Disability Research News

Improving Access to Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities

Post date: 01/20/2023

OSERS Deputy Assistant Secretary Katy Neas, OMB Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance and Labor Sherry Lachman, and OMB Education Program Examiner Bert Wyman released a joint message on the Biden-Harris administration’s stance at promoting early intervention services, or EIS, for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Fostering a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Post date: 01/20/2023

ODEP has a one-page guide on “Fostering a Mentally Healthy Workplace.” Read the resource guide to learn more about creating a supportive and inclusive workplace environment. Additional resources are featured on the ODEP Mental Health webpage to ensure that disability-related policies and practices in the workplace consider the needs of people with mental health conditions.

Broadband’s Impact on Disability Employment

Post date: 01/20/2023

The push to create more online job applications, training options, and remote work opportunities can exclude people without access to reliable broadband internet – including people with disabilities. Read the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology’s new article, “How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Can Help Close the Employment Gap for People with Disabilities ,” to learn more about this important topic.

NSF announces new AI institute

Post date: 01/20/2023

The U.S. National Science Foundation announced a new artificial intelligence institute to focus on the speech language pathology needs of children. The need for speech and language services has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a widening gap in services available to children. The AI Institute for Exceptional Education aims to close this gap by developing advanced AI technologies to scale availability of speech language pathology services so every child in need has access.

National Paralysis Resource Center Grant Opportunities Opening January 25

Post date: 01/20/2023
funding announcement

The National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) (operated by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation) is announcing two grant funding opportunities through its 2023 first cycle: Direct Effect and Expanded Impact Quality of Life (QOL) grants initiatives that will open for applications on January 25.

NSF accelerates use-inspired solutions for persons with disabilities

Post date: 01/06/2023

The U.S. National Science Foundation is building upon basic research to accelerate solutions that enhance opportunities for persons with disabilities. With an investment of $11.8 million, NSF’s Convergence Accelerator selected 16 multidisciplinary Phase 1 teams for the 2022 Cohort, Track H: Enhancing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.

Hand-held diagnostic lab offers point-of-care solution for future pandemics

Post date: 01/06/2023

Using swarms of pinhead-sized magnets inside a hand-held, all-in-one lab kit, University of California, Los Angeles researchers have developed a technology that could significantly increase the speed and volume of disease testing, while reducing the costs and usage of scarce supplies. The automated tests can be easily manufactured, deployed and performed at a doctor's office, health clinic or at mass testing sites in airports and schools at the onset of any major infectious disease.

Future of Work Podcast: "How You Can Support Employees with Invisible Disabilities"

Post date: 12/23/2022

On the Future of Work Podcast, Albert Kim, Accessibility Consultant, Trainer, and Founder of Accessibility Next Gen, discusses the challenges workers with invisible disabilities face and shares his own lived experience. In the Podcast, he gives tips for employers who want to make sure their organizations are inviting and inclusive for people even if they choose not to disclose their disability.

HHS Emphasizes Addressing Disparities and Risk Reduction for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Post date: 12/23/2022

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra today announced the annual release of the Department's National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2022 Update. Through the National Plan, HHS and its federal partners work to improve the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) research, support people living with dementia and their caregivers, and encourage action to reduce risk factors.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $1.5 Billion Available through the 2023 RAISE Grant Program

Post date: 12/23/2022
funding announcement

The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for 2023. The popular program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $686 Million in Grants to Modernize Older Transit Stations and Improve Accessibility Across the Country

Post date: 12/23/2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced 15 grants in nine states to help make it easier for people with disabilities and mobility needs to access some of the nation's oldest and busiest rail transit systems through essential upgrades, such as elevators.

Robotic suit making huge impact in Veterans’ lives

Post date: 12/09/2022

Orlando VA has received a life changing state-of-the-art donation from Dick and Betsy DeVos of the Family Foundation and Soldier Strong that helps Veterans gain their independence again. For Air Force Veteran Brady Atomos, the exoskeleton (robotic suit) provides a powerful benefit to his rehab. The exoskeleton suit is the first of its kind at Orlando VA to begin Indego Therapy—a lower-limb-powered exoskeleton that enables therapists to deliver task-specific, over-ground and individualized gait training.

Virtual reality training for staff improves Veteran experience

Post date: 12/09/2022

Birmingham VA is streamlining the way of the future with virtual reality training for employees. As a part of VA’s commitment to improving patient experience, Birmingham VA was chosen as the first pilot site for virtual reality (VR) training specific to the hospital discharge process. This VR application was created by the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning and the Veterans Experience Office as a training experience for VA staff. The VR training takes employees through a Veteran’s journey during the hospital discharge process to provide insight into the patient perspective.

JAN Employers' Practical Guide: Reasonable Accommodation During the Hiring Process

Post date: 12/09/2022

ODEP’s Job Accommodation Network recently released a new guide titled “Employers' Practical Guide: Reasonable Accommodation During the Hiring Process” that summarizes some of the most frequent situations employers face when handling accommodation requests from applicants and candidates with disabilities.

Simulated driving program reduces crash risk for teens with ADHD in small study

Post date: 12/09/2022

A program that combines computer-based and driving simulator training may reduce the proportion of crashes and near crashes among teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a small study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Teens who took the training, which aims to reduce the number of long glances away from the roadway, had a nearly 40% lower risk for crash or near crash, compared to a similar group who did not undergo the training.

HHS Roadmap for Behavioral Health Integration

Post date: 12/09/2022

Our nation faces an unprecedented behavioral health crisis among people of all ages. In his first State of the Union, the President outlined a bold national strategy to prevent, treat, and provide long term recovery supports for mental illness and substance use disorders (M/SUD). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a leadership role to implement and advance the President’s Strategy.

U.S. Department of Education Launches New Initiative to Enhance STEM Education for All Students

Post date: 12/09/2022

The Raise the Bar: STEM Excellence for All Students initiative is designed to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education nationwide. This new Biden-Harris Administration initiative will help implement and scale equitable, high-quality STEM education for all students from PreK to higher education—regardless of background— to ensure their 21st century career readiness and global competitiveness.

Servicemember Transitional Advanced Rehabilitation (STAR) Program for SOF service members and Veterans

Post date: 10/14/2022

The STAR program—unique to the Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS), in Richmond, Virginia—is a comprehensive rehabilitation program designed specifically for Special Operations Forces service members to facilitate recovery, maximize function, promote successful community reintegration, return to duty, or transition to civilian employment.

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $116 Million in Grants for Programs Focused on Equity and Accessibility for Students

Post date: 10/14/2022

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced 19 Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) awards totaling $110 million and four new grant awards for the 2022 Equity Assistance Center (EAC) program totaling more than $6.5 million. The EAC awards fund four new regional EACs that each provide technical assistance to public schools and other agencies focused on addressing equity in their community for students and the educators who support them related to race, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, and religion.

U.S. Department of Transportation Marks the Start of National Pedestrian Safety Month, Stresses the Need to Protect Vulnerable Road Users

Post date: 10/14/2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation marks October as National Pedestrian Safety Month. National Pedestrian Safety Month celebrates the right of everyone to walk or roll safely and reminds drivers of their responsibility to stay alert for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users.

State of the States in Developmental Disabilities Project Moved to the University of Kansas

Post date: 10/14/2022

The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities Project, a longitudinal data project funded under the Projects of National Significance at ACL has moved to the University of Kansas. This project investigates revenue, spending, and programmatic trends in intellectual and developmental disability services in all 50 states, DC, and the nation as a whole. In its 40-year history, it has produced more than 300 publications and 11 books.

States use ARPA Funds to Boost Employment for People with Disabilities

Post date: 09/30/2022

The National Conference of State Legislators, in collaboration with the State Exchange on Employment & Disability, published a new resource, “States Uses of ARPA Funds to Boost Employment for People with Disabilities,” that explores state actions to increase opportunities for people with disabilities and grow the post-pandemic labor force. Strategies highlighted range from supporting private employers seeking to diversify their workforce to expanding state hiring initiatives.

Assistant Secretary Williams Announces the Launch of Mental Health and Employment Working Group

Post date: 09/30/2022

At the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s (USCM) Executive Leadership Meeting in Miami last week, ODEP Assistant Secretary Williams delivered remarks to help launch the Mental Health and Employment Working Group, which seeks to identify policies, plans and practices to address and support workers’ mental health needs in the nation’s cities.

Researchers engineer novel material capable of 'thinking'

Post date: 09/30/2022

Someone taps your shoulder. The touch receptors in your skin send a message to your brain, which processes the information and directs you to look left, in the direction of the tap. This processing of mechanical information has now been harnessed by Penn State and U.S. Air Force researchers and integrated into engineered materials that "think."

Bionic pancreas improves type 1 diabetes management compared to standard insulin delivery methods

Post date: 09/30/2022

A device known as a bionic pancreas, which uses next-generation technology to automatically deliver insulin, was more effective at maintaining blood glucose (sugar) levels within normal range than standard-of-care management among people with type 1 diabetes, a new multicenter clinical trial has found.