News and Notes 388 November 13

National Information and Referral Day (I&R Day) is celebrated by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), which has certified NARIC's Information Specialists as Community Resource Specialists; NIDILRR has begun to post its Fiscal Year 2020 grant opportunities to the grants.gov database; Research in Focus examines the rates of certain mental health conditions among adults with cerebral palsy; the project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial (VCU DRRP) publishes factsheet for employment services providers, Customized Employment Topics: Interviewing; principal investigator for several projects on childhood traumatic brain injury and its impact on learning was interviewed for The Forgotten Injury, a recent episode of the Full Pre Frontal Podcast; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts workshop and webinar, The ADA: Transition Out of School for Students with Developmental Disabilities; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessibility in the Laboratory; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and Southwest ADA Regional Center host webinar, Our Favorite Inappropriate Questions Under the ADA: Legal and Practical Considerations; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks participants for field test of 4to24, an app for youth with blindness or visual impairment and their parents; Benefits.gov releases a new Benefit Finder, an online questionnaire that recommends benefits consumers may be eligible to receive based on their answers.

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2019-11-13
NARIC news: 

This Saturday is National Information and Referral Day (I&R Day), celebrated by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). NARIC's Information Specialists are certified by AIRS as Community Resource Specialists, who receive training in the tools and techniques needed to establish rapport, conduct an assessment, and provide our patrons with an informed choice of referrals to meet their needs. You can speak to a NARIC Information Specialist by phone, chat, or email, in English or Spanish. You can also find AIRS certified specialists in many Centers for Independent Living, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and 211 community service lines. To all of our colleagues in the I&R community, thank you for all you do to connect people with disabilities to the services and supports they need to live fully and independently in their communities!

Resource Highlight: 

Factsheet: Customized Employment Topics - Interviewing
The NIDILRR-funded project, Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial (VCU DRRP) (90DP0085) has published a factsheet, Customized Employment Topics: Interviewing, for employment services providers. The factsheet discusses the differences between an intake interview and an evaluation, asking the right questions, selecting the best location for the intake interview, and more. This factsheet is part of VCU DRRP's factsheet series on customized employment-related topics.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR 2020 Grants Forecast UPDATED
NIDILRR has begun to post its FY 2020 grant opportunities to the grants.gov database, with the most recent updates posted November 8th. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433. Learn how to create an account at grants.gov to track opportunities and submit applications. Subscribe to the NIDILRR Announcements list, a news and announcements list focused solely on opportunities for research and education from NIDILRR including grant applications and NIDILRR-sponsored events.

Research In Focus:
Adults with Cerebral Palsy May Have Elevated Risk of Some Mental Health Disorders
This week's Research In Focus examines the rates of certain mental health conditions among adults with cerebral palsy, and finds that some may be at higher risk of personality, mood, and substance use disorders than others.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Featured in Full Pre Frontal Podcast
Ann Glang, PhD, principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded projects on childhood traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its impact on learning (90IF0067, 90IF0046, H133G100153, 90RT5004, H133A060075, H133G030179), was interviewed for The Forgotten Injury, a recent episode of the Full Pre Frontal Podcast. Dr. Glang discussed how TBI differs from other disabilities, particularly in the areas of executive functioning, and how parents, educators, and administrators can best support the needs of students with TBI in the classroom and beyond.

Grantee event: 

Simply the ADA Workshop Series: Transitioning Out of School for Students with Developmental Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a workshop and webinar, The ADA: Transition Out of School for Students with Developmental Disabilities, November 18th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offers protections for students transitioning out of school to post-secondary education, employment, or other opportunities. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions on how the ADA protects transitioning students. This is the second of a four-part series, Simply the ADA, presented in collaboration with The Arc of Northern Virginia. The Simply the ADA series began in September with an overview of the ADA for people with developmental disabilities. Registration is free and required to attend by webinar or in person at The Arc in Falls Church, VA.

Webinar: Accessibility in the Laboratory
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) will host a webinar, Accessibility in the Laboratory, November 20th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will offer an overview of the legal requirements to provide access in laboratory environments in post-secondary education. They will also present scenarios to explore physical access in the lab, how to safely include service animals, and how to make accommodations for student scientists who are blind, have low vision, or are Deaf or hard of hearing. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Our Favorite Inappropriate Questions Under the ADA - Legal and Practical Considerations
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) and Southwest ADA Regional Center (90DP0092) will host a webinar, Our Favorite Inappropriate Questions Under the ADA: Legal and Practical Considerations, November 20th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss a variety of improper questions as they pertain to the ADA in relation to employment, public entities, and public accommodations. Presenters will also discuss applicable cases and their legal considerations. Registration is free and required. Continued education recognition is available.

Participate: 

Field Test of 4to24 App
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5040) is recruiting participants for a field test of 4to24, an app for youth with blindness or visual impairment (B/VI) and their parents. The app provides information, resources, and activities that can help youth build independence and skills for employment as an adult. Participation is open to youth ages 16 to 24 with B/VI and parents of youth with B/VI ages 4 to 24. Participants will use the app for a 6-month period and will complete a series of surveys about the app and their experience. Those who complete the final survey of the study will receive a thank-you gift card of $35. Interested individuals should complete the Center's participant registry.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Benefits.gov Releases New Benefit Finder
Benefits.gov recently released a new Benefit Finder tool that makes it easier for consumers to find information on government benefits. Benefit Finder is an online questionnaire that recommends benefits which consumers may be eligible to receive based on their answers. New features include a layout that offers a more personal experience, fewer questions, a progress bar, an easy way to skip questions that are not required, and an easy-to-read results page that displays the recommended benefits and where to go for more information. Individuals with disabilities and their families can search for benefits and services in many areas including healthcare, housing, education, training, and disaster relief.