Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

NDEAM 2020: Building a Future That Works

October 20, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
The U.S. Department of Labor cordially invites you to this virtual celebration of the 75th annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 30th anniversary of the passage of the ADA.

A distinguished panel will explore the crucial role of accessible technology, and the event will feature a video showcase of the latest innovations in communications, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and more.

Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities

October 28, 2020
12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will host this virtual event celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and highlighting the past, present, and future of work for people with disabilities.

Request for Information: COVID-19 and Congregate Settings

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is seeking information on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people living in congregate settings such as psychiatric hospitals, intermediate care facilities, nursing facilities, developmental centers, group homes, and others. NCIL wants to hear from residents of congregate facilities, as well as friends and family members. The deadline to complete the survey is October 16, 2020.

Ticket to Work Request for Information

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published this request on a proposed transfer of the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to the DOL.

The Ticket program assists adults who receive SSA disability benefits to become employed. Transferring the administration of the program to DOL may better serve disability beneficiaries who want to work by integrating the program into the public workforce system. Public comments are due by November 13, 2020.

Survey: Supporting People with Mental Illness to Vote

The Temple University Research Rehabilitation and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks information on organizational initiatives and community ideas that support civic participation among people with mental illnesses. The brief survey collects information about existing initiatives such as voter registration campaigns, as well as ideas for future voting-related initiatives.

Online Dialogue: Job Developing for People with Disabilities During Times of Increased Unemployment

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is hosting an online dialogue to learn how job developers are helping people with disabilities obtain competitive, integrated employment during times of increased health risks and unemployment. They want to hear from individuals with disabilities, family members, advocates, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, job coaches, and employers.

“Microgrants for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Now Available from Celebrate EDU”

Non-profit organization Celebrate EDU, a non-profit organization that provides education and resources to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities interested in entrepreneurship, has announced the availability of business microgrants. The grants range from $100 to $500, and are available to any person with intellectual or developmental disabilities who has a new or emerging business.

U.S. Department of Transportation Inclusive Design Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the opening of Stage I of the Inclusive Design Challenge. The Challenge seeks innovative design solutions that can enable people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to use automated vehicles. Stage I concept proposals are due October 30, 2020.

ADA Today Podcast

Check out our latest episode on Reassignment as a Reasonable Accommodation in Employment.