Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

ADA National Network Launches 30th Anniversary Celebration

The ADA National Network (ADANN) is celebrating 30 years of providing training, technical assistance, and guidance on the ADA. Throughout the year, the ADANN will be highlighting its services, success stories, and vision for the next 30 years. Visit the ADANN to learn more and find your regional ADA Center.

Input Needed on WCAG 3.0 Accessibility Guidelines

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. WCAG and supporting materials explain how to make web content, apps, and tools more accessible to people with disabilities. They are seeking input from evaluators, developers, designers, project managers, policy makers, people with disabilities, and others — particularly on the structure and the draft conformance model. To review and provide feedback, please start by reading the WCAG 3 Introduction  to get important background on WCAG 3 development, review guidance, and timeline. Please submit comments by February 26, 2021.

2021 National Survey on Health and Disability

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is conducting this survey to understand how access to health care and insurance, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, may be affecting the lives of people with disabilities. The survey is open to U.S. adults over 18 years old, with any disability and any type of health care coverage, including no coverage. For more information, call 855-556-6328 (Voice/TTY) or email healthsurvey@ku.edu. Participants will have a chance to win a $100 gift card. The survey closes April 30th, 2021.

“Study: Using Virtual Reality to Improve Job Reentry in Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury”

The Kessler Foundation is recruiting participants to test the effectiveness of virtual reality to improve job reentry. Participants must be adults between 18 and 65 years old and have been diagnosed with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), are at least one year post injury, and currently looking for employment. Those who complete the study will receive up to $200.

Access Board Announces Schedule for Public Forum on Inclusive Design of Autonomous Vehicles

In Spring 2021, the U.S. Access Board, in partnership with other federal agencies, will host a series of virtual meetings on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to all passengers, including those with disabilities. The four-part series will provide an open forum where members of the public and stakeholders can discuss considerations, challenges, and solutions in designing inclusive AVs. The sessions are free and open to the public.

  • Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting Vehicles
    March 10, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
  • Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement in Vehicles
    March 24, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
  • Communication Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities
    April 7, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
  • Findings, Recommendations, Future Research, and Suggested Next Steps
    April 21, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)

“The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Announces 2nd Annual Reeve Summit 2021: Where Care, Cure and Community Connect”

April 27 - 29, 2021
This VIRTUAL event will touch on topics and themes relevant to the paralysis community, bringing together health professionals, advocates, community members and caregivers to brainstorm a future for people with disabilities defined by access, inclusion and innovation.

“Office of Civil Rights Seeks Information on Addressing Disability Discrimination in Health Care and Child Welfare Contexts”

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on disability discrimination in health care and child welfare contexts, especially in relation to organ transplantation, life-saving or life-sustaining care, health care value assessments, crisis standards of care at state or provider levels, suicide prevention and treatment, availability of auxiliary aids and accessible medical equipment, and discrimination against parents and prospective parents with disabilities involved with the child welfare system.

NIDILRR Seeks Peer Reviewers for Upcoming Competitions

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is seeking expert peer reviewers for several upcoming disability and rehabilitation research grant competitions. Reviewers are not required to travel to participate in ACL grant reviews, which are conducted via teleconference discussion following individual review of applications. Visit the Administration for Community Living’s Reviewer Recruitment Module for more information.