Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

American with Disabilites Act (ADA) 25 years (1990-2015)

The ADA: 25 Years and Counting!

Northwest Indiana’s Celebration of the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act August 24th through September 27th at the Indiana Welcome Center, Kennedy Avenue at I-80/94, Hammond.

Sponsored by: Everybody Counts and the Great Lakes ADA Center, with the South Shore Convention and Visitor Authority

Celebrating the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Legislation:

  • The Freedom Bus of the National ADA Legacy Tour: ADA artifacts and presentations on disability rights movement
  • “Access is a Civil Right”: gallery of renowned disability rights photo-   journalist Tom Olin’s most iconic works (on loan from Calvin College)
  • Great Lakes ADA Center: (funded by the Department of Justice) activities, information and presentations by Executive Director Robin Jones
  • Entertainment: wheelchair basketball, self-defense & assistive animal training demonstrations, music, dancing, ASL magician, games and more.
  • Photo Contest co-sponsored by the Times, highlighting how the ADA is and isn’t working in Northwest Indiana’s communities.
  • Public Transit Day: live board game, panel discussion and special displays about local public transportation issues
  • Other Interesting Displays: local history, technology, accessible vans and buses, interactive displays, products, information

For dates and times of  special events check the schedule of events posted at South Shore CVA or call 219/769-5055

Disability Rights are civil rights

Brain Injury Support Group – Summertime Fun Tailgate/Picnic Party

Thursday, August 20th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Instead of a meeting this month the Brain Injury Support Group will be hosting a Summertime Fun Tailgate/Picnic Party. They are asking everyone to bring a side dish to share! Bring beverages, lawn chairs or blankets, outdoor games. Chicken will be provided. If you plan on attending please RSVP so that they can do a head count to order chicken.

Please note: Alcohol is note permitted on the premises.

Party Location!

Integrated Therapy (back of building)
Parking Lot
521 E 86th Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410

RSVP to Cindy or Jenny Johnson at 219.308.4579.   nwibraininjurysupportgroup@hotmail.com

FULL ACCESS Student Summit

This exclusive event brings together up to sixty college students or recent alumni with disabilities and ten select national and regional employers for a networking and education summit. While FULL ACCESS is not a job fair, it is an opportunity for all participants to develop intentional relationships between students with disabilities and employers that support disability inclusive diversity.

What are the Goals of Full Access?

•   College students and recent alumni with disabilities will be comfortable with employers;
•   Better understanding of college students and recent graduates with disabilities;
•   Encourage inclusion of these students with Corporate Diversity recruitment plans.

When will the Summit occur?

November 6 – 7, 2015

The Summit is two half-day sessions, beginning at 1:30pm on Friday the 6th, concluding at 1:30pm on Saturday the 7th.

Where will it be held?

Chicago Marriott O’Hare. 8535 West Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631.

How do I apply?

To apply please complete the online registration form by October 14, 2015.

Workforce Recruitment Program

Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Current, full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • Alumni must have graduated between April of 2014 and August of 2015
  • Must be indicated to have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability

Student registration opens August 24th and ends October 16th, and can be accessed by Student Registration Link. Once registered, you will be requested to upload your resume and academic transcripts to your account. Students who successfully upload their documents and meet the requirements of the program will be able to set up to interview with a Program recruiter between October 27th and November 17th (The University will be given an interview date between that window).

Interviews will be conduced on both the Calumet and North Central campuses by phone. If you are in need of any specific accommodations, please be sure to contact The Career Center so that we can appropriately work with you to meet your needs.

Successful completion of an interview will result in your name being entered in a national database where federal and private sector employers will be able to contact you for employment opportunities.

For more information regarding this program, you can contact a Career Consultant at the North Central or Calumet Campuses at 219-989-2600 (Calumet) or 219-785-5451 (North Central)

AccessComputing

AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded project, aims to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers. Once again, AccessComputing has funding for students with disabilities to participate in summer internships. Students participate in both research internships as well as non-research internships.  As we all know, internship experience is important as students move on to the next steps of their careers.

Students with disabilities who are interested in summer internships are encouraged to fill out the form.  Through applying for an internship, students will have the opportunity become AccessComputing student team members.  Student team members engage in online mentoring and are eligible to request funding for internships, travel to conferences, and tutoring. 

Learn more about AccessComputing by checking the latest Opportunities! newsletter that helps students with disabilities learn about careers in computing, locate resources, and learn about opportunities for students with disabilities. 

For more information or help with the application, contact Brianna Blaser of the University of Washington.