Disability Research News

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...

U.S. Department of Justice Releases Statement on Application of the Integration Mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C. to State and Local Governments' Employment Service Systems for Individuals with Disabilities

Post date: 11/10/2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released further clarification on how the Integration Mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the subsequent Olmstead v. L.C. (Olmstead) decision, are to be applied to state and local governments’ employment service systems for individual with disabilities.

LEAD Center Publishes Model Cooperative Agreements for Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

Post date: 11/10/2016

Title IV of WIOA requires that Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies include in their State Plans an assurance that they have entered into a formal cooperative agreement with various state agencies.

FY 2017 Grants Forecast UPDATE

Post date: 11/01/2016
funding announcement

NIDILRR is posting its FY 2017 grants forecast in the Grants.gov database at http://www.grants.gov

LEAD Center Dialogue on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways — Extended until November 4

Post date: 11/01/2016

In support of its efforts to develop strategies and practices to promote full workplace inclusion of people with disabilities, the LEAD Center invites you to participate in a national online dialogue, “Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways.”

Celebrating 53 Years of the Developmental Disabilities Act

Post date: 10/29/2016

Fifty three years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed a historic piece of legislation that we now know as the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act).

#InclusionWorks: Diving into the Data

Post date: 10/27/2016
disability data news

In a blog post published this week on the U.S. Department of Labor blog, ODEP Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy and the department’s Chief Economist Dr. Heidi Shierholz explored National Disability Employment Awareness Month in numbers, sharing the most recent data on employment and labor force participation of people with disabilities vis-à-vis people without disabilities, as well as policy initiatives aimed at bridging the gap between them.

Six States Receive Nearly $15M in Grants to Expand Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Post date: 09/16/2016
funding announcement

This is the seventh round of DEI funding. Since 2010, the department has awarded grants of more than $123 million through the initiative to 49 projects in 28 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. More information on the DEI is available here.

FCC Announces Anticipated Renewal of Its Disability Advisory Committee and Solicits Applications for Membership

Post date: 09/13/2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the anticipated renewal of its Disability Advisory Committee and is soliciting applications for membership on the Committee, subject to renewal of the Committee’s charter.

PCORI: New Funding Announcements Coming Soon

Post date: 08/17/2016
funding announcement

PCORI started accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) on Monday, August 15, under nine new PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). Five are our broad calls for research proposals under our national research priorities and three others focus on topics selected through our multi-stakeholder topic refinement process - preventing unsafe opioid prescribing among patients with acute or chronic non-cancer pain; improving community-based palliative care; and improving management of transitions from pediatric to adult care settings for patients with sickle cell disease.

OSERS Funding Notice: Disability Innovation Fund-Transition Work-Based Learning Model Demonstrations

Post date: 08/02/2016
funding announcement

The purpose of the Disability Innovation Fund (DIF) Program, as provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235), is to support innovative activities aimed at improving the outcomes of “individuals with disabilities,” as defined in section 7(20)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act) (29 U.S.C. 705(20)(A)).

Research Roundup: Here’s How NICHD Research Is Improving Patients’ Lives

Post date: 08/02/2016

Read a selection of past Spotlights featuring the stories of kids and adults whose lives have been enhanced by NICHD-supported research through new treatments, improved patient engagement, and new prevention and intervention campaigns.

WVU Disability Prevalence Rate Infographic

Post date: 07/18/2016
disability data news

The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities and Job Accommodation Network posted a state-specific infographic using various statistical sources.