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September 14, 2021
Patient, Disability & Provider Organizations Urge Congress to Enact Meaningful Reforms to Improve Prescription Drug Affordability for Older Adults in Medicare Part D

The Alliance for Aging Research and 131 other organizations representing older Americans, patients, family caregivers, people with disabilities, diverse communities, and healthcare providers delivered a letter to key House and Senate committee leaders calling for meaningful reforms to address the heavy burden of out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries. 

CDC Launches COVID-19 Resources for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a COVID-19 toolkit to address the unique challenges faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The toolkit includes plain language materials about staying safe during the pandemic.

September 14, 2021
September Is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

United Spinal has provided a list of informational resources that can be shared to help raise awareness about spinal cord injury.

REV UP: National Disability Voter Registration Week

Every year, the REV UP Campaign (Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power!) coordinates National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to increase the political power of people with disabilities by promoting voter registration. This year, NDVRW is September 13-20, 2021. Check out the resources, tools, and calendar of events!

September 14, 2021
“US Workplaces Look to College Fights as Return to Work ‘Turning Point’ Looms”

A legal battle is brewing over remote work between administrators at US colleges committed to in-person classes and some faculty with disabilities. Experts warn it is a precursor of what awaits employers that order staff back to the office amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

August 2021 nTIDE Jobs Report: Job Numbers Show Resilience Among Workers with Disabilities

The August job numbers rose for people with disabilities in contrast to declines for people without disabilities, according to the most recent National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). This improvement may be a sign of resilience among workers with disabilities.

September 14, 2021
New Report Assesses Amtrak’s ADA Compliance Efforts

Better planning and coordination could help Amtrak complete an “aggressive” $1.2 billion plan to bring its remaining stations into ADA compliance by 2027, according to a recent report from the railroad’s Office of Inspector General.

September 7, 2021
TransCen Receives Funding to Operate Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for Five More Years!

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the recipients of funding to continue the administration of the ADA National Network, including the ten regional ADA Centers, the ADA Knowledge Translation Center, and the ADA Collaborative Research Project. TransCen, Inc. is gratified to be chosen to continue operating the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, and excited to continue providing ADA training, technical assistance, and materials to the people of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The members of the staff and Regional Advisory Board look forward to implementing a comprehensive plan of outreach and education to improve understanding and implementation of the ADA. Our research partners and collaborating organizations include:

September 7, 2021

Volume 25, Number 3

ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.