December 2021


Equity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

The next virtual meeting of the Access Board will take place on January 12, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and address access to healthcare for people with disabilities, including relevant standards, resources, and best practices. Prior to the event, the Board will hold its regular business meeting from 1:00  2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), which is also open to the public.

2021 TASH Conference

(5 days)

Each year, the TASH Conference brings together individuals with significant disabilities and their allies to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The conference is attended by passionate advocates, leaders, and subject matter experts from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees play an important role in supporting individuals with significant disabilities to overcome various barriers in order to live their best lives. Central to this work is the premise that individuals reach their optimal potential only when they are given the opportunity to live, work and thrive across the lifespan in the same communities we are all members of. The conference is intentionally designed to support the interests of professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; home and community-based service providers; students, family members, and most importantly, self-advocates with lived experience.

Architectural Trends in Accessible Design

New trends in architectural design, including those that have emerged due to the pandemic, can enhance – or compromise – accessibility. Join Access Board Accessibility Specialists who will review recent design trends that affect accessibility such as touchless controls and dispensers, sidewalk dining areas, social stairs, high-top tables, and smart environments, among others. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can learn continuing education credits.

Financial Inclusion, Disability and Race: A National Convening

National Disability Institute (NDI) invites you to join us in celebrating more than five years of financial inclusion leadership at the intersection of race, ethnicity and disability. During this National Convening, NDI will highlight its portfolio of work with disability partners and organizations that are working on economic and racial equity.

During this year-end event, you will:

  • Gain access to NDI factsheets, briefs, reports and webinars highlighting the financial impact at the intersection of race and disability to share in your advocacy and equity efforts.
  • Receive a peer-guided tour of our customized disability BIPOC outreach toolkit.
  • Learn about the results of NDI’s Race, Ethnicity and Disability Houston roundtable.
  • Share your learnings and experience at the intersection of financial inclusion, race, ethnicity and disability.
  • Build new partnerships and discover opportunities to more deeply engage in this critical work.

Inclusive Exhibition Design

This webinar will present important issues in designing museum exhibitions to be inclusive for diverse audiences of people with a broad range of abilities and ages, from all societal groups. Topics addressed will include: inclusive physical space and furniture; effective communication of content, including media and digital and mechanical interactives; a sensory environment that is comfortable as well as engaging; and the critical role of staff training. There will be time for participants to ask questions of the speakers following the presentation.

The Impact of Different Pairings of Respondents on Scores on the Supports Intensity Scale

The Supports Intensity Scale - Adult Version (SIS-A) has been widely used to inform person-centered supports planning and individualized resource allocation practices across the nation. Researchers examined the impact of respondent-level factors, such as the number of respondents and the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on scores on the SIS-A. The secondary analysis indicated that having fewer respondents led to a greater variability in SIS-A scores whereas having more respondents led to higher mean scores. In the webinar, presenters will share findings and implications for future research directions and practices.

Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for users that are Blind and Low Vision

Join presenters for the first of two sessions highlighting accessible technology on smartphones and tablets for persons with disabilities. In this sessio, speakers will highlight mobile apps used by persons who are blind or have low vision. The session will include apps used for way finding, social media and more. The session will also explore built-in accessibility features of iOS and Android operating platforms. There will be time following the presentation for questions.