E-Bulletin: November 8, 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.

We include links to articles, editorials and opinion pieces, press releases, and other materials that represent diverse perspectives. Inclusion does not imply endorsement of any products, services, sources, information, or opinions expressed in these materials.

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“None of These Major Midterm Campaign Websites Are Fully Accessible to Disabled Voters”

A review by a blindness organization found that none of the campaign websites for major midterm candidates are fully accessible to blind voters.

Opinion: “Fetterman Needs Closed Captioning. So What?”

This writer urges voters to judge a candidate based on his qualifications and knowledge, not his disability.

November: National Family Caregivers Month

Take time this month to recognize, honor, and support family caregivers, and check out the resources offered by the Caregiver Action Network.

Workforce Resource: Veterans

Check out the information from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) and learn more about how veterans can bring their skills and commitment to your workplace.

A Resource Guide: Federal Funding for Transportation Programs Serving Older Adults and People with Disabilities

This new guide is from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC).

2021 Trends Report Spotlight: Serving People with Autism on Transportation

This report provides information for transit personnel about ADA requirements, challenges, tips, promising practices for serving people with autism, and additional resources.

Virginia Report: The School to Prison Pipeline

This report describes how students who are punished for behavior by removal from the classroom (exclusionary discipline) are more likely to become involved in the juvenile or adult criminal justice systems. Nationally and in Virginia, students with disabilities, especially Black students with disabilities, are over-represented in three key points of the school to prison pipeline: exclusionary discipline, referrals to law enforcement, and sentencing to juvenile correctional centers.

The report also offers a number of recommendations to eliminate discipline disparities and end the school to prison pipeline.

Perspectives of Adults with Disabilities and Opioid Misuse: Qualitative Findings Illuminating Experiences with Stigma and Substance Use Treatment

Researchers examined the perspectives of individuals who have both opioid misuse/opioid use disorder (OUD) and other disabilities, focusing on their experiences accessing and engaging in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Findings suggest that SUD treatment providers should be trained to implement accommodations to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, with cultural responsiveness, to encourage successful SUD treatment and recovery.

Audio Factsheets on Seizures and Headaches After TBI

Two new audio factsheets for people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), their families, and other stakeholders include Headaches After TBI, which explains why headaches happen after TBI, the different types of headaches, and treatment options; Seizures After TBI explains what seizures are and how to recognize them, as well as medications to treat seizures and tips for caregivers.

New Report Highlights Continuing Impact of COVID on Direct Support Professionals

National Report: Worker Anxiety, Depression Surging highlights the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community of direct support professionals (DSPs) who provide services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The report finds that the mental and physical health of the community has declined.

Opinion: “Hospitals Need to Make Their Websites as Accessible as Their Physical Spaces”

These authors urge hospitals to improve access to their web pages, online forms, patient portals, and other digital information.  

“Wheelchair Athletes Fit in Community Sports”

This article reports on the recent pre-conference event our Center held at The St. James Sports, Wellness, and Entertainment Complex in Virginia.

Medication Accessibility Survey

TechOWL’s CreATe Together project, in collaboration with Accessible Pharmacy for the Blind and Abilitease, is looking for information from people with disabilities about experiences with medication containers like bottles and packaging. What works, what helps, and what frustrates you? Help design a better pill bottle, packaging, or tool to make managing medications more accessible for people with disabilities!

Survey: Use of Service Animals in the Workplace

The Southwest ADA Center is conducting this survey, open to U.S. residents 18 years or older with a disability who use an assistance animal or emotional support animal in their workplaces. Information gathered will help researchers understand how people with disabilities use assistance animals, barriers they encounter at work, and factors that contribute to employment success.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Employment, HCBS, and Community Living and Participation

Several projects are accepting applications for fellowships focusing on employment, home- and community-based services (HCBS), and community living and participation for people with disabilities. All positions are two-year, full-time fellowships that provide an opportunity for individuals who have completed a PhD or other terminal degree to gain expertise and experience in health services research, with the goal of preparing for a scholarly career. Positions begin between spring and fall 2023.

Visiting Disability and Rehabilitation Equity Researcher Mentorship Program

This program invites applications from underrepresented faculty members and researchers, especially those with disabilities, across various disability/health and rehabilitation disciplines at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and predominantly White institutions (PWIs). Applicants must be (1) employed as a faculty member or researcher at an MSI or PWI, (2) in the earlier stages of their career in research, and (3) have either advanced professional training or experience in independent study in an area which is directly pertinent to disability/health and/or rehabilitation. Application packets may be requested from Dr. Andre Washington at andre.washington@langston.edu or 405-530-7525. Applications must be submitted by March 1st, 2023.

N-CATT Request for Applications: Strategic Technology Technical Assistance Teams

The National Center for Applied Transit Technology (N-CATT) is now accepting applications for transit agencies to receive one-on-one technical assistance through the Center’s Strategic Technology Technical Assistance Teams (STTATs). This opportunity is for small-urban, rural, and tribal transit agencies to help navigate technology challenges or opportunities that result in useful strategies for their agencies. Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis.

Updated: National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials

This central resource for vocational rehabilitation (VR) information offers the VR and education communities an opportunity to contribute new knowledge to their specific fields and gain visibility for their work. The new website includes simplified and improved navigation, and search and filter functionality to help users find the materials and resources they need and share those resources with their communities.