ACB Advocacy Update
July 14, 2022

More Accessible At Home COVID Tests.

Episode Description

On this episode of the Advocacy Update, we discuss the ongoing advocacy efforts to make at-home COVID-19 tests more accessible for people who are blind and low vision. Clark is joined by ACB President Dan Spoone and Immediate Past President Kim Charlson, and Deputy Director Jill Heemsker, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To learn more and order your 12 free more accessible COVID-19 at home tests, please visit: https://acb.org/12-covid-test-2022.

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June 17, 2022

Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Discrimination in the Workplace

Episode Description

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha speak with Christine Kim (Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice Disability Rights Section) and Aaron Konopasky (Senior Attorney Advisor at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) about the recent guidance on AI and algorithmic technology and disability-based discrimination in employment released by both agencies. They discuss what AI employment technology looks like, what disability-based discrimination looks like when these technologies are involved, and employers’ obligations, and job applicants’/employees’ rights relating to the ADA and these technologies. To read the DOJ guidance, visit https://beta.ada.gov/ai-guidance/. To read the EEOC guidance, visit https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/americans-disabilities-act-and-use-software-algorithms-and-artificial-intelligence

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May 19, 2022

Environmental Accessibility for Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day by speaking with Tom Pey (Founder and CEO of Waymap) and Russ Myer (Executive Director of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance) about increasing the accessibility of the indoor and outdoor built environment through way finding services like Microsoft Soundscape and Waymap. We discuss the work Waymap and CRNA, through partnership with Soundscape, are doing, recent developments, and the importance of accessibility awareness today and every day. To learn more about the Capital Region Nordic Alliance, visit https://www.capitalregionnordicalliance.org/. to learn more about Waymap, visit https://waymap.org/. To learn more about Microsoft Soundscape, visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/soundscape/.

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May 12, 2022

Modernizing the AbilityOne Program.

Modernizing the AbilityOne Program On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha, with special guest ACB President Dan Spoone, speak with Kimberly Zeich, Acting Executive Director of the U.S. AbilityOne Commission, and two private citizen members of the Commission, Gabe Cazares and Bryan Bashin, about the AbilityOne program. We discuss ways to modernize the program, including the Commission’s Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022 to 2026, and ways to increase representation of people with disabilities, including blind and low vision people within all levels of the program and Commission. To learn more about the AbilityOne Program, please visit: www.abilityone.gov.

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April 21, 2022

Post Leadership Conference Advocacy Updates Grab Bag

On this week’s episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha return to provide an update on the 2022 legislative imperatives, and the work ACB and its partners in the disability community are doing on the 4 imperatives. We also provide updates on accessible at-home COVID-19 testing and the Ability-One program.

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March 24, 2022

20220324 - Transit Advocacy at Different Levels of Government.

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, we revisit a session from the ACB Legislative Seminar. During this breakout session, ACB’s Transportation, and Pedestrian and Environmental Access Committees host a conversation with Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America. To review more content from the 2022 ACB D.C. Leadership Conference, please visit ACB’s YouTube channel.

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February 26, 2022

20220225 Legislative Imperative 4 – Communications and Video Accessibility Amendments Act

20220225 Legislative Imperative 4 – Communications and Video Accessibility Amendments Act

  • Join Clark one last time as he discusses our final 2022 legislative imperative, the Communications and Video Accessibility Amendments Act.

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February 25, 2022

20220224 Legislative Imperative 3 – Web and Application Accessibility

20220224 Legislative Imperatives 3 – Web and Application Accessibility

  • Clark and Swatha discuss our third imperative for 2022, the Website and Applications Accessibility Act. Listen

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February 24, 2022

ACB Celebrates Black History Month

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Clark and Swatha celebrate Black History Month with Cheryl Cumings (Multicultural Affairs Committee Chair) and Reverend Ray Raysor (DCCB President). They discuss the meaning of the month, advocacy issues important to blind and visually impaired people of color, and opportunities within ACB to support and foster membership and leadership among members of color in ACB.

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February 24, 2022

20220223 Legislative Imperative 2 – Medical Device Non-Visual Accessibility Act

20220223 Legislative Imperative 2 – Medical Device Non-Visual Accessibility Act

  • Clark and Swatha discuss and role play the second legislative imperative, the Medical Device Non-visual Accessibility Act.

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