News and Notes 306 March 28

NARIC's information specialists can assist researchers, counselors, therapists, educators, people with disabilities, caregivers, and others, and they can be reached by phone, email, and chat in English and Spanish;  Demand-Side RRTC has created a series of videos on vocational rehabilitation, VR Voices: Video Booth; researchers from RTC:Rural publish post, Poverty and Disability: At the Intersection of Place and Policy, for the National Disability Institute Blog; New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) seeks volunteers with TBI for intervention using Internet and video conferencing for group therapy to help manage challenging emotions and behaviors; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessibility Issues in Rail Transportation, with presenters from the National Disability Rights Network discussing requirements under the ADA for rail equipment and rail stations; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures hosts webinar, Supporting College Success for Youth and Young Adults with Lived Experiences in Foster Care; Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) hosts webinar, Building the Pipeline: Successful Strategies for Recruiting & Hiring People with Disabilities.

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2018-03-28
NARIC news: 

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Resource Highlight: 

VR Voices Video Booth
The NIDILRR-funded project on Vocational Rehabilitation and Developing Strategies to Meet Employer Needs in Changing Economic Environments (Demand-Side RRTC) (90RT5016) has created a series of videos, VR Voices: Video Booth. Vocational rehabilitation (VR) practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers were asked about the future of VR, how to serve VR consumers and businesses effectively, and how partnering with businesses can improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The series was filmed during the August 2017 conference Meeting Employer Demand in a Job-Driven Economy: Diversity, Inclusion, and VR's Evolving Role.

News items: 

Blog Post Spotlights Disability and Poverty in Rural US
Researchers from the NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) recently published a post, Poverty and Disability: At the Intersection of Place and Policy, for the National Disability Institute Blog. The post explores the relationship between disability and poverty, including such factors as the labor market, healthcare costs, and housing influences. The post includes graphics depicting poverty rates among people with disabilities by county, disability status, and county type. The post also includes a link to the Rural Disability Resource Library, an online collection developed specifically for rural people with disabilities, their families, and service provider

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Accessibility Issues in Rail Transportation
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Accessibility Issues in Rail Transportation, April 3rd, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters from the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) will discuss requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for different types of rail equipment and rail stations. Discussion will include examples from around the country of stations and rail cars made more accessible for people with disabilities. Presenters will also discuss some of the pending rail car procurements and the choices that transportation entities are contemplating regarding accessibility. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Supporting College Success for Youth and Young Adults with Lived Experiences in Foster Care
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Supporting College Success for Youth and Young Adults with Lived Experiences in Foster Care, April 3rd, 1-2pm ET. This webinar will focus on programs designed to support young adults with mental health stressors and foster care experience to succeed in college. Representatives from multiple programs will share details of their implementation successes and lessons learned, program sustainability, and what further questions need to be explored with research. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Participate: 

Online TBI Therapy Study in New York State
The NIDILRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) (990DPTB0009) seeks volunteers with TBI for a trial of an intervention which uses the Internet and video conferencing to deliver group therapy to help participants understand and manage challenging emotions and behaviors. The trial is open to residents of New York State 18 years or older who have a documented TBI that happened at least 6 months ago. Participants must speak English and have access to high-speed Internet. Participation will last 28 to 40 weeks, depending on study assignment, and participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Research Center at 212/241-5152.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Webinar: Successful Strategies for Recruiting & Hiring People with Disabilities TOMORROW
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) will host a webinar, Building the Pipeline: Successful Strategies for Recruiting & Hiring People with Disabilities, March 29th, 1-2 pm ET. Presenters will discuss effective outreach and recruitment strategies that can help companies of all sizes build a pipeline of qualified applicants with disabilities. Presenters will also discuss developing relationships with service providers, finding recruitment sources, and other key strategies for locating and attracting top talent with disabilities. Registration is free and required.