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)?

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2020-08-19
NARIC news: 

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.

Resource Highlight: 
America at a Glance: COVID-19 and Disability in Rural Areas
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 research brief, America at a Glance: COVID-19 and Disability in Rural Areas. The brief describes results of a survey conducted in the Spring to explore rural and urban differences in COVID-19 health risks, adherence to public health recommendations, and trust in different information sources.
 
News items: 
Wireless RERC Introduces Pepper, the Socially Assistive Robot
Researchers from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) recently released a video, Meet Pepper, a Socially Assistive Robot to Provide Respite for Caregivers of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The video introduces Pepper, a humanoid robot, which can provide social, physical, and emotional support for older adults and people with disabilities. In the video, Pepper teaches a person how to do a fist bump, reads a story, and plays a game. Socially assistive robots like Pepper may offer an innovative approach for significantly increasing the capabilities and social participation of people with disabilities across environments of their choice.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: nTIDE COVID-19 Update - August
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) will host a webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update - August, August 21st, 12-1 pm ET. Presenters will share their latest perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for employment of people with disabilities, upcoming bills and policies, and resources for the days ahead. Presenters will also discuss the updated numbers from the Monthly Current Population Survey. Registration is free and required.
 
Webinar: COVID-19 and the ADA - Implications for Title II and Post-Secondary Education
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, COVID-19 and the ADA: Implications for Title II and Post-Secondary Education, August 27th, 2-4 pm ET. Presenters will lay out the basics for analyzing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to the current pandemic and explore a variety of issues including voting, effective communication, emergency preparedness, public transportation, modifications to programs and services offered by state and local governments, and public health issues such as COVID-19 testing and face mask mandates. Presenters will also discuss issues faced by administrators and students in post-secondary education settings. Registration is free and required. Questions may be submitted in advance.
 
Webinar: US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights - Enforcing Disability Rights Authorities
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforcing Disability Rights Authorities, August 27th, 2:30-4 pm ET. Presenters will discuss OCR's role in enforcing laws that protect the rights of those with disabilities to have equal opportunity to participate in a program activity, and to have equal access to health care services. Topics will include the scope of OCR's jurisdiction and enforcement role, the complaint process and when to consider filing a complaint with OCR, who are covered entities, and recent resolution agreements. Registration is free and required.
 
Participate: 
COVID-19 Impact on Outpatient TBI Survey
The NIDILRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) (90DPTB0009) is conducting a survey to measure the impact of COVID-19 on the health, well-being, and mental health of individuals with TBI. The survey is open to individuals over the age of 18 who have sustained a TBI. Respondents are asked to provide anonymous information about their thoughts, experiences, and emotions regarding the pandemic, COVID-19's impact on their TBI, and access to care, as well as demographics. Participants may enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
Updated COVID-19 Resources from ACL
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)? Recent additions for consumers include resources for staying connected, active, and engaged; protecting health, civil rights, benefits, and personal finances, including awareness of COVID-19 scams; and resources for caregivers. The page also includes resources for agencies and service providers on addressing social isolation, food insecurity, and safety of individuals with disabilities and older adults; guidelines for reopening to clients; and guidance from federal programs.