DS Report - Vol. 6, No. 3 - March 2nd, 2012

DS Report - Vol. 6, No. 3 - March 2nd, 2012

Published by Disability Services
Editor: Jonathon Warnberg

Table of Contents

  • Autism Speaks iPad 2 Technology Grant – Deadline of March 7th, 2012
  • The Digital Images and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials (DIAGRAM) Center Seeks Feedback on Accessible Media – Deadline of March 8th 2012
  • Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Institute – Deadline of March 30, 2012
  • 2012 NFB Scholarships – Deadline of March 31, 2012
  • EHR Accessibility Module Challenge – Deadline July 23, 2012
  • Updates on Central Corridor/Light Rail construction

Autism Speaks iPad 2 Technology Grant – Deadline of March 7th, 2012 

Through the generosity of Wyndham Worldwide, the Pickle Foundation, and Heather Nix of Washington, Autism Speaks will select 160 individuals with autism to receive an Apple iPad 2!
Eligible applicants are individuals who:

  • Have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional,
  • Reside in the United States
  • Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad.

Note: If you already submitted an application for the HP Slate 2 grant in December 2011, you will automatically be considered for the iPad 2 grant and there is no need to re-apply.

More information

The Digital Images and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials (DIAGRAM) Center Seeks Feedback on Accessible Media – Deadline of March 8th 2012

The Digital Images and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials (DIAGRAM) Center is a U.S. Department of Education-funded project, conducted by Benetech, with the US Fund for DAISY and the WGBH National Center for Accessible Media.

DIAGRAM is conducting a brief survey to track trends in how people with print disabilities obtain and access reading materials electronically. Your answers will help us focus our research and development efforts on the reading tools and digital reading materials. Please take a few minutes to visit the link below and give us your input.

The survey closes on March 8, 2012.
 
Take the survey

Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Institute – Deadline of March 30, 2012

What is the Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Institute? The ACI Summer Institute is a week-long training for Autistic college students. The training is meant to prepare students to engage in self-advocacy and pro-neurodiversity activism on their college campuses.

Who is eligible for the ACI Summer Institute? Any current Autistic college student in the United States is eligible to attend. Students should have at least one more year remaining in college. Because of the support we are receiving from our partners, we are offering this institute at no cost to the students chosen for the program, including travel accommodations, room and board. The institute will take place August 12th through August 17th in Baltimore, MD.

What will participants learn at the ACI Summer Institute? With curriculum based on our collaboration with the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation in the Empowering Disabled Leaders handbook and materials produced and developed with the help of University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability, the participants will learn how to engage in activism and advocacy activities on their college campuses.

Applications are due by March 30, 2012 with accepted applicants being contacted in May 2012. If you feel you would like to participate, please fill out the application and submit it with your responses to the essay questions and your resume to Melody Latimer at mlatimer@autisticadvocacy.org . All questions should also be directed to Melody.

More information and application

2012 NFB Scholarships – Deadline of March 31, 2012

More information or contact:

Chairperson Patti Chang, Esq.
NFB Scholarship Program
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Office: (410) 659-9314, extension 2415
scholarships@nfb.org

EHR Accessibility Module Challenge – Deadline July 23, 2012

Sponsored by: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

The disabled population faces considerable difficulties with accessing and receiving care and the lack of coordinated care for this population is particularly costly. Health information technology (HIT) and electronic health records (EHRs) hold great promise in improving the health outcomes and coordination of care for people with disabilities. Accessibility and usability in health IT are high priority issues for the disabled community. A consumer-oriented system providing easy-to-use access to health information would be a valuable tool and significantly improve the health of disabled individuals. ONC is challenging multidisciplinary teams to create and test a module or application that makes it easy for disabled consumers to access and interact with the health data stored in their EHRs.

Total Prizes: $85,000 + extras
Deadline: July 23, 2012

More information

Updates on Central Corridor/Light Rail construction

Information on the construction hotline, construction maps and schedules and bus detour updates can be found here.