E-Bulletin: December 20, 2022

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.

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Holiday Festivities? Consider Individuals with Eating Disorders During

This blog post reminds us to be considerate of those who experience eating disorders and may find food-centric holiday events stressful.

2021 Profile of Older Americans

This report provides a snapshot of the growing population of Americans over the age of 65, including data on race and ethnicity, income, employment, access to health care, living arrangements, geographic distribution, and disability.

Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities and PTSD Share the Barriers They Experience to Employment

Research shows that people with psychiatric disabilities such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression are more likely to experience trauma and develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A recent study found that experiencing symptoms of PTSD may have a significant impact on the abilities of these individuals to find and maintain employment.

Employers’ Practical Guide: Reasonable Accommodation During the Hiring Process

This guide from the Job Accommodation Network features tips and strategies for employers to improve their recruiting, hiring, and onboarding activities for workers with disabilities.

Individuals with Mobility Challenges Struggle to Be Seen as Viable Job Candidates Despite Labor Shortages

According to BraunAbility’s third-annual Drive for Inclusion Report Card, “the group that is everywhere is still being overlooked” by employers.

“Parents of Students with Disabilities Reach Mask Mandate Ban Settlement with Virginia”

This article reports on a settlement agreement that will allow public schools in Virginia to make adjustments to student masking policies in order to accommodate students with disabilities.

The settlement agreement enables schools to adjust policies and practices to accommodate students with disabilities who may need those around them to wear masks, students with disabilities who may not be able to wear masks, and students whose parents do not want them to wear masks.

Uber Wait Time Fee Settlement: Deadline Approaching to Claim Credits or Payments

The U.S. Department of Justice and Uber reached a settlement agreement regarding Uber’s practice of charging a wait time fee when a rider needed more time to board a car because of disability. Riders who were charged these fees may be eligible for ride credits or money payments.

Pregnancy and Women with SCI

This new infocomic answers some common questions for women with spinal cord injuries (SCI) who are interested in becoming pregnant.

HHS Issues Health+ Long COVID Report

The Office of Science and Medicine at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued this report on the experiences of people who report long-term symptoms from a COVID infection (sometimes called “Long COVID”). The report aims to focus attention and promote interventions that can improve quality of life and care and reduce health disparities for marginalized communities, including people with disabilities.

Family Caregiving – A New Strategy to Address an Issue That Touches All of Us

This blog post highlights research and resources to improve recognition, inclusion, and support for family caregivers.

PBS: In a Different Key

This documentary chronicles a mother’s search for the first person ever diagnosed with autism, now an elderly man living in rural Mississippi, to learn if his life story holds promise for her own autistic son.

Virginia: Stakeholder’s Virtual Community Meeting

January 10, 2023
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia will host this meeting to discuss how systems change fosters ADA compliance. Registration is required.

The United States Attorney’s Office strives to host inclusive, accessible events. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Steven Gordon prior to the presentation at Steve.gordon@usdoj.gov.

Survey of People with Disabilities: Access and Attitudes Towards Health Care

The Southwest ADA Center is conducting this survey to better understand barriers to health care for people with disabilities, explore how the socioeconomic status of a community influences health care access, and determine how inaccessibility affects attitudes and behavior in relation to health care.

Survey: Use of Service Animals in Employment

The Southwest ADA Center is conducting a survey to learn more about how people with disabilities use service animals and emotional support animals to assist them in the workplace, explore any barriers they may encounter at work, and determine what factors contribute to successful employment outcomes.

National Survey: Increasing Adaptive Babycare Resources and Intervention Supports for Parents and Caregivers with Physical and Vision Disabilities

Through the Looking Glass is conducting this survey is to learn more about the current strategies and supports that are used and needed by parents and caregivers who have physical or vision disabilities. Information gathered will be used to develop additional resources and educational materials for parents and caregivers, occupational therapists, and other professionals. 

Share Your Story: Connections Among Adults with Serious Mental Health Challenges

The Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks participants for surveys to share their stories about social connections. Participants must have a mental health condition, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizoaffective disorder. Participants may type out their stories, share a recording, or schedule a time to dictate their story with a research assistant.

Course: Partnering with Families to Support Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Vision Disabilities

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision released this new course for rehabilitation professionals. The course provides numerous strategies to involve family members of people who are blind or have low vision in the rehabilitation process. The course is free continuing education credit is available.