News and Notes 376 August 21

With students soon heading Back to School, NARIC is looking at courses and webinars from the NIDILRR community, featured in its recent blog post and listed in its Calendars of Events; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments publishes new webcourses for professionals working with older individuals who are blind or have low vision; two researchers from NIDILRR-funded projects will receive  awards, the 2019 Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award and the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award, from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center launches new podcast, Adventures in Accessibility, a story-telling and interview-style podcast designed to raise awareness of accessibility issues; the ADA National Network and the Regional ADA Centers host Twitter Chat: Post-Secondary Education and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA); chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health will join in online platform Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" event on suicide prevention.

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2019-08-21
NARIC news: 

It may feel like Summer today but we're thinking about heading Back to School! Across the US, teachers are decorating classrooms and families are filling backpacks with new school supplies. Here at NARIC, we're looking at courses and educational opportunities from the NIDILRR community, like the courses featured in the Resource Highlights section below. Many NIDILRR grantees offer scheduled training sessions and webinars, and others have created online courses you can take on your own time. Check out our recent blog post on some of the latest courses from the grantee community and visit our Calendars of Events for upcoming webinars.

Resource Highlight: 

New Web Courses for Professionals Working with Individuals with Blindness/Low Vision
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90DPKT0002) has published new courses for professionals who are working with older individuals who are blind or have low vision. Cultural Diversity and Competence, listed in the Working with Older Individuals who are Blind section, presents an overview of how professionals can provide culturally competent services to older individuals experiencing vision loss or blindness and helps professionals develop an understanding of the cultures of the consumers they serve. Basics of Blindness and Low Vision, listed in the Introductory Courses section, is targeted to individuals and professionals who are new to the field of blindness and low vision, providing them with foundational information on critical matters within this multidisciplinary field. Registration is free and required.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researchers Receive Early Career Awards
Two researchers from NIDILRR-funded projects will receive early career awards from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). Claire Kalpakjian, PhD, principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects (90IF0047, H133G070020, H133G040274, H133N000009), will receive the 2019 Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award. Dr. Kalpakjian's work focuses on improving the reproductive health care of women with disabilities by creating tools that enhance communication, knowledge, and decision making. Alex W.K. Wong, PhD, DPhil (90SF0003), a 2014 NIDILRR Switzer Fellow, will receive the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award. The award, supported by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is given to early career professionals who are making significant contributions in the field of rehabilitation. Dr. Wong's research focuses on improving inpatient rehabilitation outcomes through patient engagement. Both awards will be presented at the ACRM Annual Conference in November.

Adventures in Accessibility Podcast Launches with Guest Haben Girma
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0094) launched a new podcast, Adventures in Accessibility, with Haben Girma as its first guest. Girma is an author, advocate, and educator. She was the first deafblind student to graduate from Harvard Law School and, in 2015, was named a White House Champion of Change. Adventures in Accessibility is a story-telling and interview-style podcast designed to raise awareness of accessibility issues. Each episode features an interview with a guest with a disability who discusses their own adventures in accessibility. The first eight episodes will be released weekly on Wednesday beginning August 21st, with future episodes released bi-weekly. Adventures in Accessibility is available on multiple podcast platforms.

Grantee event: 

ADA National Network Twitter Chat: Post-Secondary Education
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network and the Regional ADA Centers (90DP0086) will host a Twitter Chat: Post-Secondary Education and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), August 29th, 1-2pm ET. Participants can follow @ADANational on Twitter and join the discussion, post questions, and test their knowledge about post-secondary education and the ADA using the #ADANetworkChat hashtag. No registration is required. Participants do not need a Twitter account to follow the discussion, but must be logged into an account to post or respond to questions.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NIMH AskMeAnything Focuses on Suicide Prevention
Jane Pearson, PhD, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health, will join in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" event on suicide prevention, September 5th, 12-2pm ET, in observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. During the event, Dr. Pearson will answer questions from the public about mental health and the latest suicide prevention research. Reddit is an online platform where people can hold discussions on particular themes. Registered Reddit users can post questions and comments after 8am ET on September 5th. No registration is required to view the discussion. More information on the format and how to participate is available from the NIMH website.