News and Notes 433 October 7

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR releases information regarding the 71 grants funded in Fiscal Year 2020, available through the NIDILRR Program Database; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes new infocomic, Adulting Shorts: An Interview Tale, Part 1 and Part 2, discussing questions that are illegal for an interviewer to ask during a job interview; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the September 2020 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, an analysis of the latest Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; co-investigator for the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System and the Reinventing Yourself After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Project receives 2020 Mulcahey Award for Research in Outcomes Measurement from the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA); the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) offers free virtual adaptive movement and mindfulness class via Zoom; Temple University Research Rehabilitation and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks respondents to a survey on organizational initiatives and community ideas that support civic participation among people with mental illnesses; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department of Education hosts virtual summit, Attract, Prepare, Retain: OSEP National Summit on Improving Effective Personnel for Children with Disabilities.

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2020-10-07
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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), as observed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). ODEP is celebrating the 75th observance of NDEAM and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the theme Increasing Access and Opportunity. Throughout October, we'll feature employment-related research and resources starting with improving employment outcomes for people with psychiatric disabilities. Check out the Resource Highlight below for young people entering the job market and visit our blog for a quick look at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere.

Resource Highlight: 
Transitions ACR Adulting Shorts on Employment
The NIDILRR-funded The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) (90RTEM0005) has published a new infocomic, Adulting Shorts: An Interview Tale, Part 1 and Part 2. The comics discuss questions that are illegal for an interviewer to ask during a job interview, including questions about a potential employee's mental health. Researchers at Transitions ACR created this comic series for youth and young adults who are job hunting to prepare for potentially difficult interview situations. More information may be found in the Center's tip sheet, Do I Tell My Boss?: Disclosing My Mental Health Condition at Work (PDF).
 
NIDILRR News and Events: 
FY 2020 Grantee Information Now Available
NIDILRR has released information regarding the 71 grants funded in Fiscal Year 2020, now available through the NIDILRR Program Database. The new grants include 5 new Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs), 3 Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs), 19 Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs), 18 Field Initiated Projects (FIPs), 5 Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Centers (ARRTs), 8 Fellowships, and 13 Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. These grants span NIDILRR's research priorities of employment outcomes, community participation, health and function, technology, capacity building, and knowledge translation.
 
News items: 
September nTIDE Highlights Impact of COVID on Employment and Experiences of Generation ADA College Grads
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) released the September 2020 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, an analysis of the latest Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report discussed the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on employment and results from a recent survey of the experiences of college graduates with disabilities who came of age under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This report was discussed in the most recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn, available from the archives.
 
NIDILRR Researcher Receives Mulcahey Award
Jennifer Coker, PhD, MPH, co-investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System and the ReInventing Yourself After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) project (90SI5015) (90DPMF0002), received the 2020 Mulcahey Award for Research in Outcomes Measurement from the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA). Dr. Coker received the award for her abstract, Evaluation of a self-report method to obtain ASIA Impairment Scale in people with SCI who reside in the community, submitted for the annual ASIA conference.
 
Grantee event: 
Virtual Adaptive Movement and Mindfulness Class
The NIDILRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) (90DPBU0001) now offers a free virtual adaptive movement and mindfulness class, in collaboration with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC), via Zoom every Tuesday afternoon, 4-5 pm ET. The class is rooted in the mindfulness and intentions of yoga and is designed for the adaptive community and people of all physical abilities. Registration is free and required.
 
Participate: 
Supporting People with Mental Illness to Vote
The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Research Rehabilitation and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) (90RTCP0001) seeks information on organizational initiatives and community ideas that support civic participation among people with mental illnesses. The very brief survey collects information about existing initiatives such as voter registration campaigns and issue awareness, as well as ideas for future voting-related initiatives. To learn more about civic engagement as a critical dimension of community inclusion for people with severe mental illness, download TU Collaborative's document on this topic (PDF).
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
OSEP Summit Focuses on Improving Effective Personnel for Children with Disabilities
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department of Education will host a virtual summit, Attract, Prepare, Retain: OSEP National Summit on Improving Effective Personnel for Children with Disabilities, October 27th-29th. The summit will focus on strategies to attract and retain general and special education teachers, early childhood personnel, and related service providers who have the knowledge and skills needed to effectively support learning and independence of children with disabilities. Each day's program will feature an expert from a field outside education, a panel discussion of practitioners and researchers, leverage points for special education, and a summary from a leader in the field. Registration is free and required.