News and Notes 380 September 18

In observation of September 23rd, Falls Prevention Day, NARIC shares resources for falls prevention from NIDILRR and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as well as a guide to falls prevention assistive technology from AbleData; Research in Focus highlights a program that teaches people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become health coaches for their peers; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes Accommodations Comic, the first in an infocomics series highlighting issues facing youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions; principal investigator of the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) was honored at March On for Brain Injury New York City, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of New York State; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Access to Health Care and the ADA: A Review of the Case Law; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities hosts interactive workshop, What Job Seekers with Disabilities and Employers Need to Know About Job Accommodations; the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) at the Department of Transportation and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor host Barriers and Solutions to Complete Trips for All National Online Dialogue to gather input from the public on transportation barriers and solutions for people with disabilities.

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2019-09-18
NARIC news: 

September 23rd is the first (astronomical) day of fall and it's also Falls Prevention Day. Falls and fall-related injuries result in more than 800,000 hospital visits each year. For people with disabilities and older adults, falls can be particularly devastating, leading to traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and loss of independence. Even if they're not seriously injured, people who experience a fall may become afraid of falling again, further limiting their independence. Working on balance and stamina, fall-proofing your home or office, and talking to your doctor about falls prevention are just a few of the steps you can take to prevent falls. Lance Robertson, Administrator for the Administration for Community Living (ACL), shared research and resources for falls prevention from the NIDILRR and ACL community and elsewhere. You might also be interested in this guide to assistive technology for falls prevention from AbleData.

Research In Focus:
Peer to Peer: Training Peer Health Coaches to Lead a Health Messages Program for Their Peers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This week's Research In Focus highlights a health promotion program that teaches people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become health coaches for their peers.

Resource Highlight: 

TACR Shorts: Accommodations Comic
The NIDILRR-funded Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) (90RT5031) published Accommodations Comic (PDF), the first issue of the TACR Shorts infocomics series highlighting issues facing youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. The first issue explains what accommodations are, how they can help students with disabilities in high school or college, and how to work with school administrators to request and implement accommodations. The comic includes a list of tip sheets, videos, and other online resources. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Honored at Brain Injury Awareness March
Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) (90DPTB0009), was honored at March On for Brain Injury New York City on September 14th, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of New York State. The event raised awareness about TBI, research in recovery and rehabilitation, and building community with TBI survivors and families. Dr. Dams-O'Connor was honored for her outstanding contributions to the TBI community.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Access to Health Care and the ADA - A Review of the Case Law
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Access to Health Care and the ADA: A Review of the Case Law, September 26th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss how litigation has impacted the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to health care, including accessible medical facilities and equipment, effective communication, and service animals in health care centers. They will also review specific court decisions and settlement agreements and will identify trends and potential issues for future ADA health care-related litigation. Registration is free and required. Previous webinars in the Health Care and the ADA - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities series are archived on the website.

Workshop: What Job Seekers with Disabilities and Employers Need to Know About Job Accommodations
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities (90RTEM0001) will host an interactive workshop, What Job Seekers with Disabilities and Employers Need to Know About Job Accommodations, October 29th, at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, IL. The full-day workshop for job seekers and employers will cover disclosure, employers' responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations case law, the interactive process of providing job accommodations, and emerging assistive technology and accessibility. Registration is required and there are related fees. Continuing education recognition is available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

FTA and ODEP Host National Dialogue on Transportation Barriers and Solutions
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) at the Department of Transportation and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor are hosting Barriers and Solutions to Complete Trips for All National Online Dialogue throughout September to gather input and ideas from the public on how new transportation technologies and innovations can improve mobility and support employment of people with disabilities. People with disabilities, caregivers, civil planners, and other subject-matter experts are invited to submit and vote on ideas in the areas of trip planning, payment, at the station, vehicle trips, transferring, and the pedestrian space. Participation closes September 30th. A step-by-step guide on how to register and participate in the dialogue is available from the website.