TALP Launches New DisBeat Initiative With News on Employment and Mentoring

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The ADA Legacy Project (TALP) has launched DisBeat, a new communications initiative designed to coordinate and promote proactive messaging on disability rights issues throughout the country. In the spirit of Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) this Wednesday, October 21, and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, DisBeat has formed alliances with National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) and The American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD).

The ADA Legacy Project introduces a new communications initiative designed to coordinate and promote proactive messaging on disability rights issues throughout the country, DisBeat

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The ADA Legacy Project introduces a new communications initiative designed to coordinate and promote proactive messaging on disability rights issues throughout the country, DisBeat.

On the heels of coordinating a nationwide, year-long celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25), The ADA Legacy Project (TALP) has launched DisBeat, a new communications initiative designed to coordinate and promote proactive messaging on disability rights issues throughout the country.

DisBeat is about people with disabilities, placing disability news at the forefront, from the perspective of the disability community. DisBeat also aims to create a wheelhouse of resources for disability community members, reporters, and media outlets.

DisBeat has already successfully coordinated messaging regarding CNN’s investigation of Ability One/Source America and related disability employment issues; the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; Get Out the Vote efforts for the 2016 elections; ADAPT's Fall Action; and the newly launched #CrappyCurb campaign from Rooted in Rights.

In the spirit of Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) this Wednesday, October 21, and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, DisBeat has formed alliances with two organizations: National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC), the organization that launched the Susan M.Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, and The American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest cross-disability organization, which annually coordinates the large-scale national effort topromote DMD.

In addition to promoting DMD and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, DisBeat’s alliance also aims to assert the disability community’s presence in National Mentoring Month, January, 2016.

DMD is held on the 3rd Wednesday of every October (October 21, 2015). It is a large-scale national effort coordinated by AAPD to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships. DMD activities this year include, Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Wilmington, DE; Washington, DC.

For a full list of 2015 Disability Mentoring Day events, kindly visit the AAPD website.

About DisBeat: DisBeat is a national communications initiative designed to coordinate and promote proactive messaging on disability rights issues throughout the country. DisBeat will use a variety of communication tools, including social media, to bring attention to disability issues from a disability perspective. DisBeat will also maintain a database of subject matter fact sheets, talking experts and talking points. Initial Partners include ADAPT of Montana, Center for Disability Rights, Disability Visibility Project, Disability Rights Center, EIN SOF Communications, Nothing Without Us Media, and Shepherd Center. For more information about DisBeat, please visit the page on the [ADA Legacy website __title__ ADA Legacy Website].

About The ADA Legacy Project: The mission of The ADA Legacy Project is to honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by preserving the history of the disability rights movement, by celebrating its milestones, and by educating the public and future generations of advocates. For more information, please visit the ADA Legacy website.

About AAPD: The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. AAPD members, including people with disabilities and families, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change. For more information about AAPD, or DMD, please visit the AAPD website.

About the National Disability Mentoring Coalition: The mission of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) is to increase the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Member organizations share core values and align with the Coalition's objectives to streamline communication, standardize and systematize data collection, reduce duplication of efforts, increase mentoring opportunities, and improve outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities. Members include: AAPD, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Broad Futures, Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, D.C. Public Schools, Easter Seals, Institute for Educational Leadership, Keep the Music Playing, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, MENTOR:The National Partnership, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, National Council on Independent Living, Partners for Youth with Disabilities, PolicyWorks, Inc., The Viscardi Center,and U.S. Business Leadership Network Learn more about the NDMC and its Members at on the NDMC website.

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