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September 18, 2018
“How a Wave of New Tech Products are Making Life Easier for People with Disabilities”

This article reports on some of the benefits and challenges that people with disabilities experience with technological development.

September 18, 2018
ADA Success Stories

Check out the latest success story from the ADA National Network, Art Therapy on Wheels, highlighting an art therapist who worked with the Great Lakes ADA Center to create an accessible mobile art therapy lab, bringing art therapy to everyone.

September: National SCI Awareness Month

September has been designated National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month, and the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) put together this collection of information and resources on how to select and maintain a wheelchair, how to build skills (wheelchair maneuvering, transferring, exercising, etc.), how to connect with the community of other people with SCI, and more.

September 18, 2018
Washington, DC: “B.F. Saul Companies, Hospitality Group to Pay $210,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit”

The B.F. Saul group of real estate companies will pay $210,000 to resolve an ADA lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which alleged the company violated the law when it fired an employee one week before she was scheduled to undergo surgery for breast cancer.

The company will also implement a number of measures designed to prevent disability discrimination and to facilitate reasonable accommodations for workers in the future.

“M&R Consulting, LLC To Pay $40,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit”

M&R Consulting, LLC, a Towson, Maryland-based home care agency doing business as Home Instead Senior Care, will pay $40,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

September 18, 2018
New Factsheets on Healthy Aging with Disabilities

New factsheets joint the collection from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Healthy Aging and Physical Disability, including:

  • Age, Hearing Loss, and Communication: What Are My Rights?
  • How to Manage Disability-Related Pain as You Age
  • Living Well with Age-Related Vision Loss
September 18, 2018
NIDILRR 40th Anniversary Celebration

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is about to mark 40 years of research and support for people with disabilities. A celebration will take place October 18th, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC. The event will bring together Directors from throughout NIDILRR's history, celebrate featured accomplishments and contributions made to the field by NIDILRR grantees, and focus on the future direction of disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research. Registration is required and space is limited. Please register by October 5th.

September 4, 2018
“VA Required Thousands of ‘Unwarranted Reexaminations’ for Vets Getting Disability Benefits”

This article highlights a report from the Veterans Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, which reviewed thousands of disability benefits cases and found that veterans were required to undergo unwarranted medical reexaminations 37% of the time, creating hardship for veterans and wasting VA resources.