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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!

NARIC staff discuss their following of the research of NIDILRR grantees in their latest Spotlight blog post; the topic of Research in Focus is the removal of pedestrian access barriers, required by the ADA, which many local governments have yet to complete; the Model Systems Knowledge Transaction Center (MSKTC) releases narrated slideshow, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); principal investigator  of the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) was interviewed for podcast, From Research to Reality: Improving Outcomes for People with Traumatic Brain Injury, part of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington Brain Injury Today series; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Back to School and Virtual Accessibility; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign: An Innovative Community-Based Approach to Disaster Preparedness; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Criminal Justice and the ADA, reviewing how the ADA has been applied to a range of situations including interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities, effective communication with correctional facilities, solitary confinement and the ADA, and the ADA's role in prisoner release from custody; the Centers for Medicate & Medicaid Services (CMS) issue joint information bulletin, Living at Home in Rural America: Improving Accessibility for Older Adults and People with Disability, produced with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Date sent:
2020-09-02

NARIC publishes examples of NIDILRR researchers' use of visual methods to share information in its blog to help readers use these innovative tools to share research with their communities; NIDILRR announces its plan for releasing grant forecasts and funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for Fiscal Year 2021; Research in Focus looks at some early signs of consciousness in people recovering from stroke or traumatic brain injury; the Northwest ADA Regional Center and the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center publish factsheet, Accessibility at Drive-Thru Medical Sites; the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center publishes research brief, Digital Access and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), framing digital accessibility as an issue for businesses, agencies, and organizations considered public entities under the ADA; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts virtual Town Hall: Family Caregivers and COVID-19, highlighting the Center's recent finding that family caregivers are being more negatively impacted by the pandemic than their non-caregiver counterparts; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts two-part webinar, Using the ADA and ABA Standards Series: Chapter 8 - Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements, Part 1 and Part 2; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families (NRCPD) seeks essay or video submissions from parents with disabilities who are willing to share their experiences about barriers that they face; the US Department of Health and Human Services releases its Healthy People 2030 framework, establishing public health priorities that help individuals, organizations, and communities improve the health and well-being of the nation.

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2020-08-26

Five months into staff working from home due to COVID-19, NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community to help with telework and staying socially connected and mentally healthy in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes research brief, America at a Glance: COVID-19 and Disability in Rural Areas; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) releases video, Meet Pepper, a Socially Assistive Robot to Provide Respite for Caregivers of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, where the humanoid robot teaches how to do a fist bump, reads a story, and plays a game; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update - August, offering latest perspectives on the implications of COVID-19 for employment of people with disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, COVID-19 and the ADA: Implications for Title II and Post-Secondary Education; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforcing Disability Rights Authorities; the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) seeks participants over the age of 18 with TBI for a survey to measure the impact of COVID-19 on the health, well-being, and mental health of individuals with TBI; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) continues to update its information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

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2020-08-19

In anticipation of back to school, NARIC has gathered resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help this school year be a successful one for all students; the project on Self-Management Assistance Through Technology (SMART) - Virtual Coaches for Wheelchair Users releases app, My Wheelchair Guide; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RRTC/PICL) publishes 9th edition of Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities, released in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ADA; the New England ADA Regional Center hosts two-part webinar, Addiction and Recovery Workshop During Covid-19 - Part 1 and Part 2; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Planning for Pedestrians with Disabilities: Sharing Successes and Gaps from ADA Transition Plans Around the US, discussing transition plans to identify and remove barriers in sidewalks and intersections, as required by the ADA; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) hosts lecture and webcast, Getting More Out of Less: Increasing the Signal to Noise Ratio in the Spinal Cord, part of the Knowledge in Motion lecture series, where presenters will discuss how the  inhibitory/excitatory balance in the spinal cord is disrupted in spinal cord injuries; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks people 18 years old or older with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers to provide feedback on a factsheet, Cognitive Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury; also recruited are people 18 years old or older with burn injuries and their caregivers to provide feedback on the MSKTC factsheet Sexuality and Intimacy; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosts two-part webinar series on creating effective, accessible communications throughout the disaster cycle, Effective ACCESSIBLE Communications. Part 1 will discuss plain language writing and use of virtual platforms, while Part 2 will provide resources for print, television, and radio communication strategies.

Date sent:
2020-08-12

In observance of the ADA Anniversary month, NARIC publishes information about Title IV - Telecommunications and Title V - Miscellaneous Provisions, the last two titles of the ADA, with research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhwere in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes Community Assessment for Accessible Rural Events (CAARE) Toolkit; LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function announces the winners for their 2020 Student App Challenge, apps to be used within assistive and accessibility spaces; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Supporting Youth Peers During COVID-19; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA Perspectives on Emergency Management, COVID-19, and People with Disabilities; Research and Education to Support the Science of Independent Living for Inclusion and Engagement: National Center of Excellence Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RESILIENCE RRTC) is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowship program focusing on implementation science research; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks input via email from stakeholders on the new Strategic Framework for Action: State Opportunities to Integrate Services and Improve Outcomes for Older Adults and People with Disabilities.

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2020-07-29

In continuing observance of the ADA Anniversary Month, NARIC lists research and resources on Title III of the ADA, nondiscrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and in commercial facilities, including digital accessibility, in its Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus looks at improving working conditions and benefits of Direct Support Professionals to improve services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; the Americans with Disabilities Act Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA PARC) Advancing Participation Equity for People with Disabilities releases video, The Right to Live in the Community: A Long Journey for People with Disabilities; WayFinder, app developed by AbleLink Technologies, Inc., is featured in news story, New App Makes Mass Transit Accessible to People with Cognitive Disabilities, in Streetsblog USA; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Digital Accessibility: What Have We Learned and What Does the Future Hold?; project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webcast, Customized Employment Topics: Information Interviewing; the Livewell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function opens its 2020-2021 annual App Factory Grant Competition, focusing on mobile health (mHealth) and mobile rehabilitation (mRehab); the US Access Board will host a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ADA with a virtual public meeting.

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2020-07-20

In its continued recognition of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight Blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Persons with Physical Disabilities releases video, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Chronic Pain: Expanding Access via Telehealth; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) reports on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on medical and support services for people with disabilities in results from a national survey of Centers for Independent Living (CIL); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms, covering features and considerations for ensuring access to virtual meeting platforms based on Section 508 Standards; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Physical Access in Health Care, providing an overview of physical access requirements under the ADA for different types of health care facilities; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) seeks participants for the Sequences of Employment and Education Study (SEED Study), open to persons age 16 to 25 with mental health conditions who have lived experience in foster care. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee at the Department of Health and Human Services releases its 2019 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, addressing topics including screening and diagnosis, biology, risk factors, interventions, services, lifespan issues, and infrastructure surveillance.

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2020-07-15

In continuing celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the ADA, NARIC looks at its Title1: Employment, and provides resources including the ADA National Network and research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; Research in Focus explores how knowledgeable VR staff and specialized services can help improve employment outcomes for people with traumatic brain injuries and visual impairment; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes research brief, America at a Glance: How Do Working-Age Adults with Travel-Limiting Disabilities Get Around?; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the June National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, showing marginal increases in key employment numbers for Americans with and without disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Buying Websites: Technology and Tech Services: Tools and Tips for Accessible Procurement; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The 30th Anniversary of the ADA: A Review of the Most Important ADA Cases; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) continues to collect data through the 2020 Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technologies to learn how people of all ages and abilities use wireless technology; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor announces theme for the October 2020 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM): Increasing Access and Opportunity, including the celebration of the ADA and its role in increasing access and opportunity in employment.

Date sent:
2020-07-08

What's New at NARIC features William A. Anthony, PhD, the founder of the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, who recently passed away; the Northwest ADA Regional Center publishes factsheet, Face Coverings and Businesses: Balancing the ADA with Public Health During Covid-19; Peter Blanck, PhD, JD, principal investigator for multiple DIDILRR-funded projects on the ADA and other disability laws, publishes new book, Disability Law and Policy; findings from the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course, entitled Caregiving and COVID-19 Report, were highlighted in article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Where Do I File a Complaint? A Quick Review of ADA Enforcement Options; the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS), in collaboration with the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAW), leads virtual course, Strategies for Sleep After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, COVID-19 and Return to Work; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC) seeks wheelchair-user participants for study to examine the characteristics wanted in a wheelchair fall detection device; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosts virtual conference, Rehabilitation Research 2020: Envisioning a Functional Future.

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2020-07-05

In observance of ADA Anniversary Month, NARIC explores recent Research In Focus articles on access to employment, public accommodations, transportation and government services for people with disabilities in its Spotlight Blog; the Northeast ADA Regional Center publishes Small Business at Work Toolkit: Helping Small Businesses Leverage the Talents of People with Disabilities, exploring how small businesses can hire and retain employees with disabilities; principal investigator for Enhancing Community Participation for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders Through Peer-Mediated Transportation Interventions receives 2020 Mid-Career Research Excellence Award from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts next episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn series, including a discussion of employment trends for workers with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, California's Emergency Plans for Wildfire Season in a Covid-19 Environment; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Anniversary Update: 30 Years, Where Do We Go Now?; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center seeks participants who are members of disability employee resource or affinity groups, as well as diversity and inclusion professionals, for a study on emerging practices to support disability inclusion in the workplace in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services launch the MENTAL Health Innovation Challenge to develop a social engagement clearinghouse, MENTAL standing for Mobilizing and Empowering the Nation and Technology to Address Loneliness and social isolation.

Date sent:
2020-07-01

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