News and Notes 360 May 1

In observance of Mental Health Month, NARIC features publications, guides, and research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at challenges aging with spinal cord injuries can present to health, home, and relationships; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) publishes new resource, Tackling Mental Health Prejudice and Discrimination; principal investigator of the project on Dose-Response Effects of Transformative Exercise in Improving Health and Function in Adults with Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was interviewed in the March episode of the RehabCast podcast from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) hosts webinar, Multi-Component Engagement Program - Considerations for Service Provision to Young Adults Early in Their Recovery; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts Season Four Episode Five of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series; the US Access Board holds training session on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and a town hall meeting.

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2019-05-01
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May is a big month for disability- and health-related observances, starting with Mental Health Month, organized by Mental Health America (MHA). MHA's theme for this observance is #4Mind4Body, focusing on wellness and mental health by exploring topics such as animal companionship, spirituality, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and social connections. What resources do you turn to for wellness and support? Are family time, furry companions, a good workout, or quiet contemplation on your list? Visit our Spotlight blog for publications, guides, and research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help you on the path to wellness.

Research In Focus:
People Aging with Spinal Cord Injuries and Their Caregivers Share Experiences with Aging
People with spinal cord injuries (SCI) are living longer, and this week's Research in Focus looks at the challenges aging with SCI can present to health, home, and relationships.

Resource Highlight: 

Tackling Mental Health Prejudice and Discrimination
The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) has published a new resource, Tackling Mental Health Prejudice and Discrimination. Prejudice toward and discrimination against people with mental health conditions are longstanding major environmental barriers to genuine community inclusion. This document describes anti-prejudice and anti-discrimination initiatives implemented by people with mental health conditions, especially those involved in peer-run programs, and provides useful guidance for new peer-based efforts to tackle these barriers.

News items: 

NIDILRR-Funded Research Featured in ACRM's RehabCast Podcast
James Rimmer, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded project on Dose-Response Effects of Transformative Exercise in Improving Health and Function in Adults with Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) (90DP0059), was interviewed in the March episode of the RehabCast podcast from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). Dr. Rimmer discussed the results of a trial of Movement 2 Music versus adapted yoga for people with MS which was published in the March issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (abstract).

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Multi-Component Engagement Program - Considerations for Service Provision to Young Adults Early in Their Recovery
The NIDILRR-funded The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) (90RT5031) will host a webinar, Multi-Component Engagement Program - Considerations for Service Provision to Young Adults Early in Their Recovery, May 22nd, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss the Just Do You intervention, a new approach to engaging marginalized young adults in mental health services, and four important aspects of intervention development in relation to the creation of Just Do You. They will also discuss the randomized control trial that is testing the efficacy of the Just Do You intervention. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Webinar: May nTIDE Lunch & Learn
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) will host the Season Four Episode Five of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series, May 3rd, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss the April Jobs Report, to be released that morning, how it fits into longer term employment trends, and news, programs, and research across the country that address employment and disability. The program will also include a guest presentation from Jill Houghton of Disability:IN. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

US Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting and Training Event
The US Access Board will hold a training session on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and a town hall meeting, May 21st, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. The free training sessions in the ADA Accessibility Standards will run from 9am to 12:15pm ET and will cover how to apply the standards, common sources of confusion, and recreation and outdoor facilities. The town hall meeting will run from 2pm to 4:30pm ET. The meeting will provide an open forum where the public can pose questions to the Board or share comments or concerns about accessibility for people with disabilities. There will also be panel discussions with area speakers on accessible recreation and outdoor environments, the Indiana AgrAbility Project, and local compliance initiatives under the ADA. Advance registration is not required. Qualified attendees can earn continuing education credits. Additional information is available from the event website.