The U.S. Department of Transportation is requesting input on a proposed inclusive design challenge related to the accessibility of automated vehicles (AVs). The challenge will seek solutions to obstacles faced by individuals with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities who may ride in or operate AVs. Comments must be submitted by January 31, 2010.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) collaborates with organizations and corporate sponsors to offer a variety of exciting internships for students and recent graduates with disabilities.
This year AAPD is partnering with Coca-Cola to launch an internship program at Coca-Cola’s offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC. The application deadline is January 31, 2020.
The U.S. Access Board is undertaking a study that has the potential to advance access to air travel for passengers who use wheelchairs. This project will assess the feasibility of equipping passenger planes with restraint systems so that passengers can remain in their wheelchairs on flights.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has organized a committee, which will hold its first meeting February 5 – 6, 2020 at the Access Board’s conference center. Most sessions will be open to the public and available by web conference. Those attending in person do not need to register in advance, but registration is required (free) to attend online.
Visit TRB’s website for further information on this project, the meeting agenda, and the committee.
Questions about the study can be directed to Mario Damiani of the Access Board at email@example.com, (202) 272-0050 (v), or (202) 272-0066 (TTY). Inquiries about attending the committee meeting or registering for the web conference should be addressed to Anusha Jayasinghe of TRB at AJayasinghe@nas.edu or (202) 334-2401.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration is accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG). The STIPDG provides college and university students with hands-on experience and on-the-job training, strengthening their understanding of the transportation industry and preparing them for future public service opportunities. This paid internship program is open to all qualified applicants but is designed to provide qualified women, persons with disabilities, and members of diverse groups with summer opportunities in transportation. Applications are due February 1, 2020.
This program from the Administration for Community Living in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ACL/HHS) invites businesses to compete for cash prizes to develop innovative models for increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The cash prizes will serve as seed money to refine, develop, test, and implement initial concepts. Winners will receive travel to Washington, D.C., mentorship from experts in the field, and promotion of their models. The deadline to submit proposals is February 14, 2020.
Virtual Health Promotion Program for Women with SCI
The Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center is recruiting participants for a study to test a psychological health promotion program for women with spinal cord injury (SCI). The 10-week program is delivered online through the Second Life virtual world platform. Participants must be women, 18 years or older, with a traumatic SCI who are at least one-year post injury. Participants must also have access to and be able to use a computer with high speed Internet and must be able to communicate in online group conversations in English. Eligible participants will receive a small compensation for their time. For more information or to volunteer, contact the project at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-797-7572.