Film Casting Opportunity (Philadelphia – Sept. 18, 2023)

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Seeking people 18+ (to play 20s-30s) with disabilities to share their experience with technology and entertainment. Talent will all disabilities encouraged to submit, especially low vision and D/deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals. 

Project will shoot in the Philadelphia area, participants must be able to work as a Philadelphia local, on 9/18.
This project is non-union.  If after an initial interview and potential callback, talent is selected for the project it will pay $500 for the shoot day and $1,225 when it is used. 1 Year of usage. 
If interested, please email: with a recent photo and introduction. Please note Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick referred you.
Thanks so much!

DSD Employment Opportunities

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For the 2023-2024 school year, these are some postings available….

·         Educational Interpreter
·         School Psychologist
·         Special Education Coordinator
·         Speech Language Pathologist
·         Teacher of the Deaf (Secondary)

View and apply at (DSD School) or (DSD Statewide programs).

US Department of Labor announces report finding nearly half of accommodations for disabled workers have no cost

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‘Accommodation and Compliance: Low Cost, High Impact’ analyzes employers’ efforts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that a new report finds that nearly half of workplace accommodations made for people with disabilities can be implemented at no cost to employers, and of those that do incur a one-time cost, the median expenditure has decreased when compared to previous reports to only $300.

The newly published report “Accommodation and Compliance: Low Cost, High Impact” by the Job Accommodation Network — a service of the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy — analyzes survey data collected from employers from 2019 to 2022. The survey collected cost information from employers using online questionnaires, which increased the number and diversity of responses significantly. Before 2019, JAN collected cost information via one-on-one phone calls. These employers, representing a wide array of industry sectors and sizes, contacted JAN for information initially about workplace accommodations and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition to gathering information about accommodations’ costs, the survey explores employers’ motivations for making them, their effectiveness and the benefits they produced. The report includes the following findings:

  • More than half of employers made accommodations to retain valued employees.
  • 68.4 percent of employers said the accommodations made were either very effective or extremely effective after consulting JAN. Another 18.3 percent of employers said accommodations were somewhat effective after consulting JAN.
  • The direct and indirect benefits of making accommodations included retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers’ compensation and training costs, and increasing workforce diversity.

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Jury rules in favor of Nebraska company in EEOC case over policy regarding deaf driver

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A jury in Omaha has found in favor of Werner Enterprises in a lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the Omaha-based transportation company of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for not hiring a Texas driver who is deaf.

Werner’s attorneys successfully argued at trial the decision not to hire Andrew Deuschle was “due to legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons.”

On Friday, at the end of a five-day trial in U.S. District Court of Nebraska in Omaha, the jury deliberated for about an hour and a half before returning a verdict siding with Werner.

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