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September 17, 2019
New Resource: CILs and Parenting with a Disability

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) can be powerful allies for parents and prospective parents with disabilities and are uniquely suited to participate and lead advocacy efforts, and provide appropriate services. The National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) Parenting Task Force created a one-page resource to assist CILs in understanding how they can support disabled parents through systems advocacy and other CIL core services.

September 17, 2019
Opinion: “How Including Students with Intellectual Disabilities Can Make Colleges Better”

The author of this article, a college professor and parent of a child with an intellectual disability, explores the ways that improved inclusion and access in colleges and universities not only benefits students with disabilities, but could, “…challenge traditional ideas about the purpose of college and whom higher education is intended to serve.”

September 17, 2019
“In 2 Essay Collections, Writers with Disabilities Tell Their Own Stories”

This book review provides the details of a recently published collection of essays, About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times, edited by Peter Catapano and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, and compares it to a similar collection of essays released last year, entitled Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People.

“How Hollywood Is Working to Improve Representation of People with Disabilities”

This article discusses the current progress with regard to improved representation of persons with disabilities in the entertainment industry, as well as the obstacles to increasing diversity in film and television. 

September 17, 2019
“As Cities Embrace New Modes of Transit, Gaps in Accessibility Remain”

Personal alternatives for travel have sprung up, from bikeshare programs to fleets of electric scooters. Grouped under the broad heading of “micromobility,” these new modes are fundamentally reshaping how people get where they need to go. Despite billions of dollars in investment and an unprecedented adoption rate, however, the micromobility revolution in the U.S. largely misses a whole group of consumers: persons with mobility disabilities. 




September 17, 2019
Connections CSP Will Pay $550,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Connections CSP, Inc., a Delaware corporation that provides services in Delaware's correctional facilities and other state institutions, will pay $550,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Connections was charged with unlawfully enforcing an inflexible maximum leave policy, as well as failing to provide requested reasonable accommodations that would have allowed workers with disabilities to remain employed.

“Blood Bank in the Doghouse Over Service Dog Discrimination”

This article offers additional insight into a recent Third Circuit case settlement, Matheis v. CSL Plasma, Inc. which examined whether a blood bank, in the name of safety, could bar a person who uses a psychiatric service dog from giving blood.

September 17, 2019
New Research from NIDILRR: Covert Audio Coaching Shows Promise to Help Young Adults with ASD to Navigate Peer Conversations

Various coaching programs have been developed to teach conversational skills to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a developmental disability that affects how people communicate and process information, particularly in social interactions. One such program uses “bug-in-ear” technology, also known as Covert Audio Coaching (CAC), and allows a coach to communicate with a client in real time with headphones or an earpiece to provide discreet feedback on their actions or behaviors.