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September 29, 2020
Successful Employer Practices State of the Science Conference

October 14 – 15
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities (RRTC-EP) will host this virtual conference, highlighting research and featuring presenters who are diversifying their workforces to include individuals with disabilities.

DC Metro Area: Neurogenic/Neuropathic Bladder Study

The Bladder Rehabilitation Research Training Center seeks participants for a study of intravesical probiotic (lactobacillus) for urinary symptoms among people with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction who use indwelling catheters.

September 29, 2020
“Emergency Preparedness: Even More Important During COVID-19”

In observance of National Preparedness Month (September), the Administration for Community Living (ACL) provided updated information that includes tips on navigating the additional challenges of COVID-19.

“United Spinal Plays Key Role in Passage of Resolution Designating September 2020 as SCI Awareness Month”

United Spinal Association was instrumental in championing a resolution that passed the U.S. Senate, designating September 2020 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. The resolution, introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), recognizes the 294,000 individuals living with spinal cord injury (SCI) in the U.S.

September 29, 2020
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report: “Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities”

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently released a report that examines the Section 14(c) program, an exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act which permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to some individuals with disabilities. The Commission found persistent failures in regulation and oversight of the program, and recommends it be phased out.

September 29, 2020
“National Council on Disability Makes Recommendations on COVID-19 Vaccine Framework”

The National Council on Disability (NCD) recently submitted recommendations to the National Academies on a preliminary framework for equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine. NCD recommended the framework include a clear statement that people with disabilities have a federally protected right to equal access to healthcare.

September 29, 2020
MD: “Montgomery Parks Completes First Fully Accessible Boat Launch”

This article highlights the completion of an updated, accessible boat launch at the Seneca Landing Special Park in Montgomery County, Maryland, which is one of the busiest access points to the Potomac River the C&O Canal. 

September 22, 2020

Volume 24, Number 3

ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us.