Resources

Here you will find information I have compiled or time which helped me as I transitioned from able-bodied to disabled. I hope it saves you some time.

Accessibility: Grocery Delivery Services

Accessibility: Pets (Assistive and Disabled)

Accessibility: Standards for Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment

AGENCY: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board or Board) is issuing accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment. The standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE Standards) contain minimum technical criteria to ensure that medical diagnostic equipment, including but not limited to, examination tables, examination chairs, weight scales, mammography equipment, and other imaging equipment used by health care providers for diagnostic purposes are accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. The MDE Standards will allow independent entry to, use of, and exit from the equipment by individuals with disabilities to the maximum extent possible. The MDE Standards do not impose any mandatory requirements on health care providers or medical device manufacturers. However, other agencies, referred to as enforcing authorities in the MDE Standards, may issue regulations or adopt policies that require health care providers subject to their jurisdiction to acquire accessible medical diagnostic equipment that complies with the MDE Standards.

DATES: The final rule is effective February 8, 2017.

Education: Association of University Centers on Disabilities

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. Network members consist of:

  • 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)
  • 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
  • 14 Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC), most of which are funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD)

These programs serve and are located in every U.S. state and territory and are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.

AUCD supports this national network through:

  • Leadership on major social problems affecting all people living with developmental or other disabilities or special health needs
  • Advocacy with Congress and executive branch agencies that fund and regulate programs used by people with disabilities
  • Networking and partnering with other national organizations to advance the network’s national agendas
  • Promoting communication within the network and with other groups by collecting, organizing, and disseminating data on network activities and accomplishments
  • Technical assistance provision on a broad range of topics

Education: Camp Big Sky

Camp Big Sky is available at no charge, to any person of any age with any disability and their family members, friends and caregivers. We provide opportunites to access, discover, learn and enjoy the outdoors.

Education: Disability Allies (New Jersey)

Our Mission: Connecting young adults and teenagers with and without disabilities by hosting events and building lasting relationships.

Education: U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance today to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn. (12.28.16)

Employment: AAPD Career Center

AAPD is pleased to announce the release of our new Career Center – a tool for job-seekers with disabilities to search for employment opportunities as well as a place for employers to post jobs and connect with potential employees with disabilities.

Employment: Affirmative Action for Individuals With Disabilities in Federal Employment

AGENCY: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) is issuing its final rule to amend the regulations that require federal agencies to engage in affirmative action for individuals with disabilities. These changes clarify the obligations that the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 imposes on federal agencies, as employers, that are over and above the obligation not to discriminate on the basis of disability. The regulation does not apply to the private sector or to state or local governments.

DATES:
Effective date: This final rule will be applicable on March 6, 2017.
Applicability date: The applicability date for this final rule shall be January 3, 2018.

Financial: ABLE Accounts

A video and script in text explaining ABLE accounts by the ABLE National Resource Center.

Financial: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network recently released their third plain language advocacy resource: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid. This guide has six parts: Medicaid Introduction and Background, Who Can Get Medicaid?, What Does Medicaid Pay For?, Medicaid Funding, What Could Happen to Medicaid?, and a Summary and Glossary explaining the terms used in the toolkit.

Independent Living: Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

All Americans—including people with disabilities and older adults—should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions. To help meet these needs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created a new organization, the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Policy: Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence

AGENCY:

Social Security Administration.

ACTION: Final rules.

SUMMARY: We are revising our medical evidence rules. The revisions include redefining several key terms related to evidence, revising our rules about acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration of medical opinions and prior administrative medical findings, revising our rules about medical consultants (MC) and psychological consultants (PC), revising our rules about treating sources, and reorganizing our evidence regulations for ease of use. These revisions conform our rules to the requirements of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), reflect changes in the national healthcare workforce and in the manner that individuals receive medical care, and emphasize the need for objective medical evidence in disability and blindness claims. We expect that these changes will simplify our rules to make them easier to understand and apply, and allow us to continue to make accurate and consistent disability determinations and decisions.

DATES: These final rules are effective on March 27, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dan O’Brien, Office of Disability Policy, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401, (410) 597-1632. For information on eligibility or filing for benefits, call our national toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or visit our Internet site, Social Security Online, at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Research: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Along with their posted mission statement to protect the U.S. from health threats, the CDC also addresses major health concerns causing disability to Americans. They have a vast collection of publications and are a good resource for statistical information.

Research: Disabled Americans are less likely to use technology, PewResearch Center, 4.7.17

Research: More Than Just Diagnoses—Giving Parents Realistic Life Outcomes After Prenatal Testing Results

“…Meredith, who herself has a son with Down syndrome had received wonderful support after his birth, but she realized that her positive experience was not the norm in the U.S. or in other countires she has worked in…”

Technology: Dragon Naturally Speaking

I have found this particular page to be a bit buried on their website. It offers a comparison of feature for the various versions of the software, which is helpful in determining how much to spend.

Technology: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Final Standards and Guidelines

AGENCY: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: We, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board or Board), are revising and updating, in a single rulemaking, our standards for electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by Federal agencies covered by section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as our guidelines for telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934. The revisions and updates to the section 508-based standards and section 255-based guidelines are intended to ensure that information and communication technology covered by the respective statutes is accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

DATE: This final rule is effective March 20, 2017. However, compliance with the section 508-based standards is not required until January 18, 2018. Compliance with the section 255-based guidelines is not required until the guidelines are adopted by the Federal Communications Commission. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the final rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 20, 2017.

Technology: Microsoft Disability Answer Desk

The Disability Answer Desk is where customers with disabilities get support with Microsoft Office and Windows. This includes product Issues, accessibility questions, and use of assistive technology.

Technology: This Device Translates Text To Braille in Real Time, The Smithsonian, 5.8.17

Transportation: DOT Focuses on Training to Improve Access to Air Travel for Individuals with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (AEP) and Office of Transportation Policy have developed informative modular programs that can be used to assist individuals with disabilities and to supplement the training and education of airline employees and contractors. The programs focus on the rights and responsibilities of individuals and airlines under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and its implementing regulation, 14 CFR Part 382 and were produced in cooperation with stakeholders from both the disability community and airline industry. Although many of the programs have an intended audience, we believe that all of the content is helpful for any passenger, airline employee, or contractor.

Transportation: Study: Self-driving cars will benefit disabled, Boston Herald, 1.22.17