Disability Research News

LEAD Center Prepares Release of Policy Brief Discussing ABLE Act and Employment Outcomes

Post date: 03/31/2017
disability data news

The LEAD Center will soon release a brief titled, “The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities.”

Section 188 Training Emphasizes Best Practices That Promote Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities

Post date: 03/31/2017

In 2017, local Equal Opportunity Officers (EOOs) with Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development were charged with collecting results from a new workforce staff assessment on the impact of statewide Section 188 training.

Study: Autism and Employment

Post date: 03/30/2017
disability data news

Newly published research supports the criticalness of these conditions to on-the-job success, showing that, once hired, nine out of 10 transition-age youth with autism who received intensive training and other employment support services went on to become long-term, valued employees....

WEBINAR: Cooperation and Collaboration: The Role of Interagency Coordination in Securing Competitive Integrated Employment for Transition

Post date: 03/21/2017

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes clear that facilitating Transition from School to Work is not – and cannot be – the effort of a single agency or organization. Ideally, Transition is a highly cooperative and collaborative activity, built upon strong relationships between multiple entities, all working in service to the goals, interests and ambitions of the transitioning student.

Save the Date: 2017 WIOA National Convenings

Post date: 02/28/2017

In the spring of 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, will host three national convenings.

NEW TA WEBSITE LAUNCHED: Youth Pathways to Post-Secondary and Employment

Post date: 02/28/2017
disability data news

This site brings together five different National Youth-Focused Training and Technical Assistance Centers, funded by the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), as well as the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP).

Now Available - The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners

Post date: 02/28/2017

High-quality service to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA partners and practitioners. You may obtain a wealth of technical assistance resources to help you reach that goal with these ten playlists. 

New Report Highlights Critical Gaps and Promising Practices in Employment

Post date: 02/22/2017

The Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative of the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and...

NIDILRR Seeks Reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition

Post date: 02/22/2017

NIDILRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for its FIP competition (research and...

Webinar - Getting More People Employed in North Dakota: Improving Business Engagement and Utilizing Labor Market Information

Post date: 01/27/2017

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NDDVR) is enhancing partnerships with business by raising awareness of VR's business services and how VR can help business with their employment needs.

Announcing the Publication of “UPS Delivers the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Disability Inclusion”

Post date: 01/27/2017
disability data news

A new report from the LEAD Center and the Workplace Initiative finds UPS’s work training program to be a game-changer for disability employment.

New Grant Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) Program: RERC on Health, Exercise, and Recreation Forecast

Post date: 01/27/2017
funding announcement

NIDILRR is posting its FY 2017 grants forecast in the Grants.gov database at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433

Kessler Foundation Update! nTIDE Report

Post date: 01/19/2017
disability data news

Because of renewed emphasis on transitioning people with disabilities to the workplace, a growing number of innovative programs are providing comprehensive preparatory services for students with disabilities.

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Releases Business Roundtable Report to Improve Employment Rate of Americans with Disabilities

Post date: 01/19/2017
disability data news

In the continuing effort to support RSA’s dual customers (individuals with disabilities and employers), RSA Commissioner, Janet LaBreck, conducted a series of roundtable discussions with business and industry leaders in 2015 and 2016.

U.S. Access Board Webinar: Question and Answer Session on the ADA and ABA Standards (January 5)

Post date: 12/19/2016

The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board's free monthly series will take place January 5 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will feature an open question and answer session on accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) for buildings and facilities. Presenters will field questions from attendees on the ADA and ABA standards, including their scope and application and specific requirements for building elements and spaces.

Organizational Transformation Webinar: From Workshops to Community Employment

Post date: 12/19/2016

Provider agencies across the country are transitioning from segregated "sheltered" workshop options to supporting integrated community careers for people with disabilities. This process of organizational transformation can be both exciting and challenging for provider staff and the people they serve.

EARN Convenes Federal Exchange on Employment and Disability

Post date: 12/16/2016

Last week, EARN, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Office of Personnel Management, gathered thought leaders on disability employment in the federal workforce to kick-off the Federal Exchange on Employment and Disability.

Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community

Post date: 12/14/2016
disability data news

This week's Research In Focus highlights new findings on seizure risk after traumatic brain injury (TBI).

NIDILRR 2017 Grants Forecast UPDATED

Post date: 12/14/2016
funding announcement

NIDILRR continues to post its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database with the most recent updates posted December 12th at http://www.grants.gov.

Disability Statistics Compendium and Conference Announced

Post date: 11/30/2016

The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) will combine its...

New Report Explores the Needs of the Community Living Workforce

Post date: 11/30/2016

The National Academies' Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, of which NIDILRR is one of the sponsoring agencies, has published a report,...

Next Strategic Planning Listening Session Dec 5th

Post date: 11/30/2016

The next live session will be held in Dallas, TX, December 5th, 10am-1pm CT. The public may attend in person or by phone and registration is required.

Survey on Consumer Attitudes About Disability

Post date: 11/30/2016
disability data news

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016, celebrated in October, the Marketing Anthropology Project (MAP), a program of the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center, released the results of a survey exploring the correlation between consumers’ purchasing decisions and their perceptions of a business’ practices toward the disability community.

RERC Research Featured at Investing in Ability

Post date: 11/10/2016
disability data news

Two faculty from the NIDILRR-funded Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) recently participated in the University of Michigan’s 2016...

The Transition Pathways Services (TPS) Work-Based Learning Model Demonstration

Post date: 11/10/2016

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) was awarded a $5 million dollar grant to assist VR-eligible...