News and Notes 429 September 9

NARIC will attend the ADAcon-Virtual, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Virtual Conference hosted by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center, with a virtual booth, tools to chat with people, and a digital literature rack with NIDILRR grantee publications; 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: Social Isolation and Loneliness During the First Wave of COVID-19; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the August 2020 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, showing marginal increases in key employment numbers for Americans with and without disabilities; researcher from Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) to receive the Ernest Bors MD Award for Scientific Development from the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities to host two-part webcast, How to Be an Influencer in Your Company for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Moving the Needle on Disability Employment, highlighting practical strategies and innovative approaches for increasing the hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities; the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) at the Department of Education releases update of A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.

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2020-09-09
NARIC news: 

This week we will be at ADAcon-Virtual, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Virtual Conference hosted by the NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center. As with so many events this year, this annual conference has moved to a virtual platform so that attendees can participate safely from their homes or offices. We're all set up with a booth, tools to chat with people, and a digital literature rack featuring NIDILRR grantee publications. While we'll miss the face-to-face interactions, we know this virtual platform expands opportunities to attend for those who may not have gone in the past due to transportation issues, work or care schedules, or other barriers to in-person participation.

Resource Highlight: 
America at a Glance: Social Isolation and Loneliness During the First Wave of COVID-19
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) (90RTCP0002) published a research brief, America at a Glance: Social Isolation and Loneliness During the First Wave of COVID-19. The brief reports on findings of a survey of people with disabilities in rural and urban areas asking about their health, social connectedness, and loneliness, and compares responses collected before and after the first wave of stay-at-home orders.
 
News items: 
August nTIDE Shows Modest Gains for Americans with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) released the August 2020 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, an analysis of the latest Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The August report finds marginal increases in key employment numbers for Americans with and without disabilities, but cautions that many factors may impact future recovery, including COVID-19. The report also highlights an evidence-based, comprehensive entrepreneurship education and training program for people with disabilities and service providers. This report was discussed in the most recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar, available in the archive.
 
NIDILRR Researcher Receives Bors Award
Beverly Hon, MD, from the NIDILRR-funded Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) (90SI5026), will receive the Ernest Bors, MD Award for Scientific Development from the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM). The Bors Award recognizes the achievements of young investigators whose career paths focus on spinal cord injury. Dr. Hon receives the award as the lead author of the paper Duplex ultrasound surveillance for deep vein thrombosis after acute traumatic spinal cord injury at rehabilitation admission, published in JSCM and available in full text from the publisher.
 
Grantee event: 
Webcast: How to Be an Influencer in Your Company for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities, Parts 1 & 2
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities (90RT5041) will host a two-part webcast, How to Be an Influencer in Your Company for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities, September 15th and October 20th, 2-2:15 pm ET. Part 1 will cover best practices in diversity and inclusion and what it takes to be an influencer by promoting disability and mental health awareness within a company. Part 2 will cover best practices in hiring and retaining employees with disabilities and themes that lead to long-term employment such as strengths, meaning, and purpose. Registration is free and required.
 
Webinar: Moving the Needle on Disability Employment
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Moving the Needle on Disability Employment, September 15th, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters will highlight practical strategies and innovative approaches that employers, disability advocates, job seekers with disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation professionals can use to increase the hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities. The webinar will also feature results from a recent survey of businesses which showed that employers are interested in being proactive about hiring people with disabilities, but may need guidance. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
OSERS Releases Updated Transition Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the Department of Education has released an update of A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. The updated guide adds information about dual enrollment in high school and postsecondary courses and the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act), along with guidance on transition planning, options after leaving school, and related laws. The guide can help students and youth with disabilities and their families better understand how state and local agencies work together to facilitate improved outcomes and ensure that all students and youth are equipped with skills and knowledge to achieve their post-school and career goals.