News and Notes 314 May 23

In anticipation of the Atlantic hurricane season, NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help with disability-inclusive emergency preparedness, which is also the subject of the 2018 National Inclusive Disaster Strategies Conference held in Washington, DC; Mobile Accommodation Tool: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation has released first-generation mobile case management app for iOS and Android, Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS); co-principal investigator of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairment was interviewed in Eye on Vision on WYPL-FM, Memphis Public Libraries' radio station; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Let's Go to the Playground!; the Manual and Training Program to Promote Career Development Among Transition Age Youth and Young Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, Preventing Disability Among Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions: Is It the Condition or Is It System Effects?; Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks participants for a survey of adults with disabilities about getting and using health insurance and health care services; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine release report, Opportunities for Improving Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities.

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2018-05-23
NARIC news: 

This week is the 2018 National Inclusive Disaster Strategies Conference here in Washington, DC. Researchers, administrators, and advocates in emergency planning and management, including members of the NIDILRR research community, will meet to share their insight, experience, and strategies for achieving and sustaining disability-inclusive emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. With the start of Atlantic hurricane season just a week away, now is a good time to look at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help you prepare before disaster strikes, and to recover physically and psychologically afterward.

Resource Highlight: 

Mobile Accommodation Solution App
The NIDILRR-funded project Mobile Accommodation Tool: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (90IF0097) has released the Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS), a first-generation mobile case management app for iOS and Android. Employers, service providers, and individuals can use the app to effectively address workplace accommodation requests throughout the employment lifecycle, from application to onboarding to advancement. The app provides users with a suite of fillable, accessible forms and the capability to store, print, and email records that can be imported into enterprise-level information systems. MAS also includes emerging policies and best practices in workplace accommodations. The app is available free from the App Store and Google Play.

News items: 

Employment Mentoring Research Highlighted in Eye on Vision
Karla Antonelli, PhD, co-principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairment (90RT5040), was interviewed in a recent episode of Eye on Vision on WYPL-FM, Memphis Public Libraries' broadcast radio station. Dr. Antonelli discussed the results of an employment mentoring project for college students who are blind. Results included a significant increase in student assertiveness in job hunting and an improvement in job-seeking self-efficacy and career adaptability among mentees. This study was also highlighted in a recent Research In Focus.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Let's Go to the Playground!
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Let's Go to the Playground!, May 29th, 2-2:30pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of the minimum scoping and technical requirements for newly constructed and altered play areas required to comply with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design and the Architectural Barriers Act. Presenters will also discuss ground level and elevated play components, accessible routes, and play area surface requirements. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Preventing Disability Among Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions - Is It the Condition or Is It System Effects?
The NIDILRR-funded Manual and Training Program to Promote Career Development Among Transition Age Youth and Young Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities (90DP0063) will host a webinar, Preventing Disability Among Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions: Is It the Condition or Is It System Effects?, May 31st, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss the "system effects" that are commonly misinterpreted as psychiatric symptoms, the triggering events that lead to system effects, and how to support young people to prevent these effects. Presenters will also discuss Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE), a new service that modernizes the Individual Placement and Support model of supported employment. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Health Care Survey
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) (90DP0075) is conducting a survey of adults with disabilities about getting and using health insurance and health care services. The online survey is open to adults 18 to 62 years old with any type of disability and any type of health insurance. Individuals who are male, live in Southern states, or are from minority communities are particularly needed. Responses are anonymous. Qualified participants may enter to win a $100 gift card with weekly drawings through May 31st, when the survey closes.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Academies Release Report on Improving Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a report, Opportunities for Improving Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of health outcomes for school-aged children with disabilities and reviews and assesses programs, services, and supports available to these children and their families. It also describes overarching program, service, and treatment goals; examines outreach efforts and utilization rates; identifies what outcomes are measured and how they are reported; and describes what is known about the effectiveness of these programs and services. The report may be downloaded free of charge.