DC Metro Business
Leadership Network


Monthly Newsletter: September 2016


Katherine McCary, CEO, Executive Director

The DC Metro BLN and BroadFutures announce their


  • Are you an employer challenged by reaching and recruiting talented college grads with disabilities and looking for a long term solution?
  • Are you a Millennial college grad with a disability currently in the workforce?
  • Do you know a Millennial college student with a disability?

The ME FOCUS Group will kick off in October and we'd like to engage you!

PURPOSE of the ME Focus Group

To engage both Millennials and the Business Community in exploring the hiring and retention of talent with disabilities to ensure success for both Millennial employees and job seekers, as well as Employers.

The DC Metro BLN and BroadFutures are incredibly excited to begin this important work of bringing Millennials with disabilities and the business community together to learn from each other in how to best recruit, retain and promote talent, while also providing Millennials with a platform from which to enhance their careers. 

In our capacities, we have been listening to Millennials with disabilities share their own challenges in making positive contributions as they transition to careers from college. We are also engaged in understanding the business perspective. Employers share similar challenges and are interested in exploring better ways to engage with new talent who happen to have disabilities in more meaningful and successful ways. 

We are assembling a 12-month focus group, bringing Millennials with disabilities in college as well as graduates in the workforce, employers and others together to craft a series of accessible e-learning (micro learning) modules to assist employers to understand how to recruit and retain Millennials and Millennials to understand how to transition from college to career and to succeed in their career choices.

Ways to Engage

Opportunities to Engage for Focus Group Employer Members

  • Attend four in-person meetings over a 12 month period
  • Contribute $2,000 towards technical platform licenses and student stipends
Employer Benefits:
  • Access to the e-learning module:  All participating employers will receive one year full of access to the final e-learning product geared to employers*
  • Contributor/Authorship Recognition with Final Product: Your company's name will be included as a Contributor or Author with the finalized product, which we intend to be an online learning module with a national platform.
  • Recognition in any news, publicity, or other communications:  All communications disseminated regarding the ME Project will recognize participating employers. 

*This module and the e-learning for students will be developed collaboratively during the year.

Opportunities to Engage for Focus Group Millennial Members 

  • Opportunity to network: Your engagement will offer you the chance to network with business leaders, as well as fellow young professionals
  • Make a difference: Being a selected participant in the ME Focus Group will allow you to have a direct impact and make a meaningful difference for yourselves and other Millennials with disabilities, as well as the Business Community,
  •  Contributor/Authorship Recognition with Final Product: Your name will be included as a Contributor or Author with the finalized product, which we intend to be an online learning module with a national platform.
  • Stipend: For those participants who are students, or not working, a stipend for participation will be provided.

For More Information, please contact:

Katherine McCary, DC Metro BLN: KMcCary@DCMetroBLN.org

Carolyn Jeppsen, BroadFutures: cjeppsen@broadfutures.org

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Member Announcements

Discussion Board


This Discussion Board is o
pen to members only. Use the following topics to jump start an Employer Dialog by responding to the challenges/questions. Contact us to suggest additional topics.
This is a great way to continue networking outside of our programs!

                                                                  Disability@Work                                                 FREE National Webinar Series Continues

"The Promise of the ADA Generation: 

What Millennials Want You (Business)  to Know" 

Registration Opens September 15

October 19, 2016

11:30am – 1:00pm ET

Join us for a robust dialog led by Millennials!

2016 DC Metro BLN Gala 

"Keeping the Promise of the ADA"

October 18, 2016

6:45- 9:00pm

Keynote: President Roberta Cordano, J.D.

Roberta Cordano

Gallaudet University

For more than 150 years, Gallaudet University has led advances in education of deaf and hard of hearing students and deaf rights worldwide. Today, students from across the United States and more than 25 countries—diverse in perspective, backgrounds, interests and communication styles—form an exciting learning community as they prepare for dynamic careers and a lifetime of growth. Roberta J. Cordano became the 11th president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2016. During the announcement of her selection as president, Cordano was recognized as a "transformational leader who is the right person at the right time for Gallaudet."

Emcee: Ms. Jamie Watts


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As a sponsor, your organization’s logo (and link to your website) will be prominently displayed on our website as a Gala 2016 sponsor until the 2017 Gala - An entire year of branding!

Our Platinum Sponsors will also be recognized every month in the newsletter.


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SMALL BUSINESS $1,000             One 2016 Gala ticket 

                                                        One Guest Pass to 2017 Programs


Additional Sponsorships Available!

2016 Programs

                                                                           "History in the Making:                                                                                                Celebrating the Past and Advancing the Future of Inclusion"

              October 20, 2016                 

8:30 - 11:00 am

Hosted By:

Northrop Grumman

7575 Colshire Ave., McLean, VA 22102


Join us for an exciting discussion!

We will hear from Millennials, Higher Education, Internship and Mentoring Programs and Employers on how to support Millennials transition to ensure Successful Careers!

Invited to Date: 

The Viscardi CenterBroadFutures

USBLN Career Link Mentoring Program

Gallaudet University Connect Discover Influence

America's Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

Following the program, we will participate in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW) at Northrop Grumman and tour the Museum

For more information on the DRMV visit




4th  Annual Disability Supplier Diversity Symposium
"Accelerating Access for Disability-owned Businesses"

The DC Metro BLN

in partnership with the

November 9, 2016 

8:30am - 12:00pm

2121 Crystal Drive, #100 Crystal City, VA 22202


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Fred McKinney, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth 

Dr. Fred McKinney, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth

As Managing Director for MBE Programs, Fred McKinney is responsible for the development of legacy MBE programs and the establishment of new programs for MBEs and supplier diversity professionals. Prior to joining Tuck, Fred was the President and CEO of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (2001-2015).  Fred also served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business (1987-2000) and Brandeis University’s Heller School for Advanced Studies of Social Policy (1983-87).  Fred earned his B.A. in economics from UCLA in 1976 and his Ph.D. in economics from Yale (1983).  Fred has served on numerous boards of directors including, AAA Connecticut, Yale New Haven Health System’s Bridgeport Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Advisory Board, Gateway Community College Foundation, The Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Community’s Bank.  Fred spent a year at the White House as a Junior Economist from 1978-79 and as Junior Economist at the Rand Corporation in the summers of 1977 and 1978.  


September Member Bonus

 Receive an Extra Month*

All NEW Organizational and Executive Level Memberships that join this month will receive an extra month of membership!

THE WIIFM-O (What's In It For My Organization)

THE Network 

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).


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.


Each month, the DC Metro BLN delivers high quality education with key subject matter experts, with topics ranging from Best Practice Employee Resource Groups, Wounded Warrior Symposium, Building Successful Community Partnerships and Pipelines, Recruiting and Retaining Millennials, AT and Accessibility Showcase to Culture Change! Our Share Forum platform engages all attendees in thoughtful dialog.  Not to mention our National Disability@Work Webinar Series!! 

                No Other Organization Offers The Business Perspective of Disability Inclusion!

*Contact us to receive the September Member Special.

Join Today!



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)


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Articles of Interest

                                                                VETERANS CORNER: RON DRACH                                                                       "National Organization on Disability"                   

The following article is provided by Ron Drach, Chair of our Wounded Warrior committee and serves as Senior Advisor to the National Organization on Disability (NOD). Any questions should be directed to Ron at consultrwd@yahoo.com. You can also reach him at 240-413-3183 or on his Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/drachconsulting

U.S. Employers Score High Marks for Tracking Veterans in their Workforce, Yet Few Reaching Federal Hiring Goals


While new data from the National Organization on Disability (NOD) shows companies are increasingly tracking the veteran status of their employees and referencing veterans in their diversity policies, the reality is only one in four companies who responded to the annual survey have reached a 7% veteran employment target established by the U.S. Department of Labor. The remaining 75% still have work to do in order to achieve those hiring goals for America’s veterans, according to data from NOD’s 2016 Disability Employment Tracker™ survey.

“The Tracker data tells us that many employers are doing the right things, like establishing veteran-specific employee resource groups and using their human resource information systems to better track the number of veterans in their workforce,” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “But for many companies, it’s not necessarily translating to hiring enough veterans. We know from NOD’s partnership with the Army, through our Wounded Warrior Careers program, that hiring veterans, who often arrive at the workplace with both visible and invisible disabilities, takes a concerted, systematic effort. That’s why we make available free toolkits for employers to help them both hire and retain veterans with disabilities.”

Resources available at www.NOD.org include an Employers Guide for Welcoming Veterans and Service Members Home andTools for America’s Best, among other research-based materials.

The Disability Employment Tracker™ is a free tool for employers to confidentially assess their disability and veteran inclusion practices. Survey respondents receive a free and customized Disability Employment Tracker™ Scorecard that provides key benchmarks and leading practices in disability employment. The Tracker represents a diverse cross-section of U.S.-based employers, including:

  • 41% Fortune 500 companies
  • 78% Federal contractors
  • 95% of all companies completed the optional veterans section
  • Representation from finance, manufacturing, healthcare services/pharmaceutical, commercial/professional services, technology and equipment, food/agriculture, and many others
  • Workforce size:
  1. 28% > 50,000
  2. 34% between 10,000 & 50,000
  3. 13% between 1,000 & 10,000
  4. 25% < 1,000

Among the key veteran-related findings from the 2016 Disability Employment Tracker™:

  • The number of companies referencing veterans in their diversity policies continues to grow (89% vs. 72% in 2014)
  • Use of veteran-specific employee resource groups remains strong (68%)
  • More and more companies are tracking the number of veterans in their workforce, with nearly 90% of respondents tracking veteran status in their HRIS
  • Only about a quarter of 2016 respondents report 7% of employees identify as veterans

For companies interested in participating in the Tracker, simply visit www.NOD.org/Tracker.

                                               ACCESSIBILITY CORNER: Eduardo Meza-Etienne                                          " ADA and How it Applies to your Website" 

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The American with Disabilities ACT (ADA)

The ADA prohibits discrimination against people withdisabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation,communications, and governmental activities. The ADA also establishesrequirements for telecommunications relay services. 

How does a website fit into the ADA?

  • While websites are not officially a part of the ADA, they are increasingly being considered part of Title III: Public Accommodations
  • Just as your brick & mortar location must be accessible to all employees and customers, your website should also be accessible

The ADA applies to your organization if you are

  • A state or local government agency
  • A non-profit service provider that is a place of public accommodation
  • A privately operated entity offering certain types of educational courses and examinations
  • A privately operated transportation organization or commercial facility

Department of Justice Supplemental Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking(SANPRM)

On May 9, 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued aSANPRM. In the SANPRM the DOJ seeks public input on approximately 100 oftentative positions that it may take in a proposed regulation, including inputon the costs and benefits of such a proposed rule.  The SANPRM originally imposedan August 8, 2016 deadline for submission of public comments and it laterextended the deadline to October 7, 2016.

DOJ cited the effect Title II regulations, as they wouldapply to state and local government websites would have on the Title III webaccessibility regulations as a reason for this extension: “[a] Title II Webaccessibility rule is likely to facilitate the creation of an infrastructurefor web accessibility that will be very important in the Department’spreparation of the Title III Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Web siteaccessibility of public accommodations.”  DOJ also states that “furtherdelays in this Title II rulemaking will, therefore, have the effect of hinderingTitle III Web rulemaking’s timeline as well”. This information proves how symbioticthese two regulatory processes are.

This summarizes the importance for organizationsrepresenting various sectors that own or operate “public accommodations” toweigh in on these issues – which the DOJ has explicitly stated will directly influencethe future proposed rule for public accommodations websites, presently scheduledfor 2018.  If your industry association has not drafted comments, thisextension provides you the opportunity – there is still time. You may submitcomments, identified by RIN 1190-AA65 (or Docket ID No. 128), via the FederaleRulemaking Web site: www.regulations.gov. Follow the Web site’s instructionsfor submitting comments.

Contact Eduardo with any questions related to accessibility at emeza@essentialaccessibility.com 


With National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2016 right around the corner, now is a great time to plan how your business will observe and show support. One simple way is to display this year’s official NDEAM poster. Hard copies of this year’s poster in both English and Spanish are now available for free by mail. Order them today to send a colorful reminder to employees that #InclusionWorks – for business, for opportunity and for innovation.

Order the NDEAM poster or learn more ways employers can support NDEAM


The Viscardi Center

There is still time to nominate a person for a 2916 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award, named in honor of one of the world's most foremost advocates for people with disabilities, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. Bestowed annually by the Viscardi Center, these awards recognize leaders who have helped improve quality of life for people with disabilities in all areas of community life, including employment. This year's selection committee is co-chaired by Robert Dole, former U.S. Senator, and Sherwood D. Goldberg, Esq. (Col., Ret,), Senior Advisor for Asian Affairs Center for Naval Analysis.                 

These international Awards, first bestowed in 2013, recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of The Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who himself wore prosthetic legs. As one of the world’s leading advocates for people with disabilities, Dr. Viscardi served as a disability advisor to eight U.S. Presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter. 

Since inception, the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards have drawn nominations from cities throughout the U.S. and countries around the world. Nominations have included individuals with a wide range of disabilities from academia, healthcare, government, non-profit and corporate sectors. Read about the 2015 HVAA recipients.  View this video from the 2015 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award ceremony.

The nomination process for the 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards is now underway. Nominations must be submitted by September 30, 2016. Click here to submit a nomination for the 2016 Awards.


ODEP Office of Disability Employment Policy

ODEP has added five new faces to the Policies in Practice series on its website. These profiles highlight real people with disabilities and their successes in the workplace. Visit ODEP's website to learn about Michael Adams, Accounting Assistant; Sam Joehl, Principal Technical Consultant; Meghan Jones, Office Clerk; Elizabeth Kumar, Peer Mentor; and Eric Wright, Lead Technologist. While you are there, read about all of the folks featured as examples of ODEP's policies in everyday practice.

• Learn about Michael Adams
• Learn about Sam Joehl
• Learn about Meghan Jones
• Learn about Elizabeth Kumar
• Learn about Eric Wright 
• View all of ODEP's Policies in Practice profiles


Blog By:Melanie Whetzel, Lead Consultant on the Cognitive/Neurological Team

In an August 19 post on the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) blog site, Melanie Whetzel provided a comprehensive overview of ways that establishing a daily routine can be helpful to everyone, including people with cognitive or neurological disabilities. She offered tips for establishing a routine at work, as well as examples of people who have successfully used routines as a job accommodation. "With a routine we master tasks by becoming better and quicker," noted Whetzel. "And as we accomplish things, we move closer and closer to our goals."

Read the JAN blog


Contributed by MarthaArtilesExecutive Vice President, C5Consulting, LLC

C5Consulting is proud to serve as business consultants to the Mid-Atlantic ADACenter, along with EIN SOF Communications, Inc.  C5 is a USBLN® Certified Disability-owned business enterprise.

Martha Artiles EVP, C5 Consulting

How many meetings does your organization hold each day? Each week? Each  year?Internal, external, and virtual? Unless you get a request for a reasonable  accommodation, do you consider accessibility? What considerations does your  organization give to Universal Design? How many conferences or large meetings  do you attend or plan?

Katherine McCary and I attend many annual conferences and of course will be at the USBLN® Annual Conference in Orlando this month. As disability consultants with more than twenty years in the field from a corporate perspective, we have taken note and observed how much more thought is given for accessibility today. At the DirectEmployers Conference in May, ASL interpreters were onstage at all times and video was captioned. At National ILG, CART was used for the general sessions. CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), also referred to as realtime captioning or live-event captioning, is a way to transcribe the spoken word into readable English text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer,and realtime software. Ramps to the stage are now common practice. C5’s SeniorDirector, Sue Werber, has a service dog in training, Angus, who accompanies her to meetings as well as her daily activities. A mutual friend who travels with her personal assistant shared how difficult it is to find a hotel room with a roll in shower and two beds. 

These organizations above and many others are making strides to ensure accessibility, but always seek to offer a more positive experience for all and so review the accessibility each year with improvement goals. Hearing from attendees, employees and customers on how to improve accessibility is critical.  

 But there is a great FREE product developed by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for the ADA National Network (ADANN) - the Guide to Accessible Meetings, Events and Conferences’ADANN is composed of 10 regional ADA centers that provide great information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including free resources, Webinars, and services.

Check out the link at the end of the article and you will find this amazing resource. When you read the guide, you and your organization will begin to see how accessibility is much more than for vision, hearing or mobility.

Here is an introductory section that gives you somebackground content:

 “While the US Department of Labor estimates that individuals with disabilities control more than $200 billion in discretionary spending, this figure is likely much less than the true market power of all individuals with functional needs to be accommodated. This is due to vast under­-reporting on official surveys, census documents, and employment documentation (where it is voluntary to disclose a disability).

In fact, many Americans who would be best served by a fully accessible meeting, event, or conference environment may not identify their needs as representative of a disability. This is especially true today, when there is aground swell of individuals with a wide range of emerging functional needs that will force businesses to meet them where they are, or will find other vendors who can. In the age of social media, where more and more people share their experiences (the good and the not so good) in real time, businesses and planners who can ride the wave of positive, customer-­centric approaches will reap economic benefits.

Americans withDisabilities: 57.6 Million

According to the U.S. Census, 57.6 million Americans reported having a disabilityin the 2010 American Community Survey (published July 2012). This number isjust a fraction of individuals who would be better served by meetings andconferences that offered accessibility accommodations.

Vision: 20.6 Million

According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) PreliminaryReport, an estimated 20.6 million adult Americans (or nearly 10% of all adultAmericans) either "have trouble" seeing, even when wearing glasses orcontact lenses, or are blind or unable to see at all (source: the AmericanFoundation for the Blind).

Hearing: 30 Million

One in eight people in the United States (13%) aged 12 years or older hashearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations (NationalInstitute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders).

Mobility: 8 Million

According to the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, thereare approximately 8 million Americans who have some type of mobility impairmentthat necessitates the use of adaptive equipment such as a cane, crutches,walker, wheelchair, or scooter.

Cognitive/Developmental: 60 Million

There are 60 million Americans nationwide with learning and attentionissues (National Center for Learning Disabilities). The Journal of Pediatricsreports that one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3 through 17 years haveone or more developmental disabilities. The Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM)Network reports that 1 in every 68 children in the U.S. has autism spectrumdisorder (ASD).

Autoimmune: 23.5 Million

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate there are up to 23.5million Americans with autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis,lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

Cancer: 1.6 Million

In 2014, an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases were diagnosed (AmericanCancer Society). In the U.S., 14.5 million children and adults with a historyof cancer were alive on January 1, 2014.

Veterans: 2.3 Million

Approximately 20% (2,313,600 out of 11,462,900) of non-­institutionalizedcivilian veterans aged 21 to 64 years reported having a service­-connecteddisability in the United States in 2012.

Cardiovascular: 80 Million

An estimated 80 million Americans have one or more types of heart disease(The Heart Foundation).

Diabetes: 29.1 Million

The CDC reports 29.1 million people with diabetes living in the U.S.

Arthritis: 51.8 Million

The CDC reports 51.8 million non-­institutionalized adults with diagnosedarthritis (2012).

Respiratory: 19.6 Million

The CDC reports 6.8 million adults diagnosed with Chronic ObstructivePulmonary Disease (COPD) in the past year, 8.7 million with chronic bronchitis,and 4.1 million with emphysema.

Baby Boomers: 77 Million

CNN reports 77 million Americans are part of the aging “Baby Boom”generation (born between 1946 and 1964). They represent roughly 24.3% of thetotal population.


Have you ever broken a limb? Recovered from surgery? Given birth?Experienced a perinatal condition such as high blood pressure or gestationaldiabetes? Been in a car wreck? Picture yourself here!

In addition to the great overview of the landscape, in this digital guide,you have access to the following:

  • Pre-event attendee registration and communication
  • Meeting room Layouts and considerations
  • Audio visual components
  • Food and Beverage
  • Food Allergies and sensitivities
  • Accommodations for Deaf Individuals and this experiencing hearing loss
  • Access to printed on visual materials
  • Invisible Wounds: Emerging promising Practices for Meeting Planners
  • Personal Assistants and Service Animals
  • Tips for Presenters
  • Tips for Attendees

Here is the link to the Guide for Accessible Meetings, Events and Conferenceshttp://www.adahospitality.org/accessible-meetings-events-conferences-guide/book

A Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings, originally publishedby Independent Living Research Utilization in 1993, written by co­-authors JuneIsaacson Kailes and Darrell Jones. The Mid­-Atlantic ADA Center and TransCen,Inc. sponsored this update and publication in recognition of the 25th anniversaryof the transformational Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Thisversion includes regulatory updates along with practical guidance from a hostof meeting planning professionals, subject matter experts, and even June Kailesherself.

If you have questions about this product and/or if you would like to know how other companies/organizations are using the materials, please connect with Marian Vessels, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center at mvessels@transcen.org


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

October 2016 Newsletter no later than September 25, 2016

Upcoming Events in the DC Metro Area & Beyond


Gallaudet University Workshop and Career Fair

Best Practices for Hiring and Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Employees 

RSVP DEADLINE EXTENDED to Monday September 12

Friday, September 23, 2016 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

You are invited to a complimentary workshop sponsored by the Gallaudet University Career Center! The workshop will address topics related to best practices for hiring and working with deaf and hard of hearing employees.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to develop effective relationships with deaf and hard of hearing persons in the work environment; 
  • Gain an understanding of the various communication methods used by deaf and hard of hearing individuals;
  • Increase knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and reasonable accommodations

RSVP now for this free comprehensive workshop! 

Monica Garvin, 202-651-5438 or monica.garvin@gallaudet.edu


Gallaudet University's Fall Internship & Job Fair

Friday, October 7, 2016
11 AM - 3 PM 
Field House Gymnasium

Register today to secure a spot!

The Career Center is excited to announce our Fall 2016 Internship and Job Fair!  Participating in this event will provide employers with opportunities to recruit from hundreds of eager and qualified candidates, add to diversity recruitment strategies, and increase or maintain visibility at the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.

We provide our guests with convenient free on-site parking and access to comfortable accommodations at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel (for those traveling to Washington, DC).  All exhibitors will be served a continental breakfast and a hot lunch. Registration also includes two representatives, booth, free Wi-Fi, and electrical hook up (if requested prior to the event).

To register, please do the following:

Returning Employers

  1. Click  "employers"
  2. Log in using your user name and password
  3. Click "Internship & Job Fair October 2016" under EVENTS located on the bottom right of the page.
  4. Complete the registration form and Click "submit" (note: you will be asked to confirm your registration)

New Employers

  1. Click [Register] located on the right side of the page
  2. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirming your email address.  You will also be emailed your log in information in a separate email.
  3. Once you receive your user name and password, please log in and complete the steps above (returning employer).

Registration Fees

Business and Government

  • Regular Registration Fee: $550.00
  • Late Registration: $650.00 (after September 15, 2016)
  • Extra Reps:$50.00 each 

Education and Non-Profit

  • Regular Registration Fee: $300.00
  • Late Registration: $400.00 (after September 15, 2016)
  • Extra Reps:$50.00 each

Cancellation Policy

Request for registration cancellation/refunds must be made in writing by 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Please send your request to monica.garvin@gallaudet.edu.  Employers that do not attend the day of the fair are still responsible for paying the registration fee in full if their request is not received by the cancellation deadline.

Shipping Materials

Fair materials may be shipped in advance of the fair.  Please make sure that your shipping labels read as follows:

Gallaudet University Career Center
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
ATTN: Monica Garvin
(Your Employer Name, Fall 2016 Internship & Job Fair)


Gallaudet provides shuttle bus service to the campus. The shuttle picks up and drops off passengers between the Gallaudet campus and the Florida Avenue/Gallaudet University and the Union Station Metro stops. A shuttle schedule can be found here

Please use Google Maps to get driving directions to campus.  Parking permits will be emailed 1-week prior to the fair. 

If you have any questions, please contact Monica Garvin at monica.garvin@gallaudet.edu or 202-651-5438

EARN Speaking the Same Language: Making Closed Captioning Work


September 15, 2016  

2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

Today, more and more tools are available that allow businesses to create their own videos in-house, whether for purposes or training employees or promoting their products or services. But, it’s important for such videos to include captions for accessibility. In this webinar, Beth Lund, a Technology Accessibility Specialist with Ashford University, will discuss free and low-cost tools available to help and standard best practices for creating captioned videos.

Register for the webinar

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!

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USBLN Conference  


There is still TIME TO REGISTER for the USBLN's 19 Annual Conference and Biz2Biz Expo  "Disability Inclusion: The Future Redefined". 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!

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Disability Diversity in the Higher Education Workforce           

Ask EARN Employer Assistance and Resource Network


October 13, 2016

1:00 - 2:00 P.M. ET

Hosted by EARN in collaboration with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), this webinar will address how to incorporate disability into college and university workforce diversity plans as a way to foster a more inclusive academic environment and campus community. Eight important dimensions to disability inclusion in the higher education environment will be discussed, as well as best practices being utilized by HERC member institutions.

Register for the webinar

RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf 16th Annual Job Fair

Are You Looking forTalent? 

Check out this Upcoming Career Fair

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meet potential future co-ops, interns or permanent employees—part of a vast talent pool of well-trained and tech-savvy students, recent graduates and alumni from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT, the world’s premier technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Here’s the Job Fair Schedule of Events:

  • 09:00 - 10:00 AM     Employer Check-in and Refreshments
  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM     Workshop for Employers
  • 11:00 - 11:30 AM     Employer Job Fair Set-up
  • 11:30 - 12:30 PM     Employer/Faculty Lunch Buffet
  • 12:30 - 04:00 PM     Job Fair

To register, go to:


Additional Information

  • Click here for more information regarding hotels, material shipping, and Job Fair registration payment
  • If you wish to interview students on Thursday, October 20, 2016 please contact Mary Ellen Tait at mary.ellen.tait@rit.edu



Mary Ellen Tait, Job Fair Coordinator: email mary.ellen.tait@rit.edu 


  Reimagine Recruiting - A Forum for Corporate + Higher Education Leaders   


Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)


National Organization on Disability (NOD) Corporate Leadership Council

Thursday, November 17, 2016
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, MA

The premier educational and networking forum to learn about leading practices in preparation, recruitment, and hiring of college students and recent graduates with disabilities.


  • Leading practices from prominent employers like J.P. Morgan ChaseLockheed Martin, and Walmart
  • Insights from students with disabilities and college representatives on what you can do to tap into talent on campus



  • Frank Kineavy, Villanova grad and DiversityInc writer

Join leaders and practitioners on campus recruiting, diversity & inclusion, human resources and compliance at this exclusive forum.

Register Now to save your place today, space is limited.

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


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

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

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

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