News and Notes 293 December 13
NARIC staff disseminates information to AbilitiesExpo attendees on resources related to new research on disability, available on NARIC website; Research in Focus features workplace accommodations for people with disabilities; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes new factsheet, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After Burn Injury; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and the RRTC on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) report ongoing job gains for Americans with disabilities in National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) November 2017 Jobs Report; Assistive Technology Enabling Communication project is highlighted in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) blog; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, 2017: The Year in Review; Mid-Atlantic Regional ADA Center hosts webinar, Everybody Rides: One County's Approach to Safe, Accessible Bus Stops; Northwestern University Policy Research Fellowship accepting applications for the two-year Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publishes summary, People Living with Disabilities: Health Equity, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Proceedings of a Workshop.
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Research In Focus:
People with Disabilities Face Barriers to Employment, But Accommodations May Help
People with disabilities may face many barriers to finding and keeping a job, but this week's Research In Focus finds workplace accommodations may make a difference.
PTSD After Burn Injury
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) has published a new factsheet, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After Burn Injury. This informative factsheet describes PTSD and its symptoms, who may experience PTSD after a burn injury, and what to do if symptoms occur. Additional resources and references are included. The factsheet is also available in Spanish (PDF).
nTIDE Highlights Ongoing Job Gains
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) and the RRTC on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) reported ongoing job gains for Americans with disabilities in the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) November 2017 Jobs Report. This upward trend now extends to 20 consecutive months of gains in the labor market for people with disabilities. The November nTIDE also highlights the impact of partnerships between major corporations and local disability organizations on creating a diverse workforce. The report was discussed in the most recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar archived on the EPM-RRTC website.
SBIR Research Highlighted by ALS Association
Technology currently being development under a NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project, Assistive Technology Enabling Communication (90BISA0005), was highlighted in Update from Assistive Technology Challenge Winners – Donders Institute and Pison Technology in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association blog. Principal Investigator Dexter Ang gave an overview of the wearable communication device which could be used by individuals at any stage of their condition and discussed next steps for development of the technology.
Webinar: 2017 - The Year in Review
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) will host a webinar, 2017: The Year in Review, December 20th, 1-2pm ET. The center's technical assistance team will review notable events and developments related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessibility from the last year. They will also discuss pending Section 508 revised regulations, interesting court rulings, new informational materials from the Northeast ADA Regional Center, and other events. Registration is free and required.
Webinar: Everybody Rides - One County's Approach to Safe, Accessible Bus Stops TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional ADA Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Everybody Rides: One County's Approach to Safe, Accessible Bus Stops, December 14th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters from Montgomery County, MD's Transit Services Division and the county's ADA Coordinator will discuss how the county implemented a multi-year project to create accessible bus stops throughout the community, including the process used, lessons learned, and issues resolved throughout this challenging project. Registration is free and required.
Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research
The NIDILRR-funded Northwestern University Policy Research Fellowship (90ARPO0001) is accepting applications for the Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research. The two-year fellowship is designed for professionals with an MD or PhD who wish to gain expertise in health services and outcomes research in order to pursue a career focused on research, dissemination and translation of research findings, and scholarly educational activities. Applications are due by February 1st. Program overview and application details are available from the project website.
People Living with Disabilities: Health Equity, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently published a summary, People Living with Disabilities: Health Equity, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Proceedings of a Workshop. The report summarizes presentations and discussions from a workshop held in June 2017, sponsored by the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities and the Roundtable on Health Literacy. The workshop was held to better understand how health literacy, health equity, and health disparities intersect for individuals living with disabilities.