News and Notes 365 June 5

In observance of Global Running Day, NARIC features research on the connection between physical activity, health, and community participation in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) publishes research brief, Survey of User Needs, SUNSpot 2: Use of Wireless Technology Features and Wireless Device Activities by Individuals with Disabilities, 2017-2018, discussing technology including real-time-text, intelligent assistants, and visual and audio display options; navigation technology developed by the Cognitive Assistance Lab at Carnegie Mellon University and used in the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Robotics and Automation for Inclusive Transportation to improve navigation in indoor environments for people with visual impairment are featured in article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the LiveWell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Information and Communication Technology Access hosts its State of the Science Conference at RehabWeek 2019 in Toronto; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ensuring Access on Public Right of Way Projects, presenting activities and institutional operations that can keep pedestrian access flowing; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) hosts a Section 14(c) National Dialogue on the present and future of disability employment, including the roles of subminimum wages and competitive integrated employment in light of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which authorizes employers to pay less-than-minimum wages to workers with disabilities.

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2019-06-05
NARIC news: 

Today is Global Running Day, sponsored by the New York Road Runners! Global Running Day encourages everyone to get out and run, walk, stroll, or roll. Research has shown that physical activity can reduce fatigue, improve joint health, and reduce healthcare costs for people with disabilities. Our Research in Focus series has featured several NIDILRR-funded studies on the connection between physical activity, health, and community participation. Visit our blog for a quick reading list to get you up to speed before you hit the pavement.

Resource Highlight: 

SUNspot 2: Use of Wireless Technology Features and Wireless Device Activities by Individuals with Disabilities, 2017-2018
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) has published a research brief, Survey of User Needs, SUNspot 2: Use of Wireless Technology Features and Wireless Device Activities by Individuals with Disabilities, 2017-2018. The brief presents key findings regarding the use of wireless technology features by Survey of User Needs' respondents, including real-time-text, intelligent assistants, and visual and audio display options. The brief discusses the use of wireless devices by individuals with disabilities for a variety of activities and focuses on the capabilities built into those devices and their relationship to users' reported functional limitations and difficulties.

News items: 

Navigation Technology Featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BBeep and NavCog, technology developed by the Cognitive Assistance Lab at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and used in the NIDILRR-funded Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Robotics and Automation for Inclusive Transportation (90DPGE0003) to further improve indoor navigation for people with visual impairment in different environments, are featured in an article, CMU creations help the visually impaired navigate the airport, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. BBeep is a prototype suitcase that uses a camera and sound notification to alert the user and nearby pedestrians of potential collisions. NavCog is a smartphone-based navigation system that uses Bluetooth beacons to help people with visual impairments navigate indoor spaces. In the DRRP's research, it is paired with VizMap, a knowledge map engine providing meaningful information about landmarks in the environment. The technology is being piloted at Pittsburgh International Airport along with other prototype technologies to enhance traveler experiences and airport operations.

LiveWell RERC Hosts State of the Science Conference at RehabWeek 2019
The NIDILRR-funded LiveWell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Information and Communication Technology Access (90RE5023) will host its State of the Science Conference as part of RehabWeek 2019 in Toronto, June 25th and 26th. The State of the Science Conference will map the state of the art and critical features of a mobile health/mobile rehabilitation (mHealth/mRehab) ecosystem to serve all populations with disabilities and chronic conditions. The conference will review the current state of development of mHealth/mRehab solutions, and identify critical challenges and questions which must be addressed to move forward effectively. LiveWell researchers will also present posters on their research and development projects. Agenda and poster presentations are available from the conference website.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Ensuring Access on Public Right of Way Projects
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Ensuring Access on Public Right of Way Projects, June 11th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss activities and institutional operations that can keep pedestrian access flowing, including the benefits of policy review and intentional design and inspection documentation to reduce future risks. Presenters will also discuss how preconstruction meetings and understanding of construction tolerances can reduce frustrations for both agencies and contractors. This is the final webinar of a four-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.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ODEP Hosts National Dialogue on the Future of Employment
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) is hosting a Section 14(c) National Dialogue through June 14th to gather and consider stakeholder perspectives on the present and future of disability employment, including the roles of subminimum wages and competitive integrated employment. Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act authorizes employers to pay less-than-minimum wages to workers with disabilities. Comments gathered in this dialogue will provide DOL with on-the-ground information to understand the impact and future of this policy. Three main topics within the dialogue are use of Section 14(c) and observed trends, experiences transitioning from the use of Section 14(c) certificates, and vision for the future of work and workplaces. Registration is required to participate in the dialogue.