News and Notes 341 December 5
Honoring President George H. W. Bush and his work to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Research In Focus compares ways people with spinal cord injury (SCI) may be able to improve their health; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Improving the Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC) publishes the first in a series of profiles of Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) members; Dorothy Nary, PhD was interviewed by KCUR public radio on improving the visitability for the holidays; an article authored by investigators from several Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers (TBIMS) was selected as the Rehabilitation Science Spotlight article of the month; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center will host a webinar on accessing cultural programs and the arts by people with disabilities; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host a webinar on resources that help expand opportunities for career pathways; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is conducting interviews with adults with disabilities about their experiences accessing health insurance and healthcare services; and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report about the proceedings of a workshop on harnessing mobile devices for nervous system disorders.
Today marks a national day of mourning for George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the US who passed away on November 30th. Among his achievements, President Bush championed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signing it into law in July 1990. In an interview on National Public Radio, Lex Frieden, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Regional Center and one of the architects of the ADA, said that the ADA changed the landscape for people with disabilities. Frieden attributed the ADA's success to President Bush's leadership and his unwavering refusal to compromise on the law. Learn more about the impact of the ADA with this collection of Spotlight blog posts.
Research In Focus:
Exercise Training or a High-Protein Diet May Improve Insulin Sensitivity in People with Long-Standing Spinal Cord Injury
This week's Research In Focus compares two ways people with spinal cord injuries may be able to improve their health and possibly prevent diabetes.