News and Notes 423 July 29

In observance of the ADA Anniversary month, NARIC publishes information about Title IV - Telecommunications and Title V - Miscellaneous Provisions, the last two titles of the ADA, with research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhwere in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes Community Assessment for Accessible Rural Events (CAARE) Toolkit; LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function announces the winners for their 2020 Student App Challenge, apps to be used within assistive and accessibility spaces; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Supporting Youth Peers During COVID-19; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA Perspectives on Emergency Management, COVID-19, and People with Disabilities; Research and Education to Support the Science of Independent Living for Inclusion and Engagement: National Center of Excellence Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RESILIENCE RRTC) is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowship program focusing on implementation science research; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks input via email from stakeholders on the new Strategic Framework for Action: State Opportunities to Integrate Services and Improve Outcomes for Older Adults and People with Disabilities.

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2020-07-29
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As the ADA Anniversary month winds down, we take a look at the last two titles of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Title IV - Telecommunications and Title V - Miscellaneous Provisions. Title IV requires telephone and Internet companies to provide a nationwide system of telecommunications relay services that allow people with hearing and speech disabilities to communicate over the telephone. It also requires closed captioning of federally funded public service announcements. Title V contains a variety of provisions, including the relationship of the ADA to other laws, prohibitions against retaliation and coercion, and what conditions are not to be considered disabilities under the ADA, among other provisions. Learn more about these two titles with research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog.

Resource Highlight: 
Community Assessment for Accessible Rural Events (CAARE) Toolkit
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) (90RTCP0002) has published a new toolkit, Community Assessment for Accessible Rural Events (CAARE) Toolkit. The toolkit helps community members make sure that their rural community events are accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. It includes resources such as checklists of accessibility issues and tools that help advocates conduct surveys and collect feedback from event attendees. It also shows how to analyze that feedback so it can be shared with event organizers. The toolkit can be used for indoor and outdoor events, and some items can be applied to online events as well.
 
News items: 
LiveWell RERC Announces Student App Competition Winners
The NIDILRR-funded LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (90RE5028) has announced the winners for the 2020 Student App Challenge, which strives to create a fun competition for young developers interested in building apps to be used within assistive and accessibility spaces. Winning apps span the life course from one that assists children with autism spectrum disorders to recognize emotions to one that connects older adults to caregivers and community service organizations. A full list of winners, runners up, and honorable mentions is available online.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Supporting Youth Peers During COVID-19
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Supporting Youth Peers During COVID-19, August 3rd, 1:30-2:30 pm ET. Presenters will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way mental health professionals and youth peers serve their clients and the toll that it may be taking on these providers. Presenters will also discuss how organizations can support youth peer staff, including supervision strategies and guiding these young specialists to support their peers while maintaining boundaries. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
 
Webinar: FEMA Perspective on Emergency Management, COVID-19, and People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA Perspectives on Emergency Management, COVID-19, and People with Disabilities, August 13th, 2:30-3:30 pm ET. Presenters will provide a general overview of the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, how FEMA continues to serve people with disabilities during that response, and how they continue to plan and prepare for the 2020 natural disaster season in the midst of the pandemic. Registration is free and required. Certificates of Attendance are available upon request.
 
Participate: 
RESILIENCE RRTC Fellowship Open for Applications
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Education to Support the Science of Independent Living for Inclusion and Engagement: National Center of Excellence Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RESILIENCE RRTC) (90RTGE0003) is accepting applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program, focusing on implementation science research. The fellowship program includes opportunities to develop, implement, and evaluate theory-driven strategies to increase implementation fidelity, dissemination, and sustainability of interventions to support the independence of older adults. Applications must be submitted by August 1, 2020. Eligibility criteria and application instructions are available from the website.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
ACL Seeks Input for Strategic Framework for Action
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks input from stakeholders on the new Strategic Framework for Action: State Opportunities to Integrate Services and Improve Outcomes for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (PDF). The Framework aims to support states' efforts to address the holistic needs of older adults and people with disabilities through program coordination and integration with health care financing. The framework also aims to support partnerships across healthcare and social service organizations to improve health outcomes and lower costs by effectively addressing social determinants of health. Feedback may be submitted via email to ACLFramework@acl.hhs.gov by August 31, 2020.