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July 21, 2020
CDC Highlights Disability Resources

In observance of the 30th anniversary of the ADA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on their efforts to support disability inclusion, which can improve health for all

"Deadly Discrimination: The Forgotten Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities"

This article highlights the ways that people with disabilities, particularly those in institutional settings, may be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

New Survey Report Highlights COVID-19 Impact on Disability-Related Services

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) recently released results from a national survey of Centers for Independent Living (CILs), reporting that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on medical and support services for people with disabilities.

July 21, 2020
Opinion: “As ADA Anniversary Nears, Lawmakers Express Concern About Changes to Captioned Telephone Service”

Captioned telephone service allows people who have hearing loss to speak during a phone call, and then read captions on a specialized telephone or app when the other person responds. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conditionally approved providers of Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) that use only automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology.

Two bipartisan letters were submitted to the FCC, expressing concern about the lack of established standards for the quality and accuracy of this unique service, and the writer of this article urges concerned individuals to contact their representatives in Congress and/or the FCC.

July 21, 2020
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.

July 21, 2020
Cloth Face Coverings and Distancing Pose Communication Challenges for Many”

This article includes insight into the ways that wearing masks for COVID-19 protection may affect communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and provides helpful tips on how to work around the challenges.

“Protecting People with Disabilities from Police Brutality”

Studies and police reports show that people with disabilities are more likely to be arrested and to experience excessive police force. This article provides strategies that people with disabilities can use to improve interactions and outcomes with law enforcement.

July 21, 2020
“June nTIDE Finds Job Numbers Rise, but Cautions COVID-19 Spikes May Impact Recovery”

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) released the June National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, an analysis of the latest Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The June report finds marginal increases in key employment numbers for Americans with and without disabilities, but cautions that the COVID-19 pandemic may impact future recovery.

“Disability Equality Index Reveals 2020 ‘Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion’”

The Disability Equality Index (DEI), the nation’s most comprehensive annual benchmarking tool, facilitated by leading non-profits Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) have revealed this year’s 205 top-scoring companies.

July 21, 2020
Opinion: “Mindset Matters: 3 Strategies for Leaders to Envision the Americans with Disabilities Act as a Business Advantage”

The author of this article encourages businesses to adopt a proactive disability mindset, and use the ADA as an essential tool for this purpose.

“Easterseals CEO: ‘Just Because Someone Is Different, It Does Not Mean They Are Deficient’”

This article includes an interview with the Easterseals CEO, who shares details about her career path, the best advice she ever received, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and more.