News and Notes 74 July 10

Juvenile arthritis month; ENACT podcast on Tai Chi, yoga, and water aerobics; three arthritis studies; the future of inclusive design online; July Trends in Disability Employment update; new ADA factsheets; webinars on employment issues; webinar on disability disclosure

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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, sponsored by the Arthritis National Research Foundation. Juvenile arthritis (JA), which affects over 300,000 children in the United States, is an umbrella term used to describe over 100 autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children 16 and younger. The Arthritis Foundation recommends maintaining an active lifestyle for children and adults with arthritis and rheumatic conditions, and summer is the perfect time to start. Check out the Active Living with Arthritis Podcast Series highlighted below for helpful information on building an active lifestyle with arthritis.

Resource Highlight: 

Podcast - Beyond Walking and Strengthening: Tai Chi, Yoga, and Water Aerobics
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) (H133B100003) presents Beyond Walking and Strengthening: Tai Chi, Yoga, and Water Aerobics. In this latest podcast in the Active Living with Arthritis series, ENACT staff discuss the benefits of yoga, tai chi, and water aerobics on arthritis and the best ways to approach these exercises.

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Upcoming Webinars Highlight Employment-Related Issues in the New Economy
Susanne M. Bruyère, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to the Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (H133B100017 ), will present a webinar, "Employer Perspectives in the New Economy" on August 22nd. NIDRR consultant Clayton Lewis, PhD, will also present "Cloud-Based Accessibility: Implications for the Workplace and Employment" on July 24th. These webinars are part of the New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent technical assistance webinar series from the Rehabilitation Services Administration. This webinar series focuses on issues raised during the 2012 National Employment Conference. No registration is required for these sessions and all sessions will be archived.

New ADA Factsheets "Open Doors" to Accessibility
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014), including the 10 regional centers and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center, released two new factsheets addressing accessible doors. Adjusting Doors for Access and Opening Doors to Everyone cover creating and maintaining accessible entry to homes, businesses, and public accommodations. Both are available in HTML and PDF formats.

July Trends in Disability Employment Update Released
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (H133B100017) released its July Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE) National Update this week. The update analyzes the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data and discusses the trend in labor force participation for people with disabilities in the US. Current and previous TIDE updates are archived on the project's website

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Disability Disclosure in the Workplace
The NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA National Network Regional Center (H133A110020) will host a webinar, Disability Disclosure in the Workplace: Recent Research on Current Practices & Challenges (2nd item), August 29th, 1 to 1:45pm EDT. In the session, Sarah von Schrader, PhD, and Erin Sember of the Employment and Disability Institute will discuss current research in disability disclosure, the practices of job-seekers and employees with disabilities, and disability-related practices of employers. Registration is free but required.


Three Arthritis Studies (MA)
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) (H133B100003) is enrolling participants for three studies in Massachusetts. These studies examine approaches to help people with rheumatic conditions to remain employed, strength training for knee osteoarthritis, and remaining active following knee replacements. Eligibility and contact information are available from ENACT's website.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

The Future of Inclusive Design Online
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host The Future of Inclusive Design Online, presented by Clayton Lewis, PhD, July 16th, 10am to 12pm EDT. This lecture will focus on how the evolution of technology is creating both new barriers and opportunities for accessibility and usability. This presentation is the latest in the Accessibility & Innovation Initiative Speaker Series from the FCC and will be followed by demonstrations of related accessible technology solutions. Registration is strongly encouraged to attend in person. Please RSVP to Aaron Vimont via phone at 202/418-2738 or email Webcast of the lecture only will also be available with no reservation required.