The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired will host a State of the Science Conference on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired, April 9th and 10th in Bethesda, MD in conjunction with the annual conference of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind. Interactive sessions will provide results of RRTC research, focusing on a variety of topics including transportation, employment mentoring for college students, vocational rehabilitation agency-employer interactions, accessibility in the workplace, employment outcomes for SSDI beneficiaries, and best practices for the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (BEP). Registration is required with a fee of $175.
The Center on Disabilities at the University of California State University Northridge (CSUN) is holding the 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference on March 17 - 22, 2014, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, California. Sponsored through the International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities, CSUN has provided an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology for 28 years. To register for the conference, visit the CSUN Center on Disabilities webiste at: http://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/2014/sessions/
The Aging, Disability, and Independence of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council held a forum in June 2013 to examine the financing of long-term services and supports for working-age individuals with disabilities and among individuals who are developing disabilities as they age. The workshop covered both older adults who acquire disabilities and younger adults with disabilities who may acquire additional impairments as they age, the target population of the Forum's work. The challenges associated with financing long-term services and supports for people with disabilities impacts all age groups. While there are important differences between the characteristics of programs developed for different age groups, and specific populations may have different needs, this workshop addressed the financing sources for long-term services and supports in general, noting specific differences as appropriate. The financing of long-term services and supports has become a major issue in the United States. These are the services and supports that individuals with disabilities, chronic conditions, and functional impairments need in order to live independently. At least 11 million adults ages 18 and over receive long-term services and supports. Only a little more than half of them - 57 percent - are ages 65 or older. One study found that about 6 percent of people turning 65 in 2005 could expect to have expenses of more than $100,000 for long-term services and supports. Financing Long-Term Services and Supports for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults discusses the scope and trends of current sources of financing for long-term services and supports for working-age individuals with disabilities and older adults aging into disability, including income supports and personal savings.