expect Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic to address this topic and more at the conference.
Don’t miss your chance to hear cutting edge agency developments from these two influential leaders!

RIT. National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Save the Date: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
As you make your employee recruitment plans for 2019, the NTID Center on Employment (NCE) invites you to join us for the 19 th  annual Career Fair, Wednesday, October 16.

Registration opens in the spring and NCE will reach out with more information as the registration date approaches.
If you’re looking to:
  • Diversify your workforce.
  • Learn how to become an advocate for accessibility
  • Meet like-minded professionals in a new and exciting environment
The RIT/NTID career fair will help you meet your goals.
A record 54 companies, including Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Merck, NAVSEA, Texas Instruments, the CIA and Prudential Financial participated in the 2018 fair.
November 13 - 15, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The 2019 Mid-Atlantic ADA Update will provide a wide range of up-to-date information on ADA regulations and guidelines, as well as strategies and best practices for successful implementation of the law. Conference speakers will include subject-matter experts from federal, state, and local government agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations, and universities. The ADA Update will offer opportunities to network with other professionals with similar interests and concerns. Professional development hours from several accreditation organizations will also be available.
For more information visit their website:

About Us
The DC Metro Business Leadership Network is an employer led non-profit that uses a business-to business model offering education, training programs and resources to change attitudes and address concerns of businesses so that they learn how to proactively include people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace and supplier diversity.