News and Notes 352 March 6

In observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (#DDAwareness19), NARIC highlights research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; mothers with physical disabilities share strategies to care for their young children in this week's Research in Focus; the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Center on Customized Employment publishes Customized Employment Case Study #3: Betsy's Case Study, highlighting the discovery phase of customized employment, focusing on the job seeker's strengths; researchers from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) receive the 2019 Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research from the CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Recovery After Disasters and Individuals with Disabilities - What We Know and What We Do Not; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts the March session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, including the first of a three-part series on Disability in Media and the Arts; the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the Department of Labor (DOL) releases report, Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics - 2018, showing positive increases in employment numbers for U.S. workers with disabilities.

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (#DDAwareness19), organized by a partnership of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the National Disability Rights Network, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as the barriers they sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. These first two weeks of DDAwareness19 focus on education and employment, and we've highlighted research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog for the occasion.

Research In Focus:
Mothers with Physical Disabilities Share Strategies to Care for their Young Children
In this week's Research In Focus, mothers with physical disabilities share some of the techniques, technologies, and adaptations they use to care for their infants and toddlers.

Resource Highlight: 

Customized Employment Case Study #3: Betsy's Case Study
The NIDILRR-funded Disability and Rehabilitation Research Center on Customized Employment (90DP0085) has published Betsy's Case Study, the latest in the Customized Employment Case Study series. The case study follows Betsy, a young woman with a disability who worked with employment counselors to find a job in the community that matched with her work preferences and interests. The case study highlights the discovery phase of customized employment, where activities focus on learning about a job seeker's strengths, rather than what they cannot do. Betsy's job search included informational interviews and job shadowing to ensure a job in a bakery was the right fit.

News items: 

LiveWell RERC Researchers Receive Karshmer Award
Researchers from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) (90RE5028) have been awarded the 2019 Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference for their presentation Use of mHealth Technologies by People with Vision Impairment. The award recognizes an exemplary submission to the conference and general excellence in research and the advancement of assistive technology. Researchers from LiveWell RERC will present their award-winning session based on the work of the RERC at next week's conference in Anaheim, CA.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Recovery After Disasters and Individuals with Disabilities - What We Know and What We Do Not
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Recovery After Disasters and Individuals with Disabilities - What We Know and What We Do Not, March 14th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of what research reveals about the needs of people with disabilities and their families post-disaster. Barriers to the recovery process as well as the resource and service roles of federal, state, and local agencies and voluntary organizations post-disaster will be discussed. Registration is free and required. Certificates of attendance are available.

Webinar: March nTIDE Lunch and Learn
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) will host the March session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, March 8th, 12-1pm ET. The webinar will feature details of the latest Jobs Report release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and announcements from the disability employment field. Plus, in the first of a three-part series on Disability in Media and the Arts, this session will include a guest presentation by Joey Travolta, founder of Inclusion Films. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

BLS Reports on Labor Force Characteristics of People with Disabilities
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the Department of Labor (DOL) has released a report, Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics - 2018 (PDF), showing positive increases in employment numbers for people with disabilities in the US. The report shows that the annual unemployment rate for persons with a disability dropped to a record low of 8.0% in 2018, down from 9.2% the previous year. The report covers data collected as part of the Current Population Survey, a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households that provides statistics on employment and unemployment in the US. Data collection on people with disabilities in the Current Population Survey is sponsored by DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy.