E-Bulletin: January 30, 2024

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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Visit the Trainings section for more information on ADA and disability related trainings, meetings, and conferences.

ASL Video: Human Trafficking 101

Dr. Beth Bowman partnered with Gallaudet University’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child Resilience Center to create a 15-minute video in American Sign Language that explains what human trafficking is and highlights several specific concerns for people who are deaf.

Access Board Releases New Videos Highlighting Agency’s Work and Resources

The U.S. Access Board released three new videos, highlighting their work and resources related to the development of various accessibility guidelines, as well as their enforcement activities under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).

Factsheet: Nutrition and Spinal Cord Injury

This new factsheet, also available in Spanish, outlines nutrition issues that may affect health after spinal cord injury, and how to make changes to improve health and address issues with bowel, bladder, skin, bone, and muscle.

Artist Yiqiao Wang Creates Mural for Union Market, Celebrates Multicultural Spirit of American Sign Language

Artist Yiqiao Wang celebrates the multicultural spirit of American Sign Language and the pride of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) deaf communities in her new mural, “Deaf AAPI Experience,” located on the northwest side of the main Union Market building in Washington, DC.

“Alaqua Cox Brings Authentic Deaf and Indigenous Representation in ‘Echo’”

Alaqua Cox, who is deaf and hails from the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin, is making history as the lead star in a new Disney series.

Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

ADAcon 2024 Call for Presentation Proposals: Inclusive Hospitality and Tourism

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center invites proposals for presentations and workshops at the 2024 conference to be held October 15 – 17, 2024 in Wilmington, Delaware. Proposals are due by February 23, 2024.

ONLINE CLASS: Life From a Different Perspective: Disability Stories

February 5, February 19, March 4, and March 18, 2024
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern
This lecture and discussion series is presented by Politics and Prose, Washington D.C.’s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, and sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.

Webinar: Sports Make Us More

February 28, 2024
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Move United uses the power of sport to push what’s possible for people with disabilities, confronting ignorance, fueling conversation, and inciting action that leads to a world where everyone’s included. Learn about the many adaptive sports resources and networks available through Move United to make sport for all a reality.

STEM Sign Language Summit

March 2-5, 2024
Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
This event is for anyone interested in STEM sign language lexicons, such as deaf and hard of hearing students who are majoring in STEM, STEM deaf and hard of hearing professionals, K-12 teachers, STEM college professors, interpreters, educational researchers, linguists, and anthropologists.

National ADA Symposium

June 9 – 12, 2024
Minneapolis, MN
Registration is now open for this comprehensive conference on the ADA and related disability laws and issues. This year’s event will offer over 90 sessions on a wide range of topics, and will feature a “Find Your Fun” expo highlighting adapted and mainstream recreational programs.

IACC Requests Public Comments on Co-Occurring Conditions in Autism

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) seeks comments to assist in identifying priorities related to physical health, mental health, and other related conditions that commonly co-occur with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). All comments must be submitted online via the web form by February 14, 2024, and only one comment per email address will be accepted.

Seeking AAC Users for Study on Communication with Direct Support Professionals

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Augmentative and Alternative Communication seeks participants who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for a study on their experiences using AAC in direct personal care. Participants must be adults who use AAC and have provided directions for their personal care to a paid individual, such as a personal care attendant, group home worker, hospital worker, or other direct support professional. Participants will complete four short surveys and an optional Zoom interview. Eligible participants will receive $75 Amazon gift card for their time.

SCI Practitioner Survey on Complex UTI Diagnosis

The National Capital Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center seeks clinical practitioners for this survey on diagnosis of complex urinary tract infections in individuals with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction due to spinal cord injury or diseases. The survey is open to clinical practitioners with relevant experience in any country.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation

The Mount Sinai Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation Research is accepting applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship. Fellows engage in collaborative, mentored research and receive training in community engagement, implementation science and policy change, and knowledge translation. Candidates will have completed a doctoral or equivalent degree in a clinical or quantitative field, demonstrated potential for independent research, and have foundational skills in data analysis.