Congressman Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) office has recently set up a page on his official website (meadows.house.gov) to help NC-11 constituents request tickets for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, which will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2017. The request form can be accessed by clicking here.Tickets to the inauguration are available through each Congressional office and are given on a first come, first serve basis. The tickets will be available for request through a deadline of December 16, 2016. Please note that tickets through Rep. Meadows office are for NC-11 residents only, and submitting a request form is merely a request and does not guarantee you tickets.Constituents who have questions or would prefer to order tickets by phone are welcome to call Rep. Meadows’ Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-6401.
World of Color1111111 Fireworks1111111 Fantasmic!2222222 Share This!It’s Easter at Disneyland! Not just that, but there’s still time to take in the 2018 Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview!Special Events and NotesSunday is Easter, and you can expect there to be plenty of special Easter-themed treats and whatnot floating around the resort this weekend, including the Easter Bunny himself. If you’re looking for a place for your Easter meal, there will be a buffet at the PCH Grill; get reservations here. Disney’s Egg-stravaganza also continues; pick up a map and stickers for $5.99, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the parks and Downtown Disney, and then drop it off when you’re done for what Disney calls “a special surprise.” Check out this article for more information.Not only that, the Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure continues this week! As always, the festival will give you an opportunity to sample a wide variety of food and drinks, in addition to special entertainment and seminars. Also, there are special dinners and other culinary events that require reservations; check out Disney’s site for more details and to make reservations. The festival goes through April 12, so make sure you visit soon if you want to check it out!Annual Passholder? Make sure you swing by the Hollywood Backlot outside Stage 17 for special photo opportunities, merch, and free stuff. Also check out Guy’s run-down of the top 6 must-try items from this year’s festival!Finally, the Cove Bar, though not long for this world, is currently open again through the end of May if you’d like to give it another go before it goes away for good!CrowdsSpring Break continues for some schools this week, so crowds are fairly high. With that said, most students are back, and that means that we’re predicting slightly lower crowds than we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. Remember that this is one of the odd times of the year when the weekends are predicted to be less busy than the week. Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherGreat looking week from a weather standpoint. Highs in the mid-70s, lows in the mid to upper 50s, and only a slight chance of rain the latter part of the week. Should be a nice one!As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsThe fireworks are back, and Disneyland has a full slate of evening shows for the week. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like the Disneyland Band, can be found here. California Adventure8-109-108-108-108-108-108-10 Admission and HoursMore substantial blockouts this week. Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out all week long, whereas Deluxe Passholders are blocked out Friday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak ($135/$127) price all week long.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri Disneyland8-128-128-128-128-128-128-12 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsWith the exception of the significant overhaul taking place at Disney’s California Adventure, the refurbishment schedule is not horrible at the moment. At Disneyland Park, Splash Mountain is closed until April 14, and Dumbo is closed through April 27. Over at California Adventure, much of Paradise Pier is closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier, but the remainder of the park is all up and running. Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.Looking ahead, the Matterhorn will be going down for a brief refurbishment from April 16-20, and Pirates will be closed starting April 23 to transition to the new auction scene. Also, Disney recently announced that a bug’s land would be closing to make way for more Marvel attractions at California Adventure. It will be going away for good towards the end of the summer, so make sure you plan ahead if you’d like to see it before it disappears.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri
Most people are aware of the need for captions to make videos more accessible. But few are familiar with the requirement for audio description for videos, which accommodates people who are blind or have low-vision. Audio description narrates what visually is happening in the video, information that’s not available to someone who can’t see. Think of a radio sports announcer at a baseball game, describing the ground ball hit to the third baseman who throws the ball to the second baseman for the beginning of a double play. That’s similar to audio description. Intro to Audio Description for VideosOn Thursday, January 17, 2019, you can learn more about video audio description when 3Play Media hosts their free Intro to Audio Description webinar at 2:00pm Eastern Time. In the one-hour webinar, Sofia Leivaf from 3Play Media, will highlight the basics of audio description:What is audio description?How to add audio description to online videoVideo player compatibility: which players support itLegal requirements: accessibility laws and complianceHow to create and publish it on your ownDifference between standard and extended audio descriptionWhat tools and features can make it easier to produce audio descriptionAfter the presentation, Leiva will take answer questions from webinar attendees.Who is the Audience for the Webinar?Anyone looking to make their videos more accessible, and those taking the next step beyond captioning their videos, will find useful information and help from the webinar. Wrapping UpIncluding audio description with your captioned video will make your video content more accessible; you’ll reach a wider audience. The free 3Play Media webinar will provide the background and knowledge you need to move forward and add audio descriptions to your videos. I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, January 17, 2019 and register for the free 3Play Media webinar. I’ll be live tweeting during the webinar!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedKey Takeaways from HTML5 Video AccessibilityLast week I attended the HTML5 Video Accessibility: Updates, Features & Guidelines webinar from 3Play Media. Guest speaker John Foliot, W3C contributor and accessibility expert at Deque Systems, discussed guidelines for making videos accessible and shared his tips and insights on HTML5 video. Check out the recording of the webinar…In “Accessibility”Free Webinar: Planning and Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, and eLearningYou’re invited to the Great Lakes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center free webinar on July 20, 2017, focusing on planning and producing accessible video. The Planning and Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, and eLearning webinar will teach you the key components needed to produce videos that are…In “Accessibility”DescribeAthon17: Make Video on YouTube More AccessibleI invite you to join me tomorrow, January 26, 2017 at DescribeAthon17 when amateur and professional describers around the world will join together to add audio descriptions to YouTube videos. Working from your home, business, or wherever you have a connection to the Internet, you’ll be part of a group…In “Accessibility”
[View the story “#Nextchat RECAP: Who’s Responsible for Workplace Wellness?” on Storify] On April 16, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Robin Schooling (@RobinSchooling) about “Who’s Responsible for Workplace Wellness?”In case you missed it, here are all the informative tweets from the chat:
You can contact the nearest American Job Center (AJC) for advice and guidance on recruiting and hiring veterans. These centers are run by the Department of Labor (DOL), which has partnered with the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA), to provide job counseling and career assistance to service members, veterans and the companies that want to hire them. This is a free service. Visit the AJC web site to locate the center closest to you. Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation runs a nationwide initiative called “Hiring Our Heroes” to assist companies and veterans, see: Hiring Our Heroes has a workbook with other tools for employers.Companies also have the opportunity to gain early access to these highly skilled service members as prospective employees before they become veterans through the DoD SkillBridge Authority. DoD SkillBridge enables service members to obtain valuable civilian job skills training from private sector employers up to six months prior to separating from the military (service members continue to receive their military pay and benefits while participating). Companies in dozens of growing industries — from welding and advanced manufacturing to information technology — are already participating.Finally, note that DoD, along with its interagency partners of VA, DOL, Department of Education, Office of Personnel Management, and Small Business Administration, provide transition assistance through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to approximately 200,000 service members departing active duty each year. TAP strives to ensure that all transitioning service members are prepared to succeed in their post-military career plans. One key focus of TAP is civilian employment, with service members receiving training on resume development, and job search and interview techniques, among other topics.
A court used lack of Family and Medical Leave Act training to award double damages When a manager learns that one of her employees is in the hospital for several days, that’s almost always enough information for the employer to have an inkling that the employee may need Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave.But one employer didn’t think so. And the penalty for its mistake was costly. Let me explain.The FactsGrace worked for the Center for Human Development (CHD) in western Massachusetts. On a moment’s notice, she became hospitalized due to a mental health condition. Upon her admission to the hospital, Grace asked her son, Jim, to call CHD to report that she was in the hospital and unable to report to work.Being the good son he was, Jim called CHD that same day. And the next day. And the day after that.Not only did Jim talk to his mom’s direct supervisor . . . but his boss . . . and the boss’s boss. Each time, he made clear that his mom was ill, in the hospital and could not come to work. After a few days, Jim shared that his mom could speak, though she was “unintelligible.”To continue reading this article on shrm.org, please click here.