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December 10, 2019
Older Adults Share What Helps Them Trust a Home Care Provider

Researchers interviewed older adults who received various types of assistance in their homes, and found that the characteristics that engendered trust tended to fall into three general categories: professional skill, personal traits (honesty, kindness, etc.), and communication.

Welcoming Places in the Community: Perspectives from Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses

This new guide provides first-person accounts about the characteristics that make a community space welcoming. The guide includes a series of worksheets to help individuals consider where they spend their time in the community.

November 26, 2019
“HUD Secretary Carson Seeks Federal Investigation into Websites That Sell Assistance Animal Medical Verifications”

HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently wrote a letter to the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking that the FTC investigate websites that sell assistance animal medical verifications to individuals. The concern is that some of these individuals may be asserting that their pets are emotional support animals in order to avoid paying otherwise due pet rent and pet fees. In his letter, Secretary Carson wrote that “HUD shares these concerns” over “click and pay” emotional support animal medical verification sites.

November 26, 2019
National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network

Applications are open for National Provider Organizations to join the Office of Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP) National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network (NEON) initiative. This program will provide technical support to provider organizations in developing strategic plans to effectively increase competitive integrated employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. Applications are due December 16, 2019.

November 26, 2019
“Mindset Matters: How the Image of Disability Impacts the Corporate Bottom Line”

This article is the first in a series that will take a “deep dive” into the world of image and perception, and how that directly effects business and the overall culture. The author asserts that there is a direct correlation to the value proposition and economic realities of persons with disabilities based on how they are perceived across the mainstream culture, and that business must play an essential role in more positively influencing these perceptions.

November 26, 2019
Latest Issue of the Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law Now Available

The newest edition of the federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest) is now available on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) website. The Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law, a quarterly publication prepared by the Office of Federal Operations (OFO), features a wide variety of recent Commission decisions and federal court cases of interest. The Digest also includes hyperlinks so stakeholders can easily access summaries of full decisions.

November 26, 2019
Aira, Microsoft, and Moovit Make Public Transport More Accessible for People with Vision Disabilities

Aira, a platform that helps people with vision disabilities navigate the physical world using technology and remote human agents, has announced a partnership with Microsoft and Moovit to help people who are blind or have low-vision access public transport more easily. Using Microsoft’s Azure Maps, Aira agents can now access full, multimodal transit planning and navigation alongside a real-time view of what their customer is seeing.