March 18, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
In recognition of Women’s History Month, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is hosting a Centennial Conversation on Women in Leadership. The panel discussion will feature a diverse group of women in various leadership roles addressing key issues facing visually impaired women, the progress that has been made, and the challenges that persist.
April 13-15, 2021
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA, this year’s conference will highlight research related to successes and challenges in fulfilling the promise of the ADA. Each day of the virtual conference will feature a keynote speaker and research presentations focusing on a unique theme.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) received a Transportation-Land Use Connections (TLC) grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) to study how to make it easier and safer for people with vision disabilities to get around in urban areas. MCDOT has selected a portion of Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring for the pilot area design. MCDOT is conducting a survey of people with vision or mobility disabilities in order to find out more about issues they face navigating Fenton. The survey will remain open through March 21, 2021.
The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) launched this survey to look at COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and access challenges people with disabilities are encountering. The purpose of the survey is to better understand the reasons adults with disabilities have or will take the vaccine, are not sure about taking the vaccine, or have decided not to take the vaccine. This information will be shared with the disability community, health and public health professionals, policymakers, and researchers. The survey deadline is March 26, 2021.
As part of continuing efforts to identify transportation access, usage, and disparities that impact diverse groups, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) launched a national diversity transportation survey. The purpose is to gauge opinions and obtain information from a representative sample of racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse people with disabilities, older adults, and family caregivers about their experiences accessing and using local transportation options in the United States. The survey will remain open until March 31, 2021.
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities seeks participants for a trial of the Employment-Related Telephone Intervention for Pain Study (E-TIPS), a cognitive-behavioral pain self-management intervention delivered by telephone. Participants must be 18 years or older, self-report a physical disability with chronic pain, and employed 15-20 hours per week or more on average.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $30 million in grant funds and training resources to non-federal entities to establish the Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program. State and local government agencies and nonprofit organization may apply for funds to implement programs that make home modifications and limited repairs to help older, low-income homeowners "age in place." The application deadline is May 4, 2021.
The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is conducting this survey to understand how access to health care and insurance, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, may be affecting the lives of people with disabilities. The survey is open to U.S. adults over 18 years old, with any disability and any type of health care coverage, including no coverage. For more information, call 855-556-6328 (Voice/TTY) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will have a chance to win a $100 gift card. The survey closes April 30th, 2021.
In Spring 2021, the U.S. Access Board, in partnership with other federal agencies, will host a series of virtual meetings on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to all passengers, including those with disabilities. The four-part series will provide an open forum where members of the public and stakeholders can discuss considerations, challenges, and solutions in designing inclusive AVs. The sessions are free and open to the public.
Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement in Vehicles
March 24, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
Communication Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities
April 7, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
Findings, Recommendations, Future Research, and Suggested Next Steps
April 21, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
April 27 - 29, 2021
This VIRTUAL event will touch on topics and themes relevant to the paralysis community, bringing together health professionals, advocates, community members and caregivers to brainstorm a future for people with disabilities defined by access, inclusion and innovation.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on disability discrimination in health care and child welfare contexts, especially in relation to organ transplantation, life-saving or life-sustaining care, health care value assessments, crisis standards of care at state or provider levels, suicide prevention and treatment, availability of auxiliary aids and accessible medical equipment, and discrimination against parents and prospective parents with disabilities involved with the child welfare system.
NIDILRR Seeks Peer Reviewers for Upcoming Competitions
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is seeking expert peer reviewers for several upcoming disability and rehabilitation research grant competitions. Reviewers are not required to travel to participate in ACL grant reviews, which are conducted via teleconference discussion following individual review of applications. Visit the Administration for Community Living’s Reviewer Recruitment Module for more information.
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.