Harvard Business School Study on Importance of Employers Supporting Caregivers

The Harvard Business School did an important study looking at caregivers in the workforce. Here is the link to the Report:



Report Overview: The Caring Company, authored by Harvard Business School Professor Joe Fuller and Managing the Future of Work Project Director and Senior Researcher Manjari Raman, is an important and timely examination of how people providing care to family members or friends are faring professionally, how these responsibilities are affecting them at work, and the shortcomings and future implications of employers failing to support caregivers.


Companies are facing a caregiving crisis—they just refuse to acknowledge it. Rising health care and professional caregiving costs and changing demographics over the past few decades have put great pressure on American employees as they try to balance work and care responsibilities. Unfortunately, many employers remain largely oblivious to the growing costs of this hidden “care economy”—costs that hurt employers and employees alike.


Based on a nationally representative survey, the report shows how important and urgent an issue this is and provides common-sense solutions for how employers can support their employees who are providing important care to family and friends.


*Note: When sharing the report on social media, please use the hashtag #HowICare and tag @JosephBFuller. I am also attaching graphics and shareable statistics


For Grassroots:


If you want to share your experiences with caregiving and have your voice heard, Joe Fuller would love to hear from you. Stories submitted will be shared anonymously on social media or will be used in the future as Professor Fuller and his team work to bring attention to this important issue.


Please submit stories to ManagingTheFutureOfWork@hbs.edu.


All shared stories will remain strictly anonymous


Join the Conversation


Want to share your own caregiving story with the world? Using the hashtag #HowICare to share how caregiving plays a roll in your life.  


Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, thank you!




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Director, Rights Policy, The Arc 
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ADA Guideline Information and Meeting in DC

U.S. Access Board to Hold Forum on Assembly Area Accessibility (September 6)

On September 6 the U.S. Access Board will hold a public forum on accessibility and assembly areas. The day-long event will focus on accessibility issues related to the design of movie theaters, dinner theaters, performing arts centers, lecture halls, stadiums, arenas, grandstands, and other assembly venues. It will be structured as a town hall meeting where participants can raise questions or concerns that arise in achieving access to different types of assembly spaces.

The Board is particularly interested in design challenges and potential solutions related to the standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as those that apply to federally funded facilities under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Technical questions concerning use of these standards in new construction and alterations are also welcome. This includes provisions on the dispersion of wheelchair spaces, lines of sight, companion seating, designated aisle seats, luxury boxes, club suites, and assistive listening systems, among others. The Board is collecting this information for a technical bulletin on assembly areas that it plans to develop as part of its Guide to the ADA Standards and the ABA Standards.

Persons with disabilities, advocacy groups, designers and architects, trade groups, codes organizations, industry, manufacturers, and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. This event will be in-person only and will not be streamed online. Direct any questions to Dave Yanchulis at yanchulis@access-board.gov or (202) 272-0026 (v), or (202) 272-0027 (TTY).

Information Meeting on Assembly Area Accessibility       Add to Calendar
September 6, 9:30 – 5:00 (ET)
Access Board Conference Center
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 
Note: For the comfort of all participants and to promote a fragrance-free environment, attendees are requested not to use perfume, cologne, or other fragrances.

Registration Opens for The Upcoming Town Hall on Strengthening Higher Education and Tomorrow’s Workforce!

Registration Opens for The Upcoming Town Hall on Strengthening Higher Education and Tomorrow’s Workforce! 
Calling on all community members, business leaders, family and labor advocates, educators, tribal representatives, government professionals, elected officials and students to register for the upcoming town hall, Strengthening Higher Education and Tomorrow’s Workforce.

Our state is rich in education and career opportunities but also faces challenges. New Mexico First is actively working to overcome those challenges by researching barriers to progress and convening a statewide deliberation on solutions. READ MORE

Disability Rights Awareness Days 2018

Disability Rights Awareness Days (DRAD) 2018 will be Thursday and Friday, January 25-26 in Santa Fe.  This year’s theme will be “Re-energizing Support for Disability Rights”.


We hope you’ll join us to be part of this celebration and to continue the important work of informing our policymakers and participating in the legislative process.  You can register for DRAD through Disability Rights New Mexico’s website, www.drnm.org.  (A copy of the registration form is attached to this email for your convenience.)  If you have any questions about registration, contact DRNM at 505-256-3100, toll-free at 1-800-432-4682 or by email to drad@drnm.org.


At Thursday’s DRAD events at the Drury Hotel in downtown Santa Fe, the keynote address will be given by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who oversees elections in New Mexico.  2018 will be an election year, and voting is an important way to make our voices heard!  Thursday will continue with educational sessions through both plenary presentations in the morning and breakout workshops in the afternoon.


On Friday, we’ll be at the State Capitol, with a formal event in the Rotunda at mid-day and plenty of time throughout the day to visit with legislators, watch legislative committees and floor sessions, check out the display tables presented by a variety of disability organizations, and network with other members of the disability community from around the state. 


If you or your organization are interested in becoming a DRAD sponsor (including advertising your logo in the program or having a display table at the events), you can sign up through the DRNM website at www.drnm.org.


We hope to see you at DRAD 2018!