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Celebrate 30 Years of the ADA

Find ideas for observing the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, events, articles, films, exhibits, and more!

“’A Day In Our Shoes’ Hosts Facebook Chats About the Intersection of Race and Disability”

‘A Day In Our Shoes,’ a website on special education and related issues, has planned a series of Facebook chats about race and disability. These chats will be led by parents raising black children with disabilities.

“United Spinal Launches 'ADA Corporate Challenge' Campaign to Recognize Companies Advancing Disability Access and Inclusion”

United Spinal Association recently launched this campaign to raise awareness of the importance of making workplaces, products, and services accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities. As part of the campaign, United Spinal has developed a series of questions that companies should consider to promote an inclusive and accessible workplace.

2020 Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technologies

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) continues to collect data to learn how people of all ages and abilities use wireless technology. The survey is open to all users of wireless technologies, and covers cell phones, tablets, computers, and newer technologies, such as smart watches and smart home devices, as well as how accessible and usable those devices are for people with disabilities.

Disability Inclusion at Work During COVID-19

The Great Lakes ADA Center is researching emerging practices to support disability inclusion in the workplace in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is open to individuals who are members of disability employee resource or affinity groups, as well as diversity and inclusion professionals. Participation includes a 30 to 40 minute interview via a web-based platform. Participants will be asked about their work experiences, success stories, and resources to support disability inclusion in the workplace. For more information and to participate in the study, contact Courtney Mullin at cmulli4@uic.edu.

MENTAL Health Innovation Challenge Seeks Tech Solutions to Social Isolation

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have launched the MENTAL Health Innovation Challenge to develop a social engagement clearinghouse.

MENTAL stands for Mobilizing and Empowering the Nation and Technology to Address Loneliness and social isolation. The goal is to develop a platform that increases awareness of, access to, and use of social engagement technologies and programming to help curtail the impact of loneliness and social isolation for people with disabilities, older adults, and other groups. The deadline for participation is September 8, 2020.

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.