News and Notes 384 October 16

In continued observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC explores research and resources for peer provider programs from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; the AbleData project publishes guide, How State Assistive Technology (AT) Programs Can Help You, explaining what State AT Programs are and whom they serve; research from several NIDILRR-funded traumatic brain injury (TBI) projects and centers is featured in special issue of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR), detailing research on the newest scales in the family of TBI Quality of Life (TBI-QOL) measures; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Using Text and Email with Clients - Guidance and Resources for Providers, explaining technical and administrative requirements for the ethical, HIPAA-compliant use of text messaging and email; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Peole with Physical Disabilities hosts interactive workshop, What Job Seekers with Disabilities and Employers Need to Know About Job Accommodations; the project Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webinar, The Essential Elements of Customized Employment: The Results of a National Survey with Vocational Rehabilitation Service Providers; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) offers the Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor, designed to help employers determine which Federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization and being a part of DOL's Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses (ELAWS).

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2019-10-16
NARIC news: 

We continue our celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with a look at peer providers. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a peer provider is someone who draws on their own lived experience of disability or recovery, along with training and professional support, to provide services like counseling and coaching to people with the same type of disability. Peer providers can serve in a voluntary capacity or they may have a paid position within an organization. Being a peer provider can be a rewarding and challenging way to put your experience to work. We explored research and resources for peer provider programs from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog this week.

Resource Highlight: 

How State AT Programs Can Help You
The NIDILRR-funded AbleData project (GS00F0083N) has published a guide, How State Assistive Technology (AT) Programs Can Help You, which explains what State AT Programs are and who they serve. The guide discusses the kinds of programs and services that these State programs provide and how they can assist consumers in obtaining the AT devices that they need to carry out their daily activities with greater ease, efficiency, and independence.

News items: 

NIDILRR TBI-QOL Research Featured in JHTR Special Issue
Research from several NIDILRR-funded traumatic brain injury (TBI) projects and centers (90DP0028, 90DP0047, H133A080045, H133A080044, H133A07038, H133G070138, H133A070037, H133A070043, H133A020515, H133A020524) is featured in a special issue of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR), published this month. Seven articles in this issue detail research on the newest scales in the family of TBI Quality of Life (TBI-QOL) measures. These scales are used by researchers and clinicians to measure fatigue, headache pain, cognitive and executive functions, communication, physical function, and anxiety and depression in individuals with TBI. Abstracts of these articles are available online.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Using Text and Email with Clients - Guidance and Resources for Providers
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Using Text and Email with Clients - Guidance and Resources for Providers, October 24th, 5-6pm ET. Presenters will explain the technical and administrative requirements for the ethical, HIPAA-compliant use of text messaging and email and will provide guidance and resources to help providers decide how texting and email can or cannot fit into their practice. Presenters will also discuss creating a communications policy for clients and families that upholds ethical standards. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available for a fee. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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.

Webcast: The Essential Elements of Customized Employment - The Results of a National Survey with Vocational Rehabilitation Service Providers
The NIDILRR-funded project Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial (90DP0085) will host a webinar, The Essential Elements of Customized Employment: The Results of a National Survey with Vocational Rehabilitation Service Providers, November 6th, 2-2:45pm ET. Presenters will discuss the essential elements of customized employment as identified by rehabilitation professionals in the US during a national survey. Presenters will also discuss the implications of the findings of the survey for practice and staff training. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) offers the Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor, designed to help employers determine which Federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization. The Advisor also helps recipients of Federal financial assistance understand their responsibilities under these laws. The Advisor guides users through a series of questions to target the specific laws which may apply to their situation. Employees, job applicants, applicants for or participants in programs that receive Federal financial assistance, and individuals receiving services from public entities may also find this Advisor helpful to learn more about their rights under these Federal disability nondiscrimination laws. The Advisor is part of DOL's Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses (ELAWS) collection, which includes information on other labor-related laws and policies.