News and Notes 340 November 28

NARIC Spotlight blog has information on how organizations can welcome customers with disabilities with resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; the New England ADA Regional Center releases new publication, Addiction, Recovery, and the ADA, providing information on how the ADA applies to individuals in recovery from substance addiction; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support (FSRTC) releases report, Research on Family Caregiving Support in the United States: A Strategic Research Plan, providing a roadmap for future research on support for families of people with disabilities and those who are aging; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Serving Customers with Disabilities: A Toolkit, presenting the center's newest customer service training resource for employees in organizations providing service to people with disabilities; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts episode 63 of ADA Live!, Interdisciplinary Outreach in the Post-Secondary Environment: Nothing About Us Without Us; the project Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE): Creating Economic Self-Sufficiency seeks provider agencies and organizations to partner on a clinical trial of the HYPE intervention, testing its effectiveness in supporting youth with mental health conditions in their pursuit of economic self-sufficiency; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) relaunches its Eldercare Locator website, designed to provide easy access to resources for older adults and caregivers, with new features including mobile-optimized design, a geographical search bar, and a Caregiver Corner.

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2018-11-28
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December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, proclaimed by the United Nations. This year's theme is "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality." Conscientious customer service is one way to ensure equality and empower individuals with disabilities as we head into a busy holiday season full of shopping, dining out, and travel. Learn more about how your organization can welcome customers with disabilities with resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Addiction, Recovery, and the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0087) has released a new publication, Addiction, Recovery, and the ADA. The publication provides information on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to individuals in recovery from addiction to alcohol or other substances, how the ADA addresses the illegal use of drugs, and how it applies to persons who become addicted while using legally prescribed pain management drugs. The publication includes an overview of the ADA and clarifies the rights and responsibilities of individuals, employers, state and local governments, and public accommodations.

News items: 

FSRTC Highlights Areas for Growth in Family Support Research
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support (FSRTC) (90RT5032) released a report, Research on Family Caregiving Support in the United States: A Strategic Research Plan. The report explores family caregiving experiences, research and development of family support interventions, and areas in need of greater research attention. These areas include underserved communities, consumer direction in home- and community-based services, and impacts on employment, among others. This report provides a roadmap for future research on support for families of people with disabilities and those who are aging. A goal of this report is to draw attention to topics previously neglected and to foster growth in new areas and with novel methods in order to improve outcomes for families.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Serving Customers with Disabilities: A Toolkit
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Serving Customers with Disabilities: A Toolkit, December 4th, 12:30-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss the center's newest customer service training resource for frontline employees in businesses, professional offices, government facilities, and other organizations to provide exemplary customer service to people with disabilities. The toolkit gives staff practical guidance and fundamental principles for appropriate and respectful interactions. Registration is free and required

Webinar: Interdisciplinary Outreach in the Post-Secondary Environment: Nothing About Us Without Us
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host Episode 63 of ADA Live!, Interdisciplinary Outreach in the Post-Secondary Environment: Nothing About Us Without Us, December 5th, 1-1:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss the future of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute and similar programs at other institutions. They will also discuss how disability justice and the experiences and expertise of people with disabilities will be at the center of current and future work across the community. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Participate: 

HYPE Research Site
The NIDILRR-funded project Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE): Creating Economic Self-Sufficiency (90DPGE0008) seeks provider agencies and organizations to partner on a randomized clinical trial of the HYPE intervention. Partner organizations will deliver HYPE services and test its effectiveness in supporting youth and young adults with mental health conditions as they explore, pursue, and achieve education and employment goals that will lead to a desired career and economic self-sufficiency. HYPE services can be delivered by community-based service agencies that are already supporting the education and employment goals of young adults (ages 18-30). Practitioners and program leads will receive the HYPE manual and worksheets, up to eight days of training in the HYPE program, and technical assistance and case consultation throughout the HYPE implementation. Eligibility and application information are available online.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Eldercare Locator Redesign Launched
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) relaunched its Eldercare Locator website, redesigned to provide easy access to resources for older adults and caregivers. New features of the site include a mobile-optimized design, a geographical search bar available from any page to search for local resources, and a Caregiver Corner with answers to frequently asked questions from caregivers. The new site also includes a Monthly Feature and a Learn More About section with information on topics like transportation, housing, and civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws. Information specialists are also available Monday-Friday, 9am to 8pm ET, via online chat or by calling 800/677-1116.