News and Notes 337 November 7

In observance of Health Professions Week, NARIC has information on employment opportunities in the health professions in its Knowledgebase; Research in Focus features a group teleconference program that could help people aging with multiple sclerosis build resilience; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) has five new online Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs focusing on skills for working with youth with mental health conditions and their families; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publishes the October National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report showing the continuing rise in key employment indicators for Americans with disabilities; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inclusive Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inclusive Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery - Getting It Right; the Northeast ADA Regional Center seeks participants from organizations with fewer than 500 employees for a survey of the implementation by small organizations of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the National Council on Disability (NCD) releases annual progress report on national disability policy, Has the Promise Been Kept? Federal Enforcement of Disability Rights Laws, revisiting the 2000 NCD report Promises to Keep: A Decade of Federal Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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2018-11-07
NARIC news: 

This week is Health Professions Week, a collaborative effort sponsored by several organizations to bring attention to educational opportunities across the spectrum of health professions. A host of health professionals interact with and support the independence of people with disabilities and their families. In addition to medical professionals like physicians and nurses, health professionals include occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, mental health professionals, nutritionists, home health aides and personal care attendants, social workers, assistive technologists, orthotists and prosthetists, and more. Employment opportunities in these fields are likely to grow faster than other occupations in the coming years. If you are considering a career in one of these health professions, visit our Knowledgebase to find agencies, organizations, and websites to start you on your path to employment.

Research In Focus:
A Group Teleconference Program May Help People Aging with Multiple Sclerosis Build Resilience
In this week's Research In Focus, researchers tested a group teleconference program which could help people build resilience to meet the challenges of aging with multiple sclerosis.

Resource Highlight: 

Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) has created five new online Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs. These five-minute video briefs focus on skills for working with youth and young adults with mental health conditions and their families. Each video features presentations by service providers and youth advocates and includes practice-oriented discussion questions and links to relevant resources. Topics include trauma-informed care, youth cultures, engaging youth in treatment, promoting family support, and shared decision making. Registration is free and an email address is required to complete the training. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

October nTIDE: Key Employment Indicators Continue to Rise
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) (90RT5022) has published the October National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, finding that key economic indicators for Americans with disabilities continued to rise, as observed in the previous two months. This month's nTIDE also examined new approaches in vocational rehabilitation research to support veterans with disabilities as they bring their talent and experience to the workforce. This report and other news from the field was discussed in the November 2nd Lunch & Learn webinar, archived on the project's website.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Inclusive Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Inclusive Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities, November 15th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss what steps individuals can take to be prepared, such as establishing a support network and what to keep in an emergency supply kit. Presenters will also review the basic principles found in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for inclusive emergency preparedness and will discuss application of the ADA to access and functional needs planning in the areas of evacuation, transportation, communication, and emergency sheltering. Presenters will also provide helpful tips, checklists, toolkits, and various other resources. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Inclusive Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery - Getting It Right TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Inclusive Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery - Getting It Right, November 8th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss new legislation, crafted by inclusive disability disaster advocates, that focuses on analyzing the response to disasters of the past five years and determining how best to include individuals with disabilities and those aging in the preparation, response, and recovery process from the start. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Small Organizations and the ADA Survey
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) is conducting a survey of small organizations and the ways they are implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The survey is open to representatives of organizations that have fewer than 500 employees, specifically leaders or those in human resources roles, including those without direct experience with disability or accommodation within their organization. The information gathered will be used to develop resources to support small employers with hiring, retaining, and providing equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Individuals who complete the survey may be entered to win a $50 gift card.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NCD: Has the Promise Been Kept? Federal Enforcement of Disability Rights Laws
The National Council on Disability (NCD) released its annual progress report on national disability policy, Has the Promise Been Kept? Federal Enforcement of Disability Rights Laws. The report revisits the 2000 NCD report Promises to Keep: A Decade of Federal Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), assessing progress made by several Federal agencies to protect and advance the employment of people with disabilities. Since the release of Promises to Keep, although progress in disability rights compliance has occurred, the overall results are mixed. The report examines and offers recommendations on implementation and enforcement activities related to the ADA and other Federal disability rights laws and programs.