Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hiring people with disabilities: A scoping review

The following article was published in March 2016:

Gewurtz RE, Langan S, Shand D. Hiring people with disabilities: A scoping review. Work. 2016 Mar 9;54(1):135-48. doi: 10.3233/WOR-162265. PMID: 26967030.

Many people with disabilities continue to encounter challenges trying to secure employment.

The purpose of this study was to synthesize existent knowledge about the hiring process for people with disabilities and explore research priorities from the perspective of key stakeholders.

A scoping review of the literature related to hiring processes and practices as they relate to people with disabilities was undertaken. As part of the scoping review, seven key informant consultations were conducted in order to gain further insight into the key issues identified by those most involved in the hiring process for people with disabilities.

Findings from the literature and consultations revolve around seven inter-related topics: 1) regulations versus practice, 2) stigma, 3) disclosure, 4) accommodations, 5) relationship building and use of disability organizations,6) information and support to employers, and 7) hiring practices that invite people with disabilities.

Although barriers to employment for people with disabilities have been examined in the literature, there remains a paucity of literature examining and evaluating strategies to improve hiring practices and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Future research must occur in consultation with key stakeholders including employers, people with disabilities, and employment support workers.

Employment support; disability accommodations; disability disclosure; hiring process; stigma

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Technical Standards and Lawsuits Involving Accommodations for Health Professions Students

Bagenstos SR. Technical Standards and Lawsuits Involving Accommodations for Health Professions Students. AMA J Ethics. 2016 Oct 1;18(10):1010-1016. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.10.hlaw1-1610. PubMed PMID: 27780025.

This article will discuss the legal obligations of medical schools to accommodate applicants and students with disabilities. The article begins by describing the problem of denial of medical education to such students, a problem that results from both discrimination in admissions and denial of accommodations to incumbent students with disabilities. The article then discusses the disability rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against-and requires reasonable accommodation of-qualified medical students with disabilities. It concludes by reviewing a number of lawsuits involving requests for accommodation and how disability rights law was applied in those cases.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

JAMA Article: Moving From Disability to Possibility

Don't miss this JAMA article titled, "Moving From Disability to Possibility."
Written by Kurt R. Herzer, PhD, MSc, Medical Scientist Training Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Kurt is a medical student with degenerative retinal disease.
JAMA. 2016;316(17):1767-1768. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9956

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Training Modules for Healthcare Faculty Working with Students with Disabilities

UCSF Medical Student Disability Services (MSDS) and UCSF Student Disability Services (SDS) in partnership with colleagues from around the country (Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, Northwestern University, Samuel Merritt University, Stanford University School of Medicine, The University of Washington, and Weill Cornell Medicine), developed The UCSF Faculty Training Series, an eight part online, video training series to guide faculty who work with students with disabilities.

Topics include:
  • Guidelines for Faculty who work with Students with disabilities
  • Communication 101: Best practice for communicating with students around disability  related needs.
  • Keeping it Confidential: Guidance for working with students with disabilities
  • Accessible Admissions Practices: Making sure students with disabilities are addressed.
  • Microaggressions: What they are and how they impact students with disabilities
  • ADA 101: The basic laws that govern disability services
  • Full Circle in the Diversity initiative: Inviting Disability to the table
Access the modules here:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities

The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities aims to make the world more accessible for the 1 billion people living with disabilities. Google has pledged $20M in grants to 29 nonprofits using technology to take on a wide range of accessibility challenges. See how they’re expanding opportunity and independence on a global scale.

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