Non-Disclosure & Confidentiality Agreement &
It is understood and agreed to that the Disclosure and the Recipient would like to exchange certain information that may be considered confidential. To ensure the protection of such information and in consideration of the agreement to exchange said information, the parties agree as follows:
Confidentiality Agreement: As a volunteer and employee you may be exposed to or in the possession of confidential information, i.e.; member/patient contact information, health information of injured & disabled workers, members, partners, sponsors, etc. By your signature below you agree that this information must be held in the strictest of confidence and may only be used for the sole purpose of NAIDW activities and projects. Any unauthorized use may constitute a violation of state or federal laws. Including patient health information that is protected under HIPAA and other State and Federal confidentiality laws.
1. The confidential information to be disclosed by Discloser under this Agreement (“Confidential Information”) can be described as and includes:
Technical and business information relating to Discloser’s proprietary ideas, patentable ideas copyrights and/or trade secrets, existing and/or contemplated products and services, software, schematics, research and development, production, costs, profit and margin information, finances and financial projections, customers, clients, members and their information, marketing, and current or future business plans and models, regardless of whether such information is designated as “Confidential Information” at the time of its disclosure.
In addition to the above, Confidential Information shall also include, and the Recipient shall have a duty to protect, other confidential and/or sensitive information which is (a) disclosed by Discloser in writing and marked as confidential (or with other similar designation) at the time of disclosure; and/or (b) disclosed by Discloser in any other manner and identified as confidential at the time of disclosure and is also summarized and designated as confidential in a written memorandum delivered to Recipient within thirty (30) days of the disclosure.
2. Recipient shall use the Confidential Information only for the purpose of evaluating potential business and investment relationships with Discloser.
3. Recipient shall limit disclosure of Confidential Information within its own organization to its directors, officers, partners, members and/or employees having a need to know and shall not disclose Confidential Information to any third party (whether an individual, corporation, or other entity) without the prior written consent of Discloser. Recipient shall have satisfied its obligations under this paragraph if it takes affirmative measures to ensure compliance with these confidentiality obligations by its employees, agents, consultants and others who are permitted access to or use of the Confidential Information.
4. This Agreement imposes no obligation upon Recipient with respect to any Confidential Information (a) that was in Recipient’s possession before receipt from Discloser; (b) is or becomes a matter of public knowledge through no fault of Recipient; (c) is rightfully received by Recipient from a third party not owing a duty of confidentiality to the Discloser; (d) is disclosed without a duty of confidentiality to a third party by, or with the authorization of, Discloser; or (e) is independently developed by Recipient.
5. Discloser warrants that he/she has the right to make the disclosures under this Agreement.
6. This Agreement shall not be construed as creating, conveying, transferring, granting or conferring upon the Recipient any rights, license or authority in or to the information exchanged, except the limited right to use Confidential Information specified in paragraph 2. Furthermore and specifically, no license or conveyance of any intellectual property rights is granted or implied by this Agreement.
7. Neither party has an obligation under this Agreement to purchase any service, goods, or intangibles from the other party. Discloser may, at its sole discretion, using its own information, offer such products and/or services for sale and modify them or discontinue sale at any time. Furthermore, both parties acknowledge and agree that the exchange of information under this Agreement shall not commit or bind either party to any present or future contractual relationship (except as specifically stated herein), nor shall the exchange of information be construed as an inducement to act or not to act in any given manner.
8. Neither party shall be liable to the other in any manner whatsoever for any decisions, obligations, costs or expenses incurred, changes in business practices, plans, organization, products, services, or otherwise, based on either party’s decision to use or rely on any information exchanged under this Agreement.
9. If there is a breach or threatened breach of any provision of this Agreement, it is agreed and understood that Discloser shall have no adequate remedy in money or other damages and accordingly shall be entitled to injunctive relief; provided however, no specification in this Agreement of any particular remedy shall be construed as a waiver or prohibition of any other remedies in the event of a breach or threatened breach of this Agreement.
10. This Agreement states the entire agreement between the parties concerning the disclosure of Confidential Information and supersedes any prior agreements, understandings, or representations with respect thereto. Any addition or modification to this Agreement must be made in writing and signed by authorized representatives of both parties. This Agreement is made under and shall be construed according to the laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A. In the event that this agreement is breached, any and all disputes must be settled in a court of competent jurisdiction in the State of Illinois, U.S.A.
11. If any of the provisions of this Agreement are found to be unenforceable, the remainder shall be enforced as fully as possible and the unenforceable provision(s) shall be deemed modified to the limited extent required to permit enforcement of the Agreement as a whole.
WHEREFORE, the parties acknowledge that they have read and understand this Agreement and voluntarily accept the duties and obligations set forth herein.
Invisible Disabilities: Not all injury, illness, chronic pain, and disabilities are visible! You may have psychological or unseen physical scars that start after the initial injury or illness and last long after medical treatment and or any litigation is over. Problems like this can affect many workers relationships with the people they interact with and love, and will determine how well they readjust to life. These problems can also lead to other complications or can even be fatal. Unfortunately, many workers are not aware that they have these problems, and others fail to seek treatment because they fear being labeled as weak or as losing their status in life.
* Talk with family and friends * Suicide Prevention Hotline Link & Phone Number * 800-273-8255 (TALK)
CFS, ME, RSD/CRPS, Fibromyalgia, CPS, MPS are some examples!
Pain syndromes are another disability that is not visible to the naked eye, but can be just as damaging as any other. These kinds of disabilities are extremely concerning because not only are they difficult to diagnose, they are just as difficult to treat because of the vast scale of the body they cover. This can also lead to the patient getting frustrated and loosing his/her self esteem and believing that no one can help. This is false? You must stay focused, be resilient, and most of all be patient.
These companies and organizations recognize the impact NAIDW has on families, communities, and the healthcare system. Their support provides the NAIDW Association with an opportunity to increase awareness of injured & disabled workers and to raise much needed funds to further our mission.
NAIDW recognizes the importance of working with the right businesses and professionals to maximize our efforts in promoting information, resources, and advocacy for injured & disabled workers and their families.
Our sponsors and advertisers come along side the Association informally and formally to advance the mission of the Association and make a difference in the lives of the men, women, and families in our communities. Although the word "sponsor" is used often we believe they are much more then that! We like to think of them as "partners" who help us advance our mission!
Uniting together under the idea of achieving a common goal is an underlying value within the injured & disabled workers community and one that leads to true change and progress. People with disabilities, injured workers, advocates, friends, family, organizations, businesses, and more must work together in order to realize access and equality for all injured & disabled workers and their families. NAIDW works every day with all members of the community to achieve this goal. Some of the Partners we work with are listed below...
NOTE: No goods or services should be provided in exchange of these sponsorships and contributions!
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway,
Mountain View, CA 94043,
The Advocator Group 101 Edgewater Drive, Suite 260,
Wakefield, MA 01880,
The Abilities Expo,
2601 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 200,
Santa Monica, CA 90405,
(310) 450-8831; x130,
425 K Street N.W., Suite 350,
Washington DC 20005, USA,
NW Neurosurgical Assoc.,
7447 W Talcott Ave, Suite 340,
Chicago, IL 60631, (773) 594-0200.
O'Connor & Nakos Ltd.,
120 North LaSalle Street, 35th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60602,
Comprehensive Pain Management Group, 9000 Waukegan Road, Suite 130,
Morton Grove, IL 60053,
Horwitz, Horwitz & Assoc.,
25 E. Washington Street, STE 900,
Chicago, IL 60622,
Insler & Hermann, LLP,
560 White Plains Rd Ste. 630,
Tarrytown, NY 10591,
Perakis, Resis, Woods,
1701 E. Woodfield Rd, Ste 1000,
Schaumburg, IL 60173,
Rehm, Bennett & Moore,
3701 Union Drive Ste. 200,
The Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving WILG -Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Cement Masons Local 502
NAIDW is a nationally recognized 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public charity. All donations are 100% tax deductable!
Construction Trade Council150 North Wacker Dr. STE 1850
Chicago, IL 60606
425 K Street N.W., Suite 350,
Washington DC 20005, USA
GuideStar1730 Pennsylvania N.W. STE 250
Washington, DC 20006
W3 / MIT
32 Vassar Street, Rm 32-G515
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Today's injury, illness, disease, chronic pain, disability and death top stories & headlines from NAIDW.
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We are committed to ensuring that our site is accessible to all users. This Website has been developed using guidelines established by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended). Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers to information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities and to encourage the development of new technologies to help achieve these goals. This law requires that all individuals with disabilities have access to information and data comparable to that which is available to individuals without disabilities.
eSSENTIAL Accessibility: The National Association of Injured & Disabled Workers has partnered with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to provide you a specialized web browser at no charge. Individuals who have trouble typing, moving a mouse or reading can't access the web without assistive technology. See the complete list of features.
It is the foundation of a Disability Community Involvement initiative launched in association with leading advocacy groups for the disabled. Click on this icon to visit www.essentialaccessibility.com where assistive technology is available free of charge. eSSENTIAL Accessibility features an array of keyboard and mouse replacement solutions to enhance user experience and to help make the web accessible to all. These "alternative input methods" include a webcam-based hands-free movement tracking system that allows users to overcome any physical limitation. It also includes a web page reader.
The National Association of Injured & Disabled Workers is proud to be a founding member of this Disability Community Involvement initiative to create shared value. It reflects our commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility. eSSENTIAL Accessibility is available only for Windows users. See the complete list of requirememts.
Two things have to happen to take full advantage of the eSSENTIAL Accessibility browser:
Download the browser here and try it out. We are very interested in your feedback.
Make the most of your current browser Your regular Internet browser has built-in features to make your surfing much easier. The accessibility settings are helpful to people with visual difficulties, hearing loss, discomfort in their hands or arms, or reasoning and cognitive issues. Depending on your browser, you can:
Note: Changing text size is built into our Website. Click the [A] Text or [A] Text icons at the top right corner of every page. Click the small A to get it page back to normal size.
Use the Tab key Almost anywhere on our site, pressing the Tab key will jump you from clickable link to clickable link (and the text boxes), and always in the same order. Look for a faint dotted-line surrounding the link to see where you are. When you first come to a page and hit Tab, the faint-dotted line will be in the upper left, around the link for English. When you land on a link you want, hit Return or Enter to select it.
Site map The site map shows you every link on the site, in plain text, in an outline format. This makes it very easy to use the Tab key to naviagte to any part of the site.
We have two site maps:
Resources for accessibility
Since you are reading this page then it is safe to say to that you already know basic website navigation such as typing web addresses, clicking through links and maybe even watching or listening to multimedia. That's great! What we'll do here is try to familiarise you with how to use our forum and its many options.
When you get done reading this you will be able to reply to existing posts as well as make new posts. You will know how to format your text, make links, add images and videos and much more. We're not going to teach you how to use every little button, gizmo or forum feature but rather provide you sufficient working knowledge to feel comfortable enough to get involved here in the forum. After that, you can do a sleuthing around to learn what the rest of the goodies do.
Set up your profile
When you find a community and forum that you like and plan on staying with for a while it is a good idea to set up and complete your profile. You access your profile by clicking 'My Profile' located at the top of the forum. This area is not much different than any other form you have filled out online or in real life except that much of the information in here is optional.
Reply to an existing post
So, you have been lurking around the forum for a while reading every post and getting to know everyone. You have just read someone's post and you have finally decided you are going to reply and contribute some information of your own. Great! This is done by pressing one of the 'reply' buttons.
Create a new post of your own
Now that you have responded to a few other posts, and feel like an accepted member of the community, you want to tell us a little bit about yourself. To do this, you should start your very own topic so we can properly respond and greet you. Navigate to our General board and click on it so that you can see the list of all of the existing posts. At the top of the list is a button labelled 'New Thread'. Click that button to start your very own topic. You are placed at the same text editor that you used earlier when replying to posts. Simply type your message telling us all about yourself and press 'Submit'. Now you have your own post topic in the list.
Format your post
Remember we said earlier that the text editor is very similar to a word processor? Well, as in any word processor you can format and arrange your text for emphasis here in the forum.
The first, basic thing you should know is that the forum uses what's called BBcode or Bulletin Board Code. BBcode uses 'tags' to 'mark up' your text. Each 'tag' has an opening and closing 'tag' denoted within brackets. An opening tag will look like [ ] and a closing tag looks like [/ ]. Notice the slash in the closing bracket is the only thing that is different. If you forget the slash, the forum will interpret your closing bracket as an opening bracket.
The easiest way to 'mark up' your text is usually to type it out first, then select it, and press the appropriate button at the top of the editor. For example, if you wanted to make 'some text' bold you would type it out 'some text', then select 'some text' with your mouse, and then press the 'B' icon in the toolbar located just above the Message area (where you are composing your message). You will now see: [b]some text[/b]. When you preview or submit your message it will be displayed as 'some text'. Alternatively, if you know them, you can type the tags manually right along with the rest of your text or you can use the buttons at the top of the editor to insert the tags the fill in your text.
The BBcode Wiki covers the basic mark up tags so let's move on to what the Wiki doesn't cover.
There are two types of lists: ordered and unordered. An ordered list is a numerical list like you might use to list the finishing order of a race. An unordered list is a list you might use to list groceries. There are two different tags needed to create a list.
First, you use a tag that creates the kind of list you want.
[ul] [/ul] = unordered list [ol] [/ol] = ordered list
Second, you use a list tag for each item in the list
[li] [/li] = each list item.
So, the code for an ordered list would look like this:
[ol] [li] 1st place[/li] [li] 2nd place[/li] [li] 3rd place[/li] [/ol]
Embedding a video in your post is a more recent addition to the forum and makes use of many video sharing websites on the web. This gives us the ability to show the video in our forum without having to host it ourselves or making you follow a link over some other website to see the video. Once you have a video that you want to post you need to find the unique identifier in the URL to that video.
It's difficult to provide detailed instructions or examples here, so we'll only cover the basics. Understand that each video sharing website uses a unique identifier for each video. For example, this video from YouTube whose URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqJE5TH5jhc. You need to know the video's unique identifier (which differs depending on what site you visit); in our example, the unique identifier is bqJE5TH5jhc. Once you know what that unique identifier is you can embed that video in our forum by selecting the video hosting website from the 'video' drop down list at the top of the WYSIWIG editor pr typing the following:
[video type=] [/video]
If you were embedding a video from YouTube, for example, the bbcode would end up looking like this:
[video type=youtube] insert_unique_identifier_here [/video]
[video type=youtube] bqJE5TH5jhc [/video]
It's a good idea to preview your post to make sure the video is visible before submitting your completed post.
Edit your own post
There will be times when you make a post and you don't catch a misspelled word, fix a broken link or something that will require you to edit you post. It happens to us all so the edit button is easily accessible. When you are looking at one of your own posts that you need to edit you will find the 'Edit' button at the bottom of your post. Simply press the edit button and you use the same editor you used to create your post populated with the actual post. Edit your post as you see fit and, when you are satisfied, press the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. All done!
Visibility and notification of your favorite posts
Now that you have settled into your new community and everyone has met you, you want to be able to keep up with your favorite posts without checking in every five minutes to see if something new has posted. There a couple of ways that you can do that.
At the top and the bottom of every thread you will find the 'Subscribe' button. Pressing this button subscribes you to that topic so that any responses to that topic will generate an email notification to your email address stating that a new post has been made along with a link directly to said post for your convenience. You will notice the button now reads 'Unsubscribe' indicating that you are subscribed and pressing the button again will remove your subscription to that thread. Remember that you can also manage your subscriptions in your profile.
Another way of gaining visibility of threads that wish to keep an eye on is set them as your 'Favorite'. This will place an obvious indicator, such as a star, beside the topic name of the thread so that it will stand out in the forum list of topics. You will notice the button now reads 'Unfavorite' indicating that the post is already one of your favourites and pressing the button again will remove it from your favourites. This is a great way to get visibility on multiple topics that you wish to watch without getting spammed by email subscriptions. Remember that you can also manage your favourites in your profile.
The Karma System
The karma system is one of those neat little things that contributes to the community aspect of a website by empowering you to give feedback to those who deserve it. It is a tool you can use to show appreciation or disapproval for anything that another member has done.
Maybe you posted for help on how to do something and got such a swift and helpful response from another member that you want to show appreciation in more than just words. You can applaud them by giving them Karma. Perhaps another member responded to that same post negatively offering no help and unnecessarily making you look foolish when you genuinely needed help. You can smite them by take away Karma. However, should you smite someone, you should follow that up with a message to an admin or moderator and let them know just in case there is a larger issue.
Please use the karma system responsibly. Don't abuse it by artificially inflating someone's karma or waging a personal war against someone by reducing their karma unnecessarily. If abuse is detected the karma system will be shut off as it is not a necessity.
The karma controls are located in the top, right of each post we make in the forum. The '+' sign adds karma and the '-' takes it away. You cannot adjust your own karma.
Now that you know how to create your own posts, edit them, set notifications, etc, you are ready to explore the rest of the forum. Don't be afraid. Go click things and see what they do. If something 'breaks' or you don't understand how to use something make a post in the forum and ask for help.