News and Notes 350 February 20

NARIC celebrates the publication of the 350th issue its News and Notes newsletter, launched seven years ago and highlighting resources, events, and achievements of the NIDILRR grantee community; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes Pathways Comics, created by and for young adults with serious mental health conditions and people who care about them; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) co-host two-day event, featuring State of the Science presentations on health insurance and employment among people with disabilities as well as the StatsRRTC's web-based tool, 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; the Great Plains ADA Regional Center to host the National ADA Symposium, June 16th-19th in Grapevine, TX; the Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) to host lecture and webcast, Understanding the Spectrum of Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD); the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center, an online database and resource collection of information on mental health and substance use disorders.

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2019-02-20
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This is our 350th issue of News and Notes! We launched this newsletter seven years ago with the goal of highlighting the resources, events, and achievements of the NIDILRR grantee community. We wanted to connect people with disabilities, advocates, professionals, and policy makers to the research- and evidence-based tools that support full participation in the community. We've featured hundreds of ready-to-use products and publications, events covering diverse topics, and opportunities for individuals to be a part of the research which could have an impact on their daily lives. Share your feedback as well as suggestions on how we can make it better!

Resource Highlight: 

Pathways Comics
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) is publishing Pathways Comics, a series of comics created by and for young adults with serious mental health conditions and the people who care about them. The comic follows the story of James and his dog, Jarvis, as they explore different topics. The first three issues focus on tapping into natural supports, like friends or neighbors, for help with challenging activities such as applying for a job. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

State of the Science and Compendium Release Spotlight Wealth of Disability Data
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) recently co-hosted a two-day event. The first day featured the EPM-RRTC State of the Science with panel presentations on health insurance and employment among people with disabilities, employment trends, opportunities to increase employment, and lessons from the private sector and Veterans Administration on increasing employment. The second day focused on the release of the StatsRRTC's 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, a web-based tool that pools data from multiple federal sources. Panel presentations highlighted the many parts of the Compendium, the latest on federal data collection, indicators of community inclusion, and ways to improve data collection regarding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Videos for both days are available from the event website. Search #EPMSOS and #Compendium18 on Facebook or Twitter for social media discussions.

Grantee event: 

National ADA Symposium
The NIDILRR-funded Great Plains ADA Regional Center (90DP0093) will host the National ADA Symposium, June 16th-19th, at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX. The four-day conference provides the latest information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and guidelines, implementation strategies, and best practices. Sessions will cover all areas of the ADA including employment, state and local government, business, health care, higher education, and facility access. Registration is required and there are related fees.

Webcast: Understanding the Spectrum of Autonomic Dysreflexia
The NIDILRR-funded Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) (90SI5021) will host a lecture and webcast, Understanding the Spectrum of Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), February 28th, 6:30-8pm ET, part of the Knowledge in Motion series. Co-investigator Ryan Solinsky, MD, will discuss the presenting signs of AD in individuals with SCI, potential consequences of AD, and practical tips to decrease the incidence of AD. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

SAMHSA Resource Center Spotlights Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health Treatment
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center, an online database and resource collection which aims to provide advocates, clinicians, policy-makers, and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices in mental health and substance use disorders into their communities or clinical settings. Users can quickly access the most relevant resources for their needs, searching by resource type, target populations, and target audiences. The collection includes publications and materials that incorporate the latest scientific evidence on mental health and substance use and address priority areas where more information or guidance are needed to move the field forward.