News and Notes 426 August 19
Five months into staff working from home due to COVID-19, NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community to help with telework and staying socially connected and mentally healthy in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes research brief, America at a Glance: COVID-19 and Disability in Rural Areas; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) releases video, Meet Pepper, a Socially Assistive Robot to Provide Respite for Caregivers of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, where the humanoid robot teaches how to do a fist bump, reads a story, and plays a game; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update - August, offering latest perspectives on the implications of COVID-19 for employment of people with disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, COVID-19 and the ADA: Implications for Title II and Post-Secondary Education; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforcing Disability Rights Authorities; the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) seeks participants over the age of 18 with TBI for a survey to measure the impact of COVID-19 on the health, well-being, and mental health of individuals with TBI; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) continues to update its information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
This week marks five months since the NARIC team decamped to our home offices out of caution and concern for our health because of COVID-19. We have new routines, new policies, and new technology to help us meet the needs of our patrons while staying safe. Like many of our readers, we are individuals who live with underlying conditions which may make us more vulnerable to poor outcomes from the virus. We turn to our colleagues in the NIDILRR community and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) for resources to help us understand how COVID-19 is impacting our lives and tools to help us telework, stay socially connected, and care for our mental health. Visit our blog for a continuously-updated list of NIDILRR grantee resources and see the Elsewhere section below for an update of COVID-19 resources from ACL.