E-Bulletin: January 17, 2023

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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ODEP Publishes New Interactive Data Maps

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) published two new interactive data maps to illustrate the disability employment landscape in states and across the U.S. The Employment-Population Ratio Map shows how the employment-population ratio varies by state and race/ethnicity, and the Median Annual Earnings Map shows how median earnings differ by state and sex among currently working adults with disabilities.

DOL: COVID-19 and Employment Trends for People with Disabilities

The economy continues to recover from pandemic-related effects. This Department of Labor blog post reports that people with disabilities have re-entered the labor force in greater numbers and have even surpassed the pre-pandemic level.

NADTC and AFB Partner to Provide Guidance on Serving Older Riders with Vision Loss

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) published two new guides to help transportation providers better serve older adults with vision loss:

NADTC 2022 Photo Contest Winners

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) announced the winners of their 2022 photo contest. Check out their slide show featuring photos that highlight how transit personnel and volunteers are facilitating innovative transportation programs and options for elders and people with disabilities across the country.

21st Century Assistive Technology Act Signed into Law

The 21st Century Assistive Technology Act, signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023, aims to expand access to assistive technology (AT) for people with disabilities.

L’Oréal’s Handheld, Motorized Device Helps People with Disabilities Apply Lipstick

L’Oréal unveiled a handheld, computerized makeup applicator designed for people with limited hand and arm mobility.

Mindfulness of Inclusive Holiday Gatherings for All

Ann Deschamps, the Director here at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, talked about how to make holiday events more inclusive of people with disabilities during an interview on the Fox 45 Morning News in Baltimore.

Check out the recording of our webinar on Accessible Entertaining before your next family gathering!

Birding for All: How to Make Enjoying Birds More Accessible

This article features an interview with an avid birder, who talks about the benefits of birding and connecting with nature, ways individuals can enjoy birding in different ways, and how land managers can create and maintain more accessible trails, bird blinds, observation platforms, and other facilities.

“’God of War: Ragnarök’ Wins Big In Accessibility”

The Game Awards’ Innovation in Accessibility Award recognizes inclusive gaming design. This year that award went to “God of War: Ragnarök,” which includes an extensive list of options for gamers with disabilities.

Webinar: Creating Accessible Recreational Gaming

January 25, 2023
Join us and learn more about how to plan and execute a recreational gaming event focused on welcoming all players through the careful selection of games, solid documentation, and the use of assistive technology.

AARP Livable Communities Challenge

This challenge funds projects to help communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. Projects may help improve access to public transportation, affordable and accessible housing, programs to foster healthy living and community engagement, and more. Applications are due by March 15, 2023.

Study Opportunities for Older Adults with Disabilities

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC) is recruiting older adults with physical and sensory disabilities for multiple studies. Currently recruiting studies include understanding attitudes and experiences with digital assistance technologies, evaluating a protype fall detection device for wheelchair and scooter users, testing a Tele Tai Chi virtual group class for adults with mobility disabilities, and exploring the everyday activities and challenges among late-deafened older adults.

Study: Camouflaging Experiences of Adolescent Autistic Girls in Inclusion

Researchers are interested in the perspectives of high school girls with autism, as well as their mothers, about “camouflaging,” or hiding traits of autism.

Busing on the Lookout: Fighting Human Trafficking

The organization Truckers Against Trafficking offers training videos and materials to help bus drivers, terminal workers, maintenance staff, dispatch operators, ticket counter personnel, security guards, and others learn how to recognize and report signs of human trafficking. Materials are available in English, Spanish, and French Canadian.

NADTC Learning Center

Check out the “how to” shorts from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), addressing topics such as how to engage in effective and interactive communication with people who have disabilities, developing partnerships to grow and sustain transportation programs, and writing effective survey questions.