News and Notes 378 September 4

In observance of National Preparedness Month, NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog to help prepare and recover from events like hurricane Dorian; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery releases Building Financial Wellness, a financial education curriculum for people with mental health and substance abuse issues; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes article, People with disabilities living in the path of Hurricane Dorian, as part of its Disability in America maps series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts the next National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Fair Housing Act and Persons with Disabilities; the ADA National Network seeks Latino/Hispanic participants with disabilities for a survey to understand the information and service needs of Latinos/Hispanics with disabilities with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers resources to help communities through emergency events at its ready.gov website, including a mobile app for iOS and Android with real-time alerts, safety tips, locations for shelters and services, and more.

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2019-09-04
NARIC news: 

September is a busy month for national observances, but perhaps the most important one right now is National Preparedness Month, organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The theme is Prepared, not Scared. With Hurricane Dorian moving slowly toward and up the southeast coast, many communities are in full preparedness mode: organizing supplies and preparing shelters, communicating regularly with residents, and encouraging everyone to stay safe at home or evacuate as appropriate. As you can see from the News from the NIDILRR Community item below, many people with disabilities live in counties in Dorian's path. Visit our Spotlight blog for research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help you and your community prepare, ride out, and recover from events like Dorian.

Resource Highlight: 

Building Financial Wellness Curriculum
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery (90RT5038) has released Building Financial Wellness, a financial education curriculum for people with mental health and substance use issues. This curriculum helps people with mental health and substance use issues to develop money management skills that can promote their overall recovery, well-being, and health. Classes guide participants in basic financial habits and skills, setting goals and budgets, learning about banking and financial services, understanding credit and debt, and creating a financial wellness plan. The curriculum includes manuals for instructors and participants, a podcast, and a training webinar. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

RTC: Rural Maps Highlight Vulnerable Groups in Dorian's Path
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) (90RTCP0002) published an article, People with disabilities living in the path of Hurricane Dorian, as part of its Disability in America maps series. The article uses data on the prevalence of people with disabilities in counties along the east coast from Florida to South Carolina. Many large communities, with more than 78,000 people with disabilities, lie within Dorian's path on the coast. In addition, many people with disabilities live in more rural counties in central Florida, which may also be affected. The article includes resources for preparedness and recovery.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: nTIDE Lunch & Learn on August Jobs Report
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) will host the next National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn, September 6th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss trends in employment of Americans with disabilities as identified in their analysis of the August Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as recent research and innovation in employment, rehabilitation counseling, and policy making. Registration is free and required. Previous episodes of the Lunch & Learn are archived on the website.

Webinar: Fair Housing Act and Persons with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, The Fair Housing Act and Persons with Disabilities, September 17th, 2-3:30pm ET. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities based on disability, as well as other protected classes. The FHA applies to a wide range of persons and entities, including public housing agencies, property owners, landlords, housing managers, real estate agents, brokerage service agencies, and banks. Presenters will discuss protections under the FHA for persons with disabilities, including what are considered reasonable accommodations and modifications under the law. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Participate: 

Latinos/Hispanics ADA Needs Assessment Survey
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network (90DP0086) is conducting a survey to understand the information and service needs of Latinos/Hispanics with disabilities with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The survey is open to Latino/Hispanic persons with disabilities and to people who support members of this community. The results of the survey will help inform outreach to support Latino/Hispanic people with disabilities in understanding their rights and awareness of services.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

FEMA Resources to be Prepared, Not Scared
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers many resources to help communities prepare for, operate through, and recover from emergency events, whether natural or man-made. Resources available at FEMA's ready.gov website include a mobile app for iOS and Android with real-time alerts, safety tips, and locators for shelters and services; planning resources for individuals with disabilities, families, businesses, and communities, including a community preparedness toolkit; a seasonal preparedness messaging calendar; and much more.