Moving Forward

July marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Twenty-one agencies and organizations from across the State are celebrating with a series of virtual workshops throughout the month, culminating in a big, Texas-style celebration.

A keynote and special celebration is planned for Friday, July 24th and include a series of notable disability advocates sharing their experience with the ADA, such as what it was like to see it implemented, how it has furthered the civil rights of Americans with disabilities, and where it still needs to go. After that, we will take a virtual tour of Texas with brief ADA birthday wishes from local disability advocates across the state.

Don’t miss out! Make sure you sign up for our ADA 30: Moving Forward webinars below. Real time captioning and sign language interpreters will be available, if you need other accommodations, email gcpd@gov.texas.gov or call the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities at 512-463-5739.

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Get Your Point Across: Inclusive Presentations for Any Audience

July 16, 2020 at 2pm

Are you able to present information in a way that can be understood by everyone in your audience, despite their range of abilities? This class covers preparing for and presenting to all audiences, large or small, at conferences or in meetings. You will learn about preparing accessible materials, choosing an accessible location, and presenting in an accessible way. No matter how diverse your audience is, this class will help you get your point across.

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ADA30: Employment Opportunities and Vocational Rehabilitation

July 17, 2020 at 10am

Title I of the ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against a qualified applicant with a disability. Texas Workforce Commission - Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWC-VRS) assists individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, retain and advance in employment. VRS can also assist employers with information about how to create an inclusive workplace and can make referrals to employers of qualified individuals with disabilities. This webinar will provide an overview of how VRS aligns with the ADA by assisting individuals in achieving their employment goals and employers in building a strong talent pipeline.

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A Business to Business Conversation about Recruiting, Hiring, Accommodating and building Inclusion for Employees with Disabilities

July 29, 2020 at 2pm

Disability:IN™ is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide helping companies invigorate disability initiatives, explore best practices, incorporate culture changes, and realize positive business outcomes in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The presentation will be an exchange of ideas on diversity and opportunity to share successes and challenges in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace that work in a local market.

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