Past Events

15th Annual Walk for Autism
April 30, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Five Locations,

It's that time again to gear up for the 15th Annual Walk for Autism. Get your sneakers ready and help support Maine families by walking for autism in a location near you. The proceeds from this event will help fund ASM's many programs across the state.

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FREE Sensory Friendly Movie -
April 08, 2017
Flagship Cinema, 730 Center St. Auburn, ME

The Lewiston/Auburn Rotary Club is sponsoring a sensory friendly movie event featuring “Beauty and the Beast” for families whose children with autism live in the Lewiston/ Auburn area. The movie will be closed to the general public and will start at 10:00 am; you may arrive by 9:30am. Each child will receive a popcorn and a drink, the lights will be low and the sound turned down.

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Business Leadership & Disability Inclusion Panel Discussion (Wilton)
September 30, 2016, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Comfort Inn & Suites , 1026 US Route 2E, Wilton, ME

It's creative, it's the right thing to do, and it makes business sense. As businesses in Maine are seeing an increase in their workforce retiring they continue to struggle to recruit and retain employees with the skills they need. One talent pool you may not be tapping into is people with disabilities. Maine has a higher proportion of people with disabilities than the rest of the country, and these individuals represent a willing and ABLE workforce. We know the word disability for many employers can be a scary one, so we've put together a panel of employers from the region to share their real-life success stories.  Dana Connors of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce will lead this conversation. The employers will talk very candidly about the strategies they use to look beyond individual disabilities in their hiring practices, the partnerships that helped them along the way, and how hiring people with disabilities has increased their production and overall company morale.

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Business Leadership & Disability Inclusion Panel Discussion (Pittsfield)
September 28, 2016, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
CIANBRO , 101 Cianbro Square, Pittsfield, ME

It's creative, it's the right thing to do, and it makes business sense. As businesses in Maine are seeing an increase in their workforce retiring they continue to struggle to recruit and retain employees with the skills they need. One talent pool you may not be tapping into is people with disabilities. Maine has a higher proportion of people with disabilities than the rest of the country, and these individuals represent a willing and ABLE workforce. We know the word disability for many employers can be a scary one, so we've put together a panel of employers from the region to share their real-life success stories.  Dana Connors of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce will lead this conversation. The employers will talk very candidly about the strategies they use to look beyond individual disabilities in their hiring practices, the partnerships that helped them along the way, and how hiring people with disabilities has increased their production and overall company morale.

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2016 USBLN 19th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo
September 19, 2016 - September 22, 2016
JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL

If you attended the 2015 Conference in Austin, you know how amazing this conference is! For those of you who tried to register late, you know the conference sold out TWO weeks in advance. Mark your calendar now. Once registration is open, we will send out an announcement so you won't miss the 2016 conference. Visit USBLN's website for more information.

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PEAT Talks: The ADA and Accessible Workplace Technology
July 21, 2016, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Online, http://www.peatworks.org/content/webinars/2016/07/silverstein

Must employers make web-based employment information and services accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities? In this webinar, Bobby Silverstein discusses how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to accessible workplace technology, including relevant policy developments such as the current Department of Justice (DOJ) open comment period regarding their Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPM) proposed accessibility requirements for online services, programs, and activities provided to the public by state and local governments–including many employment-related tools and resources; and settlement agreements between DOJ and employers and other covered entities.

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Webinar: Talent Matters - Leveraging Disability-Inclusive Outreach and Recruitment Strategies
June 30, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is hosting a webinar on strategies that can help employers build a disability-inclusive talent pipeline. In particular, this panel presentation will focus on partnering with community-based organizations and connecting with service providers that can identify and prepare individuals with disabilities for specific workforce needs.

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Business Leadership & Disability Inclusion Panel Discussion
June 29, 2016, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Norway Savings Bank, 356 Main Street, Norway, ME

It's creative, it's the right thing to do, and it makes business sense. As businesses in Maine are seeing an increase in their workforce retiring they continue to struggle to recruit and retain employees with the skills they need. One talent pool you may not be tapping into is people with disabilities. Maine has a higher proportion of people with disabilities than the rest of the country, and these individuals represent a willing and ABLE workforce. We know the word disability for many employers can be a scary one, so we've put together a panel of employers from the region to share their real-life success stories.

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Autism  & Employment Issues: A presentation by Derek & Dylan Volk, authors of
May 31, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Moody's Collision Center, 200 Narragansett Street, Gorham

To significant international acclaim, Maine businessman Derek Volk has released his poignant memoir "Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad's Iife Raising a Son on the Spectrum." Co-written with his twenty-four-year-old son Dylan, who has Asperger's syndrome, the book highlights the Volk family's significant challenges and heartfelt triumphs as well as the various coping strategies they have employed throughout Dylan's life.

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PEAT Talks: Building Accessible Online Recruiting and Hiring Systems
April 21, 2016, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Online, http://www.peatworks.org/content/webinars/2016/04/Deque


Denis Boudreau, senior web accessibility consultant for Deque, will be talking about why accessible eRecruiting tools make sense and the simple steps that web developers and designers can take to ensure that job seekers with disabilities are not excluded from employment opportunities.

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PEAT Webinar: Introducing TalentWorks


Join Project Director Josh Christianson and Lead Strategic Consultant Joiwind Ronen for a demonstration of TalentWorks, PEAT's free online tool for employers and human resources professionals that helps them ensure their online job applications and other eRecruiting technologies are accessible to job seekers with disabilities.

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Webinar:  How Can We Help Workers Keep Their Jobs After Injury, Illness?


The webinar will convene state and local leaders who want to help more workers keep their jobs after they develop a career-threatening medical condition. The panel of speakers will discuss and request feedback on the reasons behind avoidable work disability and job loss, the benefits of stay-at-work/return-to-work policies for state and local governments and their constituents, and state and local policies that could help workers keep their jobs after an injury or illness.

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Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce: Workshop on Mental Illness in the Workplace
February 04, 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Chamber of Commerce, 415 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME

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Disability Awareness HR Management Online Seminar
December 01, 2015 - January 31, 2016
Online, http://worksupport.com/training/webcourses/da.cfm


This free online seminar covers diversity training specific to disability awareness for Human Resource Professionals. Through this seminar you will have the opportunity to learn more about topics such as current history, myths & facts, research, tips for communication, tips for interviewing, and tips for accommodations all related to employing individuals with disabilities. This is a complimentary seminar. To begin the seminar click here: http://worksupport.com/training/webcourses/da.cfm

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PEAT's Virtual Speaker: November Edition
November 19, 2015, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Online,

This month PEAT is pleased to welcome Ted Drake, Principal Engineer at Intuit. Ted will be talking about Biz Ability, a community-driven resource for business owners with disabilities and entrepreneurs to find the accessible tools they need to build and run their business effectively.

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Raise the Bar Hire! 2015 Conference and Career Fair
October 27, 2015 - October 28, 2015
Four Points by Sheraton, 1125 Boston Providence, Turnpike (Route 1), Norwood, MA 02062

The MEBLN strives to offer you meaningful opportunities and resources that will help your business reach its inclusive hiring goals. Our friends at Work Without Limits have a fantastic two-day conference and career fair coming up that might be of interest to you!

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Webinar:  Promoting Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policies
October 22, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

As part of the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative - funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy - three expert-led policy workgroups have developed actionable policy recommendations to help workers keep their jobs if they experience a potentially career-ending medical condition. At this forum, the leaders of each workgroup will share their insights and address the central question: How can we reduce the number of workers who eventually lose their jobs due to a medical condition?

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Webcast: Technology and Work: Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities
October 22, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This webcast will focus on the potential role of technology to enhance employment for people with disabilities in two ways - job and career path opportunities, and the creation of technology-based tools for facilitating productivity in select job tasks, including access to workplace communication channels.

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2015 USBLN 18th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo.
September 28, 2015 - October 01, 2015

REGISTER NOW for the 2015 USBLN 18th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo. September 28- October 1, 2015

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September 17, 2015, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will present the September edition of its virtual speaker series, "PEAT Talks," on Thursday, September 17 from 2:00-2:30 PM ET. "PEAT Talks" showcases various organizations and individuals whose work and innovations are advancing accessible technology in the workplace.

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Webinar - Making It Happen: Fostering Success in the Workplace for Employees who are Deaf
September 09, 2015, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Online, http://dcmetrobln.org/Webinars

The presenters will involve participants in case studies which address key issues employers face when hiring and retaining deaf individuals. Directly related to the new 503 regulations, participants will also learn about recruiting and integrating deaf and hard-of-hearing employees in the workplace, as well as, learn about training resources and support given to employers by NCE.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25!
July 26, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will turn twenty-five on July 26, 2015.

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Webinar to Address Shifts in Disability Inclusion since the ADA
July 09, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The ODEP-funded National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities will host a webinar on July 9, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT, focused on the shifts in thinking on disability inclusion that have occurred since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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The Nuts & Bolts of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act
June 17, 2015, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, Auburn, Maine

After the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) was passed in 2008, employers began taking another look at compliance with the ADA and many realized the benefits of incorporating nondiscrimination policies and reasonable accommodation procedures into their overall disability management efforts.

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Are Job Accommodation Solutions In Your Playbook? Halt the Monday Morning Quarterbacking
June 16, 2015, 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Bangor Savings Bank, 5 Senator Way, Augusta, Maine

Revamp your playbook when it comes to accommodating employees with disabilities. While complying with the law can be complex, having a better understanding of the intricacies of the Americans with Disabilities Act will help you make sound decisions. Combine this legal framework with guidance on how to resolve job accommodation issues and you’ll have the practical guidance and strategies you need to respond confidently to disability issues and to provide appropriate reasonable accommodations. Real-life accommodation situations and solutions will be interspersed throughout this interactive session.

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USBLN Disability Rights Museum on Wheels - 2015 Tour Dates
June 08, 2015 - November 08, 2015

A 48-foot interactive traveling museum touring America, the "Museum on Wheels" tells the story of the fight for equal rights by people with disabilities.

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Join the Maine BLN at the Maine H.R. Convention
May 05, 2015 - May 08, 2015
Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine

The MEBLN will host an informative workshop at the 2015 Maine H.R. Convention called "Business Leadership and Disability Inclusion". It's creative, it's the right thing to do, and it makes business sense. One talent pool you may not be tapping into is people with disabilities. Maine has a higher proportion of people with disabilities than the rest of the country, and these individuals represent a willing and ABLE workforce. We know the word disability for many employers can be a scary one, so we've assembled a group of leaders from the Maine Business Leadership Network to share real-life success stories.

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Maine BLN Seminar on Mental Illness in the Workplace
April 09, 2015
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Portland, Maine

The incidence of mental illnesses are among the highest of any disability group making it likely that someone in your workplace is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. Because mental illness has historically been associated with stigma employers are left unclear about how to support an employee struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other emotional disorders. On Thursday, April 9, MEBLN hosted a seminar at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Portland to hear from vocational experts about how to effectively support this ever present yet hidden challenge in the workplace. For more information on this topic contact Leticia Huttman from the Maine DHHS Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health- Leticia.Huttman@maine.gov.

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