E-Bulletin: November 22, 2022

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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Commentary: “World Mental Health Day Is an Opportunity for Us to Embrace Our Sense of Community and Normalize Mental Health”

This author highlights recent reports and guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and urges everyone to “normalize talking about mental health and its multitude of conditions” to reduce stigma.

Legislators and Advocates Share Challenges and Solutions to Protecting the Rights of Parents with Disabilities

Researchers interviewed advocates, attorneys, and legislators about barriers they faced and strategies they used when trying to pass legislation protecting the parental rights of people with disabilities.

New Report Highlights the Impact of COVID-19 on Disability Research

This report updates information on how the field of disability research has changed and adapted throughout the pandemic, highlighting important areas of new research and how the shift to virtual research methods has modified the research landscape. The report also describes issues experienced by the disability community during the pandemic, including employment, health, access to services, and the disproportionate impact on people of color with disabilities.

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This annual observance, proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities. This year’s theme is “transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.”

Making Your Workplace More Equitable and Inclusive of People with Disabilities

Shajira Brown, Director of Equity and Inclusion at the National Disability Institute, offers ten great tips for including people with disabilities in your workforce.

Protections Against Employment Discrimination for Service Members and Veterans

This new publication, issued jointly be several federal agencies, outlines federal laws and resources for service members and veterans who believe they have experienced discrimination based on their military or veteran status, as well as other protected factors, including disability.

Research Findings: Benefits of Person-Centered Job Placement

Researchers examined the impact of participation in a technical assistance program designed to support service providers in transitioning from sheltered workshops to competitive integrated employment (CIE) for individuals with disabilities. Results showed that CIE is attainable if given the appropriate organizational emphasis and implementation of effective job development practices.

Barriers and Facilitators to Employment and Careers for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

This report from Mathematica summarizes a series of listening sessions held with young adults on the autism spectrum, advocates and policymakers, direct service providers, educators, employers, and researchers.

Building Equity in Employment: Q&A with Dr. Corey Moore

Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt, director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), interviewed Dr. Corey Moore from Langston University. Dr. Moore has recently received a grant from NIDILRR to establish the Employment Equity Center, which will focus on reducing employment barriers experienced by disabled people who also are marginalized due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other identities.

“Tennessee Inmate’s Mutilation Highlights Prison Mental Care Woes”

This article reports on a recent incident of self-mutilation by a prisoner who has been held in solitary confinement for nearly three decades. Advocates say the incident highlights the “significant, growing and unaddressed mental health care needs of prisoners” across the country.

Maryland: DOJ Statement of Interest in Estate of Ryan LeRoux v Montgomery County Outlines Concerns Regarding Police Response to Man with Mental Health Disabilities  

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a statement of interest (SOI) in the case of Estate of Ryan LeRoux v Montgomery County, Maryland, to address the application of the ADA to emergency dispatch services and law-enforcement interactions. The SOI opposes the County’s motion to dismiss the complaint filed against it, and urges the court to consider a more developed record of a tragic and troubling incident that occurred between police officers and a young man with mental health disabilities.

Study Highlights the Impact of COVID-19 on the Delivery of Personal Assistance Services for People with Disabilities

Researchers analyzed data from a national survey on health and disability, and found significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals with disabilities who rely on personal assistance services to support activities of daily living.

“Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Often Excluded from Clinical Trials, Research Finds”

This interview features Katherine McDonald, a professor of public health and associate dean of research in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, who conducted research on the inclusion of adults with intellectual disabilities in clinical trials.

Multiple Factors Contribute to Higher Rates of Mobility Impairments in Rural Areas

Researchers analyzed data from surveys conducted over a period of nearly four decades, and found that rural respondents reported significantly higher rates of mobility impairment by middle age, and were more likely to report injury, work in high exertion occupations, and experience several pain-related health conditions.

Resources for Health in Rural Communities

Research has shown that people with disabilities in rural communities have higher rates of disability and age into disability faster than people in urban areas. The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) features a collection of resources and information on health care issues for people with disabilities in rural communities.

“Free, Sustainable Home Repair Resources for Low-Income Households”

This article highlights resources that can assist individuals and families with home repairs, energy-efficiency upgrades, disaster assistance, and/or accessibility modifications and additions.

Opinion: “Why Ameera Is a Muppet with a Wheelchair That Doesn’t Fit”

This opinion explains the reason the creators of Sesame Street purposefully gave their new character a wheelchair that isn’t the best fit for her – to accurately reflect the realities of children around the world who lack access to appropriate assistive technologies.  

“Disneyland’s ‘It’s A Small World’ Ride Now Includes Dolls in Wheelchairs”

Officials say an update of Disneyland’s iconic attraction is part of their efforts to create a more “accurate representation of diversity around the world.”

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Job Opportunity

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is seeking a qualified candidate to join our team as a Technical Assistance Specialist. Check out our Career Opportunities.

SCI Factsheet Testing

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is recruiting individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and their family members to provide feedback on a new factsheet on nutrition and SCI. Eligible participants must be at least 18 years old and have an SCI or be the family member of an individual with SCI. Interviews will last approximately 60 minutes and participants will receive a $25 gift card for their time. Call 202-403-5600 or email msktc@air.org to register.