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March 19, 2019
Digital Books with Dynamic Text May Show Promise to Help Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Learn Sight Words

Learning to visually recognize common words, or “sight words,” is an important skill for all children learning to read, and may be especially challenging for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have difficulty with language processing. Researchers recently conducted preliminary tests of a new software feature that may reinforce word recognition by speaking and displaying words associated with images in digital books.

March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019
“How to Design a Better City for Deaf People”

This article highlights “DeafSpace Design” and a project planned in Washington, D.C. to create built environments that are more user-friendly for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

"Ambient Noise: A Disability Rights Issue"

This writer urges advocacy and additional regulatory action to reduce noise in public spaces and improve hearing health.

March 19, 2019
March: DD Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month, which seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in community life. Check out the artwork, resources, and materials that can help you support DD awareness!

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Change Your Mind

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) encourages you to “Change Your Mind” about brain injury, and the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offers a collection of resources to help you look at brain injury “from a different angle.”

March 19, 2019
“Pittsburgh is Without an ADA Coordinator — and Needs One Now More than Ever, Advocates Say”

This article reports on Pittsburgh’s efforts to hire a new ADA Coordinator, which advocates say is critical to ensuring access and community involvement for people with disabilities.

March 19, 2019
2018: Employment Increases for People with Disabilities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor released a report on workforce characteristics for 2018. While significant disparity continues between those with and without disabilities, employment increased for both groups.

“Three Keys to the ADA: 'Consistency, Communication and Compliance'”

This article urges employers to establish clear policies and procedures on the reasonable accommodation process, and make sure employees are well informed so that everyone knows what to do and what to expect. 

Small Business Spotlight: Dover Downs Hotel and Casino

The Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) highlights Delaware’s Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, which works to actively recruit and employ workers with disabilities and foster an inclusive workplace.