2018 December News

Policy News

nTIDE November 2018 Jobs Report: Modest Increases Indicate Ongoing Job Growth for Americans with Disabilities
Source: https://researchondisability.org

On the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Jobs Report released Friday, December 7, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased slightly from 30.0 percent in November 2017 to 30.7 percent in November 2018 (up 2.3 percent or 0.7 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio also increased slightly from 73.6 percent in November 2017 to 74.3 percent in November 2018 (up 1 percent or 0.7 percentage points). The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population (the number of people working divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100).

Ed Department Reopening Hundreds of Disability-Related Complaints
Source: https://www.disabilityscoop.com

The U.S. Department of Education is reversing course after being sued over changes to its handling of disability discrimination complaints in schools. Just before Thanksgiving, the Education Department rescinded a provision adopted in March that allowed the agency’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to dismiss any complaint that is part of a pattern of complaints by the same person or group that places an “unreasonable burden on OCR’s resources.” As part of the changes earlier this year, the department also eliminated the appeals process for complaints. The opportunity to appeal has now been reinstated.

“It’s good they’re saying they’re going to fix this, we just have a lack of trust in them because of their behavior,” said Eve Hill, lead attorney for the three groups that sued. “What we need is a commitment that’s enforceable.”

What’s Up at CIDA

Check Out Our Updated Website

After months of hard work, we are happy to officially announce the launch of our updated bilingual (English – Korean) website. The website has been redesigned to provide our visitors with an easier way to learn about who we are as well as the programs we offer to help families who have children with disabilities. We have a brand-new Community Parent Resource Center and Resource section to highlight the important information regarding special education laws and provide tools for families to navigate the school systems and disability-related service resources for their children with disabilities. More information will be added throughout the year. Visit us often as we will constantly be updating our content with new special education resources, services alerts, and regulation.

CIDA starts Webinar via GotoMeeting

CIDA will begin its first online parent training programs starting in January 2019. The online training will be hosted through GotoMeeting, and you can participate the programs via a computer or cell-phone. By going online, we will be able to provide training and resource opportunities to those who are unable to attend in-person workshops due to work or family situations. “How to participate in online training” will be available on Youtube in early January.

CIDA Events & Registration

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