News and Notes 369 July 3

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
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This issue kicks off a month of celebrating the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! The ADA was signed into law on July 26th, 1990, a day our director Mark Odum recalls vividly. Twenty-nine years later, this landmark civil rights legislation is still opening doors, creating opportunities, and improving the lives of people with disabilities across the country. Its impact extends around the world, as other countries look to the ADA for inspiration. Starting with today's Resource Highlights and Events, we will share resources, events, research, and news from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere related to the ADA all month.

Resource Highlight: 

WCAG 2.1 Online Course Focuses on Principles of Accessibility
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0094) has developed a new online course, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WGAC) 2.1. The online course provides an overview of the guidelines, as well as tools and techniques for accessible websites, online documents, and social media. WCAG 2.1 focuses on the principles of accessibility and contains guidelines that offer more flexibility and conceptual thought processes for developers. Registration is free and required. A certification of completion is available.

News items: 

HHS Visit Highlights Technology and Programs for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Individuals
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Improving Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (90RE5020) recently hosted a visit from Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Lance Robertson, Administrator for the Administration for Community Living (ACL), highlighting the inclusion of Deaf and hard of hearing researchers and participants. During the visit, RERC staff demonstrated technology under development including a telerehabilitation program for cochlear implant users and a system which simulates conversations in realistic situations, which can help audiologists teach hard of hearing individuals how to optimize their hearing aids for better usability. Staff also highlighted the RERC's train-the-trainer program which recruits people with hearing loss to train others in using hearing technology.

Childhood TBI Research in the News
NIDILRR-funded research on the long-term impact of childhood traumatic brain injury (TBI) was featured in two news outlets. Ann Glang, PhD, principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded projects on childhood TBI (90IF0067, 90IF0046, H133G100153, 90RT5004, H133A060075, H133G030179), co-authored an article, Hidden epidemic? Childhood concussion may lead to long term cognitive and behavioural problems, for the online journal The Conversation. The article discussed the impact of childhood concussion on learning and how teachers, coaches, and parents can support students who have had concussions, especially early in life. Dr. Glang also joined the Jefferson Exchange Podcast for Curious: Teaching Educators to Teach Concussion Victims, where she and her co-investigators discussed current projects to help teachers understand and support the educational needs of students who have had concussions.

Grantee event: 

The Forefront of Disability Rights for Addiction and Recovery: Panel Discussion on Present and Future Legal Trends
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0087) will host a panel discussion, The Forefront of Disability Rights for Addiction and Recovery: Panel Discussion on Present and Future Legal Trends, July 24th, 12-1:30pm ET, in Boston, MA. Panelists will discuss current and future trends in civil rights issues and enforcement for people in recovery from substance and opioid use disorders. Questions and reasonable accommodation requests may be sent to shart@IHCDesign.org in advance of the event. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

Webinar: Accessible Transient Lodging
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Accessible Transient Lodging, July 11th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will address and clarify requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards for hotels, motels, and other types of transient lodging facilities and will cover the required number and dispersion of compliant guest rooms and suites, including those providing communication access. They will also review requirements for guest accommodations and amenities, swimming pools and spas, bars and restaurants, and conference rooms. Finally, presenters will highlight common errors and omissions in the design and construction of transient lodging facilities. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NRD.gov Offers Thousands of Resources for Vets with Disabilities and their Families
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a resource website that 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. The site can be searched by keyword or browsed by major categories including community of care, education and training, employment, health, benefits, and family and caregiver support. Resources are carefully vetted by NRD staff. NRD is a partnership of the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Labor.