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September 22, 2020

Volume 24, Number 3

ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us.

September 22, 2020
Ready, Set, Vote!

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) offers a wealth of information on voting accessibility for people with disabilities and election officials.

REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) promotes civic engagement and offers information about voter registration, voting rights, upcoming elections on federal, state, and local levels, and more.

September 15, 2020
Research Brief: Social Isolation and Loneliness During the First Wave of COVID-19

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) published a research brief outlining findings of a survey related to health, social connectedness, and loneliness for people with disabilities before and after the first wave of stay-at-home orders.

September 15, 2020
Updated Transition Guide for Students with Disabilities

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education updated its Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities to include information about dual enrollment in high school and postsecondary courses, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act), and other guidance on planning for transition to life after high school.

OSERS also issued a letter to schools and vocational rehabilitation agencies to remind them of their responsibilities to continue providing transition services even amid the pandemic.

September 15, 2020
“The Paralyzed World War II Veterans Who Invented Wheelchair Basketball”

This article outlines the history of how veterans with paraplegia popularized the sport in the late 1940s, and how it impacted the disability rights movement.

September 15, 2020
Seeking Older Adults and/or People with Disabilities for Survey on Changes in Travel Behavior During COVID-19

The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University at Buffalo is interested in learning about changes in the travel behavior of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is open to any individuals who are aged 65 and older and/or adults with disabilities. As an incentive for taking the survey, participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 gift card. The deadline to participate is October 15, 2020.

Johns Hopkins Disability-Led Research Study on the COVID-19 Response

The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center is looking for adults with all types of disabilities to participate in virtual focus groups discussing healthcare, accessibility, and employment-related gaps in the COVID-19 response.