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February 19, 2019
U.S. Department of Education Announces Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion to Protect Children with Disabilities, Ensure Compliance with Federal Laws

The U.S. Department of Education will launch an initiative to address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. The Department’s initiative will help schools understand how federal law applies to the use of restraint and seclusion, and will also support schools seeking resources and information on the appropriate use of interventions and supports to address the behavioral needs of students with disabilities.

February 19, 2019
“How the Americans with Disabilities Act Could Change the Way the Nation’s Jails and Prisons Treat Addiction”

This article reports on the evolution of policy and practice when it comes to treating inmates and detainees experiencing addiction, including those who are in medication assisted treatment for recovery.

February 19, 2019
February: Low Vision Awareness Month

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offers this collection of resources and research findings related to improving independence for people with low vision.

“Designing a Symbol for Disability”

This article reports on a new set of emoji, including several symbols representing disability, recently approved by the Unicode Consortium.

Mattel to Introduce Barbie Dolls with Disabilities

Mattel's 2019 Barbie Fashionistas line, which aims to offer kids more diverse representations of beauty, includes a doll who uses a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic leg.

February 19, 2019
“Mobile Phone Accessibility Improves, but Gaps Remain, Study Finds”

Mobile phones are increasingly more accessible by people with disabilities, but significant gaps remain. Researchers compared 2017 model year phones capable of receiving Wireless Emergency Alert notifications – a category that includes most top-tier phones – to 2015 versions and found improved accessibility across 10 of 13 features.

However, researchers found that phones offered by operators under the federally subsidized Lifeline program for low-income people fell short in nearly every category when compared to phones offered through traditional wireless plans.

February 19, 2019
HIRE Vets Medallion Award: Application Deadline April 30, 2019

The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act) is designed to recognize leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans. The deadline to apply for the HIRE Vets Medallion Award is April 30, 2019.

2019 Student Research and Design Competition: AAC to Support Full Participation

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RECRC on AAC) hosts this competition, open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Entries can address a wide variety of topics, including improved AAC interfaces, access techniques, and improved service delivery. The competition deadline is May 4th.

February 19, 2019
EARN: Dinah Cohen Training Center for Disability Employment and Inclusion

This new resource from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) includes a variety of training materials and tips to help cultivate inclusive workplaces.