News and Notes 370 July 10

In continued observance of the anniversary of the ADA, NARIC has research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on inclusive emergency management in its Spotlight blog; University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) publishes four-part InfoComic series on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic pain; video, Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), produced by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)  in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, receives 2019 Merit Certificate from the Digital Health Rewards; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publish the June 2019 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, noting substantially increased job numbers for Americans with disabilities based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: The Recommendations from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) After the Disasters of 2017; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inflexible Return-to-Work Policies - Bringing People Back to Work, discussing inflexible return-to-work rules that violate Title I of the ADA by default; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor announces "The Right Talent, Right Now" as the theme for the October 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

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2019-07-10
NARIC news: 

Inclusive preparedness is on our minds as we continue recognizing the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Two recent events brought home the fact that disasters can happen at any time, and they can impact just one home or business or an entire region. In Florida, an explosion in a strip mall injured dozens and caused damage to nearby businesses. Communities in California experienced two earthquakes followed by thousands of aftershocks, resulting in damaged homes, businesses, and infrastructure across the region. Individuals and communities can do a lot to prepare for these emergencies, and to ensure that people with disabilities are part of the planning process. Check out the webinar below on lessons learned from recent events and visit our Spotlight blog for research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on inclusive emergency management, from preparing and planning to recovery and rebuilding.

Resource Highlight: 

InfoComic Series on TBI and Chronic Pain
The NIDILRR-funded University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) (90DPTB0008) has published a four-part InfoComic series on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic pain. Each part of the series introduces a new character with a TBI who discusses how they manage their chronic pain. The series covers life with chronic pain, co-occurring conditions, managing spasticity, and pain and anxiety. Each issue includes an activity log readers can use to record their pain experience and the different methods they use to manage it. Text-based factsheets on the same topics are also available.

News items: 

Exercise and Fitness After SCI Video Receives Recognition
Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), a video produced by the NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) in collaboration with researchers and individuals with SCI from the NIDILRR-funded University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (90SI5014), was awarded a 2019 Merit Certificate from the Digital Health Awards. The video features individuals with SCI who share their fitness routines and explain how exercise has improved their quality of life. The Digital Health Awards recognize high-quality digital health resources for consumers and health professionals.

nTIDE June Jobs Report Shows Strong Gains for Americans with Disabilities
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 June 2019 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, noting that job numbers were up substantially for Americans with disabilities according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This extends the positive changes observed in previous months. This report and the latest research in employment were discussed in the nTIDE Lunch & Learn, archived on the project's website

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Recommendations from DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties After the Disasters of 2017 TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: The Recommendations from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) After the Disasters of 2017, July 11th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss a set of recommendations for emergency managers to improve delivery of disaster assistance to survivors with disabilities. These recommendations emerged through listening sessions conducted by CRCL to hear about concerns and experiences related to the impact of the major hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 on individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in communities hit by these disasters. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Inflexible Return-to-Work Policies - Bringing People Back to Work
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Inflexible Return-to-Work Policies - Bringing People Back to Work, July 17th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss issues relating to inflexible return-to-work rules that violate Title I of the ADA by default. Discussion topics will include possible reasons for the continuing violations and how significant court and EEOC responses tackle the problem. Presenters will also review recommended practices. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NDEAM 2019: The Right Talent, Right Now
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor has announced "The Right Talent, Right Now" as the theme for the 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is observed in October. This theme emphasizes the essential role that people with disabilities play in the economic success of the US, especially at a time when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent. Posters and other campaign materials will be available in August.