NASA Goddard Disability Employment Awareness Month Activities

October is designated as an opportunity for the GSFC community to gain an awareness of various aspects of disability and accessibility needs. The Equal Opportunity Programs Office is sponsoring a number of events that would be of particular interest to management, supervisory staff, and others who will likely face issues relating to hidden disabilities, cognitive conditions such as ADD/ADHD or depression, or how employees may acquire a disability over their career. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact the EOPO at (301) 286-7348.

Disability Employment Awareness Month Kick-off Event

Wednesday October 1: 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Bldg 8 Auditorium:
GSFC's Equal Opportunity Programs Office, the Equal Accessibility Advisory Committee, and the African American Advisory Committee starts Disability Employment Awareness Month with a ceremony recognizing the potential and accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and accessibility needs. Featured speaker will be Anil Lewis of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia and entertainment will be presented by the Wild Zappers, a Deaf African American male dance company.

Disability Mentoring Day

Tuesday October 7: 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Various Locations
GSFC will host local high school and college students with disabilities for a day of direct interaction with the GSFC community through career exploration. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Denna Lambert at 301-286-0844 or by e-mail at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Employees with Disabilities Panel

Wednesday October 15:
The Equal Accessibility Advisory Committee is hosting an open discussion on disability and accessibility needs in the workplace. Everyone is welcomed to attend and contribute to the discussion.

Cognitive and Psychological Disabilities Training

Tuesday October 21: Bldg 8 Auditorium
Training and discussion opportunity for supervisors and employees on Cognitive and Psychological Disabilities. Kendra Drinkwater, a specialist with the Job Accommodations Network will be leading the session.
• Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Supervisors, team leads, project managers
• Session 2: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open to all employees

Assistive Technology Showcase – Maryland Technology Assistance Programs

Tuesday October 28: Bldg 8 Auditorium 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Technology can be helpful to all of us. Have you ever wondered if there was something that could have made typing or using the mouse more comfortable, make printed text easier to read, or make listening to others in meetings easier to hear? Come to the Assistive Technology Showcase that will answer those questions and more.

International Disability: Denmark

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  • Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Policies for Denmark as of 8 May 2017. Agreement on the use of open standards for software in the public sector
  • Special educational support provided by the Danish Ministry of Education. The special educational support must ensure that pupils and students with disabilities can educate on an equal footing with other pupils and students.
  • European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education: Denmark the Danish national information and resource centre on disabilities and assistive technology. (in Danish and English)
  • Danish Disability Council, the Danish NGO-Umbrella (in English and mostly Danish)

    Danish Web-award "Det Gyldne @" (The Golden @) includes WEB accessibility as a criterion. The award is related to a conference on accessible web-design held on November 10. 1999 in Copenhagen. During February 2000 a working group of experts and users are evaluating the accessibility of the websites of 100 big Danish corporations. The corporations are divided into 10 different categories. The basis for the examination is the guidelines on accessible web content from the W3C "Web Accessibility Initiative". In addition, the websites are rated on a 1-5 scale by blind and low vision users. The practical testing is being done using the screenreader (JAWS) and speech-synthesis on one hand and a magnifierprogram (ZOOMTEXT) on the other. Shell Denmark was awarded the Golden @ as the "most accessible web-site for disabled people" among the 100 biggest corporations in Denmark on March 24, 2000. But 14 days after getting the award Shell Denmark presented a thoroughly reworked website, and the new website far less accessible than the one nominated! (in Danish)

  • The Equal Opportunities Centre for Disabled Persons monitors developments in the equalisation of disabled people and non-disabled people. Moreover the Centre's task is to draw the authorities' attention to areas and situations where there are not equal opportunities for disabled people and non-disabled people. The Centre is also to publish information on the subject of equal opportunities for disabled persons in the Danish society.
  • Disabled Peoples Organisations Denmark (DPOD) is the umbrella organization for 34 Danish disability organizations. DPOD works to support persons with disabilities to live a life like everyone else.  Updated
  • Digitization Agency [in English] – The goal is a more digitally publicly Denmark that optimizes and frees up resources and modernize services for citizens and businesses. Specifically, for example, 80 per cent. citizens and companies written communications with the public be digital in 2015 and welfare technology solutions will be a natural part of everyday life in the coming years.
  • Foreningen af Unge med Gigt (FNUG) – Danish Organisation of Youth with Rheumatism
  • The Accessibility Label Scheme (in Danish "Foreningen Tilgængelighed for Alle", English, and German). Access Denmark has a team that has visited all the places, buildings, or outdoor areas of interest to travelers, customers, and visitors, and prepared photos and information in fact sheets, so that you can make an informed decision and plan what is necessary for you before you decide to go.  Updated
  • Gigforeningen – Danish Arthritis Society
  • Study and Work Abroad in Denmark information for students with disabilities
  • Wheelrace (in Danish) an educational game for school children aged 11-14 to teach kids what life is like when you are bound to a wheelchair. Wheelrace is made by Kongo Interactive and Guppyworks. [Denmark]