News and Notes 371 July 17

In observance of National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW), NARIC has research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on enfranchisement; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support published three infographics that highlight the results of new research on family support; Kendra Farrow from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments was interviewed on a podcast; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center will join Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals to recognize the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Southeast ADA Regional Center will host a webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employment, and Disclosure; LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function continues its call for proposals for its annual App Factory; Office of Disease Prvention and Health Promotion will host a webinar, Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Mental Health.

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2019-07-17
NARIC news: 

This week is National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW), organized by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). The right to vote, or enfranchisement, is a civil right and several US laws protect the right to vote for people with disabilities. You can learn more about voting rights, along with research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, in our FAQ on enfranchisement. You might also like this factsheet on access to voting from our colleagues at AbleData. Visit the NDVRW website for information on voter registration activities in your community.

Resource Highlight: 

New Infographics Highlight Latest Research on Family Support
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support (90RT5032) has published three infographics highlighting the results of new research on family support. The infographics present recent research results on improving support for older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have dementia and their families, understanding family caregiver's experiences with participant-directed programs, and how culturally-informed parent education programs can support Latinx families raising children with autism. The infographics were published in collaboration with The Arc.

News items: 

Rehabilitation and Low Vision Highlighted on Hadley Presents Podcast
Kendra Farrow from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5040) was interviewed for the podcast Hadley Presents: A Guide to Vision Rehab. Ms. Farrow discussed possible first steps consumers may take to maintain employment and independent living after being diagnosed with vision loss. The discussion included an overview of rehabilitation services, types of professionals a person might work with, and questions to ask to ensure a good working relationship with rehabilitation counselor. Hadley Presents is a production of Hadley, a distance education organization offering free learning opportunities for people with vision loss.

ADA Anniversary in the Spotlight at Nats Park
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will join Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals to recognize the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), July 22nd, at Nats Park in Washington DC, when the Nationals play the Colorado Rockies. The pre-game celebration will highlight the ADA and staff from the Center will be recognized on the field for the important work they do in improving the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful work and community inclusion. The event will kick off a year of events leading up to the Center's celebration of the ADA's 30th anniversary in July 2020.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The ADA, Employment, and Disclosure
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host a webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employment, and Disclosure, July 23rd, 2:30-4pm ET. This webinar is the third in an eight part series, Advancing Equal Employment Opportunities and Creating Inclusive Workplaces, which builds awareness of Employment First and features a variety of topics for supported employment providers, vocational rehabilitation professionals, self-advocates, and families. Presenters will provide tools and resources that can be used to advance equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities during each webinar. Registration is free and required by July 19th.

Participate: 

App Facotry 2019-2020 Call for Proposals
The NIDILRR-funded LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) (90RE5028) continues its call for proposals for its annual App Factory. Experienced organizations and individual developers based in the US and Canada are invited to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for people with disabilities designed for smartphone and tablet platforms (e.g. Android, iOS, Windows), smart speakers, sensors, home automation, wearables, virtual reality headsets, the Internet of Things (IoT), and/or cloud computing. Developers may also request partial funding for apps that are already supported by other sources, or to adapt existing apps to additional platforms. Proposals are due by August 15th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Webinar: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Mental Health TOMORROW
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Department of Health and Human Services will host a webinar, Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Mental Health, July 18th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss the progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Mental Health Leading Health Indicators and will highlight the Zero Suicide Initiative and its impact in state and federal sectors. Registration is free and required.