News and Notes 432 September 30
At the end of National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month, NARIC's project director Mark Odum, who has lived with SCI for more than 40 years, reflects on what SCI Awareness means in 2020; this week's Research in Focus explores how burn injury survivors may face racial/ethnic gaps in community integration after injury; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) publishes brief, Technology Use for Social Connectedness: Exploring the Experiences of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Family Members, and professionals; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, American Red Cross Disaster Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement hosts monthly webinar, National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host a series of 4 podcasts and webinars, Virtual Series: Disability Employment - Looking Back and Moving Forward; the Community Living Policy Center hosts webcast, Disability Rights Are Civil Rights: A Conversation on Inclusive Democracy; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) features the Solution Showcase, a video series highlighting workplace accommodations for workers with a variety of disabilities.
National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month comes to a close today, but the need for awareness and advocacy certainly goes on. The NIDILRR grantee community continues to conduct research and development to understand the life course of spinal cord injury, how SCI and employment interact, and how new and existing technology can support the full participation of people living with SCI. NARIC's project director Mark Odum has lived with SCI for more than 40 years, giving much credit for his exceptional survival to the work of the research community. As we wrap up September, Mark reflects on what SCI Awareness means in 2020, including the impact of COVID-19 on health, independence, and access.