Disability Research News

US Department of Labor Announces $8M Funding Availability to Advance Equitable, Inclusive Workforce Service Delivery for People with Disabilities

Post date: 05/13/2022
funding announcement

THE U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $8 million in funding over four years to manage the Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Policy Development Center.

Mindful Mood Balance Effective for Treating Residual Depressive Symptoms and Suicidal Ideation

Post date: 05/13/2022

NIMH-supported researchers have found an online mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy—called Mindful Mood Balance—is effective at reducing residual depressive symptoms and at reducing suicidal ideation in those who experience these symptoms.

Indian Health Service funding provides resources to address Alzheimer’s disease

Post date: 05/13/2022
funding announcement

The Indian Health Service is announcing $5 million to target resources directly to tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, and IHS direct service facilities to address Alzheimer’s disease within tribal communities. This marks the first time IHS will allocate for this critical need.

HHS Launches New Maternal Mental Health Hotline

Post date: 05/13/2022

Hotline is the latest move of the Biden-Harris Administration to strengthen both maternal health and mental health; President’s FY23 Budget would double the initial investment in the hotline.

In Oregon and Washington, Secretary Becerra Highlights the Importance of Investing in Mental Health

Post date: 05/13/2022

During stops in both states, the Secretary discussed youth mental health, the transition to 988 in July, and HHS’ Overdose Prevention Strategy with state and local leaders.

New Resource for Advocating for Students with Disabilities: School Board Advocacy Toolkit

Post date: 05/13/2022

The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities has developed a School Board Advocacy Toolkit to advocate for students with disabilities. Many decisions that impact students are made by local school boards. As has been observed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these decisions and their resulting consequences significantly impact students with disabilities. The toolkit provides tips and resources to help advocate to the local school board, including learning about issues, identifying decision makers, knowing the process, and messaging.

New Report on Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities: Research Findings

Post date: 05/13/2022

ACL’s National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) released a report, Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities (PDF). The report highlights examples of key research findings on the impact of the pandemic on people with disabilities as well as available resources from the NIDILRR grantee community.

Nanomaterial could enhance diabetes treatment

Post date: 05/13/2022

Conventional treatments for diabetes can increase the risk of neurological problems, an under-researched side effect. U.S. National Science Foundation-supported scientists based at The Ohio State University developed a nanomaterial that binds insulin to a group of amino acids that includes antioxidants. The nanomaterial improved glucose consumption, leading to better brain function.

Engineers use honey to make brain-like computer chips

Post date: 05/13/2022

Engineers at Washington State University, supported by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation, used honey to make components for computer systems that mimic neurons and synapses of the human brain, known as neuromorphic computers.

Ophthalmology technology could help robots and cars see in 3D

Post date: 05/13/2022

A team of researchers based at Duke University and funded in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation leveraged their experience in optical coherence tomography - known as OCT, a noninvasive test used to image the retina - to refine and improve vision technology for robots and self-driving cars.

Engineers develop fast and accurate COVID-19 sensor

Post date: 05/13/2022

Engineers at Johns Hopkins University, supported in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation, have developed a COVID-19 sensor that addresses the limitations of the two most widely used types of COVID-19 tests: PCR tests that require sample preparation, and the less accurate rapid antigen tests.

Multistage Autism Screening in Early Intervention Settings May Reduce Disparities

Post date: 05/13/2022

An NIMH-supported study shows that incorporating a multistage screening process for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) into federally funded early intervention services may reduce disparities in early ASD diagnosis.

Pandemic Underscores Difficulties Accessing Transportation for People with Disabilities

Post date: 05/26/2020

Everyone still needs to access essentials, whether it is groceries or medical care. Some people with disabilities have an especially hard time figuring out how to do so safely.

Coverage about COVID-19 in Facilities

Post date: 05/26/2020

Workers with disabilities are especially hard hit in the coronavirus economy

Post date: 05/26/2020

Danny Engel lost his independence after the coronavirus pandemic hit. Engel, who has epilepsy, normally works part-time at CVS (CVS) in Bedford Hills, New York, during the week and lives in his own apartment in a supported living program. He receives help for daily tasks, such as cleaning his apartment and grocery shopping. But when the shutdown started, the support staff at his apartment said they would not be able to provide any direct help to him.

HHS Announces Nearly $1 Billion in CARES Act Grants to Support Older Adults and People with Disabilities in the Community During the COVID-19 Emergency

Post date: 05/26/2020

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The grants will fund home-delivered meals; care services in the home; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; information about and referral to supports; and more.

Business Leaders Share Their Strategies to Promote Inclusion of People with Disabilities

Post date: 05/26/2020

More than 20 million Americans ages 16-64 have disabilities, according to the American Institutes for Research. These Americans represent a substantial segment of the possible workforce, yet only about 30% of them are employed, compared with nearly 75% of Americans without disabilities. 

Announcing the Updated Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form

Post date: 05/26/2020

Federal contractors and subcontractors have until August 4, 2020, to implement the new form into their applicant and employee systems and processes.

Podcast: Making the Virtual Workplace Accessible

Post date: 05/26/2020

Josh Christianson, Co-Director of PEAT, the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology, discusses how employers can make the virtual workplace accessible. This podcast is developed in partnership with Workology.com as part of PEAT's Future of Work series, which works to start conversations around how emerging workplace technology trends are impacting people with disabilities.​

RSA Frequently-Asked Questions About Fiscal Management of the VR Program in the Current COVID-19 Environment

Post date: 05/26/2020

A frequently-asked questions document in response to inquiries from State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies concerning the fiscal management of the VR program as they seek to provide continuity of operations for individuals with disabilities in the current COVID-19 environment.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Other Disability Focused Federal Resources

Post date: 04/16/2020

People with Childhood Disabilities May Be at Higher Risk for Chronic Diseases as Young Adults

Post date: 04/16/2020

Digital Mental Health: Innovating in a Time of High Anxiety

Post date: 04/16/2020

In this time of increased anxiety and physical distancing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many people are looking for digital technology solutions to help them manage their mental health. Mental health apps are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the digital marketplace, with more than 10,000 apps available. These apps claim to, among other things, boost your mood, increase your sleep, and even help you manage your addiction.

Coverage about COVID-19 in Facilities

Post date: 04/16/2020

Data Indicate More Than 2,600 Fatalities In US Linked To Coronavirus In Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care Facilities.

CDC Data Indicate US Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Is Hitting Older Adults, People With Underlying Health Issues Hard

Post date: 04/16/2020

U.S. News & World Report (4/9, Galvin) reports new CDC data confirm “that older adults and those with underlying health issues have been hit hard by the novel coronavirus in the U.S.” The hospitalization rate among patients with COVID-19 “was 2.5 among people 18 to 49 years old, for example, compared with 7.4 among those 50 to 64 and 13.8 among those 65 and older, the preliminary data” indicate. Of about “180 hospitalized adults with data available over most of March, roughly 90% had one or more underlying health issues.”