News and Notes 356 April 3

NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Public Health Week; James R. Whitehead, EdD, joins the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as the Director of NIDILRR; Research in Focus finds strong relationships may help adolescents adjusting to a traumatic brain injury (TBI); the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center adds three new training courses to its online course catalog: 2010 ADA Standards, Disability Awareness and Etiquette, and Service Animals and the ADA; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) publishes five articles as special issue of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), featuring research presented at the RERC's 2018 State of the Science Conference; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: We All Want Disability Inclusion in Emergency Management - New Research on What Is Actually Happening; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts April session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, featuring details of the latest Jobs Report release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and announcements from the disability employment field; the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) National Science and Technology Council releases report, Emergency Technologies to Support an Aging Population.

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2019-04-03
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This week is National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA) to encourage organizations, agencies, and individuals to work together to build healthier communities. The theme for Wednesday is Rural Health. According to APHA, Americans who live in rural areas face a range of health disparities including higher burdens of chronic conditions, higher suicide and opioid addiction rates, and less access to primary care and prevention services. Data from the Current Population Survey shows that people in rural areas report higher rates of disability than their peers in urban areas, and they too have less access to primary care and prevention services, as well as encounter challenges in accessing disability-related services. Explore research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that address the health and participation of people with disabilities in rural communities.

Resource Highlight: 

Three New Online ADA Courses
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0094) has added three new training courses to its online course catalog. 2010 ADA Standards provides an overview of changes in the Department of Justice regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as updated in 2010, effective dates for new construction and alteration, provisions for new construction, provisions for existing facilities, and scoping of technical provisions. Disability Awareness and Etiquette describes the size and scope of the disability community, provides an understanding of proper language to use when addressing people with disabilities, and addresses etiquette considerations. Service Animals and the ADA defines service animals and the rights and responsibilities of service animal handlers, as well as the difference between service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals. Registration is free and required and some courses may include certification.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

New NIDILRR Director Appointed
James R. Whitehead, EdD, has joined the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as the Director of NIDILRR as of April 1st. Dr. Whitehead previously served as the Executive Vice President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is the co-founder of the Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC), which promotes equitable access to, and safe use of, fitness and recreational equipment, facilities, and programs to help reduce debilitating secondary conditions associated with disability and a sedentary lifestyle. Learn more about Dr. Whitehead's work and accomplishments.

Research In Focus:
Strong Relationships May Help Adolescents Adjusting to a Traumatic Brain Injury
For adolescents who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI), strong, supportive relationships with friends, family, and teachers may have a meaningful impact on recovery and adjustment, this week's Research In Focus finds.

News items: 

NIDILRR-Funded Research Featured in Special Issue of AAC
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) (990RE5017) has published five articles as a special issue of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), featuring research presented at the RERC's 2018 State of the Science Conference. The articles discuss challenges and opportunities in AAC, technologies to support the communication needs of adults and children, designing effective displays, and building capacity in AAC by supporting participation of people with complex communication needs in research. The entire special issue is available online and articles can be downloaded free of charge through April.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: We All Want Disability Inclusion in Emergency Management
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: We All Want Disability Inclusion in Emergency Management - New Research on What Is Actually Happening, April 11th, 2:30-4 pm ET. Presenters will review findings from new research on local emergency managers in Federal Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Basin) and their role in supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency planning, response, recovery, and mitigation. Presenters will discuss the responsibilities of Offices of Emergency Management and the role that Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinators can play in ensuring ADA requirements are met with respect to disaster preparedness and response. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: April nTIDE Lunch and Learn
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) will host the April session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, April 5th, 12-1 pm 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 second of a three-part series on Disability in Media and the Arts, this session will include a guest presentation by Anna Letitia Zivarts from Rooted in Rights. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

OSTP Report Identifies Emerging Technologies to Support Independence
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) National Science and Technology Council has released a report, Emerging Technologies to Support an Aging Population. The report identifies opportunities for emerging technologies to help individuals living with or aging into disability to live longer, healthier, and more independent lives. These opportunities include key activities of daily living, cognition, communication and social connectivity, transportation, personal mobility, and access to healthcare. The report also identifies the needs and challenges found throughout these opportunities and the research and development needed to bring these innovations to fruition.