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Closing DD Awareness Month and Introducing ACL’s New Commissioner on Disabilities

In this blog post, Jill Jacobs, Commissioner on Disabilities at ACL, reflects on Developmental Disabilites (DD) Awareness month by highlighting recent innovations in ACL's DD programs, and the Administration on Disabilities (AOD) goals for the year ahead. AOD's upcoming priorities include continuing to address the DSP workforce crisis, investing in projects to advance equity and reach people with disabilities at the intersections of identity, and continuing to support individuals with both DD and mental health diagnoses. The blog post also shares experiences with disability that the new Commissioner brings to her role.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73776

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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Proposed Rule to Improve Accessibility of Lavatories on Single-Aisle Aircraft

The DOT announced that it is publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would improve the accessibility of lavatories for people with disabilities traveling on new single-aisle aircraft. DOT encourages members of the public and interested parties to submit comments on the NRPM. Comments are due by Friday, May 27, 2022.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73774

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Seeking Input on Proposed Public Rulemaking About NIDILRR Peer Review Criteria

ACL is proposing to amend its regulations for the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). These important amendments to NIDILRR's peer review criteria will allow NIDILRR to better evaluate how grant applicants conduct outreach and hire people with disabilities and others that have been underserved and underrepresented. The amendments also emphasize the need for engineering research and development activities within NIDILRR's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) program.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73765

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The Influence of Disability Models on Person-Centeredness in Home and Community-Based Services

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services has released their first issue brief. The brief explores the medical, social, and biopsychosocial models of disability, their relationship with evolving frameworks of person-centeredness, and implications for providers and others who deliver services and supports.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73753

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Building a National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

This report summarizes findings from research involving stakeholder organizations working with family caregivers in the private and public sectors. The report includes insights into best practice models and action steps that can be included in the national strategy to meet the RAISE goals. Additional stakeholder groups such as the direct care workforce, county health care providers, employers, aging and disability organizations, faith-based groups, respite care providers, and others participated in a series of individual interviews and group listening sessions.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73752

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2021 Annual Disability Statistics Compedium

The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium provides summaries of statistics about people with disabilities and government programs that serve them. The Compendium presents key overall statistics on topics including the prevalence of disability, employment among persons with disabilities, rates of participation in disability income and social insurance programs, and more. The 2021 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium includes a new section on Voting and Registration, which explores voting and registration of people with and without disabilities in the 2020 presidential elections.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73747

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COVID-19 Disability Employment Trends

The Office of Disability Employment Policy released the report, “Employment of Persons with a Disability: Analysis of Trends during the COVID-19 Pandemic– Findings in Brief.” This report examines workforce changes during COVID-19. It draws on data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey to provide insight into key labor force statistics, employment across industries and occupations, and the effect of the easing of social distancing and the ability to telework on occupational employment change.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73742

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Resources for National Consumer Protection Week

NCLER has shared some resources for advocates in honor of National Consumer Protection Week. National Consumer Protection Week is a time to education people on their consumer rights and how to avoid fraud. NCLER resources include trainings, brochures, and flyers that share information about preventing and protecting older adults from scams and abuse.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73732

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2021 Trends Report Spotlight: Marketing Your Transportation Program

This Trends Report highlights the findings of two national surveys conducted by NADTC. Data show that most respondents rely on friends and family rather than public transportation due to a lack of information about available community services. The report also shares tips, strategies and local examples onhow transit agencies can better communicate with riders.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73730

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