E-Bulletin June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

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

People with Disabilities in the World in 2021: Facts and Figures

This article provides a general overview of statistics on the 1 billion people with disabilities around the world, including information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has effected these populations.

“Biden’s Budget Includes Boost to Special Ed, Disability Services”

This article reports on President Biden’s recent budget request to Congress, which calls for increased funding to support special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  (IDEA), and services that enable people with disabilities to live in community settings instead of nursing homes and other institutions.

“Training for Capitol Hill Staffers Key to Shifting Attitudes on Accessibility for Disability Community”

As staffers head back to Capitol Hill, the return to offices is prompting questions about gaps in physical and digital accessibility in Congress for staff, lobbyists, constituents, and lawmakers with disabilities.

"Alice Wong Wants to Make Space for More Disabled Asian Americans Like Her"

This article takes a closer look at the life and work of disability activist Alice Wong.

Scientists with Disabilities Are Often Excluded from the Lab

This podcast includes an interview with a scientist who shares how her disability changed her relationship to science, how scientific research can become more accessible, and how STEMM fields need to change to be more welcoming to disabled scientists.

Accessibility 101: A Researcher's Guide to Making Content Accessible

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) published a tip sheet that introduces the concept of accessibility in websites, public documents, and other digital products.

Opinion: “What Is the Difference Between Compassion for Those with Disabilities and Ableism?”

The author of this article addresses a common question around disability, offering insight into the concept of ableism, as well as when “compassion” could actually be a kind of discrimination.

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Employment News

New and Updated Resources from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted updated and expanded technical assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing questions arising due to the availability of vaccinations.

The EEOC also posted a new resource for job applicants and employees, explaining how federal employment discrimination laws protect workers during the pandemic.

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Transportation News

Federal Transit Administration Updates Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) posted new and revised responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to funding requirements under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).

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Education News

Colleges Fix 100,000 Files to Make Digital Content Accessible

This article shares the results of Blackboard’s second annual Fix Your Content Day Challenge. As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, some 115 educational institutions faced off in a 24-hour race to see which could deliver the most fixes.

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Health and Wellness News

America at a Glance: COVID-19 Vaccination Among People with Disabilities

The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities published this research brief, exploring how people with disabilities are experiencing COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the country.

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Arts and Culture News

“Why Dungeons and & Dragon's Combat Wheelchair Is A Good Start for Disabled Representation”

This article shares insight into how the "Combat Wheelchair" created for Dungeons & Dragons inspired important conversations about disability representation in role playing games.

Virginia Art-Ability Show is Live Online

This year’s Annual Art-Ability Art Show will be held virtually from May 1 – July 1, 2021. Sponsored by Virginia Delegate Kaye Kory, it features artists with disabilities from all over the state of Virginia.

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Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

Now Accepting Artwork Submissions for the 2022 Institute on Disability Calendar

The University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability is now accepting artwork submissions for their 2022 Disability Calendar. All submissions must be received by Friday, June 25, 2021.

Survey: Competency-Based Training for Employment Service Providers

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RRTC-IDD) seeks participants for an online survey on the training needs of employment service providers.

Lessons Learned from SSA Demonstrations: A State-of-the-Science Meeting

June 15, 2021
This full-day virtual event will be hosted by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to discuss lessons learned about policies, programs, and operational decisions that could effectively support disability program beneficiaries who want to work. The event will bring together more than 30 researchers and experts in disability and social policy.

Psychosocial and Cultural Aspects of Disability: A Training Workshop for Health Professionals

August 6, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This virtual workshop will provide healthcare professionals with knowledge they can use to provide more informed and effective person-centered care for individuals with disabilities.

ADA National Network Launches 30th Anniversary Celebration

The ADA National Network (ADANN) is celebrating 30 years of providing training, technical assistance, and guidance on the ADA. Throughout the year, the ADANN will be highlighting its services, success stories, and vision for the next 30 years. Visit the ADANN to learn more and find your regional ADA Center.

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