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January 19, 2021
“National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Announces 2021 Federal Policy Agenda for 117th Congress”

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) released its 2021 federal policy agenda, outlining recommendations for improving equity in our education system.

“What Biden’s Pick for Education Secretary Discussed with Disability Rights Advocates”

Advocates for students with disabilities met with President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for education secretary to voice concerns about issues ranging from school discipline to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education services.

January 19, 2021
Maryland: Drivers with Developmental Disabilities Can Obtain a Voluntary Disability Self-Disclosure Card

As of January 1, Marylanders who have developmental disabilities are able to obtain a card from the Motor Vehicle Administration that allows them to voluntarily disclose that information to law enforcement. The new card is designed to help people with disabilities interact with police if they are pulled over and need to communicate any challenges they might have.

“Proposed Virginia Bill Would Expand Workplace Protections

Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 1848 as an amendment to the Virginia Human Rights Act. The bill would extend discrimination protections and require all employers with more than six employees to provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

January 19, 2021
Congratulations to the MENTAL Health Innovation Challenge Winners!

The Phase 1 winners and finalists of the MENTAL Health Innovation Challenge have been announced. The challenge is offering a total of $750,000 in prizes for development of an easy-to-use online system that offers suggestions for programs, activities, technologies, and resources to address social isolation, particularly for seniors and for people with disabilities.

“How to Create Accessible Digital Events, Part 2”

In this article, an accessibility expert from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals provides specific ways meeting planners can ensure their virtual or hybrid events are welcoming to all.

January 19, 2021
“EEOC Provides Proposed Wellness Rules for Review”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has forwarded to the Federal Register its Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs) on wellness programs under the ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

The NPRMs respond to a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that vacated a portion of EEOC’s previous ADA and GINA regulations, which address the level of incentives employers may lawfully offer to encourage employee participation in wellness programs that require disclosure of medical information.

January 19, 2021
Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Webinar:

Making the Connection: Aging, Transportation, and the ADA
January 26, 2021
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Survey: Wheelchair Accessibility in Ridesharing Through Uber and Lyft

Wheelchair/scooter users from anywhere in the U.S. are needed for a Virginia Tech research study. The purpose of this research is to develop a greater understanding of the accessibility of service hailed through Uber and Lyft apps. Participants need not have personal experience with Uber or Lyft. The online survey takes less than 10 minutes for those without experience with Uber and Lyft and about 15 minutes for those with experience. Participants will be entered into a drawing for three $50 Amazon gift cards. For more information, please email or call 202-643-2474. The deadline for participation is January 31, 2021.

January 5, 2021
Opinion: “On Screen and on Stage, Disability Continues To Be Depicted in Outdated, Cliched Ways”

This article highlights the ways that the “vast majority of characters with disabilities, whether they're played by actors with disabilities or not, continue to represent the same outdated tropes.”