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October 12, 2021
Return to School Roadmap: U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on IEP Development and Implementation During Pandemic

Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) are required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for many students with disabilities in K-12 schools. This new guidance interprets IDEA requirements in light of challenges brought on by COVID-19.

October 12, 2021
“Paralympic Athlete Blake Leeper Wants to Show the Fitness Industry It's 'Easy' to 'Include Everybody'”

This article highlights Paralympic athlete Blake Leeper and his efforts to promote representation of people with disabilities in the fitness industry.

October 12, 2021
“Americans with Disabilities Less Likely to Own Some Digital Devices”

According to a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults, those with disabilities are less likely to have a traditional computer or Smartphone than those without disabilities.

October 12, 2021
2021's Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities

This article provides the results of a WalletHub study comparing and ranking more than 180 most populated cities across 34 key indicators of “disability-friendliness.” States in the Mid-Atlantic region that were rated in the top twenty overall include Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Columbia, Maryland.

“Academia’s Ableist Culture Laid Bare”

Four leaders with disabilities share their thoughts on how to make laboratories and fieldwork more accessible and inclusive so scientific practice and research spaces and career pathways will be open to disabled students.

October 12, 2021
A Proclamation on National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2021

President Joseph R. Biden issued a proclamation commemorating October 2021 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The proclamation includes highlights of ongoing efforts to improve access to successful career paths for Americans with disabilities.

“Unemployment Rate Remains Double for People with Disabilities 18 Months into Pandemic”

The latest economic data show people with disabilities continue to experience an unemployment rate twice that of people without disabilities.

October 12, 2021
PA: “EEOC Sues Geisinger Health and Affiliates for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Geisinger Health System and affiliates, charging that they discriminated against employees with disabilities by requiring them to compete for reassignment to new positions when reassignments were needed as reasonable accommodations, misrepresenting and manipulating employment opportunities to prevent employees with disabilities from obtaining accommodations, retaliating against employees who asked for accommodations or complained about discrimination, and otherwise interfering with employee rights under the ADA.