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Now accepting applications for the 2015 TILRC George Wolf Youth Internship Program

June 22 through July 31, 2015

(Download an application - Deadline is May 29, 2015)

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Disability Protesters Arrested at White House to Mark 25 Years of the ADA

Persons with disabilities could and should be considered a population whose civil rights are, unfortunately, regularly ignored if not trampled. While some advocates have raised the civil rights dimension of disability issues, somehow the press and the public don’t address disability issues in this way. In light of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act coming on July 26th, some disabled-rights advocates are taking their concerns to the streets—actually to the street in front of the White House. ...

Read the full story on our Civil Rights News page

Feds warn Kansas: Expand Medicaid or risk losing hospital funds

Add Kansas and Tennessee to the list of states that have been warned by the Obama administration that failing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize special funding to pay hospitals and doctors for treating the poor. ...

Read the full story on our State/Local Issues News page

A Roadmap to "Life After High School"

Throughout the next decade, more than half a million young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in America will be “aging-out” of the education system when they turn 21 or 22. Those statistics are alarming. Families will face overwhelming changes when the systems that have been in place to support both child and family disappear once school services end. The premiere of NBC Dateline’s investigative report, “On the Brink,” earlier this week created a great buzz in the autism community across the nation, effectively shining a spotlight on this crisis ...

Read the full story on our Employment News page

New to the TILRC Website:

The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs – a comprehensive resource guide and report that can be used as a tool to chart a child’s transition into adulthood. It gives an overview of what lies ahead and a detailed list of resources for where to go for support.

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities, February 2015 - This resource guide provides employers with plain language technical assistance tools in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. The goal of this guide is to help employers implement commonsense solutions to ensure that people with disabilities, like all Americans, have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in good jobs and careers.

Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability, January 29, 2015 - In this report, National Council on Disability examines the policies behind the SSDI and SSI programs in light of the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act and offers concrete policy recommendations. (Report in PDF format/in DOC format)


LET US HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR INDEPENDENT LIVING GOALS!

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

ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

NCOA Webinars

Unlocking the Door to Veterans' Benefits, April 28, 2015, 12:30 - 2pm CT - This webinar examines a range of services and benefits available through the VHA.


AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Application of the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, May 7th, 2015, 12:30-2pm CST


ADA Audio Conference Series

Cognitive Innovations to promote independence in the home and in the Community, May 19, 2015, 1-3:30pm CT


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

Understanding Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS), May 14, 2015, 1pm CT


Accessible Technology Webinar Series

Digital and Technology Access: the Role of Law / the Limits of Law, May 21, 2015, 1-3:30pm CT


WISE Webinar Series

Ticket to Work for People Who Have a Mental Illness: Support on Your Journey to Employment, May 27, 2015, 2-3:30pm CT


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

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 ceylan.hasan@medstar.net.

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 Amazon.com , Itunes.com , Olive Garden Restaurant, or AMC Theaters), one for each phase of the study. For more information email Arielle.silverman@colorado.edu.

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 seanna@beneficialdesigns.com.

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.

ACTIVITY CODES FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANT SERVICES (T1019) IN THE MR/DD WAIVER AND PERSONAL SERVICES (S5126) IN THE PD AND TBI WAIVERS, (PDF Format) (Word Format)


ACTIVITY CODES FOR ATTENDANT CARE SERVICES LEVEL I, LEVEL II, AND SELF-DIRECTED IN THE FRAIL ELDERLY WAIVER, (PDF Format) (Word Format)

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