News and Notes 431 September 23

In observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Week, NARIC shares resources on falls and falls prevention from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center launches new online course, Readily Achievable Barrier Removal for Small Business, examining how small business owners can address self-site evaluations under readily achievable architectural and communication barrier removal; the New England ADA Regional Center releases article, How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses addiction and recovery, published in the magazine Advances in Addiction and Recovery; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Voting in the COVID-19 Era; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) hosts First Annual Disability Health Symposium: Interdisciplinary Research to Facilitate Solutions; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation hosts the Minnesota Gathering for Person-Centered Practices, a person-centered virtual event bringing together nationally recognized speakers, practitioners of person-centered practices, and real-world families coping with COVID-19 restrictions; the Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction seeks participants for study of Intravesical Probiotic (Lactobacillus) for Urinary Symptoms Among People with Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Who Use Indwelling Catheters; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the US Department of Education publishes two infographics, OSEP Fast Facts: Black or African American Children with Disabilities and OSEP Fast Facts: American Indian or Alaska Native Children with Disabilities.

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2020-09-23
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This week is Falls Prevention Awareness Week, organized by the National Council on Aging. Falls result in millions of emergency department visits each year for people with disabilities and older adults. Falls can lead to significant injuries, from broken bones to head injuries. Even without injuries, falls can have an impact on quality of life. Fear of falling might cause a person to limit their activities, including social engagements, which can lead to isolation, feelings of helplessness and depression, and physical decline. Falls prevention programs may help people feel more safe and steady, encouraging greater participation in life activities. We shared some resources on falls and falls prevention from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our blog.

Resource Highlight: 
ADA Online Course: Readily Achievable Barrier Removal for Small Business
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0095) has launched a new online course, Readily Achievable Barrier Removal for Small Business. Public accommodations must remove architectural barriers and communication barriers that are structural in nature in existing facilities when it is readily achievable to do so. This course examines how small business owners can address self-site evaluations under readily achievable barrier removal, the civil rights aspect of decision making, what tools a small business can use, common mistakes, and web accessibility. Registration is free and required to access this and other courses in the catalog.
 
News items: 
New Article Spotlights the ADA, Addiction, and Recovery
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0087) released an article, How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses addiction and recovery (PDF), published in a recent issue of the magazine Advances in Addiction and Recovery. Thousands of people in recovery may be unaware of their civil rights under the ADA. The article explains how the ADA addresses alcohol and substance use disorders, illustrated with stories about alcohol, opioids, cocaine, and marijuana. The article is available free in full text.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Accessible Voting in the COVID-19 Era TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0087) will host a webinar, Accessible Voting in the COVID-19 Era, September 24th, 2:30-4 pm ET. Presenters will discuss accessibility issues related to voter registration, mail-in ballots, absentee voting, and casting a vote in person, as well as COVID-19 related issues. Communication and outreach regarding the voting process, policies, and procedures will be covered with a specific focus on accessible formats and communication methods. The session will also cover best practices for poll workers to assist voters with disabilities. Registration is free and required by September 23rd (today). Continuing education recognition is available.
 
Disability Health Symposium: Interdisciplinary Research to Facilitate Solutions
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) (90DP0091) will host the First Annual Disability Health Symposium: Interdisciplinary Research to Facilitate Solutions, October 2nd, 8:30 am-12:30 pm ET. The symposium will feature diverse presentations on current disability research efforts. Sessions will include networking and discussion on how this research may be used to facilitate solutions related to health, functioning, participation, and quality of life for those living with disabilities. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.
 
Participate: 
Neurogenic/Neuropathic Bladder Study - DC
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction (90RTHF0003) seeks participants for a study of Intravesical Probiotic (Lactobacillus) for Urinary Symptoms Among People with Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Who Use Indwelling Catheters. Participants must be 18 years or older, diagnosed with neurogenic bladder, use indwelling catheterization for bladder management, have a history of two or more episodes of urinary symptoms in the past year, and live in the Washington, DC metro area. Participants may be compensated for a portion of this study. For more information, contact Margot Giannetti McCloskey at 202/877-1071 or margot.giannetti@medstar.net.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
OSEP Fast Facts Infographics
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the US Department of Education has published two new infographics, OSEP Fast Facts: Black or African American Children with Disabilities and OSEP Fast Facts: American Indian or Alaska Native Children with Disabilities. These infographics provide data on Black/African American and American Indian or Alaska Native children with disabilities, including percentages of students with disabilities by educational environment served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), percentage of students by disability category, and more. Previous Fast Facts may be viewed in the archive.