News and Notes 159 April 8

NARIC signs on to the Anniversary Pledge and Proclamation in observation of the 25th anniversary of the ADA; RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities publishes two plain-language summaries; Southeast ADA Center and ADA National Network produce ADA Anniversary Toolkit; RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) publishes feature issue of Impact focusing on the ADA; RRTC on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults  announces new VR Graduate Certificate program; Northeast ADA Center to host webinar: Building Design Accessibility; TiLT Challenge, a program of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, announces story telling contest for students with disabilities.

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2015-04-08
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What's New at NARIC?
Did you know the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25 this year? The law was signed by George H.W. Bush on July 26th, 1990. Agencies and organizations are celebrating the anniversary throughout the year, with new resources and events already on the calendar. Today's issue of News and Notes highlights some of the commemorations from the NIDILRR community. Here at NARIC, we've signed on to the Anniversary Pledge and Proclamation and the staff share their thoughts in our Spotlight Blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Plain Language Research Summaries
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (H133B130018) has published two new plain-language summaries, Falling Occurs All Too Often for People with MD, MS, PPS, and SCI and The Benefits of Happiness & Finding Your Sense of Purpose. These articles summarize findings from recent studies published in major journals and offer related resources.

ADA Anniversary Toolkit
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) and the ADA National Network (H133A110014) have produced the ADA Anniversary Toolkit, a suite of resources to help individuals, agencies, and organizations celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA. The ADA Anniversary Toolkit includes a pledge and proclamations, publications, and videos to share, as well as a full media kit and training options. A calendar displays ADA-related events planned throughout the year. The network has partnered with the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition for a faith community pledge, providing information and support to build inclusive communities of faith.

News items: 

RTC/CL Celebrates ADA at 25
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (H133B130006) has published a feature issue of Impact focusing on the ADA and people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. This special issue includes articles by and interviews with individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, service providers, and others describing how the ADA has made a difference in their lives. The issue also discusses barriers people with disabilities still face as they seek equal opportunity and full inclusion in the community. Companion videos are available on the RTC/CL's Self Advocacy Online website.

RRTC Announces New VR Graduate Certificate Program
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults (H133B140043) announced a new Graduate Certificate in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition. The 12-credit, online program is offered in partnership with the University of Maryland and TransCen, Inc., and is designed for VR and special education/transition professionals. Program content covers collaborative strategies across service delivery systems, integrated employment and postsecondary outcomes for youth with significant disabilities, career development strategies, transition assessment methods, and evidence-based practices. A limited number of scholarships are available. Applications must be received by July 1st.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Building Design Accessibility
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110020) will host a webinar, Building Design Accessibility, April 22nd, 1-2pm ET. Center staff will answer questions received from stakeholders on the ADA, universal design, and building accessibility, and also address the most common questions related to building design that their Technical Assistance Staff receives. Questions may be submitted via email by April 10th. Registration is free but required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

TiLT Challenge
TheTiLT Challenge, a program of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, invites students with disabilities ages 13-22 from around the world to share their disability experience through the art of digital media and storytelling, be it their own life story, the lives of others, or by creating fictional characters. Submissions must be no more than five minutes in length and are due May 15th. Winners will be invited to Washington, DC, and winning submissions will be showcased at the Kennedy Center July 20th through 26th.