The primary focus of the survey was to determine how knowledgeable HR professionals are regarding various governmental incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities. In addition, the survey sought to find out how many companies actually take advantage of employer incentives and who in companies make decisions about using them. A secondary focus of the survey was to assess HR professionals’ attitudes and opinions regarding the impact of the ADA on the employment of individuals with disabilities; determine the level of effort companies expend in recruiting individuals with disabilities; and gain insight into senior managements' personal experiences with disabilities. Furthermore, the survey sought the opinions of HR professionals on how best to improve the employment of individuals with disabilities
The Administration on Community Living's (ACL) National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is hosting this webinar on Thursday, February 4, at 1:00 to 2:30 PM, ET. Registration if free but required by February 1st. Email Lan.email@example.com to RSVP. Presenters from NIDILRR include Margaret Campbell and Ruth Brannon. Ivan Molton, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long Term Physical Disabilities and Laura Gitlin, PhD, from the Center for Innovative Care in Aging will also present. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
Learn Psychology has produced several guides that include information and actionable advice that students can utilize to maintain mental well-being in college. With more students taking on more rigorous academic loads, now, more than ever, the need for student access to mental health resources is imperative. Key elements of Learn Psychology resources include: -- A comprehensive look at the some issues that college students may experience during their academic career; -- Tips for how to identify and cope with warning signs of mental health issues with peers; -- A list of top mental health organizations and resources students can utilize; -- Advice from a number of experts who have excelled in assisting college students with mental health issues. To access these guides, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.learnpsychology.org/mental-health/
In July 2015, the Food Research and Action Center issued "SNAP Matters for People with Disabilities" Food Research and Action Center. The following is excerpted from the Executive Summary: Poverty, hunger, and food insecurity disproportionately affect Americans who have communicative, mental, or physical disabilities. For these children, adults, and seniors, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a vital support. Access to affordable, nutritious food often is even more critical for Americans with disabilities than for others. Not only are people with disabilities more likely to experience poverty and food insecurity, but they also are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions that can be aggravated by poor nutrition. These conditions can exacerbate existing disabilities or even lead to new disabilities. Good nutrition is a key component of good health for all Americans, but for those who have a disability, eating nutritiously, even during periods of economic difficulty, is critically important. This report provides information on: 1. The population of Americans with disabilities, including factors that lead to increased poverty and food insecurity among them; 2. SNAP’s role among programs targeted to assist people with disabilities; 3. SNAP program rules and policies that make it both accessible and responsive to the needs of Americans with disabilities; and 4. Recommendations for strengthening SNAP’s support for people with disabilities through state policy options, agency practices, and outreach. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://frac.org/pdf/snap_matters_people_with_disabililties.pdf
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Women's Bureau is hosting this webinar on Tuesday, July 28th from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm, EST. Information on DOL's current efforts to address issues affecting women with disabilities related to employment will be shared. Presenters will also look back on the ADA’s effect on women in the workplace, including pregnant women and new mothers, women with caregiving responsibilities for family members with disabilities, and women who have survived domestic or sexual violence. Lastly, there will be discussion of new research from UC Berkeley on the intersection of disability and domestic violence services for womenThe focus will be on the effects of the ADA on women in respect to pregnancy accommodations, domestic violence, and employment. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
In May 2015, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) issued this report on MFP demonstration that supports efforts to help Medicaid beneficiaries living in long-term care facilities transition back to the community. The six MFP grantees highlighted in this study offer several lessons that can help other states enhance their program models to better serve people with diverse support needs. Factors that contribute to successful program performance include (1) thorough identification of a person's needs and preferences early in the transition process to help facilitate timely linkages to services in the community and avoid reinstitutionalization; (2) flexible MFP grant funds that enable MFP grantees to test new services or supports that help to better meet participants' support needs in the community; (3) quality monitoring systems to track participants' outcomes in the community; and (4) strong partnerships with stakeholders, which lead to close coordination in service delivery and propel system transformation efforts forward. Please click on View Page Now or go to the MPR website at: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/~/media/publications/pdfs/health/mfpfieldrpt16.pdf
This webinar is hosted by the National Disability Institute (NDI) and American Psychological Association (APA) to discuss money and stress with highlights from the report. It will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST. The survey results show that stress about money and finances is prevalent nationwide, even as aspects of the U.S. economy have improved. In fact, regardless of the economic climate, money has consistently topped Americans' list of stressors since the first Stress in America survey was conducted in 2007. In addition to highlights of the survey and report, APA will provide strategies to help clients manage their stress about money. Presenters: -- Lynn Bufka PhD, Associate Executive Director, Practice, Research and Policy American Psychological Association -- Anju Khubchandani, Director, Disability Issues American Psychological Association To register for this webinar, please Click on View Page Now.
This webinar is sponsored as a National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE)on April 22, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Time The national Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that can help beneficiaries on a path to self-employment. The guest presenter will talk about:-- Factors to consider when thinking about self-employment -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives For additional information and to register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: www.choosework.net/wise
This Los Angeles Times article by Amy Sewell, published on April 13, 2015, profiles cases in California where individuals will developmental disabilities are languishing in jail simply because they've been deemed unfit to stand trial and treatment facilities are unavailable. To access the article, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/04/13/unfit-trial-stuck-behind-bars/20210/
The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) today has announced a funding opportunity under the “Projects for American Indians with Disabilities” program. The purpose of this program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in high-quality employment that will increase opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. The funding is for discretionary grants with total estimated available funding of: Available Funds: $12,607,000. Grant awards are expected to range from $300,000-$600,000 with approximately 25 grants to be awarded. Applications are due by June 8, 2015. To view the Federal Register Notice for this grant program, please click on View Page Now or go to:http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/pdf/2015-07994.pdf
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued Report No, GAO-15-113: Mental Health - HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness in December 2014. GAO identified 112 federal programs that generally supported individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. Thirty of the 112 programs were identified by the agencies as specifically targeting individuals with serious mental illness. Four agencies—DOD, HHS, DOJ, and VA—reported that they obligated about $5.7 billion for programs that specifically targeted individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. HHS is charged with leading the federal government’s public health efforts related to mental health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is required to promote coordination of programs relating to mental illness throughout the federal government. While coordination at the program level is important, it does not take the place of, or achieve the level of, leadership that GAO has previously found to be key to successful coordination and that is essential to identifying whether there are gaps in services and if agencies have the necessary information to assess the reach and effectiveness of their programs.To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/analysis/20150205GAOReport.pdf
On January 27, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin related to designing benefits that meet the needs of youth with substance use disorders and their families while also complying with Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements. This informational bulletin, based on evidence from scientific research and the results of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-supported technical expert panel consensus process, is intended to assist states to design a benefit that will meet the needs of youth with substance use disorders (SUD) and their families and help states comply with their obligations under Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements. The services described in this document are designed to enable youth to address their substance use disorders, to receive treatment and continuing care and to participate in recovery services and supports. This bulletin also identifies resources that are available to states to facilitate their work in designing and implementing a benefit package for these youth and their families. To access this information brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/federal-policy-guidance.html
In December 2014, the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium was released. The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) facilitates evidence-based decision making in many different service and policy arenas to benefit persons with disabilities, leading to improved social outcomes. Large quantities of survey data and administrative records related to people with disabilities are collected each year. Yet these data lack continuity and are underutilized, leading to missed opportunities to improve the programs and policies that advance the lives of people with disabilities. To access the 2014 Annual Disability Compendium, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.disabilitycompendium.org
On December 2, 2014, the U. S. Census Bureau issued the following report based upon the American Community Survey: "Older Americans With a Disability: 2008-2012". The report states that nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, Of those 15.7 million people, two-thirds of them say they had difficulty in walking or climbing. Difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping, was the second-most cited disability. Report highlights include: -- More than half (54.4 percent) of the older population who had not graduated from high school had a disability, twice the rate of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher (26.0 percent). ? -- More than one-third of those 85 and older with a disability lived alone, compared with one-fourth of those age 65 to 74. ? -- About 13 percent of the older household population with a disability lived in poverty; in contrast, 7 percent of those without a disability were in poverty. ? ? -- Women 65 and older were more likely than men 65 and older to have five of the six types of disability included in the American Community Survey, especially ambulatory difficulty. Older women’s higher rates for disability are, in part, because women live longer. ? -- Older men’s higher likelihood for having a hearing disability may reflect the lifelong occupational differentials between men and women, where men may be more likely to have worked in industries that cause noise-induced hearing loss. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acs-29.pdf?eml=gd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
On November 10, 2014, the White House issued this video public service announcement on YouTube - "How the Affordable Care Act Helps People with Disabilities," It explains how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that individuals with disabilities can no longer be denied health coverage because of health history. Presented in American Sign Language, the PSA also has an English soundtrack that starts about 12 seconds into the video. To view the video, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG9tAJAZhLM
The 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report has added significance this year as the National Council on Disability (NCD) celebrates its 30th anniversary as an independent federal agency. The 2014 Progress Report details the status of people with disabilities from across the nation, providing policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders with an overview of the progress the United States has made promoting and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the 2014 Progress Report focuses on seven key areas: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), employment access and inclusion, subminimum wage, education outcomes, Medicaid managed care, mental health care, and data trends in disability policy. The report identifies opportunities to promote public policies that contribute to a more inclusive environment. To access the full report, please click on Download Now or go to: http://www.ncd.gov/progress_reports/10312014
The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) is a statewide committee charged in statute with consulting and advising the Secretaries of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, including development of a comprehensive strategy. While there are many factors that contribute to the low labor force participation rate among people with disabilities in California, CCEPD made a strategic decision to focus the Committee’s efforts in 2013 and 2014 on increasing the percentage of people with disabilities in California’s health workforce because research indicates that California’s healthcare providers have a tremendous influence on a disabled person’s decision to work or return to work. disability as their reason for not working. Most of those not working due to disability saw themselves as unable to work, whether at their former job (92%) or at any job (75%), and 97.3 percent were told by a healthcare provider that they could not work. 5CA surveyed people with disabilities on who discouraged them from pursuing employment and 95% identified their health care provider. T0 view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dor.ca.gov/boards-and-committees/documents/Operation%20California%20First%20FINAL%20091014.pdf
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF)issued a study on October 22, 2014, that reports that more than half of homeless youth become homeless for the first time because they are asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver. The first-of-its-kind study focused on 656 14- to 21-year-olds in 11 cities. Respondents included street youth served by FYSB’s Street Outreach Program grantees and street youth who were not using services. The study found the following: -- On average, the youth became homeless for the first time at age 15. -- The average youth spent nearly two years living on the streets. -- More than 60 percent were raped, beaten up, robbed, or otherwise assaulted. -- Nearly 30 percent of participants identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and nearly 7 percent identified as transgender. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regularly estimates the number of people experiencing homelessness. Even though this exercise is believed to undercount the number of youth experiencing homelessness, it still identified 46,924 unaccompanied children and youth experiencing homelessness in the United States on a single night in January 2013. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/sop-executive-summary
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) recently released a new report on utilizing Medicaid for people in supportive housing or experiencing chronic homelessness. It provides information on how states can use Medicaid to support the health and behavioral health services needed by people experiencing chronic homelessness. It discusses Medicaid's legislative authorities, specific provisions in state Medicaid plans, benefit design, payment mechanisms, contract provisions, and implementation strategies that states could replicate or adapt. To view this HHS report, please click on View Page Now.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration is hosting the following webinar on October 23, 2014, 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST: Introducing the Veterans Employment Center. The webinar will provide information on the features of the Veterans Employment Center (VEC) on the Veterans Affairs eBenefits Portal. VEC is the Federal government's streamlined single internet source for connecting transitioning service members, veterans and their families to meaningful career opportunities. The Departments of Veterans Affairs is collaborating with Labor, Defense, Education and other agencies to incorporate the best features of existing online employment tools and integrate it with other resources and services. The presenter is Christi Collins, Lead Management and Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration, Office of Economic Opportunity. To register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001426541662735364/info .