NOND Board Directors Participate in National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) Retreat in DC on June 6, 2016

National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) is a national cross-disability coalition that represents the authentic voice of people with disabilities.

NDLA is led by 15 national organizations run by people with disabilities with identifiable grassroots constituencies across the United States. The NDLA steering committee includes: ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the American Council of the Blind, the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Hearing Loss Association of America, Little People of America, the National Association of the Deaf, the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Federation of the Blind, the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities, Not Dead Yet, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, and the United Spinal Association.

The NDLA Steering Committee held its annual full day retreat on June 6 in Washington, DC in order to discuss issues and challenges facing the disability community, to set priorities directed to policies, action steps to confront discrimination and, positive aspects of the coalition working together. Two members of NOND’s Board of Directors, Karen McCulloh and Leenie Quinn attended the retreat.

NDLA Meeting on 6-6-16

NOND Board Directors Karen McCulloh and Leenie Quinn

NDLA Meeting on 6-6-16

From left to right: Gary Arnold, Little People of America Barbara Trader-guest, TASH Bruce Darling, ADAPT Samantha Crane, Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Karen McCulloh, NOND

Opening Doors for Nursing, Health Occupations, and Related Programs and Students with Disabilities: Building Capacity for Success – WI

Wausau, Wisconsin

NOND Board Member,
Beth Marks, PhD, RN, and Robin Jones, MPA, Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center will be presenting at the Northcentral Technical College Workshop on Health Occupations Programs and Students with Disabilities. This workshop will provide health professionals and disability services staff with tools and resources to understand and address the complex issues involved with providing support and accommodations to nursing and health occupation students with disabilities in programs, including clinical practice.

Health Care: Career Trends, Best Practices & Call-To-Action Summit – IL

Chicago, Illinois

ODEP sponsored the “Health Care: Career Trends, Best Practices & Call-To-Action Summit” at Access Living in Chicago on Tuesday, May 17. It was an opportunity for Secretary Solis and ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez to build strategic alliances and sustainable partnerships with industry leaders in order to achieve more widespread adoption and implementation of initiatives for employing people with disabilities. “We want to encourage the health care industry to include individuals with disabilities in educational and training programs,” said Solis. “They can be capable and caring health care providers.”