Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

ODEP Seeks Input on Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Initiative

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is seeking input from the public as it shapes a new stay-at-work/return-to-work demonstration initiative.

Millions of American workers leave the workforce each year after experiencing an injury or illness, and many could remain in the workforce if they received effective supports. The Department is considering the development of a grant program aimed at reducing long-term disability and increasing labor force participation among these workers, and is interested in comments from members of the public, states, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, researchers, employers, health care providers, private disability insurance providers, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and other interested parties. Comments must be received by October 30, 2017.

National Survey about Accessible Parking and Placard Abuse

This survey is for people with disabilities who use, or are eligible to use, accessible parking. The anonymous survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey closes November 1, 2017.

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.