News and Notes 424 August 5

What's New at NARIC features William A. Anthony, PhD, the founder of the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, who recently passed away; the Northwest ADA Regional Center publishes factsheet, Face Coverings and Businesses: Balancing the ADA with Public Health During Covid-19; Peter Blanck, PhD, JD, principal investigator for multiple DIDILRR-funded projects on the ADA and other disability laws, publishes new book, Disability Law and Policy; findings from the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course, entitled Caregiving and COVID-19 Report, were highlighted in article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Where Do I File a Complaint? A Quick Review of ADA Enforcement Options; the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS), in collaboration with the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAW), leads virtual course, Strategies for Sleep After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, COVID-19 and Return to Work; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC) seeks wheelchair-user participants for study to examine the characteristics wanted in a wheelchair fall detection device; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosts virtual conference, Rehabilitation Research 2020: Envisioning a Functional Future.

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2020-07-05
NARIC news: 

We learned recently of the passing of William A. Anthony, PhD, the founder of the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Dr. Anthony was widely recognized as a major contributor to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation through his lifetime work focusing on recovery and regaining valued roles for individuals living with psychiatric conditions. He published more than 100 articles and 16 textbooks on recovery and rehabilitation, and received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the President of the United States for his efforts in "promoting the dignity, equality, independence, and employment of people with psychiatric disabilities." Dr. Anthony led the first NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers at Boston University focused on the recovery and independence of people with psychiatric disabilities, and his work continues under his colleagues and the fellows who trained at the Center. Learn more about Dr. Anthony's work and download a copy of his 2008 book Principled Leadership in Mental Health Systems. Our thoughts are with our colleagues at the Center.

Resource Highlight: 
Face Coverings and Businesses: Balancing the ADA with Public Health During COVID-19
The NIDILRR-funded Northwest ADA Regional Center (90DP0095) has published a factsheet, Face Coverings and Businesses: Balancing the ADA with Public Health During COVID-19. The factsheet covers what business owners may and may not ask customers with disabilities regarding their ability to wear a face covering, how to engage customers in interactive dialogue to identify a reasonable accommodation, examples of accommodations, and when an accommodation may not be possible. The factsheet also discusses whether a person has an absolute right to enter a business without a mask and the use of fraudulent exemption cards. Finally, the factsheet includes information on state-level face covering mandates.
 
News items: 
New Book Highlights Disability Law and Policy
Peter Blanck, PhD, JD, principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability laws, has published a new book, Disability Law and Policy. Building on Dr. Blanck's NIDILRR-supported research in this field, the book provides an overview of themes and insights in disability law, and tells compelling stories about how the legal system has responded to the needs of impacted individuals. The book includes a foreword by Lex Frieden, MA, LLD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded ADA Participation Action Research Consortium and the Southwest ADA Regional Center.
 
Caregiving and COVID-19 Research in the News
A recent study from the NIDILRR-funded Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course (90RTGE0002) was highlighted in an article, COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns have burdened caregivers, Pitt research finds, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The article highlights findings from the Center's Caregiving and COVID-19 Report, a community-wide survey to understand how the pandemic is affecting caregivers and non-caregivers. The Post-Gazette article describes study findings, including that caregivers were more likely to experience social isolation, mental health issues, and financial and food insecurity than non-caregivers. The article also highlights two families and their experiences of loss of routines, social isolation, and mental health strain.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Where Do I File a Complaint? A Quick Review of ADA Enforcement Options
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Where Do I File a Complaint? A Quick Review of ADA Enforcement Options, August 11th, 12:30-1 PM ET. Presenters will provide a brief overview of enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the agencies that enforce the five Titles of the law, and how to file a complaint of discrimination. Presenters will also share information on state and local options that may assist in resolving or mediating disability-related issues. Registration is free and required.
 
Virtual Course: Strategies for Sleep After TBI
The NIDILRR-funded University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) (90DPTB0008), in collaboration with the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAW), will lead a virtual course, Strategies for Sleep After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), August 12th, 10:30-11:30 AM ET. Presenters will provide information and strategies for supporting good sleep after brain injury. They will also discuss how and why sleep can be disrupted and offer several tools to help improve sleep. Registration is free and required.
 
Webinar: COVID-19 and Return to Work
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, COVID-19 and Return to Work, August 13th, 2-3:30 PM ET. Presenters will discuss many questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may affect the return to the workplace. Presenters will also discuss if COVID-19 is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), what accommodations are available for people with disabilities when returning to work, face coverings, and what laws, other than the ADA, are relevant for people with disabilities and their families. Questions may be submitted in advance and there will be an additional opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session. Registration is free and required.
 
Participate: 
A Detection System to Monitor and Manage Falls Among Wheelchair Users: Phase 2
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC) (90REGE0006) seeks participants for a study to examine the characteristics wanted in a wheelchair fall detection device that is able to accurately detect a fall from a wheelchair. Participants must be 60+ years old, use a power or manual wheelchair or scooter for at least 75% of their mobility, have used a wheelchair for at least 1 year, and have a history of falls. Eligible individuals participate remotely, via phone or video software. Participants will receive $10 for participating in the study. Additional information and eligibility criteria are available online. To participate, contact the DPQoL Lab at dpqoluiuc@outlook.com.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
Rehabilitation Research 2020 Conference Open for Registration
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a virtual conference, Rehabilitation Research 2020: Envisioning a Functional Future, October 15th and 16th. The conference is co-sponsored by six centers and institutes within NIH, including the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR). The conference will feature panel presentations and a virtual poster session, and will highlight advances in rehabilitation research that have emerged since the 2016 Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward conference. The meeting will also help inform the revision of the NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation (PDF) mandated by Congress. Registration is free and required.