Cultural Competency with DC Mayor’s Office of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing

This training focuses on Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened (D/DB/DD/HH/LD) communities and cultures. Participants will learn best practices and accessibility considerations when engaging with D/DB/DD/HH/LD individuals who “live, work and play” in DC. Participants will take away best practices to improve accessibility within their organization, activities and events.

Deputy Director Karen Quinones and Chief of Staff Kisha Gore will be presenting the Cultural Competency Training as part of MODDHH’s vision to enhance the quality of life for all residents with genuine inclusion that makes communications accessibility an ingrained part of living, working, and playing in DC. Our work centers Universal Design as part of technological advancement and increase community awareness both inside and outside of Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened communities.​

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ASL Interpretation was be provided by Interpreter Now and Captioning was be provided by Caption First. If you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

Small Business Exporting – Entrepreneur’s Experiences

Join us for an engaging panel discussion moderated by LaTaunya Darden, Business Development Specialist, Minority and Women-Owned Business Outreach Division, Export-Import Bank of the United States. Business owners who used EXIM’s services to build and grow their businesses globally will share how they started their companies, what product or service they offer, their experience with EXIM and lessons learned along the way.

Following the panel of entrepreneurs, viewers will hear from David Hincapie, Lender Relations Specialist, Veteran Business Development Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration. David will discuss the SBA’s role in supporting international trade. Attendees will learn about SBA’s trade loans, export finance programs and the functions of the SBA Office of International Trade, providing valuable resources and guidance for small businesses venturing into global markets.

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ASL Interpretation was be provided by Interpreter Now and Captioning was be provided by Caption First. If you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

EXIM 101 – Export Essentials for Successful Global Business Growth

Are you aware that there is a Government agency specifically there to support you in taking your business to a global consumer base? The EXIM bank is the official export credit agency of the United States. Their mission is to support American job creation, prosperity and security through exporting. Attend this webinar to learn about EXIM finance tools, how you can reduce non-payment risk, and expand to other countries.

For more information about Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), visit the website.

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ASL Interpretation was be provided by Interpreter Now and Captioning was be provided by Caption First. If you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

Self-Employed and Self-Determined: Introduction to Supported Decision-Making Webinar

Presented by: Jonathan Martinis, Senior Director for Law and Policy, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Study after study has shown that when people with disabilities have more control over their life and make more decisions for themselves – when they have more self-determination – they have better lives. People with disabilities who are more self-determined are more likely to live independently, work, be integrated into their communities, and avoid abuse.

Unfortunately, people with disabilities are often ordered into guardianships that are unnecessary or too restrictive. This can limit their quality of life and opportunity to work — including in self-employment — and live independently. After all, if you were a bank, would you lend someone money to start or fund a business if they had not legal right to make financial decisions?

This session will introduce the audience to the theory and practice of Supported Decision-Making (SDM). When people with disabilities use SDM, they work with friends, family, and professionals so they can understand their choices and make their own decisions.  As a result, SDM can help people be self-determined, have better work and life outcomes, and avoid unnecessary guardianship!

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ASL Interpretation and Captioning were provided. If you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

Creating Accessible Emails

Email is a vital communication tool, so it’s important to avoid accessibility barriers that might prevent someone from viewing or understanding a message. Research shows that when an email is accessible, people are more likely to read it. Learn how to make your emails more accessible for all your clients, customers, donors, etc.

Presented by: Results One LLC

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ASL Interpretation and Captioning were provided. If you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

Guardianship and Self-Employment Listening Session

We held a listening session to learn how guardianship or supported decision making (SDM) can facilitate or be a barrier to self-employment for people with disabilities. We invited people with disabilities and their parents who have started down the path of self-employment and have a guardian/SDM. We were interested in hearing about your experiences.

ASL Interpretation and Captioning were provided. If you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

This event was not be recorded for public viewing.

Pro-Tips Grant Writing Webinar Presented by Hello Alice

In this workshop, participants will learn how to effectively share their entrepreneurship story, what grant reviewers are looking for, and other strategies to help put together a successful grant application.

Presented by Hello Alice.

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ASL Interpretation and Captioning was provided. To make a reasonable accommodation request or if you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

Creating Accessible PDFs

PDF document accessibility plays a vital role in the overall accessibility of your website. To provide an equal experience for all users, regardless of disability, you must develop all digital content with accessibility in mind.

Presented by Results One LLC

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ASL Interpretation and Captioning were provided. If you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

GHA Training Series: Business Structure & Business Plan

This session touches on two pivotal parts of starting a business: choosing a business structure & navigating the business plan.  In this time together, we will provide a brief overview of the common business structures, important benefit considerations for choosing a business structure, and an overview and importance of a business plan. We’ll learn and understand how our featured guests chose a business structure that best serves them and how they use their business plan as working document to help them grow and maintain their business.

Presented by Griffin Hammis Associates

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ASL Interpretation and Captioning was provided. To make a reasonable accommodation request or if you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

Social Media Accessibility

The content you deliver via social media should be accessible. However, social media platforms don’t always make it easy to add alternative text or consider other disabilities like Deaf and Hard of Hearing, visual impairment or loss, distractions, etc. In this workshop, you will learn tips to make your social media content as compliant as possible so everyone can participate.

Presented by Results One LLC

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GHA Training Series: Business Feasibility & Creating a Plan

Once a person identifies a business idea that fits, they need to determine if the business idea has the potential to succeed. This session explains the information that needs to be gathered to assess the feasibility of a business, strategies for supporting a person with a disability and their employment team with gathering the information, and steps for evaluating the results to ensure that the proposed concept is both viable and meets the person’s ideal conditions for employment.  In this session, we invite featured guests to shift the mindsets of attendees to think differently about providing business feasibility processes and supports to reach business viability.

Presented by Griffin-Hammis Associates 

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ASL Interpretation and Captioning were provided. If you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org.

Creating Accessible Content for Content Creators

What does accessible content mean, and why is it important to your customers and employees? The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are a set of principles intended for content and web creators to ensure that all people, including those with disabilities, can view, interact, and share information. This course will teach you how to create accessible content.

Presented by Results One LLC

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ASL Interpretation and Captioning will be provided. To make a reasonable accommodation request or if you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at ajones@ndi-inc.org. Please allow at least 3-5 business days’ advance notice; last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fulfill.

Entrepreneurship, Disability, and CDFIs: Session 1: Introduction to CDFIs

Accessing capital can be essential for business growth, yet many founders with disabilities report experiencing significant barriers. This is the first session in a five-part webinar series to hear from Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) who have found ways to increase inclusion and from disability owned businesses on how they obtained the capital they needed.

Featured Guest: Pam and Andrew Porter, National Disability Finance Coalition

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ASL interpretation and captioning were provided during the session. If you have any accessibility requests or questions, please email ajones@ndi-inc.org.

Deafhood Training Part 3: Communicating Effectively

Presented by: Gallaudet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute

The Dos and Don’ts of including Deaf and hard of hearing people in your meetings on Zoom and in-person meetings. Tips and strategies to maximize communication effectiveness in meetings so that everyone feels included — not left behind.

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Deafhood Training Part 2: Understanding Language Translation

Presented by: Gallaudet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute

Further dive into Deafhood with the lens of language translation through more than one modality. This session provides an understanding of how language translation impacts small business training for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Providing an American Sign Language interpreter is often inadequate, especially from the training perspective — we will explore why along with the recommended solutions.

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Disability-Sensitivity Session 1: Introduction to Disability Inclusion

At the end of the session, you will be able to:
• Identify different types of disabilities as defined by the ADA, including hidden disabilities;
• Share appropriate responses to people with disabilities;
• Use person-centered approaches
• Debunk some common myths about people with disabilities
• Identify specific, actionable tips for treating people with disabilities respectfully

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Disability-Sensitivity Session 8: Creating Accessible Content for Content Creators: The Basics

What does accessible content mean, and why is it important to your customers and employees? The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are a set of principles intended for content and web creators to ensure that all people, including those with disabilities, can view, interact, and share information. This course will teach you how to create accessible content.

ASL interpretation and live captioning (CART) were provided during the session. If you have any accessibility requests or questions, please email ajones@ndi-inc.org.

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