The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is celebrating its 100th anniversary with this concert and gala, featuring a star-studded cast of artists and leaders committed to equity and inclusion. This free event will be on March 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Achieving a Better Life Act National Resource Center (ABLE NRC) is looking for ABLE account owners and family members who are leaders in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities to participate as an ABLE NRC BIPOC Ambassador in 2021. The goal is to increase awareness and engagement around ABLE accounts among minority populations who experience higher rates of poverty at the intersection of race and disability. Applications are due March 7, 2021.
The VSA is accepting applications from young musicians with disabilities for the VSA International Young Soloists Award. Winners will receive $2,000 and the opportunity to perform and participate in professional development and music coaching activities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Applications are due by March 15, 2021.
Individuals who have provided care for women with a spinal cord injury (SCI) are invited to participate in this study to determine the top 3-5 healthcare topics of importance to women with SCI. Participants must be 18 or older and have cared for a woman with SCI as either a paid caregiver or non-paid family caregiver. Caregivers who participate in a focus group will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card.
The Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID) are seeking participants for an important study to assess current Internet Protocol-based Captioned Telephone Service applications. This study is sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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: Entering and Exiting Vehicles
March 10, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
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.