News and Notes 385 October 23

Continuing its celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC shares research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to connect business and vocational rehabilitation (VR) in the Spotlight blog; the New England ADA Regional Center publishes white paper, Results from the Identifying Challenges to Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Survey for Cities and Towns in New England; principal investigator of several NIDILRR-funded projects on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and consciousness was interviewed in article for NeuroRehab Times, Escaping rehab's 'black box' problem; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts 2019 Online Translation Conference: Innovative KT Strategies That Work; the ADA National Network and the Regional ADA Centers host Twitter Chat: Employment and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM); Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) hosts webinar, Practitioner Researchers: Strategies for Conducting Community Participation Research, discussing tools and strategies practitioners can use to help them engage in small scale research and dissemination; the Office of Autism Research Coordinaion and the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) publish the International Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research Portfolio Analysis Report, analyzing data on research and development in ASD funded in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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2019-10-23
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Continuing our celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we are highlighting how vocational rehabilitation (VR) can help people on the other side of the job search: employers and hiring managers. VR agencies provide a range of services and supports to employers, usually at no cost. These can include matching qualified employees to open positions, consulting on workplace accessibility and accommodations, and conducting disability and diversity awareness training. We shared research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to connect business and VR to support an inclusive workforce.

Resource Highlight: 

Survey Report: Challenges to Implementing the ADA in New England
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0087) has published a white paper, Results from the Identifying Challenges to Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Survey for Cities and Towns in New England (PDF). The report discusses rates of ADA compliance in municipalities across New England, including administrative requirements of the ADA that were or were not completed, and factors for compliance or noncompliance in the region.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Interviewed in NeuroRehab Times
John Whyte, MD, PhD, principal investigator of several NIDILRR-funded projects on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and consciousness (H133G080066, H133G050219, H133A70033, H133G20116, H133GH60122), was recently interviewed in an article, Escaping rehab's 'black box' problem, for the magazine NeuroRehab Times. Dr. Whyte discussed research in unpacking the "black box" of TBI rehabilitation by characterizing treatments and interventions and developing the concepts of treatment classification and measurement in rehabilitation.

Grantee event: 

Online Knowledge Translation Conference: Innovative KT Strategies That Work
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DPKT0001) will host the 2019 Online Knowledge Translation Conference: Innovative KT Strategies That Work, October 28th, 30th, and November 1st. The conference will bring together research-based KT tools and strategies to increase the use of research findings. Presentations will address a range of effective and innovative approaches to translating, disseminating, and using knowledge and will describe methods designed to measure KT outcomes. Registration is free and required.

ADA National Network Twitter Chat: Employment and NDEAM
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network (90RTCP0001) and the Regional ADA Centers will host a Twitter Chat: Employment and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), October 28th, 1-2pm ET. Participants can follow @ADANational on Twitter and join the discussion, post questions, and test their knowledge about employment and the ADA using the #ADANetworkChat hashtag. No registration is required. Participants do not need a Twitter account to follow the discussion, but must be logged into an account to post or respond to questions.

Webinar: Practitioner Researchers - Strategies for Conducting Community Participation Research
The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) (90DP0086) will host a webinar, Practitioner Researchers: Strategies for Conducting Community Participation Research, October 30th, 1-2 pm ET. Presenters will discuss tools and strategies that practitioners can use to help them engage in small scale research and dissemination. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NIH Publishes First International ASD Research Portfolio Analysis
The Office of Autism Research Coordination and the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have published the International Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research Portfolio Analysis Report, which analyzed data on research and development in ASD funded in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The report provides information on agencies and organizations that support ASD research in each country, and describes the types of institutions that received ASD research funding. The report compares levels of funding across several research priorities, such as diagnosis and screening, treatments and interventions, and lifespan issues, among others, and helps identify areas for future funding. The report was co-produced with Autistica, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Macquarie University.