Several disability advocacy organizations have voiced alarm and concern over the federal government's response to recent natural disasters. They claim that the rights and safety of people with disabilities caught in the middle of disasters have not been adequately addressed.
The Disability and Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the "Data User's Guide to the Disability Questions Included in the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System." The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) state coordinators and researchers interested in monitoring disability at the state or national level.
Mental Health America Released several data reports and fact sheets on the state of mental health in the US. The reports identified trends and prevalence of mental health disorders among youth and adults.
For many people with disabilities and chronic health conditions, exposure to secondhand smoke can be especially harmful. Oakland-based Changelab Solutions has created a new resource that covers how federal disability rights laws--as well as laws in the State of California--can be used to protect tenants with disabilities from smoke that can drift from other housing units.
Fewer people between the ages of 25 and 54 (prime working age) in the U.S. are employed than in decades past. People with disabilities have much lower employment rates than people without disabilities, and disabilities are one of the most commonly cited reasons for not working. Moreover, a recent Brookings report identified particular subgroups among the out-of-work as having disproportionately high rates of disability. With these factors in mind, researchers from the Brookings Institution set out to better understand the role of geography and demography in patterns of disability among prime-age adults.
Detroit's bike sharing system, known as MoGo began in 2017. As it was being developed, however, the planners were approached by a local disability organization that wanted to ensure there were bicycles available for people of all abilities.