News and Notes 366 June 12

In observance of Father's Day, NARIC offers research and resources on parenting from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support fathers with disabilities and those who have children with disabilities; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families offers interactive map of current state legislation supporting parents with disabilities; the Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) have published the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, noting a slight improvement in employment statistics; researcher from the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury receives honor for life-changing innovations from the US Patent and Trade Office; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Effective Communication: What Does It Mean? offering insider's view on best practices for effective communication with someone who is deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Research Evidence Training: An Overview of Meta-Analysis and Effect Size; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Emergency Stair Travel Devices; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks volunteers for advisory group to evaluate community participation efforts in coordinated specialty care (CSC) programs for transition-aged youths with early psychosis; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor issues updated version of its guide, Building an Inclusive Workforce, featuring four steps to recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities.

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2019-06-12
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This Sunday is Father's Day in the US and we'd like to thank the Fathers: fathers with disabilities, fathers of children with disabilities, expecting fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and so on. Fatherhood can be a joy and a challenge for anyone, but fathers with disabilities can experience additional attitudinal and physical barriers to successful parenting. Fathers of children with disabilities can also experience challenges in supporting their child's success at home, at school, and in the community. We gathered research and resources on parenting from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support all the fathers out there. We wish you all a Happy Father's Day!

Resource Highlight: 

Map of Current State Legislation Supporting Parents with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families (90DPGE0001) offers an interactive map of current state legislation that supports parents with disabilities in English and Spanish. The map offers summaries of current legislation, status of the legislation, disability types covered, and links to the full text of bills. The Center also provides an overview summary in English and Spanish that discusses trends in state-level legislation across the US, including disability types covered, incorporation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), adaptive equipment and supportive services, and other related topics.

News items: 

nTIDE May Report Notes Slight Rise in Job Numbers
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) (90RTGE0001) have published the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report, noting a slight improvement in employment statistics for Americans with disabilities as reported in the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report. The authors note the positive change is encouraging, but caution it is too early to say whether the trend will continue. The report was discussed in the recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn, archived on the nTIDE website.

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Honor for Life-Changing Inventions
Rory Cooper, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (90SI5014) was recognized by the US Patent and Trade Office with an official portrait and Inventor Collectible Card in honor of a 40-year career of innovation. The card features Dr. Cooper's likeness using one of his own inventions: a wheelchair push-rim that reduces muscle strain for wheelchair users. Dr. Cooper's achievements and ongoing research and development were covered in Bioengineer receives special honor for life-changing inventions in a recent issue of Pittwire from the University of Pittsburgh.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Effective Communication: What Does It Mean?
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Effective Communication: What Does It Mean?, June 25th, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters will briefly review the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and will offer an insider's view on best practices and teamwork strategies to engage when striving for effective communication with someone who is deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. The presenters will utilize case studies to illustrate various approaches in achieving effective communication. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Webcast: Research Evidence Training - Overview of Meta-Analysis and Effect Size
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DPKT0001) will host a webcast, Research Evidence Training: An Overview of Meta-Analysis and Effect Size, June 19th, 3-4 pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of the relationship between meta-analysis and effect size, and will discuss the basic processes of a meta-analysis and how the technique can be used to answer complex questions asked by policymakers and practitioners. Registration is free and required. The webcast is the final part in a five-part series offered in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration. Previous webcasts are archived on the project's website.

Webinar: Emergency Stair Travel Devices TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Emergency Stair Travel Devices, TOMORROW, 2:30-4 pm ET. Presenters will discuss emergency evacuation and stairways, and the emergency stair travel devices currently available to assist with evacuation such as carry-type, track-type, and sled-type designs. Presenters will also cover design safety features. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Volunteers Needed for Study Evaluating Community Participation Efforts in CSC Programs
The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) (90RTCP0001) seeks 20 volunteers for an advisory group to evaluate community participation efforts in coordinated specialty care (CSC) programs for transition-aged youths with early psychosis. Qualified participants must be transition-aged youths with early psychosis between the ages of 18 and 35 who have been or are involved with a CSC program, a family member of a transition-aged youth who has been/is involved with a CSC program, or a CSC thought leader. The volunteers will form a national advisory group to aid researchers in using a stakeholder-driven approach to identify and validate criteria that can be used to evaluate CSC programs. Volunteers will be involved in the study for 9 months over the course of a 20-month period and can earn up to $600 for full participation in advisory group activities, which are conducted via web conference. To learn more, contact research staff at 215/204-4062 or tucollab@temple.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Workforce Disability Inclusion Guide
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor has issued an updated version of its guide, Building an Inclusive Workforce (PDF). This reference guide features four steps to recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities, including embracing inclusive strategies and creating an inclusive workplace culture. The guide also provides resources and links to Federal agencies. The guide is available to download free of charge. Printed copies may be ordered from ODEP's publications clearinghouse.