News and Notes 361 May 8

In observance of National Nurses Week, NARIC highlights the work of rehab nurses, including research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on the topic, in its What is...? series; Research in Focus looks at a new program to empower Latinx parents of children with autism spectrum disorders; the project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial publishes new factsheet, Customized Employment Topics: Social Capital, discussing relationships that form as people interact with each other at home, work, and in the community; principal investigator for the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC) receives the Sylvia Walker National Multicultural Award, named for an African-American pioneer in the field of rehabilitation, from the National Rehabilitation Association; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Safe and Accessible Intersections, discussing basic design requirements for curb ramps, street crossings, and pedestrian signals; the Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community hosts webinar, What Do We Know? Employer Engagement Lessons from the Diversity Partners Project; the White House declares May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, highlighting two programs to support inclusive fitness: the Presidental Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) and I Can Do It! (ICDI).

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2019-05-08
NARIC news: 

This week is National Nurses Week, organized by the American Nurses Association to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of the 4 million registered nurses in the US. Nurses can specialize in rehabilitation and they can work with specific types of disabilities such as spinal cord injury or burn injury. Rehab nurses are integral parts of care teams that include physicians, therapists, social workers, and technologists working together to help their patients recover and return to their best level of activity. Nurses also support continued health and wellness of their patients with disabilities when they return to the community. We highlighted the work of rehab nurses in our occasional What is…? series, including research from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere on the many ways nurses support the full participation of people with disabilities in the community. Take a minute to #ThankANurse this week!

Research In Focus:
Parents Taking Action: A New Program to Empower Latinx Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This week's Research In Focus looks at a new program which may help Latinx families who have difficulty finding and understanding information about autism or accessing services due to language or cultural challenges.

Resource Highlight: 

Customized Employment Topics: Social Capital
The NIDILRR-funded project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial (90DP0085) has published a new factsheet, Customized Employment Topics: Social Capital. The factsheet discusses the relationships that form as people interact with each other at home, work, and in the community, and how these relationships are critical to a person's well-being and creating a quality life. The factsheet provides examples of social capital, discusses social capital for employment, discusses how to develop and enhance social capital and person-centered, interest-based volunteering, and more.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Walker Award
Corey L. Moore, RhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC) (990RTST0001), received the Sylvia Walker National Multicultural Award from the National Rehabilitation Association. The award is named for Sylvia Walker, EdD, an African American pioneer in the field of rehabilitation and the first director of a NIDILRR-funded RRTC focused on minority issues and disability. Dr. Moore received the award in recognition of his leadership in energizing a contemporary national research agenda to address the multicultural disability and rehabilitation needs of minorities with disabilities through his and the LU-RRTC teams' research and capacity building efforts.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Safe and Accessible Intersections
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0098) will host a webinar, Safe and Accessible Intersections, May 14th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will discuss the basic design requirements for curb ramps, street crossings, and pedestrian signals. This webinar will help participants better understand the impacts of how intersection designs affect a person's independence. This webinar is Part 2 of the 4-part series Promoting Independence and Access Through Responsible Design, which is designed to improve understanding of why and how to provide accessible pedestrian facilities in the public right of way. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available for a fee.

Webinar: What Do We Know? Employer Engagement Lessons from the Diversity Partners Project
The NIDILRR-funded Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community (90DP0065) will host a webinar, What Do We Know? Employer Engagement Lessons from the Diversity Partners Project, May 21st, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will discuss the project's two-year effort to uncover effective employer engagement practices for employment service professionals and organizations. Presenters will share employer perspectives on effective employer engagement, gleaned from meetings and surveys of employers, and from discussions with employers who served in an ongoing advisory capacity to the project. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Highlights Inclusive Fitness
The White House issued a proclamation declaring May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, with a focus on accessible, inclusive physical activity for people of all abilities. The proclamation highlights two programs to support inclusive fitness: The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) program from the President's Council on Sport, Fitness, and Nutrition; and I Can Do It! (ICDI) from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). PALA+ offers an eight-week program to help individuals set and meet physical activity goals. ICDI is a customizable and inclusive health promotion model aimed at transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities through mentoring and weekly health-related goals.