News and Notes 428 September 2

NARIC staff discuss their following of the research of NIDILRR grantees in their latest Spotlight blog post; the topic of Research in Focus is the removal of pedestrian access barriers, required by the ADA, which many local governments have yet to complete; the Model Systems Knowledge Transaction Center (MSKTC) releases narrated slideshow, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); principal investigator  of the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) was interviewed for podcast, From Research to Reality: Improving Outcomes for People with Traumatic Brain Injury, part of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington Brain Injury Today series; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Back to School and Virtual Accessibility; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign: An Innovative Community-Based Approach to Disaster Preparedness; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Criminal Justice and the ADA, reviewing how the ADA has been applied to a range of situations including interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities, effective communication with correctional facilities, solitary confinement and the ADA, and the ADA's role in prisoner release from custody; the Centers for Medicate & Medicaid Services (CMS) issue joint information bulletin, Living at Home in Rural America: Improving Accessibility for Older Adults and People with Disability, produced with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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Here at NARIC, we spend a lot of time following the work of our colleagues in the NIDILRR community by tracking their social media channels, subscribing to their newsletters, reading their blogs, and logging in to their webinars and conferences. Many of the pieces in each issue of News and Notes come from these sources. The NIDILRR grantee community produces so many resources, it can be a challenge to keep up (but we try)! Read our latest blog post on how we stay up-to-the-minute with the grantees and how you can follow along.

Research In Focus:
Three Decades After the ADA, Many Local Governments May Still Not Have Strong Plans to Remove Pedestrian Access Barriers
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires local governments to work toward barrier-free public walkways. Some communities are getting it right, but many may have more work ahead. Learn more in this week's Research In Focus.
 
Resource Highlight: 
Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) has released a narrated slideshow, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The  slideshow summarizes the importance of exercise after SCI. This information is designed to help people with SCI understand the importance of physical activity, overcome barriers to incorporating exercise into their day, and identify potential health problems as they plan their exercise activities. The slideshow builds on MSKTC's Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury factsheet.
 
News items: 
UWTBIMS Research Highlighted in Brain Injury Today Podcast
Jeanne Hoffman, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) (90DPTB0008), was interviewed for a podcast, From Research to Reality, Improving Outcomes for People with Traumatic Brain Injury, for the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington Brain Injury Today series. Dr. Hoffman discussed the Center's research and its importance in helping improve the outcomes for people with TBI. Dr. Hoffman also discussed access to healthcare by people with TBI, including adjustment to disability and new healthcare models and health services.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Back to School and Virtual Accessibility
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) will host a webinar, Back to School and Virtual Accessibility, September 9th, 12-1 pm ET. Presenters will provide a basic overview of the legal need for online accessibility in the education setting and will review key elements in accessible online learning. Presenters will discuss how schools and educators can address planning for an accessible online classroom. Registration is free and required.
 
 
Webinar: Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign: An Innovative Community-Based Approach to Disaster Preparedness, September 10th, 2:30-4 pm ET. This webinar will highlight the efforts of a ground-breaking $50 million approach to whole community preparedness that centered the community first, making preparedness more accessible, relevant, and effective to the target populations. Presenters will demonstrate both the necessity of preparing the most vulnerable and diverse communities as well as methods to do so, including specific strategies such as conducting market research and gathering expert input and community insight. Registration is free and required.
 
Webinar: Criminal Justice and the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Criminal Justice and the ADA, September 16th, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters will review how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been applied to a wide range of criminal justice situations, including interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities, physical accessibility and effective communication within correctional facilities, the interplay of solitary confinement and the ADA, and the ADA's role when people with disabilities are released from custody. Presenters will also discuss the latest legal developments that involve people with disabilities and the criminal justice system. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available upon request.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
Joint Bulletin Provides Information to Help Improve Health and Housing Options for Older Adults and People with Disabilities in Rural Areas
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a joint informational bulletin, Living at Home in Rural America: Improving Accessibility for Older Adults and People with a Disability (PDF). The bulletin provides state Medicaid agencies, state and local governments, and other state and local housing agencies and entities with information on existing federal resources available to help improve the health and housing outcomes for older adults and people with disabilities living in rural communities. The bulletin discusses a wide variety of federal research programs and resources that can be used to help reduce physical environmental barriers in the home, increase safety, minimize the risk of falls, and support a person's ability and desire to remain in their own home. The bulletin was produced by CMS with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).