E-Bulletin February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

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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Business News

Number of ADA Title III Lawsuists Filed in 2018 Tops 10,000

The legal firm Seyfarth Shaw conducted a review of lawsuits filed under Title III of the ADA in 2018, finding a significant increase and a record number of filings for the year. Filings in California, New York, and Florida continued to represent a disproportionate number of filings (approximately 84% of all filings were in one of these three states).

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Employment News

Fact Sheet: Employment Disparity Grows for Rural Americans with Disabilities

While overall employment rates have improved since the recession, employment for people with disabilities in rural areas has decreased. This fact sheet uses the recently released American Community Survey 5-year estimates to explore changes in employment rates for people with and without disabilities across the nine divisions of the United States, and for metropolitan, micropolitan, and non-core counties.

Picturing Work: A New Program for Vocational Empowerment May Help People with Psychiatric Disabilities Pursue Work

A recent study suggested that Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (VEP) may help people with psychiatric disabilities to feel less stigmatized, more empowered, and to see themselves as workers. VEP includes group sessions and the creation of “photovoice narratives,” an exercise which involves individuals preparing stories around photographed items related to employment.

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Accessible Design News

“Why Architects Still Struggle with Disability Requirements 28 Years After Passage of the ADA”

This article features an interview with Peter Stratton, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Accessibility Services at Steven Winter Associates, who shares his perspectives on the impact the ADA Standards have had on design and construction.

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Health and Wellness News

New Video: Peer Support After Burn Injury

This new video from Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System features burn survivors, family members, and clinicians who share experiences and resources related to peer support. The video joins a collection which provides information on a variety of topics, including therapy exercises, social recovery, and research.

Robotic Exoskeletons May Provide Health Benefits for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Exoskeletons are wearable devices that provide hip and knee motion with an external power source, allowing the user to stand upright and walk limited distances. Researchers explored the use of exoskeletons in rehabilitation facilities and identified benefits, risks, and recommendations for improving the technology and enhancing its use.

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Technology News

“Toyota Finalists for $4 Million Challenge to Reinvent the Wheelchair”

This article reports on the finalists in the global “Mobility Unlimited Challenge” sponsored by Toyota. The three-year, $4 million competition asks engineers, innovators, and designers from around the world to rethink the conventional wheelchair.

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Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

March 12: Traumatic Brain Injury Stakeholder Day

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will hold Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Stakeholder Day on March 12 to offer an opportunity for members of the TBI community to come to Washington, DC, to learn about and discuss important issues with other stakeholders, including TBI survivors, families, support networks, and state and federal representatives. RSVP is needed by March 8; visit the website for more details.

A separate event sponsored by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force will take place March 13.

Research Study: Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes

Researchers are recruiting employees with mobility disabilities for a series of online surveys about how workplace design and the work environment affect an employee's ability to take part in work activities. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently employed at least 20 hours per week in a physical work setting. Only 1-2 employees per worksite will be enrolled and priority will be given to those who work outside of the rehabilitation services/disability advocacy fields. Participants will complete three online surveys and will be compensated for their time.

ADANN Seeks Input on Serving Older People and Latinos/Hispanics with Disabilities

The ADA National Network (ADANN) is interested in how to better serve older people and Latinos / Hispanics with disabilities. The results of these assessments will help inform outreach to support people with disabilities in understanding their rights and awareness of services.

  • Older Person Service Providers Needs Assessment
    If you support older people with disabilities or medical challenges, we are seeking your input on how older people get and use information about their rights under the ADA.
  • Older Adults Needs Assessment
    We would like to better understand how to ensure older people with disabilities have information about their rights under the ADA. If you are an older person with a disability or an on-going health or medical concern that impacts your ability to participate in your community, we are looking for your input.
  • Latinos / Hispanics ADA Needs Assessment
    We would like to better understand how to reach and support Latinos / Hispanics with disabilities in understanding their rights under the ADA.
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