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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 09:12

By Robert Bartolotta, Ph.D.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.This year's NDEAM theme "Inclusion Drives Innovation" reflects the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success. 

Individuals find meaning, identity, and community through their work. Work also brings freedom and independence through financial security. Nationally, people with disabilities have higher unemployment (the percentage of individuals who are jobless, actively seeking work, and available to take a job) and lower labor participation (percentage of individuals who either have a job or are actively seeking work) rates than people without disabilities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in July 2017 that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 9.6% and 4.4%...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:52

By Devon Mayer

In June, New Editions facilitated the seventh annual meeting between the US Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Agriculture (USDA) at HUD headquarters. The theme of this year’s meeting was Housing as a Platform for Health.

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson started off the event by greeting the attendees and reflecting on how important it is to view individuals in a holistic manner. The Secretary was followed by three panels of key staff from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HUD, USDA, and other HHS divisions who shared how their respective agencies are collaborating on providing preventive and supportive services for individuals in need of long-term services and supports.

There were more than 80 federal employee attendees at the event. I served as one of New Editions’ staff facilitators for the small group discussions. As people spoke about the programs they represented...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 09:29

By Cammie Truesdell

During the first week of August, I attended a conference hosted by Aniridia Foundation International (AFI). Aniridia means “lack of the iris,” which is the colored ring around the pupil of the eye. Advances in research and development have shown that the impact of aniridia extends beyond the eye and can affect the development and maintenance of the eyes, pancreas, central nervous system, olfactory system, and parts of the brain. Aniridia is caused by a mutation of the PAX 6 gene which is now known to control development of the eyes as well as several systems in the body.

AFI is a non-profit organization that promotes the research of aniridia syndrome and assists individuals and families with aniridia in getting the medical and educational resources they need. AFI was created to unite people with aniridia, their families, physicians, researchers and teachers to work together towards the organization’s goals. AFI maintains an International...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 08:14

By Stephanie Mensh

During May, which is National Stroke Awareness Month, the American Stroke Association strives to educate the public that stroke is the leading cause of serious, long term disability. Here are some important statistics:

  • Strokes kill more than 133,000 Americans annually
  • Each year, about as many Americans have a stroke as a heart attack
  • High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor for stroke
  •  44%  more young Americans were hospitalized due to stroke in the last decade
  • 73% of young Americans are not familiar with stroke symptoms and the need for urgent medical attention.

Stroke is a medical emergency.  F.A.S.T is one way to remember the symptoms of stroke:

F is for FACE

Ask the person to smile. Does one...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 09:27

By: Amanda Wain and Jessica Muller

Over 29 million Americans are currently living with diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower limb amputations, and adult onset blindness. The disease also accounts for 20 percent of all health care spending in the United States. Given these facts, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified diabetes as a public health problem reaching epidemic proportions. Although these numbers may be daunting, there is hope in disease prevention efforts.

The CDC is working to reverse the diabetes epidemic by identifying treatment and prevention plans for at-risk populations. Through research and evidence based practices, the CDC established a structured lifestyle change program called the “Prevent T2: National Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP)”. The DPRP enrolls adults who are considered at “high risk to develop diabetes,” or “pre-diabetic” by their doctors and immerses...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:17

By Anna Lenhart, MPH

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March is designated as National Reading Month. The primary audience for Dr. Seuss’ books is young children, but his writings have insight for adults, too.  As he said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

Reading is a key component of education and professional development. It is also a popular recreational activity that has immediate and long-lasting health benefits. Scientific studies have associated reading with increased cognitive function, memory, vocabulary, empathy and decreased levels of stress. Reading before bed can help improve sleep quality and may also help to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

New Editions has hosted a monthly book club for interested employees since 2013. In addition to the individual benefits of reading, this has been a wonderful team building opportunity for the company. It...

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:55

By Cherie Takemoto

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, requires that electronic and information technology developed with federal funding be accessible to people with disabilities. This includes training materials developed with federal funds that are disseminated to users via the internet. Currently, I direct the National Clearinghouse on Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM). This contract offers technical assistance to individuals and organizations who submit resources to the NCRTM. Even though Section 508 has been in effect since 2001, we find many training developers are not aware of how to create or remediate their materials so everyone can access and benefit from them.

When I first came to New Editions Consulting, I was impressed by the  accessibility knowledge that surrounded me. One of New Editions’ areas of expertise is accessible...

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 14:18

By Stephanie Mensh

November is National Family Caregivers Month. While caregiving can be a very rewarding experience, caregivers are at risk of fatigue, increased stress, and other negative health consequences. One way to help reduce the stressors faced by caregivers is to learn about and employ helpful tools and resources.

At this year’s annual Home and Community Based Services national conference, a number of sessions addressed the need to support family and informal caregivers of people with chronic conditions and disabilities.  While there have been many studies tracking hours and activities with self-reporting logs kept by the caregivers, researchers associated with the Atlas of Caregiving have been taking a more objective approach, using today’s mobile...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 15:11

By Jane Rath, Vice President 

New Editions has long been known as a company that embraces diversity and proactively recruits, hires, and advances individuals with disabilities.  New Editions is the only small business to receive the 2016 National Organization on Disability’s Leading Disability Employer SealTM  for its inclusive hiring practices.

A portion of our disability related work includes helping Federal agencies create inclusive work environments and developing programs and services that support people with disabilities in the workplace.  We develop accessible websites for our clients to ensure people with disabilities can access programs, services, training and career information. We also develop accessible office software, ensure assistive technology is available, and create workplace environments that are responsive to the accommodation process to...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 12:48

By Cherie Takemoto, PhD  

October 8th marks the 30th anniversary of Public Law 99-457 that expanded the special education law to cover infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities. The law recognizes families as pivotal to the success of babies and young children with developmental disabilities. Early intervention and special education services definitely made a difference for my son, Pete – who is now 28 years old. Pete was born with the rare, genetic Costello syndrome, which is associated with ongoing global delays in development.

While the focus of early intervention and special education services pertains to children like Pete, I want to talk about how this law made a difference for me. I found Pete’s progress to be heart-wrenchingly slow because his disabilities were so significant. His early intervention staff encouraged me to dream of an optimistic future for him and focus my advocacy on that dream. So, I did. My first experience as an advocate did not...