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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 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.

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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.

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2020-07-01

NARIC's Spotlight blog post takes readers through three paths to browse, explore, and dig deeper into NARIC's publications and databases; Research in Focus discusses how, for people with TBI, online socializing may help staying connected with their community, online and offline; the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center releases video series, Mission Possible: Emotional Wellness after TBI; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts next episode of ADA Live!, The ADA Then and Now, Celebrate the ADA's 30th Anniversary with the Honorable Tony Coelho; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Geographic Distribution of Accessible Medicaid Participating Primary Care Offices in LA County; the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (UPM-SCI) seeks wheelchair-using participants for two studies, Web-Based Maintenance Training, testing a free, web-based wheelchair maintenance program, and Equity and Assistive Technology for Individuals with SCI, testing an app tracking wheelchair breakdowns, recording repair information, and tracking distances traveled; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) hosts webinar, Addressing Social Isolation Through Technology Solutions.

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2020-06-24

In observance of the anniversary of Olmsted vs. L.C., NARIC offers information on NIDILRR-funded projects conducting research and developing activities that support community living for people with disabilities; Research in Focus finds that ex-offenders with disabilities may experience racial gaps in employment and earnings; the Community Living Policy Center releases two policy briefs, Short-Term Money Follows the Person Extensions Resulted in a Significant Drop in State Efforts to Transition People Out of Institutions and Unaffordable, Inadequate, and Dangerous: Housing Disparities for People with Disabilities in the US; principal investigator for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center was interviewed for the June 2020 episode of RehabCast, the podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) presents webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update, also livestreamed on Facebook; the Center for Research Training and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts webinar, Do We Need More Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) in Dementia Caregiving? An Analysis of 595 Unique Studies, the first in the center's Scholarship Series; the ADA National Network hosts Twitter chat on Olmstead and the history of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks participants for a field test of 4to24, an app for youth with blindnes or visual impairment and their parents; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health releases its Strategic Plan for Research, providing a framework for advancing research priorities that support the Institute's mission to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, leading to prevention, recovery, and cure.

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2020-06-17

In observance of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness month, NARIC offers information resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with PTSD find support and treatment in their community; Research in Focus discusses the role of resilience for helping people with physical disabilities stay employed; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) develop a series of social media videos on COVID-19 and disability; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and  Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, showing increases in key employment numbers for Americans with disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Healthcare Accessibility Resource Roadmap, showing how the ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities to people with drug and alcohol addictions during recovery and treatment; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities (CVU-RRTC-EP) hosts webcast, Key Disability Employment Terms - Frequent Phrases Employers Should Know; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks participants for survey on using wireless technology to create and maintain social connections for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes four articles offering guidance and resources on COVID-19 for people with disabilities, families and caregivers, and professionals supporting community participation; articles included in People Who Need Extra Precautions - Others at Risk.

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2020-06-10

In observance of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month organized by the American Migraine Foundation, the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has factsheet on Headaches After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), also available in graphic form, TBI and Headaches Infocomic; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Improving the Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC) publishes guidance for employers and for employees who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or Deaf/Blind working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic; the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers (TBIMS), in collaboration with the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Evidence and Practice Committee (ACRM EPC), publish position statement, Minimum Competency Recommendations for Programs that Provide Rehabilitation Services for People with Consciousness Disorders, in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM RRTC) hosts webinar, nTIDE Lunch & Learn, discussing the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Integrating the Access and Functional Needs Coordinator Role into Your Emergency Operations Center; the Community Living Policy Center hosts webinar, Long-Term Services and Supports Coordinator: A Promising Practice to Advance Independent Living Philosophy and Recovery Principles Within Integrated Care, about the establishment of a Long-Term Services and Supports (LTS) Coordinator in the Massachusetts OneCare Program; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks clinicians to provide feedback on a new factsheet, Outpatient Pain Management for Burn Survivors; the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is conducting an Inclusive Design Challenge seeking innovative technology and design solutions that enable people with disabilities to use automated vehicles.

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2020-06-03

NARIC mourns principal investigator Chuck Graham of the Great Plains ADA Regional Center; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes two Covid-19-related new tip sheets, on working from home and finishing college classes during the pandemic; Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center publishes article on voting rights for people with disabilities online in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) publishes report, National Trends in Disabilities Employment (nTIDE) workers with Disabilities in the COVID Economy, discussed in special edition of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) will host webinar, Using Video to Translate and Promote Research: Technical Aspects of Shooting Video; the Southest ADA Regional Center will host next episode of ADA Live!, History and the Future of Disability Rights: A Conversation with Judy Heumann; the Southeast ADA Regional Center encourages people with disabilities and their families and service providers to share a moment when they were grateful for the ADA by tagging it #ThanksToTheADA on a social media platform; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) hosts national web conference, The Role of Telehealth to Increase Access to Care and Improve Healthcare Quality.

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2020-05-27

In observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21st, NARIC features research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere about building an inclusive digital world in its Spotlight blog; project INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services publishes two new research briefs on opioid use and opioid use disorder; two researchers at the South Florida Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Center publish article on hurricane prepareness for individuals with spinal cord injury in the journal Spinal Cord Series and Cases; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and the Great Plains ADA Regional Center co-host ADA Online 2020, a series of webinar presentations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), representing a scaled-down version of the 2020 National ADA Symposium, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inclusion Confusion: What Is the Self-ID Form and Why Is It Important? discussing the differences between self-identification and self-disclosure; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the Southeast ADA Regional Center and the Pacific ADA Regional Center to host webinar, The Power of Plain Language: Connect and Reach Across the Web; the Northeast ADA Regional Center to present webinar, Small Business at Work: A Toolkit to Help Small Businesses Leverage the Talents of People with Disabilities; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support of People with Disabilities Across the Life Course seeks participants for a community survey of issues related to the current coronavirus pandemic; the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Program hosts webinar, Working from Home with Ticket to Work, as part of its Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE).

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2020-05-20

In observance of Mental Health Month, this year's theme of which is Tools 2 Thrive, NARIC looks at examples of these tools developed by the NIDILRR grantee community in its Spotlight blog; the Community Life Engagement (CLE) Toolkit was developed to help service providers develop supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders (I/DD) to participate in their communities outside employment; former NIDILRR Switzer fellow and co-investigator for the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center Dawn Neumann, PhD, to receive the Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; the Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities hosts webinar, What Employers Should Expect from a Vocational Rehabilitation Program; the project Connecting Practices to Outcomes: Lessons from the Federal Sector Workplace presents webinar, Connecting Agency Practices to Federal Disability Discrimination Complaints; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the Southwest ADA Regional Center will host webinar, Food Service Providers and the ADA; the Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center seeks participants for study to test group psychological health program for women with spinal cord injury (SCI); the US Access Board publishes three technical bulletins on the accessibility of toilet rooms, bathing rooms, and drinking fountains.

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2020-05-13

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