News and Notes 367 June 19

NARIC's Spotlight blog monthly highlights Spanish-speaking organizations from around the world that provide support to people with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments releases free new special courses for professionals working with people who are blind or visually impaired; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Senator Tom Harkin for the ADA Live! Celebration of the ADA Anniversary - A Conversation with Senator Harkin; researcher from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) co-authored book chapter in Marginalization and Events, published in January 2019; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Department of Justice's Barrier Free Health Care Initiative; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Approaches to Evaluating Services for Youth and Young Adults of Transition Age; the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) seeks adult burn survivors for a study on social recovery; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) at the Department of Health and Human Services has launched elderjustice.acl.gov, an online gateway to seven ACL resource centers supporting the independence and community inclusion of older adults and adults with disabilities.

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Every month, our Spotlight blog highlights Spanish-speaking organizations from around the world that provide support to people with disabilities, their families, and service providers in their communities and beyond. We're not the only ones who provide services in Spanish: Meet our colleagues in the NIDILRR community who also provide information and resources to the Spanish-speaking disability community. We have also curated a collection of products and publications from our colleagues which you can explore. If you are a NIDILRR grantee who publishes in Spanish, please alert our bilingual information specialist so we may add your material to the collection! If you are not a NIDILRR grantee, but would like to nominate an organization or resource in Spanish for us to highlight in future blogs, please also contact our bilingual information specialist!

Resource Highlight: 

Special Courses on Social Security and Ethics for Professionals
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5030) has released several new special courses for professionals working with people who are blind or visually impaired. Understanding Social Security Work Incentives provides an overview of Social Security benefits, the impact of work on these benefits, and the differences between Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Ethics for Professionals Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired is a two-part course designed to assist professionals in becoming familiar with the concepts of ethical and cultural competence needed to work with people who are blind or visually impaired. Continuing education credits are available for these courses, and the courses can be accessed free of charge.

News items: 

ADA Live! Celebrates the ADA Anniversary with Sen. Tom Harkin
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host the Honorable Senator Tom Harkin for the next ADA Live!, Celebration of the ADA Anniversary - A Conversation with Senator Harkin, July 3rd, 1-1:30 pm ET, in recognition of the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The 70th episode of ADA Live! will feature an interview with the former Senator and Congressman, who was the chief sponsor of the ADA. During the interview, Sen. Harkin will discuss how the ADA legislation came about, its impact over the last 29 years, and the future of civil rights protections for all Americans with disabilities. Questions may be submitted before the podcast.

NIDILRR Research on Rural Issues Featured in New Book
Rayna Sage, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025), recently co-authored a book chapter, Disability and rural events: The cultural reproduction of inclusion and exclusion, in Marginalization and Events, which was published in January 2019. The chapter focuses on the accessibility of rural community events. The data presented in this book chapter were generated as part of the 2013-2018 RTC: Rural's Inclusion in Rural Community Events project.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Department of Justice's Barrier Free Health Care Initiative
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Department of Justice's Barrier Free Health Care Initiative, June 27th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will address the obligations of health care organizations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Discussion will include the recent work of the Disability Rights Section on health care access, including agreements related to interpreters, service animals, equipment, HIV, opioid use disorder, and physical accessibility. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Approaches to Evaluating Services for Youth and Young Adults of Transition Age
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Approaches to Evaluating Services for Youth and Young Adults of Transition Age, June 27th, 1:30-3pm ET. Presenters will discuss strategies for assessing services, supports, and systems that serve older youth and young adults with significant mental health needs. The focus will be on assessment tools and strategies that are sustainable and efficient, and that produce data that are useful to stakeholders. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Participate: 

Burn Survivors Needed for a Study on Social Recovery
The NIDILRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) (90DPBU0001) is seeking burn survivors for a study on social recovery. Participants must be over the age of 18 and have burns to 5% or more of their body. Participants will be asked to take the LIBRE Profile Survey at five different points and will answer questions related to social recovery following a burn injury. Participants will be compensated with an Amazon gift card up to $100 in value. For more information, please call 617/952-6302 or email BostonHarvardBIMS@partners.org.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ACL Launches Online Hub of Elder Justice Resources
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) at the Department of Health and Human Services launched elderjustice.acl.gov, an online gateway to seven ACL resource centers which support the independence and community inclusion of older adults and adults with disabilities. The seven centers focus on abuse prevention, adult protective services, elder and disability rights, long-term care and long-term services and supports, pensions and benefits, and caregiver supports. These centers disseminate information to professionals and the public, collaborate on research, and provide technical assistance and training to professionals, government agencies, and community-based organizations.