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.

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2020-09-30
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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.

Research In Focus:
Burn Injury Survivors May Face Racial/Ethnic Gaps in Community Integration After injury
Returning to work, school, and community life can be a challenge for people with burn injuries, but for some racial and ethnic groups that return may be even more difficult. This week's Research In Focus explores some of the differences.
 
Resource Highlight: 
Technology Use for Social Connectedness
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) published a brief, Technology Use for Social Connectedness: Exploring the Experiences of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Family Members, and Professionals (PDF). The research brief explores how wireless technology, tools, and software applications help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) socially connect and how people with IDD and those that support them perceive the usefulness of such tools within this population. Through focus groups, the researchers identified six themes: hardware and software, accessibility features, reasons for connecting socially, barriers to and supports for connectivity, concerns or fears about connectivity, and outcomes from social connectedness.
 
News items: 
American Red Cross Joins Pacific ADA Regional Center for a Learning Session on Disaster Response During COVID-19
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, American Red Cross Disaster Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic, October 8th, 2:30-4 pm ET, featuring Mary Casey-Lockyer, MHS, BSN, RN, CCRN, lead for Disaster Health Services and Senior Medical Advisor to National Disaster Operations for the American Red Cross. This webinar will cover several aspects of disaster response from the perspective of the American Red Cross during the COVID-19 pandemic including lessons learned from recent disasters, preparation and guidance development for disaster response, the strategy for non-congregate sheltering, and the challenges of this strategy. In addition, worker safety and workforce care protocols will be shared. Registration is free and required.
 
Grantee event: 
nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (90RT5037) will host a webinar, National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn, October 2nd, 12-1 pm ET. The monthly webinar will feature detailed findings of the latest Jobs Report release and a discussion with researchers in the fields of employment and mental health. Registration is free and required.
 
Virtual Event Series: Disability Employment - Looking Back & Moving Forward
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host a series of podcasts and webinars, Virtual Series: Disability Employment - Looking Back and Moving Forward, October 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 1-2:30 pm ET. Each episode will feature different topics in employment in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Presenters will discuss topics related to vocational rehabilitation (VR), veterans, the future of disability employment policy, and the future of VR. Registration is free and required. Certificates of Attendance are available for some of the events.
 
Webcast: Disability Rights Are Civil Rights - A Conversation on Inclusive Democracy
The NIDILRR-funded Community Living Policy Center (90RTCP0004) will host a webcast, Disability Rights Are Civil Rights: A Conversation on Inclusive Democracy, October 8th, 12-1:15 pm ET. Presenters from the Center for American Progress and the Ford Foundation will discuss how their organizations are working to encourage and support the civic participation and leadership of people with disabilities. Registration is free and required.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
JAN's Solution Showcase Spotlights Workplace Accommodations
The Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) features the Solution Showcase, a video series highlighting productivity enhancements for workers with a variety of disabilities. Short videos demonstrate workplace accommodation solutions including software and hardware, office furniture options, and other methods to support workers with disabilities. The newest episodes explore adjustable workstations for a range of needs and color coding to support workers with organization, memory, and prioritization challenges.