ADA WEBINAR: “Protecting the Rights of Disabled Parents Involved with the Child Welfare System”

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When: August 23, 2023 2:00 pm – August 23, 2023 3:30 pm

Disabled parents and their children are disproportionately involved with the child welfare system and, once involved, experience significant disparities. This webinar will describe the experiences of parents with disabilities within the child welfare system. It will then explore the ADA’s application to the child welfare system, including recent enforcement efforts by the federal government and court decisions. Finally, the webinar will conclude with a discussion of strategies and solutions for representing disabled parents and their children.

There is no charge to attend the webinar; the session will be captioned.

Presenter: Robyn M. Powell, PhD, JD, Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a co-investigator at the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities

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ASL Classes (Salisbury, MD – Sept/Oct 2023)

ASL Level 1 classes, Sept 18-Oct 18, 2023. Cost - $150. Mon and Wed, 6p-8p in Salisbury, MD. More info, call 410-742-5052 or see link below.ASL Class Registration Form for DILA, Fall 2023 version. See link below for more info.
Fall American Sign Language (ASL) Level 1 classes have been scheduled. Classes will be held for 5 weeks on Mondays & Wednesdays starting September 18-October 18 from 6-8pm at DILA, 806 Snow Hill Rd, Salisbury, MD. Registration is limited to 25.  More info and class registration below or call 410-742-5052.

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Real Talk, Good Action: Black Deaf Perspective (Zoom, Feb. 23, 2023)

This webinar will include raw experiences of panelists being called out as not Black enough from their peers, the lack of Black Deaf mentors which affect our cultural identity, the authenticity of BASL, and challenges with interpreters. The panelists also will discuss how they questioned themselves on whether they get hired based on tokenism instead of their skills and how they have to act like an “oreo” to fit in. Panelists want to encourage the audience to have an open mind and be willing to change their behaviors that may harm the Black/BIPOC community. This webinar will be moderated by NAD Appointed Board Vyron Kinson and include panelists DeAnna Swope and Franklin Jones, Jr.

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2023 National Deaf People of Color Conference (July 2023, Gallaudet University, Washington DC)

Save the date, 2023 National Deaf People of Color Conference in July 2023 at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. Questions email, ndpc at Check out the info and link below for more information. Conference sponsored by Heritage Sign Language Center, VOCA - Visionaries of the Creative Arts, Deaf People of Color, Center for Black Deaf Studies, and Bilingual.

The newly-established Heritage Sign Languages Center (HSLC) under the Office of the Chief Bilingual Officer will host the 2023 Deaf People of Color conference July 17-22, 2023 here at Gallaudet University. The conference theme is ““Reclaiming Our Cultural Heritages, Languages, and Identities.” According to Candace Jones, ’08, director of HSLC, “This unique conference will explore resourceful education through the advocacy of National Deaf People of Color’s (NDPC) workshops and special interest groups. Another focus will be to inform underrepresented Deaf People of Color (DPOC) of the issues relating to their education and community advocacy.” The conference will include keynote, plenary, and workshop presenters, exhibition booths, NDPC Got Talent!, and a gala event. 

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