News and Notes 312 May 9

In observance of Mother's Day, NARIC features resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support parents with disabilities and their families in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at how vocational rehabilitation (VR) services can support people with HIV and substance abuse disorders; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families posts webinar recording: Raising Our Girls: Stories from Mothers with Disabilities and Daughters Who've Been There; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) reports unprecedented job gains for Americans with disabilities in April nTIDE report; Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Project at Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC) on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities highlighted in article in Spring issue of HBCU Times magazine; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Project Sidewalk: Mapping Accessibility Through Google Street View; Department of Education publishes Request for Information (RFI) on the Future Direction of the Rehabilitation Training Program.

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2018-05-09
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This Sunday is Mother's Day in the US. Here at NARIC we'd like to thank all of the parents in our community: Those who raise kids with disabilities, those with disabilities, those who take on the caregiver role for their own parents or siblings, and those who work in the field as therapists, educators, researchers, frontline service providers, and so on. What's it like to be a parent with a disability? Check out the webinar listed in the Resource Highlights section below for some perspectives from mothers with disabilities and their daughters, and visit our Spotlight blog where we've gathered some more research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support parents with disabilities and their families.

Research In Focus:
Vocational Rehabilitation May Help People with HIV/AIDS and Substance Use Disorder Overcome Employment Challenges
This week's Research In Focus looks at how vocational rehabilitation (VR) services can support people with HIV who also have substance use disorders, and whether these programs meet the needs of clients from minority groups.

Resource Highlight: 

Raising Our Girls: Stories from Mothers with Disabilities and Daughters Who've Been There
The NIDILRR-funded Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families (90DPGE0001) has posted a webinar recording, Raising Our Girls: Stories from Mothers with Disabilities and Daughters Who've Been There. The webinar featured a panel of mothers with disabilities and their daughters who shared their experiences and perspectives as mothers and adult children of mothers with disabilities, strategies used by mothers with physical disabilities to raise their children, and resources for parenting with a disability. More webinars are archived on the project's website.

News items: 

April nTIDE: Tight Labor Market Spurs Unprecedented Job Gains for Americans with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) reported unprecedented job gains for Americans with disabilities in the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) April 2018 Jobs Report. The monthly nTIDE compares the labor force participation rate and employment-population ratio between people with and without disabilities. The report notes that the continuing gains may be due to the tight labor market. The report also discusses strategies that may help close the employment gap between people with and without disabilities. These topics were also discussed in the monthly nTIDE Lunch & Learn archived on the project's website.

ARRT at LU-RRTC Highlighted in HBCU Times
The NIDILRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Project at Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC) on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (90AR5029) is highlighted in the article Langston University ventures into new research area needed at HBCUs (p. 36) in the Spring issue of HBCU Times magazine. The article describes the project's goals and activities, and introduces Courtney Ward-Sutton, PhD, and Natalie Williams, PhD, who are the inaugural Post-Doctoral Fellows in the program. The ARRT, which works in conjunction with the LU-RRTC, builds capacity for disability and rehabilitation research by training post-doctoral research fellows based in historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions.

Grantee event: 

Project Sidewalk: Mapping Accessibility Through Google Street View
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Project Sidewalk: Mapping Accessibility Through Google Street View, May 15th, 12:30-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss Project Sidewalk, where volunteers reviewed the accessibility of streets and sidewalks in Washington, DC. The presenters will also discuss how the collected data is shared and used to develop new accessibility-friendly mapping tools, to train machine learning algorithms to automatically assess accessibility, and to create better transparency about accessible infrastructure. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

RFI on the Future Direction of the Rehabilitation Training Program
The Department of Education has published a Request for Information (RFI) on the Future Direction of the Rehabilitation Training Program. The department requests input on the portfolio of grants supported under the Rehabilitation Training Program to determine whether any changes are needed in designing and implementing grant activities under this program, including the specific mix of activities supported each year. The RFI focuses on the Rehabilitation Short-Term Training, Rehabilitation Long-Term Training, and Innovative Rehabilitation Training programs. Comments must be received on or before July 3rd, 2018 via the regulations.gov portal, regular mail, or hand delivery.