Advocate Leadership Academy

Advocate Leadership Academy – This is a 14 week program – 2 hour sessions on Wednesdays – Starts in August.

Call Daniel Ekman at 505-670-5698 or for more information.    This is a good program for upcoming advocates and leaders.


It's July, and that means that the 2019 Fall Advocate Leadership Academy is coming up. Click here to fill out the application. The deadline is the end of the day on August 2 and the Center for Self Advocacy Program has already started receiving applications. The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 pm starting in September and lasting 14 weeks to the end of November.

ADA Guideline Information and Meeting in DC

U.S. Access Board to Hold Forum on Assembly Area Accessibility (September 6)

On September 6 the U.S. Access Board will hold a public forum on accessibility and assembly areas. The day-long event will focus on accessibility issues related to the design of movie theaters, dinner theaters, performing arts centers, lecture halls, stadiums, arenas, grandstands, and other assembly venues. It will be structured as a town hall meeting where participants can raise questions or concerns that arise in achieving access to different types of assembly spaces.

The Board is particularly interested in design challenges and potential solutions related to the standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as those that apply to federally funded facilities under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Technical questions concerning use of these standards in new construction and alterations are also welcome. This includes provisions on the dispersion of wheelchair spaces, lines of sight, companion seating, designated aisle seats, luxury boxes, club suites, and assistive listening systems, among others. The Board is collecting this information for a technical bulletin on assembly areas that it plans to develop as part of its Guide to the ADA Standards and the ABA Standards.

Persons with disabilities, advocacy groups, designers and architects, trade groups, codes organizations, industry, manufacturers, and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. This event will be in-person only and will not be streamed online. Direct any questions to Dave Yanchulis at or (202) 272-0026 (v), or (202) 272-0027 (TTY).

Information Meeting on Assembly Area Accessibility       Add to Calendar
September 6, 9:30 – 5:00 (ET)
Access Board Conference Center
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 
Note: For the comfort of all participants and to promote a fragrance-free environment, attendees are requested not to use perfume, cologne, or other fragrances.

Disability Rights Awareness Days 2018

Disability Rights Awareness Days (DRAD) 2018 will be Thursday and Friday, January 25-26 in Santa Fe.  This year’s theme will be “Re-energizing Support for Disability Rights”.


We hope you’ll join us to be part of this celebration and to continue the important work of informing our policymakers and participating in the legislative process.  You can register for DRAD through Disability Rights New Mexico’s website,  (A copy of the registration form is attached to this email for your convenience.)  If you have any questions about registration, contact DRNM at 505-256-3100, toll-free at 1-800-432-4682 or by email to


At Thursday’s DRAD events at the Drury Hotel in downtown Santa Fe, the keynote address will be given by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who oversees elections in New Mexico.  2018 will be an election year, and voting is an important way to make our voices heard!  Thursday will continue with educational sessions through both plenary presentations in the morning and breakout workshops in the afternoon.


On Friday, we’ll be at the State Capitol, with a formal event in the Rotunda at mid-day and plenty of time throughout the day to visit with legislators, watch legislative committees and floor sessions, check out the display tables presented by a variety of disability organizations, and network with other members of the disability community from around the state. 


If you or your organization are interested in becoming a DRAD sponsor (including advertising your logo in the program or having a display table at the events), you can sign up through the DRNM website at


We hope to see you at DRAD 2018!