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Monthly Newsletter: May 2016

May Must Do's

                  Solving the Top Employer Community Inclusion Needs:                   "Must Do"  May Events-

3. ADA Expertise - "ADA in focus"- (Richmond, VA) 
4. Network - Attend DirectEmployers Conference - (Indianapolis)
5. Register for USBLN Annual Conference 



There are many great opportunities for employers in May, starting with the DC Metro BLN's Annual Accessibility program on May 5! Check out all the details within the newsletter and plan accordingly! Learn about the latest in technology, then attend the Community Partner event to maximize building the pipeline. Take a short drive down to Richmond to attend the "ADA in Focus" program. Hopefully you have registered and are attending the DirectEmployers Conference (if not, check it out at www.directemployers.org.)  Don't forget to register for the USBLN Annual Conference before it sells out!! And when all assignments are completed, enjoy a well deserved Memorial Day Weekend!

For those of you who missed  the April 28th event at Deloitte featuring Anne Hirsh, Co-Director at JAN, those slides will be sent to all members by May 5. 

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                            Disability@Work                                 FREE National Webinar Series Continues

"The Promise of the ADA Generation: 

What Business Needs to Know to Tap Into Millennials with Disabilities"


August 24, 2016                                                                                       11:30am – 1:00pm ET

Hear from two nationally recognized subject matter experts: Tad Asbury, Marriott Foundation, Bridges form School to Work and Rich Luecking, Former CEO at TransCen. Additionally, the DC Metro BLN's "ME (Millennials and Employers) Committee" will report out on its focus group findings! Register Early- Limited to 100 connections!

2016 Programs

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the DC Metro BLN

Don't Miss This!

"Annual Assistive Technology and Accessibility Event"

May 5, 2016                                                                                                     8:30 am  - 12:00 pm

Sponsored By:

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Program Registration Closes Tuesday!


Only 2 Exhibit Spots left!

                                                   National Youth Transition Center

                                              2013 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

Attend the DC Metro BLN’s Third Annual Assistive Technology and Accessibility event on May 5 and you will be entered to win a Celebration Basket of Mexican Goodies!

Attendees will also be entered into a drawing for a 2016 Gala Ticket!

Each year the DC Metro BLN brings in accessibility experts to share their knowledge with our members and guests. This year, half of the programming will offer in depth discussion and demonstrations from accessibility vendors including:

Freedom ScientificTCS Associates 

Envison Technology

Come and see the latest!

May 11

"Talent Acquisition:

Building Successful Community Partner Pipelines"

May 11, 2016                                                                                                   8:30 am  - 12:00 pm

Sponsored By:

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                                                 4401 Ford Ave., Alexandria, VA

Relationships Matter!

Employers: Are you searching for a strong pipeline for talent with disabilities?

Employment Providers: Are you looking for ways to improve or build new relationships with employers eager to hire candidates?

Across the United States, the Employer community acknowledges a lack of understanding on where to find talent while the Employment Provider community often struggles on how to access employers to place talent. In this seminar, we will explore the myths, challenges and best practices associated with building relationships that result in successful careers and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 

Here's the Line Up!


Myra Wilder, Senior Manager, HR Compliance, Marriott International


Hyatt Hotels, Lockheed Martin, Sodexo, AAFES, Evolver


DARS, City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center, ServiceSource, Didlake, Pathways to Careers

 This seminar is made possible by a grant from the Alexandria Fund for Human Services.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>SAVE THE DATES: MORE TO COME!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

"5th Annual Wounded Warrior Symposium"

                                                                  July 27, 2016  


Hosted By:

11955 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190

"Barriers to Inclusion: Micro-inequities"

                                                               August 17, 2016  

Hosted By:

General Dynamics

Join or "Up" Your Membership Today

                        WHY BECOME A MEMBER OF THE DC METRO BLN

Even if you have never purposely hired a person with a disability, at the DC Metro BLN you can learn how to recruit this talent as productive workers and also retain employees in your workforce who either have non-apparent disabilities or will most likely develop a disability while employed at your company. All our events are open to the public.

Employers join BLNs because they want an opportunity to engage with like-minded businesses to learn how to progress in the journey toward inclusion of diverse talent who happen to have disabilities (including returning Veterans).

Membership is open to both private, non-profit and government sectors and gears its programs and resources to the needs of human resources professionals, diversity and inclusion officers and EEOC directors. The OFCCP changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act make membership in BLN an excellent opportunity to stay abreast of the latest information with monthly topical programming and the opportunity to network and learn from other members. Members receive a 50% discount for program registration and receive discounted registration for other events including webinars and career fairs.

Employers gain several branding advantages with logo and links to their websites from the DC Metro BLN site: attract retain a workforce that includes individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans and wounded warriors and their friends and family; attract the same population as customers; be recognized in the community in which they do business.

Join Today!

                                          TWO YEAR EXECUTIVE MEMBERSHIPS


Premier Recognition as a Platinum Member on our Website, in all 12 Newsletters and at All Programs. Your business  will be prominently displayed in all our social media. As a Platinum Member, your employees attend all programs at no additional cost and your designee may join the DC Metro BLN Corporate Advisory Board.


Recognition as a Lead Employer on our Website, in all 12 Newsletters and at All Programs. Your business  will be prominently displayed in all our social media. Five free passes per year to a monthly program!. As a Diamond Member, your designee may join the DC Metro BLN Corporate Advisory Board.


Recognition as a Lead Employer on our Website and for Six Newsletter Issues and six programs.

Each Executive Membership Level includes TWO full years of business membership (unlimited # of employees per organization). 

(Executive Membership is open to private sector corporate members only)


  • Corporate/Organizational
  • Small Business
  • Non-Profit
  • Government
  • Individual

Need to Renew? 

Want to “Up” Your Membership Level or need an Invoice? Email us.

Thank you to Our Renewing Members!


JBG Companies

Thank you to Our Executive Members 

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General Dynamics

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Articles of Interest

Workforce Inclusion across Borders 

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy, (first row, far right), is part of a U.S. delegation to China to discuss employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Workforce inclusion across borders: Shared challenges and successes in increasing education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities was the topic explored by a U.S. delegation that traveled to China in early April. Among the federal officials making the trip were Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary for disability employment policy; Judy Heumann, the State Department’s special advisor for international disability rights; and Michael Yudin, the Department of Education’s assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services. All three met with representatives from China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the China Disabled Persons Federation, then toured an employment training center, meeting people with disabilities and their families. These meetings add to the department’s collaboration with the Chinese government on other important issues, most notably workplace and mine safety and health.
tes Measure Up?

Top Companies for Diversity, Including Disability


DiversityInc released its list of 2016 “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” in late April at an event in New York City attracting more than 900 senior executives. Kaiser Permanente took the top spot in the rankings. Also released were 13 lists for select specialty areas, including a “Top 9 Companies for People with Disabilities.” 

Leading that list were DC Metro BLN Members:  

Followed by Comcast NBCUniversal, Accenture, Sodexo, Prudential Financial, Monsanto and The Hartford Financial Services Group. 

Read more about the event and rankings

       Job Accommodation Network On line Training

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released two new online training modules: The Value Proposition for Engaging People with Disabilities and Disability Awareness to Increase Your Comfort, Confidence and Competence. These two modules are the latest in JAN’s “Just-in-Time” training series. Fully accessible, these “turn-key” curricula offer an easy way for organizations to demonstrate a commitment to a disability-friendly workplace – and diligence in ensuring all employees understand their responsibilities in fulfilling it. Best of all, they’re free! 

Access the training modules

Positive Signals in Disability Employment

According to the latest monthly National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report issued by the Kessler Foundation and the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, steady economic indicators signal an upswing in the employment rate for people with disabilities. Although the labor force participation rate of people with disabilities decreased slightly from March 2015 to March 2016, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased by almost half a percent, which can be interpreted as a sign of good news to come in the year ahead. 

Read the report.


We are happy to publish newsworthy articles that address the business perspective of disability issues.

Share your news via email kmccary@dcmetrobln.org for the

June 2016 Newsletter no later than May 25, 2016

Upcoming Events in the DC Metro Area & Beyond

nTIDe Lunch & Learn Webinars

May 6, 2016 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

This webinar, hosted monthly in correspondence with the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly job report, will share results of the latest National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) findings, along with the latest news and updates from the world of disability employment. 

Register for the webinar

 Trends from the 2016 Disability Employment Tracker™



May 4, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

In this webinar, Barbara Spitzer of the National Organization on Disability and Dr. Pete Rutigliano of Sirota Consulting will share information on the trends revealed by the 2016 Disability Employment Tracker™, an annual corporate self-assessment tool focused on inclusive employment practices. 

Register for the webinar

            Mid-Atlantic ADA Center           

ADA IN Focus Webinar Series

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions about the ADA and Alternate Modes of Transportation Registration Open!

Presented by Julie Dupree, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Ken Thompson, ADA Technical Assistance Coordinator, and Donna Smith, Senior Director, Easter Seals Project Action


ADA In Focus Virginia

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa - Short Pump

12042 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23233

A one-day conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) presented by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Morning plenary panel session featuring speakers from Federal Agencies:

U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Access Board
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Transit Administration

Afternoon breakout session topics including:

Employment - Title I
Access and Design
State and Local Government - Tille II

Pre-Conference Session: ADA Overview on Monday afternoon, May 9: No Additional Cost

Registration will be available in early March.

To receive notice of registration availability, send a message to: ADATraining@transcen.org.

Mid-Atlantic ADA Update  

23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update

Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Location This Year:

Hilton Baltimore

401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Update is the region's leading conference on the  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This year's conference features:

Federal Agency Panel with representatives from:
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • United States Access Board    
  • Federal Transit Administration   
20 Breakout Sessions on a variety of topics
    Keynote Speaker on September 14
    Chris Kuczynski, Assistant Legal Counsel, ADA/GINA Policy Division, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
      Pre-Conference Session "ADA Overview" - Tuesday, September 13- No additional charge!

        To receive notice of registration availability, emailADATraining@transcen.org.

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        National ILG Conference  

        Save the Date! August 2-5, 2016

         "First in Flight: Soaring to New Heights in Compliance"

        Announcing two of our exciting Keynote Speakers: Randy Lewis, Founder of the NOGWOG Disability Initiative and retired Walgreens Senior Vice President of Supply Chain & Logistics and Susan Taylor, Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement & Editor Emerita of Essence Magazine.

            Randy Lewis 

        Randy Lewis is the Founder of NOGWOG Disability read more
                susan taylor 

        Susan Taylor is the Founder & CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement read more

        Register today

        National Industry Liaison Group is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

        This program will be submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review. Application for CLE of this program is currently pending.

        USBLN Conference  


        The USBLN has opened registration for "Disability Inclusion: The Future Redefined" its 19 Annual Conference and Biz2Biz Expo. Last year's conference sold out and this year the event is expected to bring together more than 1,000 attendees from across the country.

        The USBLN is the only business to business NATIONAL membership organization, with local affiliates, that focuses on sharing and developing proven strategies for including people with disabilities in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace.

        This premier event provides the best and brightest in disability inclusion with cutting-edge educational sessions, enhanced networking, exciting interactive programming plus high-profile speakers. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

        Workplace: Gain information, resources and business connections that will help advance disability inclusion policies and practices. These sessions will focus on creating an inclusive workplace, effective outreach, recruitment and retention strategies, and addressing hidden biases. Learn how to help others in your organization understand this business imperative through the creation and development of business-focused disability resource affinity groups and much more.

        Marketplace: Discover key trends, strategies and dynamic practices on how to effectively market to consumers with disabilities. Find out how to tap into a customer base with $220 billion in spendable, discretionary income.

        Supply Chain: Learn how disability-owned businesses including firms owned by service-disabled veterans can enhance supplier diversity programs and diversity and inclusion efforts in public and private sectors. Gain business case rationale and begin identifying and connecting with potential suppliers among the certified businesses in attendance. Certified businesses, including those owned by service-disabled veterans, will learn about current trends in supply chain management and supplier selection criteria. Business to business networking and relationship-building opportunities will be plentiful.

        Professional Development: Are you a professional with a disability interested in accelerating your growth and leadership opportunities? Engage with and learn from global leaders with disabilities, to confidently bring your whole self to the workplace, and the ways in which to enhance career progression.

        Leadership Academy: Targets college students and recent graduates with disabilities, including those with veteran status, and provides two days of pre-conference skills building leadership development and networking activities in addition to the full conference sessions. Meet and interact with potential employers in your field of study or area of interest in a professional and energizing setting. Businesses in attendance will have the opportunity to engage with the rising leaders through interactive development workshops, facilitated networking and matchmaking sessions, resume-building activities and more.

        About Us

        The DC Metro Business Leadership Network is an employer led non-profit that uses a business-to business model offering education, training programs and resources to change attitudes and address concerns of businesses so that they learn how to proactively include people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace and supplier diversity.

        Myra Wilder, Chair

        Marriott International

        Andrea Hall, Vice Chair


        Mirelle King, Secretary

        Lockheed Martin

        Ellen de Bremond, Treasurer

        The Choice, Inc.


        • Michelle Crabtree, Hyatt 
        • Donnielle DeMesme, Golden Key Group
        • Dan Ellerman, Northrop Grumman
        • Denyse Gordon, CACI
        • Anna Irani, EY
        • Patricia Jackson, Booz Allen Hamilton
        • Eduardo Meza-Etienne, eSSENTIAL Accessibility
        • Jacqui Winters, Deloitte & Touche

        Advisory Board

        • Tara Dunlap, General Dynamics
        • Ron Drach, Drach Consulting, LLC (Chair, Wounded Warrior Committee)
        • Charlesiah McLean, Leidos
        • Dan Sullivan, KPMG
        • Jenn Sharp, KPMG
        • Sue Werber, C5 Consulting, LLC (Chair, Youth Committee)
        • Ann Rader, Former NCD
        • Kia Silver Hodge, Lockheed Martin
        • Dinah Cohen, Dinah Cohen Consulting, LLC (CAP Director, retired)
        • Rich Luecking, TransCen (retired)

        CEO, Executive Director: The Honorable Katherine O. McCary, C5 Consulting, LLC

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        Contact email: kmccary@dcmetrobln.org
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