News and Notes 377 August 28

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC has resources from the NIDILRR community to help readers advocate for issues important to their community, such as proposed guidelines from the US Access Board for air carrier onboard wheelchairs, described in more detail in the Elsewhere in the Community section; the project on Improving Assessment of Opioid Use Disorder in People with Disabilities Related to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain releases brief, Assessing and Monitoring Long-Term Opioid Use for People with Chronic and Disabling Arthritis Pain; researcher from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is interviewed in episode of the Speech Unsensored Podcast on access technology for AAC and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts a series of webinars on website accessibility in collaboration with the US Access Board; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Everything You Wanted to Know About Advisory Boards, with directors and advisory board members from two NIDILRR-funded projects discussing how they incorporate best practices for authentic and meaningful engagement to reach their intended outcomes; Learning and Working During the Transition To Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Learning & Working RRTC) hosts webinar, Best Practices for Transition Planning for High School Students with Mental Health Conditions; the US Access Board releases draft advisory guidelines for wheelchairs used on commercial aircraft during flight and provided by air carriers for passengers whose personal wheelchairs cannot be used in the cabin, asking for public comments on the document.

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2019-08-28
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In today's Elsewhere in the Community section, you can read about an opportunity to comment on proposed guidelines from the US Access Board for onboard wheelchairs that air carriers must offer to travelers who cannot use their own wheelchairs in the cabin of an airplane. Government agencies, from the Federal level down to municipalities, develop and enforce rules and guidelines like these which can have an impact on our everyday lives. At some point, an agency will publish a draft for the public to review and give their feedback. Gathering public feedback is an important step in crafting policies that are effective and work for everyone. Learn more about resources from the NIDILRR community to help you advocate for issues that are important to your community in our Spotlight blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Assessing and Monitoring Long-Term Opioid Use for People with Chronic and Disabling Arthritis Pain
The NIDILRR-funded project on Improving Assessment of Opioid Use Disorder in People with Disabilities Related to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain (90DPGE0006) released an issue brief, Assessing and Monitoring Long-Term Opioid Use for People with Chronic and Disabling Arthritis Pain (PDF). The brief summarizes the existing literature on the issues of opioid use disorder (OUD) and long-term opioid use in people who experience noncancer chronic pain. The brief covers arthritis and other pain conditions, types of opioids frequently prescribed, the risks of OUD, the perspectives of people who use opioids for chronic pain, and the challenges of diagnosing OUD in people with chronic pain, among other topics.

News items: 

AAC Researcher Interviewed for Speech Uncensored Podcast
Susan Koch Fager, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) (90RE5017), was interviewed for an episode of the Speech Uncensored Podcast on access technology for AAC and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. Dr. Fager discussed her research in assistive technology and how the work she is completing translates to clinical practice. The discussion also covered the progression from low tech to high tech AAC that a patient may experience across their recovery stages, and included case studies to illustrate creative problem solving and overcoming obstacles to provide patients with a means to express themselves.

Grantee event: 

Website Accessibility Webinar Series
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a series of webinars on website accessibility in collaboration with the US Access Board, starting with an introductory webinar, Evaluating Websites for Accessibility, September 5th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss online barriers to accessibility and will explain how to check that web content is accessible to all visitors using the Board's Section 508 Standards. The second session, Evaluating Websites for Accessibility Under the Section 508 Standards, September 24th, 1-2:30pm ET, offers more advanced information intended for those involved in procuring web services and products that must be Section 508 compliant. This session will review requirements for web accessibility and technical requirements for procurement contracts, verifying compliance, and tools for evaluating and addressing accessibility issues. Registration is free and required for both webinars. Continuing education recognition is available.

Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know About Advisory Boards
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DPKT0001) will host a webcast, Everything You Wanted to Know About Advisory Boards, September 10th, 3-4pm ET. Directors and advisory board members from two NIDILRR-funded projects, the Mayo Clinic Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center and Improving Assessment of Opioid Use Disorder in People with Disabilities Related to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain, will discuss how they incorporate best practices for authentic and meaningful engagement to reach their intended outcomes. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Best Practices for Transition Planning for High School Students with Mental Health Conditions
The NIDILRR-funded Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Learning & Working RRTC) (90RT5031) will host a webinar, Best Practices for Transition Planning for High School Students with Mental Health Conditions, September 12th, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss three best practices for transition planning identified in research conducted through the Learning & Working RRTC. Presenters will also describe three manuals from the Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST) project created to guide secondary school transition planners to use and adopt these practices. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

US Access Board Releases Voluntary Guidelines for Onboard Wheelchairs for Public Comment
The US Access Board is asking for public comments on recently released draft advisory guidelines for wheelchairs used on commercial aircraft during flight. The guidelines specify dimensions, features, and capabilities for onboard wheelchairs, which are provided by air carriers for passengers whose personal wheelchairs cannot be used in the cabin. The Board has posed a number of questions to the public about specific provisions in the guidelines, but welcomes input on all portions of the document. The Board will hold a public hearing on September 12th, 9:30am-4pm ET, that will provide an opportunity to submit comments either in person or by phone. Comments may also be submitted by email, regular mail, and through the regulations.gov website. Comments are due October 21st, 2019.