News and Notes 344 January 9

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help keep readers' New Year's resolutions in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for upcoming competitions; Research in Focus discusses challenges Hispanic young adults with disabilities may face in transitioning from school to work; Pathways RTC publishes report, Wraparound for Older Youth and Young Adults: Providers' Views on Whether and How to Adapt Wraparound, a team-based strategy to deliver comprehensive services to young people experiencing serious mental health or behavioral challenges; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics have published the December National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, finding that experts remain optimistic for job growth in 2019 for Americans with disabilities, despite dip in job numbers; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Intersection of ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation: A Comprehensive Review with Best Practices for Human Resources Professionals; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living seeks adult participants with disabilities for interviews about their experiences addressing health insurance and healthcare services; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) publish proceedings from a workshop, Improving Care to Prevent Suicide Among People with Serious Mental Illness.

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2019-01-09
NARIC news: 

Happy New Year from all of us at NARIC! Many people make resolutions at the start of the year, including people with disabilities. Whether you've resolved to eat better and work out more, spend time with the family, or work on a career change, there are resources available to help you stick to it. Visit our Spotlight blog to find resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to keep you on track.

Research In Focus:
Hispanic Young Adults with Disabilities and Their Families May Face Challenges Transitioning from School to Work
The transition from school to work can be challenging for many young adults with disabilities and their families, but those from Hispanic communities may face additional difficulties. This week's Research In Focus spotlights the challenges and strategies these families use to overcome them.

Resource Highlight: 

Wraparound for Older Youth and Young Adults: Providers' Views on Whether and How to Adapt Wraparound
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 published a report, Wraparound for Older Youth and Young Adults: Providers' Views on Whether and How to Adapt Wraparound (PDF). Wraparound is a team-based strategy to deliver comprehensive, holistic, youth- and family-driven services to young people experiencing serious mental health or behavioral challenges. The report looks at the ways providers are adapting Wraparound when working with older youth and young adults. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Seeks Peer Reviewers for Upcoming Competitions
NIDILRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for several upcoming competitions, expected to begin Spring 2019. Expertise in all areas of disability and rehabilitation is welcome. NIDILRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to NIDILRR-grants@acl.hhs.gov.

News items: 

December nTIDE: Outlook Remains Optimistic Despite Dip in Job Numbers
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) (90RTGE0001) have published the December National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, examining employment statistics for Americans with disabilities from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report. The report finds that experts remain optimistic for growth in 2019 despite a dip in job numbers for Americans with disabilities. The nTIDE also highlights international fellowship programs offering professionals training and experiences that ensure their inclusion in all aspects of society, including the workplace. This report was discussed in the most recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn archived on the projects' websites.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The Intersection of ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, The Intersection of ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation: A Comprehensive Review with Best Practices for Human Resource Professionals, January 17th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will use real scenarios to explore areas of interaction between the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Workers' Compensation, and how these laws are applied when employers are drafting leave policies for their employees. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Webinar: Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs, January 15th, 2-3:30pm ET. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require colleges and universities to provide accommodations and academic adjustments for students with disabilities. This session will look at how students participating in medical and health science programs are provided with accommodations for classroom and clinical settings. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Participate: 

Interviews About Healthcare Experiences
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) (90DP0075) is conducting interviews with adults with disabilities about their experiences accessing health insurance and healthcare services. Interview opportunities are open to adults 18 to 63 years old anywhere in the US with any type of disability and/or chronic health condition. People of color and men are encouraged to participate. Interviews will last between 20 and 40 minutes and participants will be compensated for their time. Complete the screening form, email healthsurvey@ku.edu, or call 855/556-6328 for more information or to express interest.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NASEM Report Focuses on Serious Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) have published Improving Care to Prevent Suicide Among People with Serious Mental Illness, proceedings of a workshop held in September 2018 to discuss what is known, what is currently being done, and what needs to be done to identify and reduce suicide risk among people with serious mental illness in the US. The proceedings cover suicide prevention in healthcare systems, serious mental illness in special populations, and the future of prevention along the continuum of care.