New Editions supports the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) New Freedom Initiative (NFI) Working Group, led by the HHS Office on Disability (OD). HRSA is working through the New Freedom Initiative Working Group on a project to analyze and promote the Medical Home model for children with special health care needs and all individuals with disabilities. New Editions is assisting by providing conference management, note taking and administrative support for the Working Group. We completed an analysis of over 45 HHS programs and activities related to children with special health care needs in the context of Medical Home model of service delivery to identify existing programs in service, policy and research arenas, gaps, potential collaborations and action steps for change.
Under a subcontract with Insignia Federal Group, New Editions supports the Technology & Accessible Resources Give Employment Today (TARGET) Center, which assists the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in addressing a wide spectrum of accessibility and accommodation interests for agencies and employees. Solutions provided include individual technology accommodations, ergonomic design and injury prevention, partnerships to improve disability diversity and inclusion, emergency preparedness, training and education, and the expansion of innovative practices to enhance the USDA employer of choice capability.
Under this contract, New Editions has the primary responsibility of providing assistive technology (AT) and ergonomic needs assessments. The goal of the TARGET Center’s Ergonomics Program is to support all USDA employees in their efforts to remain safe and comfortable at their workstations. Through consultations, education and product-related services, we help protect our customers in the workplace. The USDA Ergonomics Program is unique in providing an overall preventive measurement by allowing employees the opportunity to have an ergonomic assessment, followed by the chance to sample various ergonomic equipment. This approach has provided immediate comfort for employees with obtaining chair fittings and sampling mice, keyboards and other ergonomic accessories.
New Editions provides technical and logistical services to support Social Security’s Ticket Program Beneficiary Access and Support Services Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinars via a subcontract to Booz Allen Hamilton. WISE webinars are online events held for beneficiaries to learn about the Ticket to Work Program and available Work Incentives through accessible learning opportunities. In addition to logistical services to support the webinars, including researching presenters and topics, New Editions also plays a role in content development and promotion.
New Editions operates the NTAC which serves to coordinate activities and communications among RSA’s Technical Assistance Network members, promotes collaborative activities, identifies experts and resources and provides analysis and evaluation of program data. RSA’s Technical Assistance Network provides training, technical assistance and continuing education to improve the performance of State Vocational Rehabilitation programs. The TA Network includes 10 regional Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Centers and other technical assistance grantees and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) grantees.
New Editions supports the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Accessible Systems & Technology’s (OAST) Trusted Tester Certification program. The program increases the capability and capacity of the DHS workforce and other federal agencies to support the Federal government’s mission to comply with Section 508. Under the contract, our Senior Section 508 Trusted Testers deliver rigorous, instructor-led courses on a formalized website and applications testing methodology, known as DHS Section 508 Compliance Test Process for Applications, to section 508 testers. DHS’ provides certification to those who pass.
New Editions assisted OAST in the development of the harmonized testing process. We also provide technical and subject matter support for 508 testers for both the instructor-led, as well as an online version of the courses hosted by OAST.
The Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN) is a nationwide program to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Through technical assistance and recruiting services EARN helps employers find qualified job candidates with disabilities. Under a subcontract with CESSI, New Editions staff members assist CESSI with recruitment, research and analyses. Our tasks include:
- Design and maintenance of the EARN Web site and informational materials
- Preparing literature reviews
- Designing and conducting employer surveys and focus groups
- Mining program data
- Staffing call center
New Editions provided Section 508 technical support to HHS’s Office of the Secretary and CDC staff. Our support included Help Desk operations, Section 508 compliance assessments, technical assistance, and document remediation. New Editions staff responded to Section 508 queries related to applicable provisions, acquisition language, accessible application development and process, and VPATs. We provided accessibility compliance audits for IT systems and electronic documents, and recommended best practice remediations for websites and applications. We also conducted formal acceptance testing for conformance to HHS and Federal standards.
New Editions provides logistics and management support to assist the Office on Disability (OD) in implementing the Call to Action Strategic Plan. We plan and conduct important events, including a conference with major healthcare provider organizations to identify best practices in disability awareness training for physicians and nurses, as well as a forum with employers to identify best practices in providing access to healthcare services for employees with disabilities. New Editions also develops publications for employers and employees that support improved healthcare access in the workplace.
Through a subcontract with Inverness Technologies, New Editions is conducting a study of the VR&E Independent Living Program which is designed to help eligible veterans live as independently as possible, participate in family and community life, and increase their potential to return to work. The purpose of the study is to collect valuable program information on outcomes to inform strategic planning, identify resource allocation needs and identify additional training needs. New Editions tasks include:
- Design the methodology
- Develop all forms and surveys for data collection
- Collect and analyze data
- Prepare final report with study results and recommendations
New Editions operates AbleData, the premier resource for objective information on assistive technology (AT) products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources, for the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).
New Editions designs and maintains the AbleData website and its extensive content of products, solutions and resources that assist people in being more independent and productive. We are responsible for managing and producing detailed descriptions and specifications on thousands of AT products. We also keep a record of vendors and manufacturers, as well as a record of international, national, state and local resource listings to assist existing and prospective customers in discovering their options and making more informed choices.
New Editions is responsible for AbleData’s marketing and outreach efforts. We develop, execute and measure the results of the efforts which include traditional and online/social networking components. New Editions produces customized marketing and informational content and materials to initially engage users and keep them engaged. Informational materials include brochures, fact sheets, articles and other educational publications.
New Editions also manages the AbleData Call center, which is staffed with Information Specialists who assist AT users, industry experts, companies, agencies and policy makers by providing them with quality AT information and making referrals to AT-related resources. Information Specialists are available via email, phone and TTY from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
New Editions assists in the development and operation of DOT's DRC. DRC ensures that DOT employees in any location can fully participate in all aspects of the Department’s work, programs and services. Our team, located on site at DOT, developed the systems and procedures for operation, establishing three workstations to demonstrate adaptive equipment. We also provide job needs assessments for accommodations and recommend technology acquisition for employees.
The first staff member, a recent college graduate hired through the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), provided the administrative support for the program. In addition, a person with accommodations experience assists in meeting the DRC’s goals. They are to:
- Provide information and resources for obtaining workplace accommodations
- Advise the Department on maintaining, improving, or increasing facilities and program accessibility
- Promote the inclusion of the disability perspective in departmental programs and initiatives
- Increase awareness of disability issues among all Department employees through education and training
Our capabilities allow DOT to meet the challenges of a new accommodations and disability services program.
In an effort to improve employer collaborations with public vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, New Editions has conceived and is implementing a new approach to employer outreach. This new approach involves designing updated educational materials for employers about recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting individuals with disabilities. New Editions also convenes forums for employers and VR counselors to provide them with first-hand information about employment needs in targeted high-growth industries, including banking/finance, service/hospitality, science/technology, and healthcare. Products include new promotional brochures, a revised employer guide, and a CD-ROM featuring highlights of the employer forums.
TARGET Centers provide assessments and demonstrations to ensure proper implementation of assistive technology (AT) and ergonomic solutions for the Department of Agriculture's (USDA’s) workforce. The Centers also assist in making information and microcomputer technology accessible to persons with sight, hearing, speech and dexterity impairments. Through a subcontract with CESSI, New Editions provides the following key services:
- Performs work site analysis - identifies individual accessibility needs;
- Provides product information for procurement;
- Implements effective accommodation strategies;
- Develops systems to disseminate disability information to USDA employees; and
- Coordinates a series of conferences, seminars and other awareness programs.
Together with our partners, New Editions provides material development and communications support to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). This includes developing outreach and education materials (e.g., infographics and web-based content, exhibit support and template design) to improve the cohesiveness and effectiveness of stakeholder outreach activities.
Through a subcontract with Monster Government Solutions, New Editions provided program management to New Options New Mexico, a pilot program designed to increase the aptitudes, employability and employment rate of young people in New Mexico. Innovate+Educate received a multi-million dollar grant from the W.K Kellogg Foundation to unite local industry, nonprofits and community colleges together in a cyber-based pilot initiative to help young people in New Mexico find employment and advance their careers. To support this effort, Innovate+Educate contracted Monster Government Solutions to develop a Monster platform-based career and education site with a customized skills matching feature developed using ACT WorkKeys®, as well as a customized Short Message Service (SMS) feature that allows access to the site via cell phones.
New Editions, with our subcontractor JBS International, conducted a formative qualitative study to ascertain how primary care clinicians and patients conceptualize and communicate about preventive services. We used focus groups and simulated clinical scenarios to gain insight into the shared decision-making process. This knowledge will be used to guide the development and improvement of print and electronic tools that prompt joint decision-making by clinicians and patients regarding United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations. The ultimate value of this work is to improve the delivery of effective clinical preventive services.
Through a subcontract with Monster Government Solutions, New Editions provides program management for the development of eOhioMeansJobs (eOMJ), which is geared towards connecting employers and job candidates with one another, as well as with promoting Ohio’s One-Stop programs and supports to Ohio-based companies and citizens. In order to improve the employment rate among Ohioans, New Editions is providing program management for the eOMJ Project by expanding the existing site platform and functionality to support more One-Stop services. The mission of the project is to improve the well-being of Ohio’s workforce and families by promoting economic self-sufficiency and ensuring the safety of Ohio’s most historically marginalized citizens.
eOMJ provides users with the ability to search not only for jobs, but also for education, training and new careers, while providing access to other key state and local resources pertaining to employment. By increasing the public’s access to critical career and training services-all while simultaneously creating efficiencies in the delivery of said services, Ohio has quickly become one of the nation’s leading workforce development providers. Through the launch of eOMJ, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) team will continue to bolster its long term support to residents and employers in the state of Ohio.
Through a subcontract with Monster Government Solutions, New Editions provided program management for the development of a career site and advertising campaign to attract and manage candidates applying for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster reservist positions.
New Editions provided program management for the FEMA Disaster Reservist Recruitment Career Hub and Sourcing and Advertising Initiative to improve the percentage of qualified applicants to the FEMA Reservist program. The FEMA Reservist workforce is comprised of positions across 23 cadres and is located in ten areas throughout the nation. The project was comprised of a combination of advertising on Monster’s properties, access to its national resume database and a Monster-platform-based job hub. New Editions provided program management of all components of the project.
New Editions supported Medical Management (MM) initiatives, which were managed by the Population Health and Medical Management Division (PHMMD), Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO), TRICARE Management Activity (TMA). The overall goal was to support the Military Health System (MHS) Strategic Plan by employing MM to improve healthcare efficiency and effectiveness.
New Editions assisted by coordinating and providing logistical support to the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) PHMMD team training for the MHS healthcare professionals. This four-day training consisted of didactic presentations to Military Treatment Facility (MTF) personnel. New Editions also developed a communications/marketing package for medical management; provided conference support; offered logistical support to the PHMMD website; and provided a variety of reports.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provides guidance and support to state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies that are charged with providing job training and placement, as well as on-the-job supports to aid individuals with disabilities find and retain employment. State VR agencies can be most successful when they understand labor force trends and can look ahead at the projected soft and hard skills employers need to train and prepare candidates for the jobs of the future. To help states in this area and to support the federal government’s Job-Driven Training Initiative, RSA contracted with New Editions to conduct four business roundtable discussions.
New Editions analyzed workforce data and projections to identify high-demand jobs within the fastest growing industries. These positions represent the best opportunities for success as employers seek new and expanded labor pools to fill their needs. In collaboration with RSA, New Editions set priorities for four roundtable discussions - one for each of the following industries: government contracting, healthcare, banking, and information technology.
New Editions identified and invited representatives from these industries to attend the discussion with RSA. We prepared briefing guides for RSA that included industry workforce statistics and background information for each participating business. We also prepared briefing guides for business participants, informing them of the services RSA offers.
New Editions developed a standard facilitator’s guide to ensure that each discussion covered the same information, inserting industry-specific questions as needed. Discussions were framed to result in detailed input with regard to the skills and abilities sought by business, the optimal way to approach business with regard to partnering with state VR agencies, and recommendations for RSA to consider to better prepare individuals with disabilities develop highly-sought after skills and find viable employment. We facilitated the discussions, took notes and prepared a report of findings and recommendations from each roundtable discussion. New Editions also prepared a final report, identifying overarching opportunities that spanned across the four industries and provided RSA with recommendations for developing strategies to leverage the information gained.
Under a subcontract from Inverness Technologies, New Editions will provide research support to assess the value of remote counseling services for veterans with service-connected disabilities to help them obtain, maintain, or retain employment or to live independently. New Editions will review the existing body of literature on the types of remote counseling techniques currently used in the private and public sectors and complete a cost-benefit analysis of remote counseling in rural areas. The goal of the study is to determine whether remote counseling enabled by technological solutions (video and audio) will support the timely provision of services and positive outcomes for those veterans with service-connected disabilities in 57 Veteran Affairs Regional Offices.
The Sports to Work Research and Development Study aims to conduct a thorough analysis of the role that sports activities can play in vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs. New Editions, through a subcontract with Inverness Technologies, is reviewing the existing body of literature as well as current state-of-the-art sports and recreational programs. We will research and identify up to five successful sports programs that help facilitate return to work strategies for individuals with disabilities, collect data through a key interview approach, and provide a detailed analysis and report of these programs.
Through a subcontract with Octo Consulting, New Editions provides Section 508 support to HRConnect and its associated applications. The HRConnect Product Suite is offered as an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially designated Human Resources Line of Business (HRLOB), Shared Service Center (SSC). OPM’s designation enables the U.S. Department of the Treasury to offer interoperable, portable and scalable HR/payroll solutions across the federal space.
New Editions Trusted Testers work within established Treasury policies to conduct assessments and determine if HRConnect and its associated applications (HRC, EODS, webTA) are meeting established 508 Compliance policies, providing guidelines for remediation if they do not.
New Editions provides Section 508 support to the U.S. Coast Guard web team (CG633) by assessing documents and sites for Section 508 compliance. Information Communication Technology (ICT) products are vital to Coast Guard operations, and the Coast Guard is dependent on the Internet to communicate and distribute critical information. We assess the Coast Guard's public facing websites for accessibility and assist with remediation of sites that are not compliant. We also assess documents for accessibility and provide remediation assistance for non-accessible documents.
New Editions provides training and technical assistance on Section 508 and the Secretary’s Section 508 Implementation Policy to designated individuals in the HHS agency and the Office of the Secretary. Section 508 requires electronic and information technology (EIT) procured, developed, maintained or used to be accessible to its employees and customers with disabilities. New Editions staff members work directly with Section 508 Officials and Coordinators at each agency to ensure their understanding of the legal, technical, and policy framework of Section 508 at HHS. We provide quality improvement analyses and reports to ensure that HHS Chief Information Offices and the HHS' Office on Disability (OD) have comprehensive information on the impact of the Section 508 technical assistance and training programs.
Through a subcontract with Vets, Inc., New Editions provides technical support to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Section 508 Program Office. We test proposed electronic and information technology (EIT) products for Section 508 conformance within VA's Enterprise Architecture Framework. We also test IT Tracker products, OMB Exhibit 300's project/programs, E-Government (E-Gov) initiative programs, web-based and software applications, and learning management systems (LMS) courseware for Section 508 compliance. New Editions staff members conduct accessible EIT demonstrations for VA stakeholders (veterans and employees with disabilities), and Section 508 awareness training for VA employees. In collaboration with VA Section 508 staff, we also develop and conduct presentations at industry forums as well as state and local government meetings to raise awareness of accessibility issues and programs.
For the National Council on Disability (NCD), New Editions provided research and meeting planning support services for the National Disability Summit on Disability Policy 2010. This landmark event marked the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and brought together over 400 stakeholders from across the country to provide input for a new policy agenda. In preparation for this meeting, our team of researchers prepared ten working papers identifying significant policy accomplishments, emerging issues and challenges for each topic area. The following lists the paper topics, including a link to each final report:
- Civil Rights
- Emergency Management
The policy papers served as the foundation for developing a meeting agenda and were made available to participants prior to their arrival for the summit.
New Editions also provided the full range of meeting planning support, working in collaboration with the NCD planning committee to identify, select and invite participants representing diversity across a number of demographic characteristics, including age, geographic location, disability, race/ethnicity, and areas of expertise. New Editions meeting planners secured and managed an accessible meeting location and provided all meeting support such as interpreters and other accommodations, audio-visual, programs and handouts.
New Editions supports the ability of states, territories and localities in their efforts to be inclusive of people with disabilities when planning, delivering and evaluating public health programs. Specifically, New Editions supports an exciting effort by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) to develop educational resources for public health disability staff, draft models and measures for state-based disability public health programs, assess current and future needs of disability staff, and highlight the current capacity and functioning of public health disability programs.
Our efforts will ultimately culminate in the development of a national training program to improve the capacity of state public health staff to more fully address the needs of individuals with disabilities. We will host a virtual learning center where members of our target audience can easily access and navigate relevant tools and resources to support the effort.
Funded under Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, the New Editions contract, Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Project, was announced in June 2010 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius. The Secretary lauded the project’s vision to assist older adults and those with chronic conditions find appropriate housing to live more independent lives. This technical assistance project joins the departments of HHS and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MFP Rebalancing Demonstration, to assist federal, state and local agencies and community partners create a sustainable, collaborative system between housing and human services agencies - particularly those aimed at helping individuals transitioning from nursing homes and other restrictive settings or at-risk of institutionalization - to live in the community.
New Editions and housing and community long-term services expert subcontractors - Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (TAC), Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) and others - provide:
- Interviews of key agency personnel to identify knowledge gaps and barriers between housing and human services agencies;
- Federal and state training activities-based information garnered from the interviews and recognizing unique needs;
- Regional meetings to promote knowledge sharing, collaboration and partnership development;
- Pilot activities offering local-level agencies and local community leaders the opportunity to work closely together on a defined project for housing and supportive services; and
- Dissemination of resources and the promise to continue to foster relationships between housing and human services agencies in the future.
New Editions provides technical and logistical support to a national expert panel; a panel formed to assist the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Rehabilitation Medicine Department develop a holistic definition of adults with chronic health care needs that can be used in national surveys and clinical settings. New Editions is assisting the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Section of the NIH Rehabilitation Medicine Department in an important initiative to provide the field with a new focal point for measurement, surveillance and service: A non-categorical, holistic definition of adults who require ongoing medical, functional or mental health services or supports in order to maximize their well-being and participation.
The expert panel will help develop a formal, population-level definition of adults with chronic health care needs; define key subgroups; and develop screening questions for inclusion in national surveys and clinical settings. New Editions will enlist the expert panel of scientists; identify and manage relevant research articles; design and maintain an interactive website for the panel members; convene regularly scheduled teleconferences; and manage one in-person meeting per year.
Through coordination across multiple projects, New Editions works collaboratively to provide expert technical assistance and guidance to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), their grantees and partners, and other Aging Services Network organizations at the state, sub-state and community levels. Under a subcontract with The Lewin Group, New Editions coordinates relevant ACL activities with the initiatives of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Money Follows the Person (MFP) Technical Assistance Center.
The vast majority of the approximately 10,000 individuals returning to the community from prison each week lack the education and skills required for even entry-level employment. Research from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicates a link between academic failure and delinquency, violence and crime. Those reentering the community after incarceration face a system of silos between corrections, education and the workforce system. This contract seeks to support reentry education models based on the best available evidence and theory and building on Department work in this area.
The Department awarded demonstration grants to nine community organizations. This contract provides technical assistance to these grantees to increase information sharing and enhance outcomes. New Editions serves as a member of the team to provide meeting planning and logistical support as well as disability expertise. We coordinate the meeting logistics to host discussions among the nine grantees that will inform technical assistance activities and improve information sharing across the grantees. We also develop and deliver technical assistance to facilitate meeting the needs of individuals with diagnosed and undiagnosed disabilities, offering webinars and web-based resources to ensure identification of individual’s needs and access to appropriate services to promote success.
Enacted by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration is part of a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to assist states (in collaboration with stakeholders) to make widespread changes to their long-term care support systems. This initiative assists states in their efforts to reduce their reliance on institutional care, all while developing community-based long-term care opportunities, and thereby enabling the elderly and people with disabilities to fully participate within their communities.
New Editions provides technical assistance (TA) to grantees to help them successfully implement their MFP Demonstration Grant. Our team conducts needs assessments with the MFP grantees to identify both individual state and general TA needs. We also develop and conduct training and TA sessions for up to 44 grantees and supporting organizations. TA delivery channels include individual state consultations; teleconferences; web-based video conferences; newsletters; informal peer-to-peer, short-term intensive sessions; and customized knowledge dissemination channels.
The Center of Excellence on Disability Research (CEDR) conducts research to identify and evaluate effective services, supports and models of coordinated care and/or integrated care for persons with disabilities. CEDR is also organizing a national conference in March 2013 to share the results of these studies-along with those of other researchers-and discuss strategies for providing effective services and care models to all people with disabilities.
Under a subcontract with Mathematica Policy Research, New Editions coordinated CEDR’s technical expert panel meetings and a major national conference in 2011. We managed website development and assisted with the dissemination of research findings.
Like all Americans, adults with disabilities seek affordable and effective care that maximizes their well-being and independence. CEDR’s research findings and publications will help consumers, family members, other caregivers, providers and policy makers identify effective strategies for promoting and maintaining the health and quality of life of individuals with disabilities.
New Editions provides Section 508 support to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to develop a remediation strategy that will achieve Section 508 compliance. This includes assessing the current environment and recommending appropriate tools to help NASS implement compliance auditing and remediation. In addition, we are developing processes for continuous monitoring and Section 508 audits in the software development lifecycle. New Editions is also providing training for NASS staff members on Section 508 standards and the use of assessment tools.