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.
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 provides logistics and management support to assist the OD in implementing the Call to Action Strategic Plan. We plan and conduct important events: a conference with major health care provider organizations to identify best practices in disability awareness training for physicians and nurses and a forum with employers to identify best practices in providing access to health care services for employees with disabilities. New Editions also develops publications for employers and employees to support improved health care 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 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.
New Editions conceived and is implementing a new approach to employer outreach to improve employer collaboration with public vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. New Editions designs updated educational materials for employers about recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting individuals with disabilities. We convene forums for employers and VR counselors to provide first hand information on 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) 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 Consulting, Inc. provides the following key services:
- Perform work site analysis; identify individual accessibility needs
- Provide product information for procurement
- Implement effective accommodation strategies
- Develop systems to disseminate disability information to USDA employees
- Coordinate a series of conferences, seminars, and other awareness programs
New Editions, along with our partners, provides material development and communications support for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), including the development of outreach and education materials, such as infographics and web-based content, exhibit support and template design to improve the cohesiveness and effectiveness of stakeholder outreach activities.
New Editions provided program management, through a subcontract through Monster Government Solutions, for New Options New Mexico – a pilot program 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 to allow 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 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 managed by the Population Health and Medical Management Division (PHMMD), Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO), TRICARE Management Activity (TMA). The goal was supporting the MHS Strategic Plan by employing MM to improve healthcare efficiency and effectiveness. New Editions assisted in the coordination and providing logistical support for the DoD Population Health and Medical Management (PHMMD) team training for the Military Health System (MHS) healthcare professionals. Training consisted of four days of didactic presentations to Military Treatment Facility (MTF) personnel. New Editions developed a communications/marketing package for medical management, conference support and logistical support to the PHMMD website. New Editions also provided a variety of reports.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provides guidance and support to the 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 in finding and retaining 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 discussion 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 include 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 necessary. 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, recommendations for RSA to consider to better prepare individuals with disabilities in developing highly-sought skills and finding viable employment. We facilitated the discussions, taking notes and preparing a report of findings and recommendations from each roundtable discussion. We also prepared a final report, identifying overarching opportunities that span 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.
New Editions provides Section 508 support to the US Coast Guard web team (CG633) to assess 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.
For the 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 10 working papers identifying significant policy accomplishments and emerging issues and challenges for each topic area. The following lists the paper topics, providing 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.
We 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 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 tested IT Tracker products, OMB Exhibit 300's project/programs, E-Gov initiatives programs, web based and software applications and learning management systems (LMS) courseware for Section 508 compliance. New Editions staff members conducts accessible EIT demonstrations for VA stakeholders (veterans and disabled employees) and Section 508 awareness training for VA employees. In collaboration with VA Section 508 staff, we develop and conduct presentations at industry forums as well as state and local government meetings to raise awareness of accessibility issues and programs.
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 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, New Editions contract - Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Project - was announced in June 2010 by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius. The Secretary lauded the project’s vision to assist older adults and those with chronic conditions to 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 to create a sustainable, collaborative system between housing and human services agencies — particularly aimed at those people 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
- Dissemination of resources and promising to continue to foster relationships between housing and human services agencies in the future.
New Editions provides technical and logistical support for a national expert panel composed to assist the NIH Rehabilitation Medicine Department develop a holistic definition of adults with chronic health care needs that can be used in national surveys and clinical settings. We are 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.
Experts 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. We will enlist the expert team of scientists, identify and manage relevant research articles, design and maintain an interactive website for panel members, convene regularly scheduled teleconferences and manage one in-person meeting per year.