News and Notes 421 July 15

In its continued recognition of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight Blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Persons with Physical Disabilities releases video, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Chronic Pain: Expanding Access via Telehealth; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) reports on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on medical and support services for people with disabilities in results from a national survey of Centers for Independent Living (CIL); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms, covering features and considerations for ensuring access to virtual meeting platforms based on Section 508 Standards; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Physical Access in Health Care, providing an overview of physical access requirements under the ADA for different types of health care facilities; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) seeks participants for the Sequences of Employment and Education Study (SEED Study), open to persons age 16 to 25 with mental health conditions who have lived experience in foster care. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee at the Department of Health and Human Services releases its 2019 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, addressing topics including screening and diagnosis, biology, risk factors, interventions, services, lifespan issues, and infrastructure surveillance.

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2020-07-15
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Continuing our recognition of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we take a look at Title II which covers nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in state and local government services. As outlined in the New England ADA Regional Center's ADA TItle II Action Guide, state and local governments have obligations under Title II to provide people with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs, and activities. Those obligations include self-evaluation and planning, modifying policies and practices, and ensuring effective communication, among others. Learn more about Title II and some of the research and resources developed by the NIDILRR community and others to support these public entities in building an inclusive civic life in their communities in our latest Spotlight Blog post.

Resource Highlight: 
Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Chronic Pain: Expanding Access via Telehealth
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Persons with Physical Disabilities (90RTEM0001) has released a video, Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Chronic Pain: Expanding Access via Telehealth. In the video, Dawn Ehde, PhD, presents her research on chronic pain in individuals with physical disabilities and the use of telehealth to deliver cognitive-behavioral interventions to support health and independence. As part of the center's activities, Dr. Ehde is available for individual consultations to assist practitioners in integrating telehealth for their patients with chronic pain. Contact Linda Ehrlich-Jones, RN, PhD, at ljones1@sralab.org for more information.
 
News items: 
New Survey Report Highlights COVID-19 Impact on Disability-Related Services
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) (90DP0075) released results from a national survey of Centers for Independent Living (CILs), reporting that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on medical and support services for people with disabilities. Administrators from 144 CILs across the US reported that their consumers and staff are currently experiencing service disruptions and difficulties in accessing personal protective equipment. While many CILs have shifted to provide services by email, phone, and videoconferencing, many low-income and rural consumers lack access to reliable and affordable telecommunications. Staff and consumers are also experiencing significant disruptions in support networks and reporting unprecedented levels of social isolation and food insecurity. A summary of survey findings and downloadable report are available from the project's COVID-19 website.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms, July 21st, 1-2:30 pm ET. The webinar will cover features and considerations for ensuring access to virtual meeting platforms based on the Section 508 Standards. Presenters will explain what makes an online meeting platform accessible and highlight common issues, recommendations, and best practices to make sure that these platforms support everyone. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.
 
Webinar: Physical Access in Health Care
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Physical Access in Health Care, July 23rd, 2:30-4 pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of the physical access requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for different types of health care facilities. These will include general ADA requirements, parking, passenger loading zones, drive-thru medical testing, building and office accessibility, accessible exam rooms and waiting areas, and accessible medical diagnostic equipment. Registration is free and required.
 
Participate: 
SEED Study Open to Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions
The NIDILRR-funded The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) (90RTEM0005) is recruiting participants for the Sequences of Employment and Education Study (SEED Study). The study is open to youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 with mental health conditions who have lived experience in foster care. Participants must be currently working at least part time, enrolled in school or training, or actively seeking either employment or education opportunities. Additional eligibility criteria and screening form are available from the SEED Study website. Eligible participants will be surveyed several times over 20 months and may earn up to $145 for their time.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
New Report Highlights Advances in Autism Research
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee at the Department of Health and Human Services has released its 2019 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research. The report summarizes 20 studies published in 2019 that represent the top advances in autism research. The studies address topics such as screening and diagnosis, biology, risk factors, interventions, services, lifespan issues, and infrastructure and surveillance. The report highlights advances including new insights into disparities in autism diagnoses, supports for transition-age youth and young adults, and strategies to train therapists in publicly-funded mental health services, among others.