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  • CAPE-Youth’s Youth Fellowship Applications are LIVE!

    The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-Youth) is looking for youth and young adults with disabilities aged 16-21 to participate as youth fellows in our National Working Group on Youth Transition. If selected as a youth fellow, you will learn and develop professional skills to influence disability policy through:

    • Meeting directly with state leaders;
    • Traveling to education and workforce conferences;
    • Informing written policy products on disability and transition; and
    • Making a change.

    To apply for the fellowship, click here.

    The deadline to apply is March 18 at 10 p.m. ET. Please share this opportunity with others you believe may be interested.

    **If you have any additional questions or need accommodations to complete this application, please reach out to

    CAPE-Youth is a federally-funded research and technical assistance center that helps states develop services, laws and programs that improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. CAPE-Youth prioritizes youth voice when doing this work. It is imperative to have youth at the table as leaders, sharing their experiences and interacting directly with policymakers during these discussions.

    CAPE-Youth's National Working Group consists of approximately 40 policymakers and practitioners and eight to 10 youth fellows. If selected as a youth fellow, you will attend working group convenings to discuss ideas for addressing issues that youth with disabilities face in their communities and professionally engage with state leaders to improve the transition from high school to employment or postsecondary education.

    Travel expenses for participation in the National Working Group are covered by CAPE-Youth. In some instances, fellows will also be provided a stipend for their engagement with and representation of CAPE-Youth for events outside of the working group.

  • Free Webinar - Is Accommodation Forever?

    Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 1-2 p.m. ET

    Presenter: Jeffrey Tamburo, Training and Content Development Specialist, Northeast ADA Center

    Much focus is given to exploring and implementing reasonable accommodations in the workplace, but it is equally important to continue to monitor accommodations to insure they remain effective over time. This session will explore best practices for the employment service professional to consider in their work with employers and supported employees when monitoring the ongoing effectiveness of workplace accommodations.

    Register here

  • Webinar - The Americans with Disabilities Act and Spanish Speaking Communities

    English: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 2-3:30 p.m. ET

    Don’t miss the “Americans with Disabilities Act and Spanish Speaking Communities” webinar! This webinar incorporates the perspectives and priorities of the Spanish-speaking audience and aims to inform the Spanish-speaking community about their rights and the ADA.

    It will be presented in English on March 12th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM CT and in Spanish on March 14th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM CT. The registration deadline for the English presentation is March 11th. The registration deadline for the Spanish presentation is March 13th.

    Register for the English webinar

    Register for the Spanish webinar

  • Intersection of Territory Law and the ADA in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

    August 20, 2024, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

    Presenters: Mildred Gomez Torres and Nellyber Correa Rivera - MAVI (Northeast ADA affiliate), Archie Jennings - DRCVI (Northeast ADA affiliate), Joe Zesski - Northeast ADA

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets a minimal standard for providing equal access and equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. States and territories in the US, however, have their own laws which can provide greater or additional protections to the rights of people with disabilities. In this webinar, learn about specific laws in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that address the disability community and how they intersect with the ADA.

    Register here

    Presented By: Mildred Gomez Torres & Archie Jennings

  • Engaging Kids About Disability Through Animated Cartoons

    July 16, 2024, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

    Presenters: Peter Quinn, Multimedia Editor Yang-Tan Institute, Joe Zesski, Program Manager Northeast ADA Center

    The Northeast ADA Center has been producing and testing a unique animated cartoon series for children in elementary school that will educate them about disability inclusion. The video series, along with a companion curriculum, is intended to assist parents and educators with engaging children in conversations and in learning about people with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The webinar will address the development, challenges, and testing of the cartoons and curriculum. It will share how the cartoons are made and give participants tips on how they can access and use this valuable resource.

    Register here

    Presented By: Peter Quinn & Joe Zesski

  • Title III of the ADA and Readily Achievable Barrier Removal

    May 21, 2024, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

    Presenter: Jennifer Perry, Access Specialist, Northeast ADA Center

    Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires places of public accommodation to remove barriers to accessibility when the removal is “readily achievable.”  The term “places of public accommodation” includes businesses that are generally open to the public and that fall into one of 12 categories listed in the ADA, such as restaurants, movie theaters, schools, day care facilities, recreation facilities, and doctors’ offices. Having an awareness of barriers to accessibility, taking steps to determine how they can be overcome, developing a plan to address those improvements (including a time frame for improvements), and finally implementing those improvements if they are readily achievable, is critical for Title III entities.

    Join us on May 21, 2024, as we provide an overview of the readily achievable barrier removal regulations based on Title III of the ADA.

    Register here

    Presented By: Jennifer Perry