E-Bulletin June 21, 2022

June 21, 2022

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

Infographic: Diversity of Disability Pathways for Middle-Aged Adults

This infographic illustrates the results of a longitudinal study of middle-aged adults with long-term physical disabilities. The study examined how age of disability onset and primary cause of disability relate to social contexts, health, personal service use, and barriers to community participation.

Lizzo Changes Lyric In New Song After Criticism Over Ableist Slur

Lizzo has changed a lyric in her new song, “Grrrls,” after listeners pointed out it was an ableist slur. Lizzo said, “This is the result of me listening and taking action. As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”

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Employment News

Disability, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Resources from the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology

Identifying as both a person with a disability and another dimension of diversity – such as gender, race, class, sexuality, age, or religion – can affect how people think about their disabilities, and can also impact their ability to access resources, opportunities, and support. The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) features resources to help employers address diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) as interconnected strands rather than separate pieces.

Including Disability in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Priorities: Building A Maturity Model

This research-based tool from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network for Disability Inclusion (EARN) can help employers take steps to ensure disability is included in diversity plans.

Podcast: Research Results and Improving Employment Outcomes for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Dr. Michele McDonnall, principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision, was interviewed for this podcast episode. Dr. McDonnall highlighted the center's research and findings, as well as the materials, training, and technical assistance developed to support individuals who are blind or have low vision, rehabilitation professionals, and employers.

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Business News

New Research Shows That Disability Inclusion Creates Long-Term Business Value

A research paper recently released by Voya Financial, Inc. shows that companies with an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy that fosters competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities are creating a competitive advantage and positioning themselves to capitalize on a $13-trillion, global disability market.

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Health and Wellness News

Drumming Improves Behavior and Brain Function in Autistic Adolescents

Drumming for just 90 minutes each week can improve the life quality of young people diagnosed with autism, a new study has revealed.

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Sports and Recreation News

Rocky Mountain ADA Center Specialist Joins White House Paralympic Celebrations

Chris Murphy, ADA Specialist at the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center, joined fellow members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams for a celebration at the White House in May. Mr. Murphy reports on the event, including the efforts of the White House staff and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to ensure the event and accommodations were fully accessible to all participants.

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Training, Events, and Opportunities to Participate

Webinar: The Future of Business is Accessible - Young Business Leaders Talk Full Inclusion

June 22, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
We will be speaking with a panel of young business leaders about their personal efforts in guiding businesses to embrace full inclusion of people with disabilities.

Twitter Chat: Accessibility and the ADA

June 22, 2022
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Join the ADA National Network and regional ADA Centers for this Twitter chat on various aspects of accessibility. Visit the event page for more information!

Webinar: Plain Language - Improving Communication and Comprehension for All

June 22, 2022
11:00 a.m. Eastern
This webinar will focus on how writing in "plain language" benefits all users, and how it helps people who have difficulties with written communications. Registration is free and required.

Lots of Socks Design Competition for World Down Syndrome Day 2023

Get creative and enter by June 28, 2022 for a chance to have your design featured on next year's socks in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day!

Share Your Comments: First Meeting of President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The first meeting of the new President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) will be open to the public. More information about registration will be available soon, but please mark your calendars for July 28 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Comments and suggestions, especially from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are welcome at any time through this Administration for Community Living (ACL) form.

Inclusive and Accessible Employment for Cultural Organizations

The Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC)’s Supporting Transition project is hosting this series.

  • June 22, 2022; Session 3: Tools for Inclusive Practices Part 2
  • June 29, 2022; Session 4: Re-imagining Employment

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities: 2022 Summer Learning Series

These sessions are for professionals who work with students and individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities, as well as their families.

  • June 22, 2022; Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities: Moving from Discrimination to Innovation and Equity
  • June 23, 2022; Race and the Autism Service Pathway: How Race and Racism Impact Autism Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • June 28, 2022; Understanding the Intersection of Racism and Suicide Risk: A Context for Suicide Prevention Efforts
  • June 29, 2022; Understanding Your Child's IEP and Discipline of Students with Disabilities
  • June 30, 2022; Epidemiology of Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Health Crises in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Mental Health Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • July 7, 2022; Join us for a Virtual Tour of the Maryland’s Accessible Telecommunications and Assistive Technology Programs
  • July 12, 2022; Supporting Parents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Children
  • July 13, 2022; Accessible and Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities: Opportunities for Engagement
  • July 14, 2022; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs): Clinical Features and Educational Implications
  • July 18, 2022; Creating Intentional Inclusion for Children with Disabilities: Social Inclusion Leadership and Planning
  • July 25, 2022; Creating Intentional Inclusion for Children with Disabilities: Designing Inclusive Play Spaces for All Children
  • August 1, 2022; Creating Intentional Inclusion for Children with Disabilities: Facilitating Social Inclusion Through Play Delivers Transformative Social/Emotional Learning for All Children
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