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.
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.