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A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is coming together in an effort to promote policies aimed at increasing employment among people with developmental disabilities.  The group will identify polices and regulations that will help people with disabilities enter the workforce.  The effort coincides with a new awareness campaign that highlights ways then current Medicaid eligibility standards hamper independence for those with developmental disabilities.


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President Trump has proclaimed October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  During the month, the country celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and highlight the skills and talents they bring to the workplace.  

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The Job Accommodation Network released the 2017 update to its annual “Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact” study. The research indicates that the majority of workplace accommodations cost nothing, while for those that do, the typical small expenditure pays for itself multiple-fold in the form of reduced insurance and training costs and increased productivity and morale.

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They seem to be ongoing questions: how can employers maybe the workplace inclusive for people with disabilities and how can companies ensure that training complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act?  This article discusses the concept of "universal design," ADA compliance, and how technology plays a role in making the workplace inclusive.

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A program in Eau Claire aims to prepare young adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 21 for life after high school graduation. The activity, called the Amazing Race to Employment, is funded through a Transition Improvement Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  It allows students to collaborate with business owners.

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Wisconsin farmers with disabilities have been able to access fewer services through the state’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation during the past year and a half, and officials at the AgrAbility of Wisconsin program aren’t happy about it. The AgrAbility of Wisconsin program provides assistive services to farmers and their families living with an injury, disability or limitation. Due to a new DVR business policy, farmers with disabilities often aren't getting the help they need.  The requirements under the new policy make it difficult for farmers to qualify for services.

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The American Association on Health and Disability (www.aahd.us) is accepting applications for the Frederick J. Krause Scholarship for undergraduate (junior/senior status) and graduate students with disabilities who are majoring in a field related to disability and health.  Please feel free to distribute to your colleagues.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CRITERIA: The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to deserving students with a disability,pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a Junior in college) in an accredited college or university. Preference is given to students majoring in a field related to disability and health, to include, but not limited to  public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.

Applicant must have a disability Applicant must be enrolled  FULL TIME as an undergraduate student (junior standing and above) or enrolled PART TIME or FULL TIME in a graduate school Preference is given to students majoring in a field related to disability and health (see Scholarship  Program Criteria above) Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited United States university Funds are limited to under $1,000

FUNDING INFORMATION: Funds are limited to under $1,000. The AAHD Board of Directors Scholarship Committee will evaluate each of the applicants and make a decision in December of each calendar year.  The 2017-2018 Scholarship Award will be awarded January 2018.  It is the discretion of the Scholarship Committee to determine how many scholarships will be awarded each year and the amount of each scholarship. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Applicant must provide a Personal Statement (maximum 3 pages, double spaced), including brief personal history, educational/career goals, extra-curricular activities, and reasons why they should be selected by the AAHD Scholarship Committee. This statement must be written solely by the applicant
     
  • Applicant must provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation (One must be from a teacher or academic advisor). Letters may be sent by U. S. mail or by email attachment as pdf and should include the signature of the teacher or advisor, and the name of student should appear in the subject line of the email.
     
  • Applicant must provide an official copy of college transcript, which should be mailed to AAHD in a sealed envelope.
     
  • Applicant must agree to allow AAHD to use their name, picture and/or story in future scholarship materials.

Applications are due November 15, 2017.

APPLICATION FORM: PDFhttps://www.aahd.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/AAHDScholarship2017-18.pdf&source=gmail&ust=1506606190200000&usg=AFQjCNGDy2PKDoSYkohB6BlItY13V-OcOA" rel="noopener">
Please attach your application, supporting materials, etc. and email to: scholarship@aahd.us. Place “2017-18 Scholarship” in subject line. (Please use MS Word for your personal statement and MS Word, if at all possible, and/or PDF for all other documents that are emailed as attachments).  If this is not possible, please mail documents to:

Scholarship Committee
American Association on Health and Disability
110 N. Washington Street, Suite 328-J
Rockville, MD 20850

Only completed applications will be considered and must be postmarked and/or received by email no later than November 15, 2017.

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This is an interesting article written by a Representative from Mississippi about the Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act.  The bill would eliminate the ability of employers to get special certificates so they can pay subminimum wages to people with disabilities.  The TIME Act will phrase out and repeal Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act without raising minimum wage.  The Representative created this bill  because he feels that people with disabilities should not be paid less than minimum wage.  He also has a personal connection because his son has a disability.

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USBLN.ORG: 2017 Disability Equality Index Results


By Employment Network, 2017-09-13

In July,  the U.S. Business Leadership Network and the American Association of People with Disabilities announced the results of their 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey, an annual effort to gather information about best practices for disability inclusion across industries. Roughly 100 companies participated in the DEI this year, with a record 68 earning the top rating of 100 percent. 

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Call for Proposals: 2018 National ADA Symposium


By Employment Network, 2017-09-08

The Great Plains ADA Center is soliciting proposals related to ADA implementation that you would be interested in presenting at our National ADA Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA June 17-20, 2018. 

We're interested in subject areas such as Title I, Title II, Title III, Healthcare, Technology, Higher Education, Transportation, Housing and any other interesting workshops related to ADA implementation. Each session will be 90 minutes in length.  However, two part sessions can be provided if the content requires additional time. We will also have a specific track for highly advanced experts to conduct interactive policy development workshops that will be 3 hours in length. 

Please complete and return the Proposal Submission Form (which is attached) if you would like for your session to be considered for the Symposium.  The deadline for submissions is September 30th.

An exciting innovation will be available this coming Symposium to aide you in targeting your presentation more precisely. Our registration tool will allow you to interact by e-mail with session participants prior to the Symposium. You will have access through our new system with the attendees if you wish to poll them about specific issues/topics, suggest limited reading material and/or announce an event they should monitor prior to the Symposium. Since we begin registration at the start of the New Year and the National ADA Symposium is in June, we expect most sessions will be filled by April based on past operations. Therefore, it gives you adequate time to utilize this new feature. You are NOT required to do so, but it is an option that many have expressed the desire to utilize in the past.

This year we will have approximately 100 workshops, around half of which will be conducted by various federal agencies and prior presenters and half of which will be selected from this RFP process. There can be no more than two presenters per session and your airfare/mileage, hotel, conference registration and conference meals will be covered by the National ADA Symposium.

We will notify you no later than Friday, November 17, 2017 of our decision.

Thank you in advance for your interest, application and willingness to make the National ADA Symposium a continued success. Also, feel free to share this with other colleagues and experts in the ADA field.

Call for Presentations 2018 Submission Form.doc National ADA Symposium Call for Presenters
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