News and Notes 387 November 6

In observance of Veterans Day, NARIC looks at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere for Vets with disabilities and their families in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus discusses lifestyle factors contributing to a longer life expectancy for people with spinal cord injuries; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) publishes guide, 20 Apps for Student Success, most of which are available for iOS and Android; researchers from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments publish article, Blind people have increased opportunities, but employers' perceptions are still a barrier, in online journal The Conversation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-EP) hosts webcast, Systems to Support Inclusion, discussing systems in place in a local school to support students with disabilities in an inclusive environment; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families hosts webinar, Making the Most of Early Intervention (EI) Services; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Earthquake Preparedness for Everyone, with Everyone; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Outcome Measurement seeks participants with disabilities, 18 years old or older, for a pilot study on new home- and community-based services outcomes surveys; the US Senate Special Committee on Aging releases new report, Falls Prevention: National, State and Local Solutions to Better Support Seniors.

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On Monday, we will pause to recognize Veterans and honor their service and sacrifice during war and peace. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, almost 5 million veterans are living with a service-connected disability, that is a disability that resulted from disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active service. Another 9 million are over 65 and may have age-related disabilities. These Vets and their families may be at higher risk of unemployment, housing insecurity, and poor health than their peers without disabilities. We looked at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere for Vets and their families in our Veterans Day spotlight post.

Research In Focus:
Healthy Lifestyles May be Linked with Longer Life Expectancy for People with Spinal Cord Injuries
Research In Focus returns this week with a look at what lifestyle factors are associated with some of the most common causes of death for people with spinal cord injuries.

Resource Highlight: 

Guide: 20 Apps for Student Success
The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) (90RTCP0001) has published a guide, 20 Apps for Student Success (PDF). This guide offers information on 20 apps that can be utilized to support students with mental illnesses in areas such as productivity, campus engagement, mental health and wellness, stress management, finances, and social support. Most of the apps are available for iOS and Android; some are for use on desktops or laptops only.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researchers Discuss Employment Research and White Cane Day in The Conversation
Researchers from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RTCP0001) have published an article, Blind people have increased opportunities, but employers' perceptions are still a barrier, in the online journal The Conversation. Principal Investigator Michelle McDonnall, PhD, and co-investigator Jennifer L. Cmar, PhD, discussed the results of the center's studies on employer perceptions about people with visual impairments and the association between employer attitudes and hiring. The article also discussed what people can do to improve opportunities for job seekers with visual impairments, the history of White Cane Day, and how the world has changed since White Cane Day was first observed in 1964.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Systems to Support Inclusion
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-EP) (90RT5041) will host a webcast, Systems to Support Inclusion, November 12th, 3:30-4:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss systems that are in place in a local school to support students with disabilities in an inclusive environment. Presenters will provide examples of the ways that teachers, service providers, support staff, and administration work together in the development of individual education plans, service delivery, classroom supports, and data monitoring. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Making the Most of Early Intervention Services
The NIDILRR-funded Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families (90DPGE0001) will host a webinar, Making the Most of Early Intervention (EI) Services, November 13th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will describe the types of services EI programs provide, key principles that guide EI services, and how these services support families when one or more parents has a disability. Presenters will include real-life stories from parents with disabilities about how EI services benefited their families. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: ADA National Network Learning Session - Earthquake Preparedness for Everyone, with Everyone
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Earthquake Preparedness for Everyone, with Everyone, November 14th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of new earthquake preparedness resources and materials developed by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. Presenters will discuss steps that emergency managers can take to include people with disabilities in preparedness education and drills and will highlight a best practice model for providing earthquake preparedness training for and with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Participants Needed for Pilot Study of New HCBS Outcome Measures
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Outcome Measurement (90RT5039) seeks to interview individuals for a pilot study of new home- and community-based services outcomes surveys. Participants will be interviewed in person using the new surveys to ensure that these measures collect information about important areas of their lives and that the results help improve services. Interviews will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants must be 18 or older, have a disability and receive services or supports for their disability, be able to provide consent or assent, and reside in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa, or Pennsylvania. Interviewees will receive a $20 gift card. For more information or to volunteer, contact Matthew Roberts at rtcom@umn.edu or 612/624-1489.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Senate Special Committee on Aging Releases Report on Falls Prevention
The US Senate Special Committee on Aging released a new report, Falls Prevention: National, State, and Local Solutions to Better Support Seniors, during an October 16th hearing on falls prevention and aging. The report documents the impact of falls in the US, which cause millions of injuries each year and can lead to lasting disability. The report highlights federal, state, and private sector efforts to develop or expand access to evidence-based falls prevention programs, home safety evaluations and home modification programs, and other solutions.