News and Notes 346 January 23

In observance of the birthday of Ed Roberts, a leading figure in the independent living movement, NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog to help readers recognize the man and his legacy; Research in Focus looks at a program designed to help people with psychiatric disabilities build motivation to work; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes factsheet, Employment Disparity Grows for Rural Americans with Disability; study from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery is featured in episode of the Psychiatric Services From Pages to Practice podcast; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) will combine its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities hosts webinar, Peers Support Parenting Well; the ADA National Network (ADANN) seeks participants for its online surveys to understand the information needs of older people and Latinx/Hispanics with disabilities as well as the people who support them; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to observe Brain Injury Awareness Month by holding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Stakeholder Day on March 12th.

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Today is Ed Roberts' birthday and many organizations are celebrating the life and legacy of the civil rights activist and leading figure in the independent living movement. Mr. Roberts, who passed away in 1995, would have turned 80 today. He fought for and saw the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities, and served as a mentor for young activists making their way in the world. We can remember and celebrate his life and legacy by learning about advocacy and self-advocacy, exploring and understanding our rights under the ADA and other civil rights legislation, and supporting young people on their path to full participation. We collected resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on these topics in our Spotlight blog to help you and your organization recognize Mr. Roberts and his legacy.

Research In Focus:
Picturing Work: A New Program for Vocational Empowerment May Help People with Psychiatric Disabilities Pursue Work
This week's Research In Focus looks at a creative program which may help people with psychiatric disabilities build hope and motivation to work.

Resource Highlight: 

Factsheet: Employment Disparity Grows for Rural Americans with Disability
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) (90RTCP0002) has published a factsheet, Employment Disparity Grows for Rural Americans with Disability. RTC: Rural researchers used data from the American Community Survey to explore how employment rates have changed for people with disabilities in the context of changing economic conditions. The authors found increasing disparities between people with and without disabilities across the country as well as across the rural-urban continuum.

News items: 

RRTC Research Featured in Psychiatric Services From Pages to Practice
A study from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery (90RT5038) is featured in the latest episode of the Psychiatric Services From Pages to Practice podcast. The article, Mental health self-directed care financing: Efficacy in improving outcomes and controlling costs for adults with serious mental illness, published recently in Psychiatric Services in Advance, examined the effects of self-directed care on outcomes, service costs, and user satisfaction among adults with serious mental illness. The article was highlighted as an exciting and rigorous study which could have an impact on the lives of people with serious mental illness.

Grantee event: 

EPM-RRTC State of the Science Conference and Disability Statistics Compendium Release
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) will combine its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, February 12th and 13th, 2019. The two-day event will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC, and via webcast. On the first day, the conference will bring together scientists, administrators, and staff from disability programs, and leaders from disability policy and advocacy communities to discuss the state of the science in disability statistics and employment policy and measurement. The second day will feature the release of the Disability Statistics Compendium, a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies, with related panel discussions. Registration is free and required for both days.

Webinar: Peers Support Parenting Well
The NIDILRR-funded National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities (90DPGE0001) will host a webinar, Peers Support Parenting Well, January 29th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will discuss the peer support model and its relevance for parents with psychiatric disabilities. Presenters will discuss the four core elements of a model of parent peer supports, creating organizational capacity for these programs, and coping with challenges in providing peer supports. Presenters will also introduce the ParentingWell practice approach, a model for a family focus in adult mental health services. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

ADANN Seeks Input on Serving Older People and Latinx/Hispanics with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network (ADANN) (90DP0086) is conducting online surveys to understand the information needs of older people and Latinx/Hispanics with disabilities, as well as people who support community participation for older people who have disabilities or ongoing health or medical challenges. Specifically, the surveys focus on how these groups seek and use information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The surveys are voluntary, brief, and open to both individuals in these categories and those who support them. The results of these surveys will help inform outreach to support people with disabilities in understanding their rights and awareness of services.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

TBI Stakeholder Day with ACL
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will observe Brain Injury Awareness Month in March by holding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Stakeholder Day on March 12th. TBI Stakeholder Day is an opportunity for members of the TBI community to come to Washington, DC, to learn about and discuss important issues related to TBI with other stakeholders, including TBI survivors, families, support networks, and state and federal representatives. Location and other meeting details will be available as the date approaches. RSVP for TBI Stakeholder Day by March 8th by emailing TBI@acl.gov or calling 202/795-7604.