News and Notes 299 February 7

NARIC shares ready-to-use tools and technology developed by the NIDILRR grantee community in their blog in observance of Low Vision Awareness Month; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury, co-sponsored by NIDILRR, announces call for late-breaking oral papers and posters for its conference, TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for several upcoming competitions; the project Mobile Accomodations Tool: Development, Implementation and Evaluation releases the Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) app for iPhone and iPad to address accommodation requests in the workplace; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) report largest increase in job gains for Americans with disabilities in the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) January 2018 Jobs Report; ADA National Network hosted Twitter chat on reasonable workplace accommodations under the ADA; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Review of Emergency Preparedness Litigation; Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), funded by the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), hosts webinar, Emerging Workplace Technologies and Vision Loss.

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2018-02-07
NARIC news: 

February is Low Vision Awareness Month! According to the National Federation of the Blind, about 1.3 million people in the US are legally blind and more than 75,000 more people in the US experience vision loss each year. Technology, tools, and training can help people with vision loss to maximize their remaining vision, maintain their independence, and continue to do the things they love. We shared examples of ready-to-use tools and technology developed by the NIDILRR grantee community in our blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Mobile Accommodations Solution App
The NIDILRR-funded project Mobile Accommodations Tool: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (90IF0097) has released the Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS), an iOS app for iPhone and iPad. The MAS app serves as a first generation mobile case management tool to help employers, service providers, and individuals effectively address accommodation requests in the workplace. The app was designed to streamline the disability accommodation process at various phases of the employment cycle. The app enables employers and service providers to help people with disabilities to better manage the accommodation process. Individuals with disabilities can use the app to develop an accommodation request letter, send the request, and track its progress. The MAS is available free from the App Store. An Android version will be available later this year.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Interagency TBI Conference Registration and Call for Late-Breaking Papers/Posters
The Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsored by NIDILRR, announced a call for late-breaking oral papers and posters for the conference. The deadline to submit paper and poster proposals is March 31st. The theme of the 2018 conference is TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy. Registration is now open for this conference, which brings together clinicians, researchers, consumers, and policymakers to share cutting-edge advances in TBI research and clinical care that have occurred since the 2011 conference. The conference is scheduled for June 11th - 13th, in Washington, DC. Program and presenter information are available from the conference website.

NIDILRR Seeks Peer Reviewers for Upcoming Competitions
NIDILRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for several upcoming competitions. Expertise in all areas of disability and rehabilitation is welcome. NIDILRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to NIDILRR-grants@acl.hhs.gov.

News items: 

January nTIDE: Americans with Disabilities Begin the New Year with Sharp Gains in the Labor Market
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) reported the largest increase in job gains for Americans with disabilities in the National Trends In Disability Employment (nTIDE) January 2018 Jobs Report. This extends the record trend for people with disabilities to 22 consecutive months. The January nTIDE also highlights the impact of targeted funding of employment initiatives that assist employers in need of workers to connect with people with disabilities across the country who are striving to work. The report was discussed in the most recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn archived on the EPM-RRTC website. The StatsRRTC will also release the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium on February 13th, 9am ET.

#ADANetworkChat Highlights Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network (90DP0086) recently hosted a Twitter chat focusing on reasonable accommodations in the workplace under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During the chat, participants were invited to test their knowledge about reasonable accommodations, and to answer questions posted by other Twitter users with the #ADANetworkChat hashtag. Follow @ADANational on Twitter to suggest a topic for the next ADANetworkChat event.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Review of Emergency Preparedness Litigation TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Review of Emergency Preparedness Litigation, February 8th, 2:30-4pm ET. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed before major emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina, September 11th, and Sandy Hook. As a result, the text of the ADA does not specifically reference the ADA's application to emergency preparedness efforts by state and local governments. Presenters will discuss how the courts have interpreted the application of the ADA and other civil rights laws to the issue of emergency preparedness, and will review the implementation of various emergency preparedness settlements across the country. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Webinar: Workplace Technologies and Vision Loss
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), funded by the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), will host a webinar, Emerging Workplace Technologies and Vision Loss, February 15th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will discuss the development and implications of new technologies, such as access to remote, real time, human, and artificial intelligence assistance; smartphone apps; vision enhancement through electronic optical eyewear; and indoor wayfinding assistance. Registration is free and required.