News and Notes 434 October 14

Continuing its recognition of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC explores the efforts of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities in its Quick Looks blog; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and NIDILRR host a NDEAM virtual event, Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities publishes article, Getting Back to Work After Covid-19: Lingering Symptoms Present Challenges for Employers and the ADA; Researchers from four Burn Model System Centers co-authored article, "Living well" after burn injury: Using case reports to illustrate significant contributions from the Burn Model Systems (BMS) Research Program, published online in the Journal of Burn Care and Research; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities will host webinar, Intersectionality at Work: Strategies for Navigating Multiple Forms of Discrimination, as part of the Ask Me Anything About Employment Webinar Series; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accommodations for Hiring and Work, including an overview of the Northeast ADA Regional Center's Small Business at Work Toolkit; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers to provide feedback on new factsheets, Irritability, Anger, and Aggression After TBI and Stress Management Strategies for Caregivers; the Department of Labor (DOL) hosts virtual celebration, Building a Future that Works, to celebrate NDEAM.

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2020-10-14
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Continuing our National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) recognition, we explore the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers focusing their efforts on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. These centers conduct research and training activities that include supporting young people transitioning from high school to college or work, developing the peer-support workforce, and educating employers and vocational rehabilitation agencies about creating inclusive and diverse workplaces, among others. Learn more about these centers and their work in our Quick Looks blog post for this week.

Resource Highlight: 
Getting Back to Work After COVID-19
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities (90RTEM0001) has published an article, Getting Back to Work After COVID-19: Lingering Symptoms Present Challenges for Employers and the ADA. The article discusses the impact of COVID-19 on employees and employers, including challenges related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the possibility of significant increase in accommodation requests. Among the challenges are post-COVID syndrome, a collection of lingering symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog, which may prompt employees who have recovered from the virus to request accommodations. In addition, people at higher risk for adverse outcomes from the virus may request accommodations as companies reopen their workplaces.
 
NIDILRR News and Events: 
Save the Date: Employment Innovation - Improving Work for People with Disabilities NDEAM Virtual Event
The Administration for Community Living (ACL)/NIDILRR will host a National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) virtual event, Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities, October 28th, 12-5 pm ET. The hallmark event will highlight the past, present, and future of work for people with disabilities from the perspective of ACL/NIDILRR research. Subscribe to ACL Updates for information on registration and agenda.
 
News items: 
New Article Highlights the Impact of the BMS Research Program
Researchers from four NIDILRR-funded Burn Model System Centers (90DPBU0002, 90DPBU0004, 990DPBU0001, 90DPGE0004) co-authored an article, "Living well" after burn injury: Using case reports to illustrate significant contributions from the Burn Model System (BMS) Research Program, published online in the Journal of Burn Care and Research. The article outlines the BMS contributions to improving the lives of individuals with significant burn injury in several domains including treatment, assessment measures, sequelae, peer support, employment, and long-term functional outcomes. An abstract of the article is available online.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Intersectionality at Work - Strategies for Navigating Multiple Forms of Discrimination
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (90RTEM0004) will host a webinar, Intersectionality at Work: Strategies for Navigating Multiple Forms of Discrimination, October 19th, 1-2 pm ET, as part of the Ask Me Anything About Employment Webinar Series. Presenters will discuss the intersecting rights of people who are black, indigenous, or people of color with lived experience of mental illness in the workplace. Presenters will also discuss strategies that employers may use to provide a culture of respect in the workplace and what employment specialists need to know to help individuals advocate for themselves at work. Questions may be submitted in advance to Gretchen Grappone, LICSW at grappone@bu.edu. Registration is free and required.
 
Webinar: Accommodations for Hiring and Work
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Accommodations for Hiring and Work, October 20th, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters will discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for persons with disabilities and managers/supervisors related to the application/interview portion of the employment process. Presenters will also address requesting reasonable accommodations and how to respond to those accommodation requests. This session with include an overview of the NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center's (90DP0088) Small Business at Work Toolkit. Registration is free and required. Continuing education credits and certificates of attendance are available upon request. Questions will be accepted prior to the webinar.
 
Participate: 
TBI Consumer Factsheet Testing
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) is recruiting individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers to provide feedback on a new factsheet, Irritability, Anger, and Aggression After TBI. In addition, MSKTC is recruiting caregivers of individuals with TBI to provide feedback on a new factsheet, Stress Management Strategies for Caregivers. Participants must be 18 years old, have a TBI, or care for someone with TBI. Participants will receive a $25 gift card for their time. To participate, call 202/403-5600 or email msktc@air.org.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
DOL Virtual NDEAM Celebration: Building a Future that Works
The Department of Labor (DOL) will host a virtual celebration, Building a Future that Works, October 20th, 2-3 pm ET, to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The event will include a panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, exploring the crucial role of accessible technology in increasing access and opportunity in the workplace. The event will feature dialogues with thought leaders including Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, Vint Cerf from Google, and others from the research, business, and advocacy communities. The event will also feature a video showcase of the latest innovations in communications, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and more. Registration is free and required.