News and Notes 37 October 10

This issue includes ADA Online Learning web conferences on ADA basics, ADA legal issues, and accessible technology, SCI Awareness Survey, JAN releases Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact, Need to Knowledge Model published in Technology and Disability, book released by IPS on supported employment, conference and webcast on Building Rehabilitation Research Capacity at the Nexus of New Technologies, Age, and Disability

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NARIC news: 

Continuing our support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we're looking at workplace accommodations. Did you know that most accommodations are low or no cost to employers and result in direct and indirect benefits to the company (see today's Elsewhere section for more)? Our REHABDATA database includes more than 350 abstracts on workplace accommodation, including accommodations for veterans, older workers, and personal assistance services

Resource Highlight: 

ADA Online Learning Collection
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center (H133A110029) coordinates ADA Online Learning, a collection of audio and web conferences on ADA basics, ADA legal issues, and accessible technology. The collection includes the AccessibilityOnline Webinar series, a collaboration with the US Access Board, that covers accessibility in the built environment, transportation, and communication. Sessions are streamed live and archived for any-time access. Continuing education credits are available for select courses. Fees may be charged for some courses.

News items: 

Need to Knowledge Model Published in Technology and Disability
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (H133A080050) announced the publication of The Need to Knowledge Model: An operational framework for knowledge translation and technology transfer by Joseph P. Lane in the current issue of Technology and Disability. The Need to Knowledge model offers a framework for achieving parity between methods and sectors to transform ideas into inventions and on to innovations. The full-text article is available free of charge in both PDF and HTML formats through open access from IOS Press.

New Book on Supported Employment
Researchers from the NIDRR-funded field-initiated project Prospective National Study of Sustaining Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Through Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Health Collaboration (H133G110161) announced the release of Individual Placement and Support: An Evidence-Based Approach to Supported Employment (PDF), a synthesis of research and experience in IPS supported employment in mental health rehabilitation. Authored by Robert E. Drake, MD, PhD, Gary R. Bond, PhD, and Deborah R. Becker, MEd, CRC; the book discusses the development, research, and implementation of IPS, and places it in historical context. The book is available for purchase through Oxford University Press.

Grantee event: 

Conference & Webcast: Building Rehabilitation Research Capacity at the Nexus of New Technologies, Aging, and Disability
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Successful Aging with Disability: Optimizing Participation Through Technology (OPTT-RERC) (H133E080024) will hold its two-day State of the Science Conference: Building Rehabilitation Research Capacity at the Nexus of New Technologies, Aging, and Disability, October 25th and 26th at USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI). This conference will bring together experts in the fields of aging and disability research, rehabilitation engineering, and gerontology. The complete plenary session on October 25th will be available via live webcast. The full conference agenda (PDF) and registration for the webcast are available online. 


SCI Awareness Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090002) continues their monthly “Quick Poll” series with an SCI awareness survey in recognition of SCI Awareness Month. The survey, a collaboration with the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), examines the level of public knowledge about SCI and ways to increase awareness.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact 
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) released Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact, its annual update of research findings based on JAN's work with employers across the US. JAN has updated this report every year since 2005 and, while the cost of doing business may have risen in the last year, the average cost of accommodation has not: The report finds that the majority of job accommodations (57%) cost nothing, while those that do incur cost typically cost less than $500. This report is available free of charge in PDF or Word from JAN's website.