News and Notes 382 October 2

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC has information on current research projects in employment in the NIDILRR Program Database and in the NARIC Research In Focus series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments publishes two new factsheets about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and employment for young people with visual impairments who receive SSI; the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) hosts one-day conference, Moving Forward: Improving Emotional, Physical, and Cognitive Health After Brain Injury; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: A Disability Justice Approach to Disaster Assistance; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks participants 18 years old or older with disabilities for its 2019 National Survey of Health and Disability, exploring how access to health care and insurance may be affecting the lives of people with disabilities; the Campaign for Disability Employment, part of the Office of Disability Employment and Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor, hosts a photo-sharing campaign for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, where people with disabilities and advocates are invited to share photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram highlighting why they are "The Right Talent, Right Now."

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2019-10-02
NARIC news: 

October is a busy month for observances, starting with National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year's theme for NDEAM is "The Right Talent, Right Now," which emphasizes the essential role that people with disabilities play in America's economic success. Throughout the month, we will highlight employment-related resources from the NIDILRR grantee community, starting with today's Resource Highlight. Current NIDILRR-funded projects in employment cover a wide range of topics, from issues specific to certain groups like people with physical or psychiatric disabilities, to effective strategies such as customized employment and job crafting, to innovations in technology and universal design in the workplace. You can explore current projects in employment in our NIDILRR Program Database. You can also explore summaries of grantee research in employment in our Research In Focus series.

Resource Highlight: 

Factsheets on Youth Employment and SSI
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5040) has published two new factsheets about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and employment for young people with visual impairments who receive SSI. YES, You Can Work and Still Receive SSI! is written for young people. YES! Your Child Can Work and Still Receive SSI! is written for parents. Both versions provide general information about several SSI work incentives, examples of calculations, and links to more detailed information.

News items: 

TBI Research on Display at Consumer Conference
The NIDILRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) (90DP0032) hosted a one-day conference, Moving Forward: Improving Emotional, Physical, and Cognitive Health After Brain Injury. The conference provided individuals with TBI, their caregivers, family, friends, and healthcare professionals with information and insight into strategies to successfully manage a range of challenges that affect overall health, wellness, and quality of life. The conference included presentations on the latest research in TBI and cognitive rehabilitation, exercise after TBI, and other topics. Recordings of the presentations are available online.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: ADA National Network Learning Session: A Disability Justice Approach to Disaster Assistance
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: A Disability Justice Approach to Disaster Assistance, October 10th, 2:30pm-4pm, ET. Presenters will use Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ten Disability Justice Principles to guide participants through critical questions that call for a nationwide reimagining of more equitable and effective state/local emergency management practices. Presenters will also discuss the need for greater inclusivity of minorities with disabilities. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

2019 National Survey on Health and Disability
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) (90DP0075) is conducting the 2019 National Survey on Health and Disability to understand how access to health care and insurance may be affecting the lives of people with disabilities. The survey is open to US adults over 18 years old, with any disability and any type of health care coverage, including no coverage. For more information, call 855/556-6328 (Voice/TTY) or email healthsurvey@ku.edu. Participants may also complete the survey by phone. Participants will have a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Share Your #RightTalentRightNow Photos for NDEAM
The Campaign for Disability Employment, part of the Office of Disability Employment and Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor, is hosting a photo-sharing campaign for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Throughout the month of October, people with disabilities and advocates are invited to share photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram highlighting why they are "The Right Talent, Right Now." To participate, individuals can post a photo of themselves in the workplace using the #RightTalentRightNow hashtag. Customizable photo frames and signs are available to download and print.