2010-Spring

The “Year of Community Living”

In 2009 — on the 10-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Olmstead v. L.C. — President Obama proclaimed 2009 the “Year of Community Living.” The landmark Supreme Court ruling supported community living options for people with disabilities. Shortly after Obama’s proclamation, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced an initiative to make it easier for older people, younger […]

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A Tale of Two Countries: The Canadian vs. the American Experience for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities have more unmet health needs than those without disabilities in both Canada and the United States, according to “Disability in two health care systems: Access, quality, satisfaction, and physician contacts among working-age Canadians and Americans with disabilities” by Stephen P. Gulley, Ph.D., M.S.W., and Barbara M. Altman, Ph.D.1 However, the researchers find no […]

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AAHD and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Partner to Increase Accessibility for Women with Disabilities at Mammogram Facilities

Please take our on-line confidential survey so we may learn more about barriers women with disabilities encounter when getting mammograms. AAHD is the recipient of a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure entitled “Project Accessibility: Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities” to increase accessibility of mammogram facilities in the DC Metro area. The purpose of the […]

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NCBDDD External Partners Group Changes Name to Friends of NCBDDD and Elects 2010-2011 Executive Committee

The Children’s Health Bill of 2000 called for the establishment of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). In 2001, a coalition of government and private-sector participants formed the Friends of NCBDDD (formerly the External Partners Group) to support the efforts of NCBDDD and disseminate information and educate constituencies about its work. The Friends of NCBDDD keeps NCBDDD informed of […]

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Federal Hiring Event for People with Disabilities

The Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Labor are hosting a day of hiring people with disabilities. The federal hiring event will take place in Washington, DC, on April 26. Representatives from many agencies will review resumes before the event and invite promising prospective candidates for interviews. For more information, including how to […]

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2010 Southwest Conference on Disability: Call for Participation

The annual Southwest Conference on Disability is scheduled for October 6-8, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The themes of this year’s conference are: ADA at Forty: Looking Ahead to 2030 Impact of Technology on Improving the Quality of Life for People with Disabilities Improving the Quality of Life of Children with Disabilities: What Works, What Doesn’t […]

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2010 Paralympics in Vancouver

Paralympics are elite sports events for athletes with disabilities. The competitions have grown from 400 athletes from 23 countries in Rome in 1960 to almost 1,400 athletes from 40+ countries at this year’s games in Vancouver. The games are always held in the same year and at the same location as the Olympics. This year’s […]

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Community Innovations for Aging in Place Has a New Website

Congress authorized the Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP) Initiative in 2006, when it reauthorized the Older Americans Act (OAA) to help communities help older adults age in place in their homes and communities. CIAIP now has a new website to help carry out its work: www.ciaip.org Applicants for funding under the CIAIP initiative are asked to assess their […]

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Taking it to the Streets: Mammovan makes breast cancer screenings easier for Washington, DC, area residents

The George Washington University Medical Center, GW Medical Faculty Associates and the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation are using a new state-of-the-art “Mammovan” to perform breast cancer screenings at locations throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. GW’s original Mammovan has screened nearly 19,000 women since its introduction in 1996. The new Mammovan continues the good work […]

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Percentage of People with Disabilities in Workforce Declines from February 2009 to February 2010

In February 2010, the percentage of people with disabilities in the workforce was 21.9 — a decline from 2009, when 23 percent of those with disabilities were in the labor force, according the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment rate in February 2010 for people without disabilities was 70.1 percent. The […]

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