News and Notes 333 October 10

NARIC's Spotlight blog features research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of World Mental Health Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults has a series of training seminars on improving vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to youth and young adults; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) shows job gains for Americans with disabilities in September National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center will host webinar, Stay Calm...Supporting Individuals with Emotional or Behavior Disorders in Community-Based Programs; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments will host State of the Science Conference on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments as part of the 2019 American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference; the World Health Organization (WHO) publishes the Mental Health Atlas 2017, providing information on policies, plans, and laws to support mental health across 170 WHO Member States.

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2018-10-10
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Today is World Mental Health Day, observed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of people with mental health conditions. This week is also Mental Illness Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), focusing on reducing the stigma of mental illness. One way to reduce that stigma is to create workplaces where people with mental health conditions can participate in competitive employment. As we continue to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, learn more about research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help build a workforce that includes people with mental health conditions in our Spotlight blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Self-Directed VR Training Seminars
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults (90RT5034) has created a series of training seminars related to improving vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to youth and young adults. The seminars present up-to-date, evidence-based information to VR staff and transition stakeholders, including educators, practitioners, and transitioning youth and their families. Topics include the family role in career planning and preparation, integrated employment, seamless transition, and inclusive higher education, among others. Each seminar consists of a topic overview, video content, and a quiz to assess the participant's understanding of the content. The seminars are available on demand and participants may receive a certificate of completion from the Center based on their quiz scores.

News items: 

September nTIDE: Promising Job Gains for Americans with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) (90RT5022) has published the September National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, reporting that key economic indicators for Americans with disabilities have resumed their upward trend observed from February 2016 through May 2018. The report highlights the importance of universal design in buildings and transportation which has improved access to and inclusivity in the workplace. This report was discussed in the most recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn webcast, archived on the project's website.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Stay Calm … Supporting Individuals with Emotional or Behavior Disorders in Community-Based Programs
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Stay Calm … Supporting Individuals with Emotional or Behavior Disorders in Community-Based Programs, October 16th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss the definitions, terminology, signs, and characteristics associated with emotional and behavioral disorders. Presenters will also discuss what people with these disorders may experience and will share tips for supporting challenging behaviors in inclusive settings. Registration is free and required.

State of the Science Conference on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5040) will host a State of the Science Conference on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments on February 28th and March 1st, 2019 in Arlington, VA, as part of the 2019 American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference. The conference will include research presentations and interactive sessions focused on improving employment for people with blindness and other visual impairments. Registration is required and there is a fee. Scholarship opportunities are available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

WHO Mental Health Atlas Highlights Importance of Investment in Mental Health Services and Supports
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the Mental Health Atlas 2017, which provides information on the existence of policies, plans, and laws to support mental health across 170 WHO Member States, and their alignment with established human rights instruments; the human and financial resources available; the types of facilities providing care; and mental health programs for prevention and promotion. According to the Atlas, every $1 investment in scaling up treatment for common mental health conditions leads to a return of $4 in better health and ability to work.