News and Notes 386 October 30

In final observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC explores research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on the connection between employment and health for people with disabilities in its Spotlight blog; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center adds new course, Accessible Voting Places, to its catalog of free training courses; staff from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC) interviewed for recent episode of Easter Seals' Assistive Technology Update podcast; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) to host next National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; the Southeast ADA Regional Center to host ADA Live! episode, Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Global Perspective with Ambassador Luis Gallegos of Ecuador; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities (NRCPD) publishes a Call for Submissions for their Community Blog, inviting parents with disabilities to submit articles for consideration for the Center's quarterly blog; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces The Challenge: An Inclusive Talent Pipeline for American Businesses, a competition to modernize employment recruitment, training, and retention for Americans with disabilities.

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2019-10-30
NARIC news: 

We wrap up National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by looking at the connection between employment and health for people with disabilities. Research has shown that being employed can have several health advantages for working-age people with disabilities, including access to healthcare benefits and better social and emotional well-being, and could contribute to longer life. We explored research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on this topic in our Spotlight blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Course: Accessible Voting Places
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0094) has published a new course, Accessible Voting Places, to its catalog of free training courses. The Accessible Voting Places course provides an overview of many of the laws covering accessible voting, common barriers to voting, and physical requirements for accessible voting places. This course also offers effective solutions that can be used to make polling places accessible on voting day. Registration is free and required to view and complete the course.

News items: 

TechSAge RERC Staff Interviewed for AT Update Podcast
Staff from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC) (90REGE0006) were interviewed for a recent episode of Assistive Technology Update podcast, produced by Easter Seals. Carolyn Phillips and Liz Persaud discussed the principles of universal design and how they relate to aging in place, from home renovations to the importance of voice and touch controls on digital assistants.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: nTIDE Lunch & Learn on October 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, November 1st, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss trends in employment of Americans with disabilities as identified in their analysis of the October Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as recent research and innovation in return to work after spinal cord injury. Registration is free and required. Previous episodes of the Lunch & Learn are archived on the website.

ADA Live! Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Global Perspective with Ambassador Luis Gallegos of Ecuador
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host the 74th episode of ADA Live!, Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Global Perspective with Ambassador Luis Gallegos of Ecuador, November 6th, 1-1:30pm ET. Luis Gallegos, JD, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations (UN) in New York, will discuss disability human rights from a global perspective. Ambassador Gallegos will also discuss disability human rights as reflected in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention's Conference of State Parties to the CRPD. No registration is required. Questions may be submitted in advance.

Participate: 

Call for Submissions for NRCPD Community Blog
The NIDILRR-funded Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities (NRCPD) (90DPGE0001) has published a Call for Submissions for their Community Blog in English and Spanish. NRCPD invites parents with disabilities to submit articles for consideration for the Center's quarterly blog on the experiences and needs of parents with disabilities. NRCPD is interested in bringing together a racially, culturally, and experientially diverse group of people to contribute. Contributors will receive $100 per accepted submission.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ACL Issues Challenge to Gather Ideas for the Inclusive Workforce
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announced a competition to modernize employment recruitment, training, and retention for Americans with disabilities. The Challenge: An Inclusive Talent Pipeline for American Businesses will support rapid innovation and adoption of models that help businesses improve performance by recruiting and retaining workers with disabilities, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The challenge will take place in three phases, each with cash prizes, beginning with a call for proposals in November 2019 and ending with a Grand Prize winner announced in October 2020. A full description of the challenge, including eligibility requirements, is available from the website.