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Job Announcements: Disability Integration Advisor Positions

March 26, 2015 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Employment

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is now accepting applications for two open positions: (1) Disability Integration Advisor; and (2) Disability Integration Advisor with a specialty in American Sign Language (ASL). The open period for these announcements is from Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015. For full information, including a description of duties, please review the job summaries below.

Apply using the following links via the USAJobs.gov portal:

  1. Disability Integration Advisor
  2. Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Blair at shannon.blair@fema.dhs.gov or by phone number 800-879-6076.

Job TitleDisability Integration Advisor
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-020-RSV
Salary Range: $40.37 to $40.37 / Per Hour
Open Period: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

Duties:

As a Disability Integration Advisor in FEMA’s Reservist Program, some of the duties you will be responsible for include:

  • Participating as part of a team in facility site evaluation for Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) within 48 hours of a validated State’s request.
  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to External Affairs, Community Relations, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities and/or other access and functional needs, have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, IT and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center locations.
  • Advising Support Services Branch and Equal Rights Advisors in the identification and evaluation of disability laws and regulations as they relate to space compliance in the various field locations.

Job TitleDisability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-019-RSV
Salary Range: $40.37 to $40.37 / Per Hour
Open Period: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

Duties:

As a Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty) in FEMA’s Reservist Program, you will be responsible for:

Providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to meet the communications requirements of disaster survivors, FEMA employees, and the general public throughout emergency operations, programs and services while deployed to disasters.

Providing guidance regarding effective communication access in all phases of emergency response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

Providing interpreting services to achieve equal access to effective communication between Disability Integration Advisors, Disability Advisor Leads and Command and General Staff including:

  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to Federal Coordinating Officer, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, External Affairs, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, Information Technology and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center and other field locations.

 

Employer sued over laborer’s alleged hearing loss

March 20, 2015 in Disability Law, Employment

 

 

The Louisiana Record
Louisiana’s Legal Journal

By KYLE BARNETT

GRETNA – A man is suing his employer for allegedly contributing to his hearing loss by not poprely protecting him from a loud work environment.

Martel Brigand filed suit against Hydril Company and Travelers Property and Casualty Company of America in the 24th Judicial District Court on Jan. 24.

Brigand alleges that he began working for Hydril Company at 201 Klein Street in Westwego on Oct. 17, 2011. The plaintiff contends throughout his employment he was exposed to loud noises at his job site and was never provided with safety equipment or informed by his employer that the loud noises could damage his hearing. Brigand asserts that in 2013 and 2014 he began experiencing diminished hearing and instances of total hearing loss. The plaintiff claims that after he began experiencing hearing problems he filed a workers’ compensation claim against Hydril Company that they refuted and said were not eligible for compensation.

Read  . . . original filling – Lawsuit 

 

 

HLAA-DC Program on “Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace When You Have Hearing Loss”

March 19, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Employment, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

HLAA-DC is pleased to present this program featuring Valerie Stafford-Malis, Business Development Manager at Alternative Communication Services (ACS) and member of the HLAA Board of Trustees. You may recall that this program was originally scheduled for early March, but had to be postponed due to snow.

When: Thursday, April 16th from 7:30-8:45 pm
Where: Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue Northeast,
Washington, DC 20002
I King Jordan Academic Center Building
Room: 1011

 

Further information is provided in the attachment.

DOWNLOAD – Workplace_Survival_Flyer

 

All are welcome!

 

Many thanks to Gallaudet University and to ACS for their support of this program.

Russell Misheloff
HLAA-DC Chapter
Washington, DC Area
Hearing Loss Association of America
Email: hladcchapter@gmail.com

 

 

Open Hire: Summer Job Opportunities in Therapeutic Recreation

March 9, 2015 in Community News, Employment

 

 

The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is seeking interested applicants for Summer 2015 Therapeutic Recreation Services programs. If you’re interested in applying, don’t miss out on one of the upcoming open hire sessions:

  • Wednesday, March 11 (noon to 5 p.m.): Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Wednesday, April 1 (noon to 5 p.m.)Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Wednesday, April 15 (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.): Irving Middle School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152
  • Wednesday, May 20 (noon to 5 p.m.)Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Wednesday, June 3 (noon to 5 p.m.)Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Requirements 
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • At least 250 hours of experience in a recreation or school setting serving individuals with disabilities (college course work can supplement experience)
  • Have or acquire CPR and First Aid Certification for children and adults that is valid through August 2015
  • TB test results: New applicants must have proof of a negative result within the last year, returning staff need proof of a negative result within the past two years

Learn more.

 

Free Interviewing Seminar for Job Seekers w/Disabilities

March 3, 2015 in Community Events, Employment

 
 

Reserve Your Seat Today!
The EXCEL! 2.0 Networking Group Presents
“How Do I Answer That?”

A Mock Interviewing Practice Session
for Job Seekers w/Disabilities

Get tips & practice on addressing:

  • Gaps in work history
  • If, when and how to disclose your disability
  • The difference between “honesty” & “TMI”
  • Your rights under the ADA

And much more!

When:     Thursday, March 19, 1-3 p.m.
Where:    ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV)
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201
(at the Court House Metro, Orange Line)
RSVP by Friday, March 13, at info@ecnv.org
or call (703) 525-3268 & include any accommodations requests.

 

 

WISE Webinars – Employment Info

February 26, 2015 in Community News, Employment

 

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WISE webinars are live, free and accessible online events for those interested in learning about Ticket to Work, Work Incentives and other disability employment related topics. Social Security and disability employment experts will be available to answer your questions. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

View Details and Register »

Disability Employment Expert Presents on Thurs., Feb. 19, 1- 3 p.m.

February 12, 2015 in Community Events, Employment

 

 

Greetings!

Do you work with individuals with disabilities actively seeking employment or preparing to transition into independent living?

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is featuring disability employment expert Dale Brown at our next

EXCEL! Networking meeting on Thursday, February 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Topic: “Informational Interview Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities”

Dale is a published author, employment specialist, national presenter. This information-packed seminar will explain:

  • Benefits of interviewing professionals in your field, or in a field you are trying to break into
  • How to use informational interviews to get influential references
  • How gaps in work history and other obstacles may be overcome by the right contacts
  • What to ask and how

The seminar is at:
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201
To RSVP, call (703) 525-3268 or email EXCELL@ecnv.org

Please see the  flyer for more information.
Also let us know if you wish to be added to our e-mail list for educational and social events.


About the Presenter

Dale Brown, a nationally known disability employment specialist, will lead an Excel workshop on informational interview strategies Thursday, February 19, 1-3 pm at ECNV.  Dale is an author, speaker, and strategic leadership consultant. Her most recent book is Steps to Independence for People with Learning Disabilities.

She also coauthored Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People who have Disabilities with Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? 

She has written three other books;

Dale has worked for the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor.  She has spoken at over one thousand national, state, and local conferences and symposia on disability issues. Topics include employment, job accommodation, self-help, and other related issues.

And much more!

 

 

Job – DRS Position – Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor RCD

January 19, 2015 in Community News, Employment

 

 

Job Opening:    Rehabilitation Counselor / Rehab Counselor Trainee (RCD)
Location:           Fishersville, Virginia
Position #:         00389
Closing Date:    Open Until Filled

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is currently seeking a motivated Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor RCD (Rehab Counselor for the Deaf) to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services,  which result in employment and enhanced independent living for persons with disabilities. Core case management services include guidance and counseling, training, physical/mental restoration, and job placement services. Caseloads consist of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and a general caseload of adults / students with disabilities.

This position is located in Fishersville, Virginia, which is in the Shenandoah Valley and is 15 minutes from the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.  For more information on the area, review the Shenandoah Valley Travel Association webiste http://www.visitshenandoah.org/

The agency has the option of filling this job at the Counselor I (Trainee) level if fully qualified applicants are interviewed and not selected. The minimum salary for a Counselor I (Trainee) is $28,782-54,653. The minimum salary for a Counselor II (fully qualified) is $37,047-70,801. To review the position and apply, visit the website https://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp

Mary Crews Nunnally, M.S. CRC
Program Manager, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Henrico, Virginia 23229

EMAIL:  Mary.Nunnally@dars.virginia.gov
WEBSITE:  www.vadars.org
VOICE / TEXT (V/T):  804-322-3456
TOLL FREE:  800-552-5019
TOLL FREE TTY:  800-464-9950
VIDEOPHONE (VP): 804-433-3277

 

 

Diversity in the Biomedical Research Work Force: Making a Place for Deaf Scientists

January 8, 2015 in Employment, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Democrat & Chronicle
By Stephen Dewhurst
December 27, 2014

Recently, I was invited down to the National Institutes of Health to visit with Dr. Hannah Valantine – the NIH’s first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity.

I came as part of an unusual joint group from both RIT/NTID and the U of R – led by Gerry Buckley, the President of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Dr. Valantine had specifically asked to meet with us because of Rochester’s growing reputation as a hub for innovative training and access programs for deaf and hard of hearing students – including a recently launched joint program between RIT and URthat prepares deaf students to enter Ph.D. programs in biomedical research.

This is an important issue because deaf individuals are profoundly underrepresented in the U.S. biomedical research workforce.

Rochester is in a unique position to serve as a national model for training deaf biomedical scientists, because of the combined strength of NTID’s decades of experience and innovative educational programs, and its partnership with a premier research university (UR).

Dr. Valantine wanted to know about lessons learned, and experiences gained – because of her view that biomedical research is strengthened by the different ideas and perspectives that come from a diverse scientific workforce. The challenge lies in creating the opportunities to make that happen – and to ensure that (deaf) young people interested in science get the chance to live their dream.

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Feds Inch Closer To Disability Hiring Goal

December 19, 2014 in Community News, Employment

 

 

Disability Scoop
By
 December 15, 2014

The federal government added people with disabilities to its payroll at a higher rate last year than at any other time in the last three decades.

More than 16,000 people with disabilities were hired by the U.S. government during fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. That brought the total number of federal workers with disabilities to 234,395.

“This success has led to more people with disabilities (on board) in federal service, both in real terms and by percentage than at any time in the past 33 years,” wrote Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management in her report to President Barack Obama.

By September 2013, people with disabilities accounted for 12.8 percent of federal employees, an increase of nearly 1 percent over the prior year, the report said.

At the same time, the number of workers with targeted disabilities — including intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, deafness, blindness, paralysis, missing extremities, dwarfism and psychiatric disabilities — also ticked up slightly to 18,665, federal officials said.

Read More  . . .

Job Announcement: Disability Integration Advisor – ASL Specialty

December 17, 2014 in Emergency Preparedness, Employment

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is now accepting applications for a Disability Integration Advisor position with an American Sign Language (ASL) specialty. The open period for this announcement is from Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015.  To apply for this position or for full information, including key requirements and a description of duties, please click the following link to access the job announcement through USAJobs.govhttps://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/389257100.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Blair at shannon.blair@fema.dhs.gov or by phone number 800-879-6076.

Job Title: Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-011-RSV

Salary Range
: $39.97 to $39.97 / Per Hour
Open Period: Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

Duties:
As a Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty) in FEMA’s Reservist Program, you will be responsible for:

Providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to meet the communications requirements of disaster survivors, FEMA employees, and the general public throughout emergency operations, programs and services while deployed to disasters.

Providing guidance regarding effective communication access in all phases of emergency response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

Providing interpreting services to achieve equal access to effective communication between Disability Integration Advisors, Disability Advisor Leads and Command and General Staff including:

  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to Federal Coordinating Officer, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, External Affairs, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, Information Technology and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center and other field locations.

Demand for court and stenography reporters rising in California, nation

December 9, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Employment, Technology

 

The Bakersfield Californian
Friday, Dec 05 2014 05:29 PM

By RUTH BROWN The Bakersfield Californian rbrown@bakersfield.com

Typing quietly while catching every spoken word, court reporters are often overlooked but critical components of the judicial system.

And the demand for them is growing while the number available capable of typing the required 200-word-per-minute threshold for courtroom work is dwindling.

Read More . . .

EXCEL! Employment Networking Group for People with Disabilities – October 23

October 17, 2014 in Community Events, Employment

 

 

(Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services)

Are you a person with a disability looking for a job? Join the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia’s EXCEL! Networking Group on October 23, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to take the fear out of networking and learn important skills to get hired.

The group will meet at the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201.

RSVP to EXCEL@ecnv.org or 703-525-3268.

 

 

 

Fedex Accused of Discriminating Against the Deaf

October 14, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Employment

 

 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit charging that FedEx discriminated for years against deaf and partly deaf workers and applicants. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in Baltimore and announced on Friday. The E.E.O.C. says FedEx did not provide American Sign Language interpretation or closed-captioned training videos during mandatory tours and new-hire orientation or during staff and safety meetings. The lawsuit arose from 19 discrimination charges filed nationwide. FedEx says that it is committed to fair and equal treatment of employees and that the E.E.O.C.’s claims are misleading.

Two Events USPTO- Alex. – for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 3, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Employment

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 

The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office),
ResponsAbility committee, has planned two exciting events to commemorate the month.

 

AUHOR READING AND BOOK SIGNING WITH GLEN FINLAND

Tuesday – OCTOBER 7, 2014
12 – 1 P.M.
Madison North Auditorium
United States Patent and Trademark Office,
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria VA 22314

This event is fully accessible for individuals with disabilities. Sign language interpretation, real-time captioning  will all be provided. For additional accommodations information or requests, please contact ResponsAbility.

Author Glen Finland will read from her acclaimed memoir Next Stop about raising an autistic son. A discussion with the author and special guests, along with a book signing will follow the reading. Attendees are encouraged to purchase the book in advance to have it autographed.

Next Stop is a candid portrait of a differently-abled young man poised at the entry to adulthood. Weaving bittersweet and humorous anecdotes from David’s life as the youngest of three brothers, Next Stop recounts the complex relationship between an
autistic adult child and his family as he steps out into the real world alone for the first time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Glen Finland is a freelance journalist and author. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Family Circle, Revolution, Parenting, American Magazine, Wired, Babble, Autism Speaks and Washington Parents Magazine. www.glenfinland.com

Download Flyer for Oct 7th Event

 

USPTO ResponsAbility presents: CinemAbility

Free Moving Screening and Q&A with Director Jenni Gold and Surprise Celebrity Guest
Tuesday – October 14, 2014
3:30 pm
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Madison North Auditorium
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria VA 22314

Learn More & WATCH Film Trailer and reserve your free tickets

After the show, stay for a Q&A with film director Jenni Gold and a special celebrity guest

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) ResponsAbility, the USPTO’s volunteer employee organization for disability awareness and action, will screen the award-winning documentary film “CinemAbility.”

Download Flyer: cinemabilityscreening.pdf

This event is fully accessible for individuals with disabilities. Sign language interpretation, real-time captioning, and descriptive video service will all be provided. For additional accommodations information or requests, please contact ResponsAbility.