E-Bulletin November 28, 2017

November 28, 2017

We post our bi-weekly bulletin to keep you up to date on disability-related resources, news, and other items of interest. This information is being provided solely for non-commercial, nonprofit educational purposes, including news reporting and research. It is not intended for commercial purposes. Further, we understand that our readers generally read the articles and information online, at the websites provided in the hyperlinks, rather than relying solely on our synopses or copies. We are not responsible for the accessibility or the content of other websites. Please be aware that some links provided are time sensitive, and may become inactive at any time.

We include links to articles, editorials and opinion pieces, press releases, and other materials that represent diverse perspectives. Inclusion does not imply endorsement of any products, services, sources, information, or opinions expressed in these materials.

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General News

For Families, Caregiving Happens Around the Clock

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offers this collection of information, resources, and research findings on the role of caregivers in the lives of many individuals with disabilities.

“Outdated Disabilities Act Stymies Internet's Benefits”

The writers of this opinion piece bemoan the lack of federal rulemaking to clarify the ADA’s application to websites.

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Business News

“Accessibility is Good Business, and It’s the Right Thing to Do”

This article highlights a service available from the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Center conducts site assessments that can help businesses identify and address structural barriers on their properties.

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Employment News

“PEAT Talks Recap: Strategies to Drive Awareness and Engagement at a Large Enterprise”

This blog post from the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) recaps a recent presentation on how Capital One’s Digital Accessibility Team worked to help thousands of employees understand accessible technology and approach their day-to-day work with an “accessibility mindset.”

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ADA Legal News

American Airlines and Envoy Air to Pay $9.8 Million to Settle EEOC ADA Lawsuit

American Airlines and Envoy Air will pay $9.8 million in stock to settle a nationwide class disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC claimed the airlines discriminated against hundreds of employees by refusing to consider reasonable accommodations that might have enabled workers to return to duty with medical restrictions.

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Education and Transition News

Higher Education: Addressing IT Accessibility

This article reports on discussions among colleges and universities interested in collaborating to improve the accessibility of information technology (IT) products and systems used in higher education.

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Health and Wellness News

New Training Program Materials: Pressure Injury Prevention in Hospitals

This curriculum from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRC) is designed to facilitate the implementation of staff training programs aimed at reducing hospital-acquired pressure injuries, which are potentially deadly skin ulcers that can result from unrelieved pressure, especially on bony areas such as heels, hips, or the tailbone in people with limited mobility.

A Roadmap to Behavioral Health:
A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

This new guide is designed to assist consumers in accessing mental health and substance use disorder services as part of their healthcare coverage. The guide includes information about obtaining and using health insurance, what kinds of mental health and substance use disorder services are available, finding and choosing a behavioral health provider, and following up on care.

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Arts and Entertainment News

“TV Including More Characters with Disabilities”

An annual report that looks at the representation of minorities on television indicates an increase in the number of characters with disabilities.

“Jeremy the Dud: The New Short Film that Flips Disability on Its Head”

A new film, Jeremy the Dud, features a character “without specialty” trying to live in a world where almost everyone has a disability.

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Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

Accepting Applications: CHRIL Disability Research Fellowship

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research. The program offers research training experience for developing scholars with disabilities who hold doctorate-level or similar advanced degrees and are committed to understanding and improving health policies and services for people with disabilities. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2017.

Surveys Seek Input on ADA Information Needs

The Northeast ADA Center is conducting three surveys to identify the ADA information needs of older adults and members of the Hispanic/Latino community with disabilities. One survey is open to adults age 60 or older with disabilities or ongoing health concerns, a second survey is open to service providers who support these older adults, and a third survey is open to members of the Hispanic/Latino community with disabilities (available in English and Spanish).

Seeking Participants for Study of Reasonable Accommodation Within Small Employers

The Northeast ADA Regional Center is seeking participants for a research study on reasonable accommodation policies and practices within small employers (15-500 employees). The study is open to individuals who work for small employers, including those in leadership roles who have responsibility for implementing accommodation processes within their companies. Participants will be interviewed by phone and will receive a $50 gift card at the end of their participation. Findings will be used to develop resources to support small employers in this area. For more information or to be screened for participation, contact Vicki Chang.

Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technologies

This survey seeks input from people with all types of disabilities on cell phone and tablet use, wearables, smart home technologies, and other next-generation wirelessly-connected devices. Responses will be used to inform designers and engineers, the wireless industry, government regulators, and other researchers to help them make wireless technology more accessible and more useful to people with disabilities.

Survey on Service Animals and Assistance Animals

If you are a U.S. resident at least 18 years old who uses a service animal or other animal that assists with your disability, or a parent of a child who uses such an animal, the Southwest ADA Center invites you to complete this anonymous survey about experiences accessing public places with your animal.

Employers: Registration Open for 2018 Disability Equality Index

The Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score on their disability inclusion policies and practices. The DEI is intended to recognize companies’ successful inclusion strategies, as well as identify opportunities for continued improvement. Registration for the 2018 DEI is open until January 12, 2018.

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