News and Notes 355 March 27

In observance of March as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, NARIC offers information on research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that supports the independence and inclusion of people with CP; Research in Focus examines the role of education in the employment of youths with mental health disorders and involvement with the criminal justice system; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork RRTC) publishes report, A Roadmap to Competitive Integrated Employment Strategies for Provider Transformation, the latest in the Bringing Employment First to Scale series; research article from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge), In-home and remote use of robotic body surrogates by people with profound motor deficits, was published in the open-access journal PLoS One; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host Episode 67 of the ADA Live! webcast, Opioid Addiction and the ADA; the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress is recruiting individuals who are blind, have visual or print disabilities, or have physical disabilities for a survey on their experiences accessing and using technology.

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2019-03-27
NARIC news: 

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, with March 25th designated by Congress as National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, CP refers to a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. CP is the most common motor disability among children. More than 750,000 people live, learn, and work with cerebral palsy in the US. Learn more about research and development from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that support the independence and inclusion of people with CP in school, on the job, and in the community.

Research In Focus:
For Youths with Mental Health Disorders Who Were Involved with the Criminal Justice System, Education is Critical for Job Success
This week's Research In Focus examines the important role that secondary and postsecondary education might play in the employment of youths with mental health disorders who become involved with the justice system.

Resource Highlight: 

Roadmap to Competitive Integrated Employment: Strategies for Provider Transformation
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork RRTC) (90RT5028) has published a report, A Roadmap to Competitive Integrated Employment: Strategies for Provider Transformation, the latest in the Bringing Employment First to Scale series. In this issue, four employment service providers shared their implementation strategies for successful organizational transformation from sheltered workshops to competitive integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

News items: 

Robotics Research Published in PLoS One
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge) (90RE5016) was recently published in the open access journal PLoS One. The article, In-home and remote use of robotic body surrogates by people with profound motor deficits, reports on two studies showing how people with profound motor impairments interacted with humanoid robots to perform personal care tasks. The research article is summarized in Seeing through a robot's eyes helps those with profound motor impairments, an article in the online magazine Georgia Tech Research Horizon, which includes a video of the robots in use.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live! Opioid Addiction and the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host Episode 67 of the ADA Live! webcast, Opioid Addiction and the ADA, April 3rd, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss treatment for opioid addiction and protections for individuals with opioid use disorders under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This will be the first in a two-part series that will explore the opioid crisis from a number of different angles that include treatment, protections offered by the ADA, and the responsible use of opioids to treat chronic pain. No registration is required. Questions may be submitted in advance.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NLS Survey on Technology Use
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress is recruiting individuals who are blind, have visual or print disabilities, or have physical disabilities for a survey to gather information about their experiences accessing and using technology. The results of this survey will be used to guide the NLS as they make important decisions about how to best use technology to improve access for their users and potential users. Interested individuals may complete the brief recruitment questionnaire online or by phone at 888/305-6873.