News and Notes 162 April 29

Annual NARRTC meeting; Community-Based Non-Work: Developing Research-Based Guidance for States and Service Providers publishes first issue of ENGAGE research brief; researcher at Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center works with Caltech students to create new AT devices; ADA National Network releases updated Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People with Disabilities; Southeast ADA continues its ADA Live! webcast series with Beach Access; ABILITY JOBS and JobAccess.org to host nationwide Virtual Career Fair.

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2015-04-29
NARIC news: 

This week, we'll be at the annual NARRTC meeting. Members of NARRTC represent a cross-section of the NIDILRR grantee community. The annual meeting offers grantees a chance to share their research and a rare opportunity to network across diverse areas of research and practice. Look for #NARRTC2015 in our social streams as we highlight some of the exciting developments in disability and rehabilitation research!

Resource Highlight: 

ENGAGE: A Brief Look at Community Life Engagement
The NIDILRR-funded Community-Based Non-Work: Developing Research-Based Guidance for States and Service Providers  project (H133G140150) has published the first issue of ENGAGE (PDF), a research brief on community life engagement (CLE). The brief introduces and defines CLE as a way to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they access and participate in their communities outside of employment. The brief also discusses the relevance of CLE and emerging issues in the field.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Works with Caltech Students to Create New AT Devices
Philip Requejo, PhD, co-director of the NIDILRR-funded Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110018), recently co-taught Designing for Independence from Disability, a course on designing, building, and modifying products for people with disabilities at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Dr. Requejo joined Ken Pickar, PhD, of Caltech and Andy Lin from the Rancho Emerging Tech Lab to lecture and mentor engineering and design students through the 10-week course. Building upon research from previous NIDILRR-funded projects at Rancho, students worked with individuals with disabilities, assistive technologists, and engineers to develop technology solutions for real-life problems. The final projects were highlighted in a recent Pasadena Star-News story.

ADA National Network Releases Updated Events Planning Guide
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) has updated and redesigned A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People with Disabilities. The 58-page guide provides information from industry experts to assist planners, managers, operators, and building owners in making temporary events, such as festivals, concerts, and sporting events, accessible to people with disabilities. The updated guide is a collaboration of the ADA Knowledge Translation Center and the ADA National Network Regional Centers.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live: Beach Access
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) continues its ADA Live! webcast series with Beach Access, May 6th, 1-1:30 ET. Presenters will discuss how to make a beach accessible to people with disabilities, including challenges such as beach and wildlife protections, alterations to an existing beach, and what defines an accessible route. No registration is required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Virtual Career Fair
ABILITYJobs.com and JobAccess.org will host a nationwide Virtual Career Fair on May 14th, 1-4pm ET. This event provides an opportunity for job seekers with disabilities to connect with employers in a chatroom platform. Early registration is recommended in order to become familiar with the site and upload resumes. Employers and employment opportunities will be announced prior to the event. Employers may also register to participate.