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News and Notes 537 November 9
NARIC staff mourns the passing of Lois Curtis, the L.C. the 1999 landmark Supreme Court decision, Olmstead vs L.C., that cemented the right of Americans with disabilities to live and participate in communities of their choosing; NIDILRR/ACL seeks input from key stakeholders in the development of its 2024-2029 Long Range Plan by November 21st; Research in Focus researchers explored the impact of COVID-19 on personal assistance services and steps people took to access supports needed to stay independent; This Just In... presents study examining results from service providers undergoing organizational transformation away from sheltered employment; the Southeast ADA Regional Center posts latest episode of ADA Live! series, Supporting Our Veterans: Tips for Job Seekers and Returning Veterans; the Disability Statistics Compendium Annual Report of 2021, published by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) featured in Forbes article, Why is the employment gap for people with disabilities so consistently wide?; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Veterans with Disabilities: An Overview of Veteran Affairs (VA) Resources Supporting Independence an Inclusion; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts webinar, The Knowledge Action Cycle: How Do I Apply It to My Work?; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Common Myths and Mix-Ups; the project Elevate, Evaluate: Self-Evaluation Resource for Behavioral Health Community-Based Organizations conducts survey on state of program evaluation for community-based organizations (CBOs); the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) publishes report, The Impact of COVID-19 on Disability Research: A 2022 Update.
This week, the independent living community lost a true pioneer with the passing of Lois Curtis. Ms. Curtis was the L.C. in Olmstead vs L.C., the landmark Supreme Court decision that cemented the right of Americans with disabilities to live and participate in the communities of their choosing. In 1999, Ms. Curtis, co-plaintiff Elaine Wilson, and their legal team convinced the court that their civil rights were being violated by being unnecessarily segregated in an institution when they wanted and were able to live in the community. By fighting for their rights, they changed history. Each year, the Association of People Supporting Employment First gives out the Lois Curtis Award, recognizing "an individual's personal achievement in advocating for inclusive, individualized, community-based employment and/or independent living." Our thoughts are with Ms. Curtis' family and friends in her chosen community.