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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...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:21

By Devon Mayer

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities holds an annual National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference.  The conference is for staff of Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as partners, providers and advocates providing services to people with long term services and supports (LTSS) needs in the community. 

At this year’s HCBS Conference, I had the opportunity to represent the Maryland Medicaid agency (my previous employer) on a panel presentation on how to obtain Federal funds for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs).  ADRCs are partnerships between local agencies that are also referred to as No Wrong Door agencies.  In Maryland, the ADRCs are formal partnerships between the local Area Agency on Aging and the Center for Independent Living, as well as other...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 12:19

By Shelia Newman, MS, President

Snapshots of Shelia Newman and Cindy Ryan on CSPAN

On Tuesday, August 8th, Vice President Cindy Ryan and I were panelists on “Campaign 2016 and People with Disabilities: Enabling Access and Opportunities for All,” a summit held at the Rayburn House Office Building. This special event, hosted by RespectAbility and covered by CSPAN, brought together campaign consultants, Hill staff and disability leaders. Cindy and I spoke on “Reaching All Voters by Making Electronic Communications Accessible.” You can watch our presentation on CSPAN.

One point in my address to the group was that we are seeing more interest in...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 10:10

By Jane Rath, Vice President

Another anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is here and I find myself once again taking stock of the progress we are making to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  We are moving forward – even if slower than many of us would like.  I recently read an article that patently rejected the value and need for the ADA, highlighting exactly how far behind some people are in their thinking.  While the article angered me, it also reminded me that there is still much work to be done.

I am proud to work at New Editions Consulting, a company recognized for its inclusive hiring practices.  This year, New Editions was among a short list of companies to receive the National Organization on Disability (NOD) 2016 Disability Employer Seal of Approval.  This award “applauds organizations who are leading the way in building an inclusive workforce, with exemplary employment practices for people with...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 14:04

By Robert Bartolotta, Ph.D.

The President of the United States proclaimed May 2016 “National Mental Health Awareness Month.” This proclamation recognizes the prevalence of mental health needs within our society, the need to reduce the stigma of having a mental illness (particularly among those pursuing treatment and support), and the expanding opportunities for treatment gained through the Affordable Care Act, as well as other Federal health initiatives. These opportunities have provided expansions in community health services, parity of service requirements for health insurance providers and clauses limiting discrimination against insurance seekers with pre-existing conditions, including mental illness.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), citing findings from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 25 percent of American adults, 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18, and 13 percent of youth ages 8 to 13...

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:52

By Cherie Takemoto, MPA, Project Manager

The Department of Justice (DOJ) inaugurated April 24-30 as National Reentry Week. This week is part of the effort to encourage and highlight the work that the Department of Justice has taken to make our criminal justice system fairer, more efficient, and more effective at reducing recidivism and helping formerly incarcerated individuals contribute to their communities.  An important part of that task is preparing those who have paid their debt to society for substantive opportunities beyond the prison gates, and addressing obstacles to successful reentry that too many returning citizens encounter.

According to the Department of Justice, nearly a quarter of Americans have been involved in the criminal justice system, primarily through nonviolent and minor offenses. Every year, an estimated 11.4 million individuals cycle through jails and...