Search News & Notes

News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond Archive

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 Brain Injury Awareness Month, NARIC features new NIDILRR traumatic brain injury (TBI) projects in its Spotlight blog; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes research brief, Preliminary Efficacy of a Near-Peer Coaching Intervention for College Students with Mental Health Challenges and Foster Care Backgrounds, reporting findings from Proect FUTURES, a support program for college students with foster care experience and mental health conditions; principal investigator for Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems: Improving Longitudinal Assessment and Tracking of Activity Limitations in Individuals with Traumatic Injury was honored by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ); the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Reasonable Accommodation: Best Practices for Return to Work During Covid-19; The Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the Southwest ADA Regional Center and the ADA National Network hosts webinar, The Future is Accessible: A Legal Perspective, reviewing disability-related legal requirements of applications such as Zoom, Netflix, and Microsoft Teams; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants at least 18 years old to test new factsheets on topics related to TBI; the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the US Department of Labor publishes report, Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics - 2020, comparing employment rates for people with and without disabilities.

Date sent:
2021-03-03

With 450 News and Notes newsletters published to date, NARIC has highlighted hundreds of resources, events, and accomplishments from its colleagues in the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course publishes a Briefing Report: Households with Multiple Persons with Disabilities in Pennsylvania; the Northeast ADA Regional Center launches new podcast series, Ask About the ADA, answering FAQs about the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) hosts webcast, Employment Equity for People with IDD Across the Lifespan; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts episode of ADA Live!, Protection and Advocacy Systems for People with Disabilities; the Field Initiated Project on Contingent Employment of Individuals with Disabilities seeks participants over 18 years old with and without disabilities who have recently worked in a non-traditional job for a survey on non-traditional employment opportunities; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has debuted two new resources, the MyJAN Portal, offering users customized access to onsite resources, and Disclosing Disability in the Workplace, a training module to help individuals make educated decisions about disclosure.

Date sent:
2021-02-24

In observance of American Heart Month, NARIC has examples of programs and tools in its Spotlight blog to help readers deal with chronic conditions such as hypertension that endanger cardiovascular health; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center publishes new resource, A Desktop Guide to Disability Rights Laws in the United States; the Community Living Policy Center publishes research brief, Elevated COVID-19 Mortality Risk Among Recipients of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS): A Case for Prioritizing Vaccination for This Population; the Community Living Policy Center  hosts webinar, Unfair and Unequal: COVID-19 and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; the project Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webinar, Virtual Customized Employment Strategies for Chaotic Times; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Health Care Disparities for People with Disabilities and Potential Role of Physical Bias; the Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center and the Mount Sinai Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center seek participants aged 18 or older who have provided care for women with spinal cord injury (SCI) for a focus group discussing the healthcare needs of women with SCI; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will host virtual Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Tuesdays on each Tuesday in March, highlighting issues such as underserved populations, criminal and juvenile justice, sustainable partnerships, and survivor engagement.

Date sent:
2021-02-17

As the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics hosts the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium this week, NARIC presents how some NIDILRR-funded projects are using statistics to show how we live in its Spotlight blog; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes research brief, 'Adulting' Is Hard: Understanding the College-to-Career Transition and Supporting Young Adults' Emotional Wellbeing; Sensorial Mat Wheelchair Wellness Coach is developed by the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and the Development and Community Evaluation of Real-Time System for Monitoring Feedback and Training to Prevent Pressure Injuries in Individuals with SCI in collaboration with Sensoria Health Inc.; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: A Closer Look: COVID-19 Accessible Materials for People with Disabilities Project; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Are People with Disabilities Getting Equitable Access to Participation Opportunities 30 Years Post ADA?; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks participants over 18 years old with any disabilities and health insurance for its the 2021 National Survey on Health and Disability; the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group of the Web Accessibility Initiative seeks input on the First Public Working Draft of the W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0.

Date sent:
2021-02-10

In observance of Low Vision Awareness Month, NARIC presents NIDILRR-funded projects concentrating on blindness and low vision in its latest quick looks blog post; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families publishes research brief, Pregnancy, Birth, and Infant Outcomes Among Women Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; the ADA National Network celebrates 30 years of service to the public, providing training and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Vertical Access, where presenters will explain where access is required or exempt under the ADA and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA); the New England ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Know Your Rights and Responsibilities: Disability Issues in Employment; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) hosts webcast, Knowledge Brokering in Vocational Rehabilitation Contexts; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment is seeking adult participants with disabilities, living in rural communities in Arizona and Wisconsin, for a study on rural personal assistance services; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (OPEC) at the US Department of Labor publishes blog post, ODEP at 20, Driving Change and Creating Opportunities, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. 

Date sent:
2021-02-03

NARIC reminds readers that its Information Specialists are available, in English or Spanish and through phone, email, chat, or social media, to provide needed resources for living, learning, and working in the community; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision releases several new courses to its learning management system, with topics including job search skills for transition age youth, orientation and mobility services for individuals with multiple health impairments, and how factors like age, vision impairment, and health can increase the risk for social isolation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Employment, and Health publishes article, A cross-sectional analysis of trust of information and COVID-19 preventative practices among people with disabilities, online in the Disability and Health Journal; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Medical Care and Long-Term Care Facilities; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts episode of ADA Live! podcast, How Public Health Monitoring During the Pandemic Can Affect Disability and Minority Populations; the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center, the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center, and the Spaulding-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Center host  Tri-Model Systems Webinar on Chronic Conditions in Burn, SCI, TBI; the study Using Virtual Reality (VR) to Improve Job Reentry in Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): An RCT seeks participants aged 18 to 65 to test the effectiveness of VR to improve job reentry; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) continues to update its information resource page, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Date sent:
2021-01-28

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC presents recent NIDILRR-funded research and development in technologies, such as those included in the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2021), which have the potential to change the lives of people with disabilities; in this week's Research in Focus, Spanish-speaking immigrants share experiences adjusting to traumatic brain injury; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center hosts biweekly podcast, Adventures in Accessibility, featuring esteemed guests from the disability community; the project Motivating Self-Management Through Multi-Media Health Promotion adds Working Well with a Disability to its Healthy Community Living (HCL) program of workshops and trainings; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Making the Connection: Aging, Transportation, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) hosts webinar, Policy Solutions to Support Family Caregivers; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, Ask Me Anything About Employment: Stigma in the Workplace; the Administration for Community Living (ACL), along with partners from other federal agencies and the technology and social service communities, launch Commit to Connect during the Consumer Electronics Show 2021 (CES 2021), a partnership to combat social isolation among people with disabilities and older adults in the community,

Date sent:
2021-01-21

NARIC offers examples of plain- and lay-language summaries and briefs published by NIDILRR-funded projects, as well as resources for researchers to create their own, in their Spotlight blog; this week's Research in Focus looks at well-coordinated health records to help streamline accommodations for patients with disabilities; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Inclusion and Participation for People with Serious Mental Illness publishes the 2021 Community Connections Calendar, focusing on monthly community participation goals to maintain health and safety for everyone; AbleLink WayFinder ADS was selected as one of ten semifinalists for the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Inclusive Design Challenge focused on inclusive automated driving system-dedicated vehicles (ADS-DV); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Advancing the Full Participation of Persons with Disabilities in All Areas of Society, discussing services provided by independent living centers (ILCs) across the country; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Learning and Working RRTC) hosts webinar, Tips and Tricks to Developing and Sustaining a Family Advisory Board, discussing the purpose and value of utilizing stakeholder engagement groups in an organization; the Great Lakes Regional ADA Center hosts a webinar, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fairness for Persons with Disabilities in Workplace Technologies; the US Access Board hosts four-part series of virtual meetings on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to all passengers, including those with disabilities, a joint initiative of the Access Board, the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, and the Administration for Community Living.

Date sent:
2021-01-13

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help readers make a fresh start to the new year, including refreshing the work-from-home space, reconnecting with framily and friends, and more; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for upcoming disability and rehabilitation research grant competitions; in this week' Research in Focus, people who are legally blind share their preferences for accessible indoor wayfinding systems; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction hosts postcast, Bladder Buzz, on topics including neurogenic bladder and its management, relationships and dating, and maintaining mental health during a pandemic; Practice quideline update recommendations summary: Disorders of consciousness, developed with NIDILRR support, is now required reading for neurological subspecialties; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Top ADA Cases for 2020; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody: Colorado's Development of a Statewide Access & Functional Needs Program; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Disability Statistics and Demographics to host the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium as a webinar series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation seeks participants for a national survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on  direct support professionals (DSPs), open to U.S. DSPs and frontline supervisors; the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) hosts webinar, Accommodations for Respiratory Impairments, exploring  accommodations and technologies in a work setting.

Date sent:
2021-01-06

In addition to News and Notes, NARIC's other lists include the monthly literature awareness service REHABDATA CONNECTION; the NIDILRR Announcements, featuring notices of new grant forecasts and announcements from NIDILRR's leadership; and updates, new additions to the collection, and other resources from the NIDILRR grantee community on social media and the NARIC blog; in Research in Focus, people with disabilities share their experiences of moving from institutions to community living; the New England ADA Regional Center and the Pacific ADA Regional Center publish factsheet, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Addiction and Recovery for State and Local Governments, the third in the ADA, Addiction, and Recovery series; principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, has co-authored University of Colorado Law Review article, Telehealth and telework accessibility in a pandemic-induced virtual world; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hosts webcast, The Changing Nature & Needs of the Disability Community; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Interior and Exterior Accessible Routes, an in-depth review of when accessible routes are required under the ADA and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA); the New York Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center at Mount Sinai and the Northern New Jersey TBI System Center conduct brief survey, open to individuals over the age of 18 with TBI, to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals who have sustained a TBI; the Job Accommodations Network (JAN) releases updated report for its survey Accommodations and Compliance: Low Cost, High Impact.

Date sent:
2020-12-16

Pages