"The purpose of the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ADP) is to boost levels of description activity and disseminate information on that work throughout the nation. Its major goal is to sponsor a broad range of activities designed to build awareness of audio description (AD) among the general public as well as its principal users, people who are blind or have low vision."
Some highlights of the accomplishments of the Audio Description Project (ADP) over the last decade include:
- Establishing an annual conference and training institute for audio describers
- Growing presence on Facebook and Twitter
- Website that provides weekly updates on audio-described DVDs and Blu-ray discs (over 150 in 2018) and a Master List of over 1,500 titles now available on streaming platforms, as well as updates on TV shows including video description and a comprehensive listing of broadcast television programs with audio description
- Audio-described tours of the Smithsonian, White House, Holocaust Museum, and other national landmarks
Should You Tell Your Boss about Your Disability? (Janice Gassam, Forbes, 1/1/2019)
"The evidence suggests that individuals that decide to disclose a mental condition will likely experience negative consequences. But sometimes the costs of keeping your condition a secret are taxing on mental resources. In considering whether to disclose your condition to your employer, it’s important to weigh the costs of not disclosing."
A new report from a disability-inclusion foundation has blasted Ivy League schools, including the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University, for discriminating against students with mental illness. It claims the colleges are forcing students to leave campus against their will and without medical justification to protect the schools from legal liability and bad press.
The report, released in December by the Ruderman Family Foundation, graded the leave of absence policies at all eight Ivy League universities. None scored higher than a D-plus.
“Leave-of-absence policies, as they are currently being implemented, are exacerbating the college mental-health crisis,” concluded the report from the Boston-based philanthropy.
According to the American College Health Association, 40 percent of undergraduates have felt severely depressed in the last year and more than 10 percent have seriously considered suicide. Yet many college counseling centers are understaffed, with often less than one mental-health clinician for every 1,000 students.
House Bill 115 Signed to Improve Interactions between Law Enforcement Officers and People with Communication Disabilities
Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 115 into law on May 2, 2018 designed to make encounters between police officers and people with communication disabilities safer. The law establishes a database people can voluntarily enroll in which informs officers that during a traffic stop, the driver or a person in the car has a communication disability. For more information, visit Communication Disability Law.