Disability Research News

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.

“Consultant’s Corner: Disability Statistics with a Caveat” - Job Accommodation Network

Post date: 07/18/2016
disability data news

This article explains differences in statistics depending on one’s definition of disability and issues related to using statistics.

NCHS Health Data Interactive

Post date: 07/18/2016
disability data news

The Health Data Interactive page provides tables with national health statistics for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults through July 2016.

National Health Interview Survey – 1994-1995 Disability Supplement

Post date: 07/18/2016
disability data news

This special two-year survey, funded by a wide variety of federal sources, remains as the archetype for surveying about population-level characteristics among respondents with self-reported disabilities.

Register Now: nTIDE Lunch & Learn - Episode 6

Post date: 07/18/2016
disability data news

Learn more about the July Jobs Report and how it fits into longer term employment trends, hear about programs and research across the country addressing employment and disability, and listen to a guest presenter in the disability employment field.

DHHS Health Indicators Warehouse

Post date: 06/30/2016
disability data news

The Health Indicators Warehouse provides a user-friendly source for national, state, and community health indicators reflecting multiple population health initiatives, and evidence-based interventions. 

BLS "Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics - 2015"

Post date: 06/21/2016
disability data news

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released this memo to announce their document, "Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics - 2015".

Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward

Post date: 05/12/2016

The conference, sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), along with partnering NIH Institutes and Centers, will take place on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM): Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities

Post date: 05/09/2016

The Department of Justice (Department) is considering revising the regulation implementing title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA or Act) in order to establish specific technical requirements to make accessible the services, programs, or activities State and local governments offer to the public via the Web.

Now Available: IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research: Calendar Year 2015 Primary tabs

Post date: 04/27/2016

Each year, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) releases its annual list of scientific advances that represent significant progress in the field.

“A Resource Guide to Disability Statistics” - April 2016

Post date: 04/18/2016
disability data news

This page is intended to provide advocates with information and tips pertaining to accurate use of data sources that include individuals with vision loss. 

Notice of Proposed Priority under the Innovation Fund--Transition Work-Based Learning Model Demonstrations (CFDA 84.421B)

Post date: 04/15/2016
funding announcement

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority under the Innovation Fund--Transition Work-Based Learning Model Demonstrations (CFDA 84.421B).

Department of Justice Seeks Additional Comments on Rulemaking on Section 508 Accessibility of Web Information and Services

Post date: 04/04/2016

The Department of Justice is considering revising the regulation implementing title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA or Act) in order to establish specific technical requirements to make accessible the services, programs, or activities State and local governments offer to the public via the Web. 

ICDR Releases "Accessibility and Usability in Health Information Technology" Conference Proceedings!

Post date: 03/22/2016

On September 17-18, 2015, the Interagency Committee on Assistive Technology (ICAT) of the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducted a two-day conference, Accessibility and Usability in Health Information Technology: A Research and Action Conference to Empower People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Caregivers.

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement on “Addressing Disability-Related Health Disparities”

Post date: 02/12/2016
disability data news

The February 12, 2016 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) featured a set of health intervention programs that have successfully exhibited reductions in specific types of health disparities.

DARPA Challenges Researchers to Link Human Brains With Computers

Post date: 02/01/2016

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, last week announced a new program that aims to build a connection between the human brain and the digital world.

Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Post date: 01/29/2016

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing to issue nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations replacing its regulation which implemented Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) as the Department's primary mechanism for providing financial assistance for a comprehensive system of job training and placement services for adults and eligible youth.