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April 17, 2024


CEDC Coffee Chat: Research in Plain Language/Clear Language

Thursday, April 18, 2024, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

The use of plain language/clear language is something many of us are thinking about and using more frequently across settings. However, the use of plain language/clear language in research may be a newer area for many. Discuss the process of plain language/clear language, what support people have available to them, what might be helpful, essential considerations (such as paying for time), benefits to research, challenges, disseminating results in clear language, and more. The next Coffee Chat is Thursday, June 20, 2024, 3 - 4 PM ET. Topic: Document/Product Accessibility with Larissa Yoshino from the OHSU UCEDD.

Register for Friday's nTIDE Deeper Dive - History of Counting People with Disabilities in the U.S.

Friday, April 19, 2024, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Please join nTIDE for the Deeper Dive mid-month webinar. Each month focuses on the employment trends of people with disabilities from a certain demographic subgroup. Learn more about how this demographic subgroup has fared during COVID and in today's economy.

Call for Submissions: AUCD 360

Deadline: April 24, 2024
AUCD 360 is a monthly newsletter that highlights the news, initiatives, and events occurring throughout the AUCD Network and the disability community. It also includes news from the AUCD National Office, including updates on the AUCD Conference. The newsletter is published the last Friday of each month. Share a News Item, Event, or other Update in AUCD 360. 

Human Services Research Institute Webinar: Finding One’s Advocacy Community: Stories & Insights from the Disability Community

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

ACL’s Grassroots Project was launched in 2023 to support national, state, and local disability advocates in building networks to stay informed about the policies that affect people with disabilities and to work together to ensure their perspectives, priorities, and preferences are reflected in disability policies and service systems. This national webinar–the first hosted by the Grassroots Project–provides an opportunity to hear from advocates about the steps they took to find their disability advocacy community, the challenges they faced, tips for success, and strategies for maintaining a sense of connection in their advocacy work.

Justice Department to Publish Final Rule to Strengthen Web and Mobile App Access for People with Disabilities

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland signed a final rule under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the accessibility of web content and mobile applications (apps) for people with disabilities. This final rule clarifies the obligations of state and local governments to make their websites and mobile applications accessible. The final rule will soon be available for review on the Federal Register’s website at A fact sheet detailing information about the final rule is available here

Employment Opportunities Across the Network

The AUCD Employment page focuses on job and fellowship opportunities at AUCD, within our Network, and at organizations affiliated with AUCD. If you think your organization is an affiliated partner, please contact Anna Costalas. Positions will remain on the website for 90 days.


Gerber Foundation, Pediatric Research

Deadline: April 30, 2024
Award Ceiling: $30,000

The Gerber Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of infants and young children in nutrition, care, and development, emphasizing children under the age of 3. The foundation invites applications for research projects to identify solutions to common issues and problems in the field of children’s health, nutrition, and/or development.

Borealis Philanthropy, Disability Inclusion

Deadline: May 29, 2024
Award Ceiling: $75,000

The Borealis Philanthropy Disability Inclusion Fund (DIF) supports U.S.-based groups led by people with disabilities, disabled people of color, disabled queer and trans folks, building a more liberatory world free from ableism.The fund invites applications from organizations working to strengthen disability inclusion, rights, and justice. DIF grants will support organizations whose work is rooted in intersectional cross-movements, is collaborative, and aims to build a more vibrant, just, and joyful world for people with disabilities—from arts and culture, to policy and advocacy. Examples of this work include community organizing, mutual aid, advocacy, and/or policy work. Grants of $75,000 per year for two years will be awarded. 

Administration on Community Living, Volunteer Community Care Corps: Expanding and Refining Models for Volunteer Programs to Support Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and their Family Caregivers

Deadline: June 8, 2024
Award Ceiling: $5,430,000

In 2019, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) established a new grant program that is testing models of programming designed to place volunteers in communities to assist caregivers, older adults, and persons with disabilities in maintaining independence by providing non-medical care. ACL proposes to continue the Volunteer Care Corps by funding a new one cooperative agreement to a national organization to advance the following broad objectives: •Test person-centered model approaches of delivering local volunteer programming to assist older adults, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers in maintaining their independence. Evaluate locally developed test models to determine the benefit to volunteers, family caregivers, older adults, and persons with disabilities. Develop and implement a plan to broadly disseminate proven local models for replication in other communities.

OSERS: RSA: Disability Innovation Fund (DIF)—Creating a 21st Century Workforce of Youth and Adults with Disabilities Through the Transformation of Education, Career, and Competitive Integrated Employment Model Demonstration Project

Deadline: July 8, 2024
Award Ceiling: TBD

The purpose of the Disability Innovation Fund (DIF) Program, as provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (Pub. L. 117-328), is to support innovative (as defined in this notice) activities aimed at increasing competitive integrated employment (CIE) as defined in section 7 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) (29 U.S.C. 705(5))[1] for youth and other individuals with disabilities.

Administration for Community Living, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Family Support

Deadline: June 11, 2024
Award Ceiling: $875,000

The purpose of the RRTCs is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR. These activities are designed to benefit people with disabilities, family members, rehabilitation service providers, policymakers and other research stakeholders. The purpose of this particular RRTC is to conduct research, training, technical assistance, and related activities on the family support of people with disabilities across the life course in order to improve the community living and participation, health and function, or employment outcomes of people with disabilities.


A Conversation About ABLE Accounts With Jody Ellis, Director,
ABLE National Resource Center

In April, ACL observes National Financial Capability Month, which was created to raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy—and the need for financial education—for all Americans. Understanding how to manage money is crucial to financial independence for everyone.

Competitive Integrated Employment Transformation Hub

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor released a new resource, Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Transformation Hub. The Hub centralizes practical guidance, policy information, and evidence-based practices that can assist in advancing CIE for people with disabilities. The Hub is comprised of resources from across multiple federal agencies and categorizes information by audience, with separate sections for individuals and families, employers, employment service providers, and state agencies. The Hub is part of ODEP's broader effort to promote competitive integrated employment.

Special Issue Explores the Complex Genetic Landscape Around
Diverse IDDs

The IDDRC Network has completed their 2023 publication section in the "Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders" focused on "Etiological heterogeneity, pleiotropy, and polygenicity in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs)". The issue includes seven new publications from IDDRC investigators across the country.

Students with Disabilities in Clinical and Internship Placements and the ADA

The Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center published a rapid research report, Students with Disabilities in Clinical and Internship Placements and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The report explores when Title I of the ADA protects students with disabilities in clinical and internship placements. The report provides relevant case examples from the area that the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center supports. In addition, the center published plain language and Spanish (PDF) editions of its rapid research report When Is Gender Dysphoria Considered a Disability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What We Can Learn from Women Who Advance DEIA

Hear from two passionate champions of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in the workplace—including ODEP’s own Assistant Secretary Taryn Williams—about the importance of self-advocacy and mentorship in women’s careers, especially for women with disabilities.

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This weekly newsletter is in part supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) through a technical assistance contract for the URC, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) through a technical assistance contract for the ITAC, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a National Professional Organization for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. The content of this material does not necessarily reflect the views and policies of any federal agency. No official support or endorsement by federal agencies is intended nor should be inferred.

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