E-Bulletin November 23, 2021

November 23, 2021

We post our bi-weekly bulletin to keep you up to date on disability-related resources, news, and other items of interest. This information is being provided solely for non-commercial, nonprofit educational purposes, including news reporting and research. It is not intended for commercial purposes. Further, we understand that our readers generally read the articles and information online, at the websites provided in the hyperlinks, rather than relying solely on our synopses or copies. We are not responsible for the accessibility or the content of other websites. Please be aware that some links provided are time sensitive, and may become inactive at any time.

We include links to articles, editorials and opinion pieces, press releases, and other materials that represent diverse perspectives. Inclusion does not imply endorsement of any products, services, sources, information, or opinions expressed in these materials.

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General News

UNICEF Report on Children with Disabilities: “Seen, Counted, Included”

Nearly 240 million children worldwide, or one in 10, live with disabilities and may experience deprivation in areas such as health, education, and protection, according to a new report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Employment News

U.S. Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Align to End Retaliation, Promote Workers’ Rights

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced a joint initiative and collaboration to raise awareness about retaliation issues when workers exercise their protected labor rights.

EARN Unveils Newly Redesigned Website

Structured around four phases of the employment lifecycle, the redesigned site from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) offers a range of resources, including self-paced online training courses, easy-to-use checklists, in-depth policy guides, videos profiling disability-inclusive employers, and archived webinars on a variety of issues.

“National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) October 2021 Jobs Report: Employment for People with Disabilities Reaches Historic Levels”

In October, the major employment indicators for people with disabilities reached their highest recorded levels since September 2008, when reporting for this cohort was begun by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Transportation News

“Infrastructure Measure Includes Fund to Ensure Nation’s Transit Stations Are Accessible”

A $1.75 billion fund in the infrastructure package will aim to guarantee that transit stations are accessible, decades after campaigns by disability rights activists to demand lifts on buses helped to spur passage of the ADA.

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Legal News

Justice Department Sues Uber for Overcharging People with Disabilities

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) for charging “wait time” fees to passengers who, because of disability, need more time to enter a car.

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Health and Wellness News

Care Can’t Wait: How Do Inadequate Home- and Community-Based Services Affect Community Living and Health Outcomes

Nationally, there are over 820,000 people on waiting lists for home- and community based services such as assistance with personal care, home modifications, or transportation. The average wait time is three years or more. This report outlines recent research findings indicating how these unmet needs can lead to poor health, increased utilization of hospital services, and institutionalization.

$150 Million Funding Will Expand the Public Health Workforce to Respond to the Needs of People with Disabilities and Older Adults

The Biden-Harris Administration announced that the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will receive $150 million to increase the public health workforce’s disability and aging expertise and strengthen the collaboration with public health systems. The goal is to support the health and safety of people with disabilities and older adults who are disproportionately affected during emergencies and disasters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“New Curriculum Prepares Nurses to Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities”

A new curriculum for primary care nurse practitioner residency programs is designed to improve the health care experience of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Seeks New Team Member

TransCen, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center's parent organization, is seeking a Technical Assistance and Content Specialist to join our team! This full-time position is available in our headquarters location in Rockville, Maryland. The successful candidate will join our efforts to educate the public about the Americans with Disabilities Act!

TransCen is seeking other professionals for positions in Rockville, as well as at our locations in San Francisco, California, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Find out more about TransCen's career opportunities if you are interested in advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities!

Great Lakes ADA Center Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator of Spanish Language Outreach for the ADA National Network

The Great Lakes ADA Center is looking for a program coordinator who will build connections between the ADA National Network and Spanish-speaking stakeholders and communities across the nation to facilitate increased understanding of and implementation of the ADA in Spanish-speaking communities. This position will support the work of the ADA Knowledge Translation Center (ADAKT Center) and the Great Lakes ADA Center.

Montgomery County, Maryland: County Seeks Input on Taxi Services from Residents 65+ and Those with Disabilities

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Taxicab Services Commission are surveying residents ages 65 and over and residents with disabilities about their experiences using taxi services.  The deadline to provide input is November 26, 2021.

Comment Needed on Proposed Rule: Establishing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking comments on rules proposed to regulate over-the-counter hearing aids. Comments are due by January 18, 2022.

Training Curriculum: Law Enforcement and People with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

This curriculum provides training for law enforcement personnel and first responders on how to effectively and appropriately interact with people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

The Practical Employer Video Series:
Job Applications and Interviews: How to Make Sure Your Process Is Accessible

Our new video offers practical tips for conducting effective job interviews so employers can identify and hire qualified candidates, including those with disabilities.

ADA National Network Launches 30th Anniversary Celebration

The ADA National Network (ADANN) is celebrating 30 years of providing training, technical assistance, and guidance on the ADA. Throughout the year, the ADANN will be highlighting its services, success stories, and vision for the next 30 years. Visit the ADANN to learn more and find your regional ADA Center.

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