Disability Research News
Study: Autism and Employment
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
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
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
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
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
Webinar - Getting More People Employed in North Dakota: Improving Business Engagement and Utilizing Labor Market Information
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”
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
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
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Releases Business Roundtable Report to Improve Employment Rate of Americans with Disabilities
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)
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
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
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
This week's Research In Focus highlights new findings on seizure risk after traumatic brain injury (TBI).
NIDILRR 2017 Grants Forecast UPDATED
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
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
The National Academies' Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, of which NIDILRR is one of the sponsoring agencies, has published a report,...
Survey on Consumer Attitudes About Disability
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).