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Social Security projected to hit insolvency by 2034

... Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told reporters at a briefing that the funds are "secure today and will remain secure in the years to come," but warned that they are also "facing challenges that need to be addressed" by Congress.

Still, the trustees warned that the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund could run dry by late 2016. If Congress does not act to close that shortfall, the fund would only be able to pay out 81 percent of benefits. ...

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It is hard to believe it has been 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This nation has come a long way since the passing of this historic civil rights act. ...

Read the full story on our Civil Rights News page

Physical disability waiting list dwindles amid questions

... But what should be a positive development — the shrinking waiting list — is causing concern among advocates for Kansans with disabilities.

Because even as the number of Kansans waiting for PD services shrinks, the number of Kansans enrolled and actually receiving the services is also dropping. ...

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New to the TILRC Website:

Discrimination in the Rental Housing Market Against People Who Are Deaf and People Who Use Wheelchairs - this study by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institutefinds that people who are deaf or who use wheelchairs are at a statistically significant disadvantage when it comes to the number of homes they are informed about.

Guardianship and the Potential of Supported Decision Making With Individuals with Disabilities - The results of this study show full guardianship as the most common recommendation made to parents of children with disabilities and alternatives, such as supported decision-making, as the least common recommendation made.

Priced Out in 2014 is a study of the severe housing affordability problems experienced by people with disabilities. The report confirms that non-elderly adults with disabilities living on SSI confront an enormous housing affordability gap across the entire nation.


If you are a TILRC consumer you may already know how we help people who want to transition from an institution, like a nursing facility, back into the community or how we help folks get the attendant care services they need through the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Programs, but you may not be aware of all the other ways we help people with disabilities maintain or increase their independence. Learn more about how our advocates can help you be more independent in many aspects of daily living.

Job Openings


Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) Webinars

Identifying What People with Physical Disabilities Want and Need to Know About Employment, July 30, 2015, 1pm CT

AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Federal Facilities & the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABA) - "A Refresher", August 06, 2015, 12:30-2pm CST

JAN Monthly Webcasts

Mentoring, August 11, 2015, 1-2pm CT

ADA Audio Conference Series

Planning Accessible Temporary Events, August 25, 2015, 1-2:30pm CT

WISE Webinar Series

Ticket to Work: You Ask, We Answer, August 26, 2015, 2-3:30pm CT

ADA Legal Webinar Series

Effective Communication and the ADA, September 16, 2015, 1-2:30pm CT


Kessler National Employment Survey - The Kessler Foundation, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire is conducting a national survey focusing on employment issues for working age adults with disabilities in order to understand the mechanisms by which individuals with disabilities strive to work and the challenges they face in doing so. The survey is open to individuals or family members of individuals who are employed or seeking employment.

Survey on Pregnancy among Women with Physical Disabilities - UMass Medical School is conducting this online survey to learn about the health care experiences of mothers with physical or mobility disabilities before, during, and after pregnancy. This survey is part of a research study.

Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary Education (QIAT-PS) Survey on Assistive Technology Use - this brief survey is designed to gather information on young adults with disabilities who are currently or recently in post secondary settings experiences using Assisitve Technology.

Participants Wanted for Neurogenic Bladder Focus Groups - United Spinal is recruiting people living with spina bifida or spinal cord injury who use intermittent catheterization and experience urinary symptoms due to the loss of normal bladder function to participate in 1-hour focus groups. Those interested should contact Ceylan Hasan at 202-877-1591 or email

PEAT Online Job Applications Survey - PEAT is conducting a national survey about the accessibility of online job applications. This initiative will help us to better understand and document accessibility needs related to online job seeking and inform PEAT’s future efforts in this area.

Crutch User Survey - Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) are looking into ways to improve walking assistance provided by walking crutches in a grant from the National Science Foundation. To help better guide this research and make future crutches more effective and usable, they are asking crutch users for their help in completing a short survey about crutch use.

University of Colorado at Boulder Research Study on Employment Experiences of Blind and Visually Impaired Americans - We are looking for legally blind adults over the age of 18 who live in the United States and who are currently seeking employment, as well as high school and college seniors and graduate students who plan to graduate by December 2014, to participate in our study. In exchange for your participation, you will receive three $10 gift certificates to a merchant of your choice (either , , Olive Garden Restaurant, or AMC Theaters), one for each phase of the study. For more information email

United Spinal Association Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey - This survey is being done to gather information on the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to get timely repairs to their wheelchairs. The results will be shared with Medicare officials and policymakers

Survey of Cognitive Disability and Technology - The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation (RERC-ACT) and its partner Beneficial Designs are conducting a survey to gather stakeholder feedback on what makes technology difficult or easy for people with cognitive disabilities to use. People with expertise in cognitive disabilities, including caretaking or research, may take the survey online. Individuals with cognitive disabilities are invited to schedule a structured telephone interview about their technology use and opinions by contacting Seanna Kringen at 831/685-4798 or

New Mobility Airline Accessibility Survey - We’ve seen the stories about wheelchair users being mistreated by TSA agents or forced to crawl across the tarmac. Is this typical, or are these incidents few and far between? Are some airlines better than others for wheelchair users? And how often is equipment damaged or destroyed by airlines? Please take our short survey so that together we can explore the state of air travel for wheelchair users today — and how it can be improved.

Wireless RERC Survey on Emergency Communications & People with Disabilities - This survey by the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center asks you to share some information about yourself, your experiences, and your preferences for communicating in emergencies. Your answers will be used to improve accessibility of emergency communications for people of all ages and abilities.

ITEM Coalition Survey on Access to Assistive Devices Under Medicare - The Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition is surveying Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities and chronic conditions to assess their experience accessing the devices they need to function independently in everyday life. ITEM is interested in getting feedback from individuals who access medical device and assistive technology in areas where Medicare has implemented a selective provider contracting program known as the DME Competitive Bidding Program, and comparing that feedback to individuals who use devices outside of those areas.

SABE Self Determination Survey - Tell SABE if your local or statewide self advocacy organization's activities help its members to be more self-determined.

SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD! - Help eliminate the use of the R-word in everyday speech.



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