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News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond is a weekly newsletter featuring news, resources, events, and opportunities to participate in research in disability and rehabilitation. Most of the stories focus on the achievements of the 250+ NIDILRR-funded projects across the US. We also include events and resources from other agencies and organizations. To sign up, go to our home page and enter your email address in the big blue box! Learn how to submit an item for the next newsletter. Are you a current subscriber or reader? We would love to know your opinion on the newsletter and how you share it with your colleagues!

In observance of National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW), NARIC has research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on enfranchisement; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support published three infographics that highlight the results of new research on family support; Kendra Farrow from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments was interviewed on a podcast; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center will join Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals to recognize the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Southeast ADA Regional Center will host a webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employment, and Disclosure; LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function continues its call for proposals for its annual App Factory; Office of Disease Prvention and Health Promotion will host a webinar, Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Mental Health.

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2019-07-17

In continued observance of the anniversary of the ADA, NARIC has research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on inclusive emergency management in its Spotlight blog; University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) publishes four-part InfoComic series on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic pain; video, Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), produced by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)  in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, receives 2019 Merit Certificate from the Digital Health Rewards; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publish the June 2019 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, noting substantially increased job numbers for Americans with disabilities based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: The Recommendations from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) After the Disasters of 2017; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inflexible Return-to-Work Policies - Bringing People Back to Work, discussing inflexible return-to-work rules that violate Title I of the ADA by default; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor announces "The Right Talent, Right Now" as the theme for the October 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

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2019-07-10

This month, NARIC shares resources, events, research, and news from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of the June 26th, 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center has developed an online course, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WGAC) 2.1; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Improving Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing has hosted a visit from the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administrator for the Administration for Community Living (ACL), highlighting the inclusion of Deaf and hard of hearing researchers and participants; childhood traumatic brain injury (TBI) research was discussed by principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded projects on childhood TBI in online journal The Conversation and in the Jefferson Exchange Podcast Curious: Teaching Educators to Teach Concussion Victims; the New England ADA Regional Center hosts panel discussion, The Forefront of Disability Rights for Addiction and Recovery: Panel Discussion on Present and Future Legal Trends; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Transient Lodging, clarifying requirements in the ADA and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibilities Standards for hotels, motels, and other types of transient lodging facilities; the National Resource Directory (NRD) website connects Veterans with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and fellow Veterans and service members to programs and services supporting recovery, rehabilitation, and community reintegration at the national, state, and local level.

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2019-07-03

NARIC has prepared a Summer Reading List of publications from NIDILRR grantees; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes new issue of its Focal Point: Evaluation of Innovative Transition Programs; principal investigator of the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) was interviewed in online magazine MedPage Today, sharing information about health management interventions for TBI survivors; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) to host next session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, discussing the June Jobs Report and longer-term employment trends; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities hosts webcast, Multiple Sclerosis and the World of Work; LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function releases a call for proposals for its annual App Factory, for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for people with disabilities designed for smartphone and tablet platforms; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seek comments and suggestions from individuals with SCI, health advocates, and researchers on the top priorities identified during the SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research conference hosted in February 2019.

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2019-06-26

NARIC's Spotlight blog monthly highlights Spanish-speaking organizations from around the world that provide support to people with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments releases free new special courses for professionals working with people who are blind or visually impaired; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Senator Tom Harkin for the ADA Live! Celebration of the ADA Anniversary - A Conversation with Senator Harkin; researcher from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) co-authored book chapter in Marginalization and Events, published in January 2019; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Department of Justice's Barrier Free Health Care Initiative; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Approaches to Evaluating Services for Youth and Young Adults of Transition Age; the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) seeks adult burn survivors for a study on social recovery; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) at the Department of Health and Human Services has launched elderjustice.acl.gov, an online gateway to seven ACL resource centers supporting the independence and community inclusion of older adults and adults with disabilities.

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2019-06-19

In observance of Father's Day, NARIC offers research and resources on parenting from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support fathers with disabilities and those who have children with disabilities; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families offers interactive map of current state legislation supporting parents with disabilities; the Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) have published the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, noting a slight improvement in employment statistics; researcher from the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury receives honor for life-changing innovations from the US Patent and Trade Office; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Effective Communication: What Does It Mean? offering insider's view on best practices for effective communication with someone who is deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Research Evidence Training: An Overview of Meta-Analysis and Effect Size; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Emergency Stair Travel Devices; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks volunteers for advisory group to evaluate community participation efforts in coordinated specialty care (CSC) programs for transition-aged youths with early psychosis; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor issues updated version of its guide, Building an Inclusive Workforce, featuring four steps to recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities.

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2019-06-12

In observance of Global Running Day, NARIC features research on the connection between physical activity, health, and community participation in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) publishes research brief, Survey of User Needs, SUNSpot 2: Use of Wireless Technology Features and Wireless Device Activities by Individuals with Disabilities, 2017-2018, discussing technology including real-time-text, intelligent assistants, and visual and audio display options; navigation technology developed by the Cognitive Assistance Lab at Carnegie Mellon University and used in the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Robotics and Automation for Inclusive Transportation to improve navigation in indoor environments for people with visual impairment are featured in article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the LiveWell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Information and Communication Technology Access hosts its State of the Science Conference at RehabWeek 2019 in Toronto; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ensuring Access on Public Right of Way Projects, presenting activities and institutional operations that can keep pedestrian access flowing; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) hosts a Section 14(c) National Dialogue on the present and future of disability employment, including the roles of subminimum wages and competitive integrated employment in light of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which authorizes employers to pay less-than-minimum wages to workers with disabilities.

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2019-06-05

In observance of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month and Better Speech and Hearing Month, NARIC looks at research and resources on ALS and speech-language pathologies in its Spotlight blog; the ADA Knowledge Translation Center and the New England ADA Regional Center publish factsheet, the ADA, Addiction, and Recovery; Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury, video produced by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, receives Silver Telly Award; principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) was interviewed by The Exchange on New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts June session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, featuring latest Jobs Report release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts latest episode of Ada Live!, Effective Communication, Accessible Health Care, and the ADA; the project Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies seeks adult participants with physical disabilities for its Aging and Disability Study; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) release brief report, Artificial Intelligence Applications for Older Adults and People with Disabilities: Balancing Safety and Autonomy: Proceedings of a Workshop.

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2019-05-29

NARIC answers questions from Spanish speakers about disability and rehabilitation in its monthly blog series, Answered Questions/Preguntas y Respuestas, drawing on information from NIDILRR-funded projects, items in the Research in Focus series, and resources from organizations serving English and Spanish speakers in the US and abroad; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes guide, Important Information for Parents and Friends of Young People Experiencing Psychosis: Lessons Learned From Young Adult Graduates of EASA; the Rehabilitation Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) hosted the 2019 Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank at Pennsylvania State University; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Curbside Access, providing information on designing sidewalk connections to modes of transportation such as transit, passenger vehicles, and share-bike systems; the project on Career Self-Management Through Job Crafting for People with Physical and Mild Cognitive Disabilities: a Mixed Methods Study seeks adult participants with disabilities for a study developing a program to help people to re-envision and refine aspects of their job; the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), of which NIDILRR is a member, has released its Government-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2021, a comprehensive plan for disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research.

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2019-05-22

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on the topic of digital access and inclusion in observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD); the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) posts video, Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community, featuring principal investigator of the project A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living Policy publishes new report, Driverless Cars and Accessibility: Designing the Future of Transportation for People with Disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts monthly webinar series, Health Care and the ADA - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health host essay challenge, Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story, seeking essays from US high school students, aged 16 to 18, that describe a teen's understanding of a mental health issue that can promote better health and well-being in their communities.

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2019-05-15

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