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November 24, 2020
“Chris Nikic Sets History as First with Down Syndrome to Finish Ironman Triathlon”

21-year-old Chris Nikic recently became the first person in history with Down Syndrome to finish a full-distance Ironman triathlon.

November 24, 2020
Video: “Astronomer 3D Prints Galaxies for the Visually Impaired”

Astronomer Dr. Nicolas Bonne has created “A Dark Tour of the Universe,” an astronomy show unlocking the mystery and beauty of deep space for people who are blind or have low vision.

November 24, 2020
Resource: “State COVID-19 Response: Youth with Disabilities”

The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth published this resource, which compiles information on what states are doing to provide education and transition services to youth with disabilities during the pandemic.

Wheels on Campus: A Guide to Wheelchair-Friendly Higher Education

New Mobility magazine announced the release of this comprehensive college guide, identifying 20 wheelchair-friendly campuses and cultures that promote an inclusive college experience.

 “U.S. Students with Disabilities Afforded Equality”

This article explores the barriers students may experience in receiving accommodations for disabilities in higher education.

November 24, 2020
DAV Offers COVID-19 Economic Relief Grants for Veterans with Disabilities

Non-profit advocacy organization Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has establishing a COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide help to service-connected veterans with disabilities who have lost employment.

“National Council on Disability Celebrates 42 Years of Advancing National Disability Policy”

The National Council on Disability (NCD) celebrated its 42-year anniversary of advancing national disability policy through its advisory role to federal policymakers.

“United Spinal’s Corporate Advisory Council Highlights Progress in Expanding Disability Rights and Inclusion”

United Spinal Association recently hosted its bi-annual Corporate Advisory Council meeting to address the important role corporate America plays in expanding the rights and inclusion of people with mobility disabilities nationwide.

November 24, 2020
“Why Emerging Tech Supports an Accessible, Inclusive Future Workplace”

Emerging technologies — augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) — will play a crucial role in creating an accessible future of work for individuals with disabilities, according to experts.

“4 Elements of an Accessible Meeting Platform”

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) released this resource to help employers evaluate the accessibility of the platforms they use to host virtual meetings and events.

November 24, 2020
“Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Issues Fiscal Year 2020 Agency Financial Report”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to make significant progress in managing pending inventories of charges, hearings, and appeals, and secured record recovery for victims of discrimination during fiscal year 2020.

“How Will Department of Justice (DOJ) Enforce Title III of the ADA in a Biden Administration?”

The authors of this article predict that a Biden Administration Department of Justice (DOJ) will likely bring higher engagement and more aggressive enforcement of ADA Title III issues.