News and Notes 362 May 15

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on the topic of digital access and inclusion in observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD); the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) posts video, Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community, featuring principal investigator of the project A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living Policy publishes new report, Driverless Cars and Accessibility: Designing the Future of Transportation for People with Disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts monthly webinar series, Health Care and the ADA - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health host essay challenge, Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story, seeking essays from US high school students, aged 16 to 18, that describe a teen's understanding of a mental health issue that can promote better health and well-being in their communities.

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2019-05-15
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is May 16th, and brings attention to digital access and inclusion. As GAAD organizers point out, people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by people with disabilities, but they may not know where to start. We've gathered some resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to introduce you to the topic, whether you’re a business owner working on your company's first website or a video game developer tapping into the able-gaming market.

Resource Highlight: 

Webcast: 2019 Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0077) has posted a video, Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community, featuring James S. Krause, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded project A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (90DP0098). Dr. Krause gave an overview of his project and its efforts to translate new scientific knowledge relating to health and function after SCI through the use of automated individualized risk profiles, research alerts, fact sheets, and research briefs.

News items: 

New Report Highlights the Promise and Challenges of Driverless Cars
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living Policy (90RT5026) has published a new report, Driverless Cars and Accessibility: Designing the Future of Transportation for People with Disabilities (PDF), which highlights the potentially transformational power of autonomous vehicles (AV). The report discusses how key partners must work together to integrate universal design into AV, so that these vehicles meet the needs of every potential operator and passenger. It also discusses the importance of AV design to be fully accessible not just during a trip, but in how a vehicle is dispatched, how it parks or docks, and how it secures passengers and manages their entry and exit. This report stems from a July 2016 meeting of the White House National Council on Disability. The report was produced with the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Question and Answer Session on Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs, May 21st, 2-3:30 pm ET. The presenter will address questions raised during the January Audio Conference on the same topic and will respond to any additional questions submitted in advance of this session. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Webinar Series: Health Care and the ADA - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar series, Health Care and the ADA - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, beginning May 23rd and continuing on the fourth Thursday of each month. The series provides information and examples of health care provision which include people with disabilities by following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The first webinar, The Basics of Health Care and the ADA, airs May 23rd, 2:30-4pm ET. This first session will lay the groundwork for understanding the responsibilities for health care providers under the ADA including facility access; effective communication with patients with disabilities; and modification of programs, policies, and procedures. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Speaking Up About Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health are hosting an essay challenge, Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story. The challenge seeks insightful essays from US high school students, aged 16 to 18, that describe a teen's understanding of a specific mental health issue and ideas that can promote better health and well-being in their communities, with a particular emphasis on communicating with parents, peers, school leaders, policy makers, and health professionals. This challenge addresses negative perceptions of mental health conditions and treatment, lack of education and awareness, and differences in cultural conceptualization of mental health. Entries are due by May 31st. Overview, rules, judging criteria, and entry instructions are available from the website.