News and Notes 164 May 13
Resources from NARIC in observation of Healthy Vision Month and Better Hearing and Speech Month; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind of Visually Impaired offers library of online short courses in blindness and low vision; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continued job growth for Americans with disabilities in the April nTIDE report; RTC/CL receives awards from Somali Parents Autism Network for its work on the Minneapolis Somali ASD Prevalence Project; Northeast ADA Center hosts two-part webinar, The State of Employment for People with Disabilities - Opportunities and Challenge; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support continues its national survey on family support research; LEND Brief: ASD & Culture, from the LEND Program at the University of Minneapolis, provides information on how diverse communities experience ASD and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.
The long list of May observances continues with Healthy Vision Month, sponsored by the National Eye Institute, and Better Hearing and Speech Month, sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). We turned to our collection of research and resources to spotlight items from the NIDILRR community you can use right now to celebrate better vision, speech, and hearing, as well as deep links into our REHABDATA database to explore more research from NIDILRR grantees and other sources.
Short Courses in Blindness and Low Vision
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (H133B100022) offers a growing library of self-paced, online short courses in blindness and low vision. Courses cover a wide array of topics, from introductions on blindness and common adult and child eye diseases to explorations of research in improving employment outcomes for individuals with visual disabilities. New courses are added on a regular basis. All courses are free of charge and continuing education credits are available upon request.
Positive Employment Growth Continues for People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005) reported continued job growth for Americans with disabilities in the April National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both labor force participation and employment-to-population ratio increased for working-age people with disabilities in the US.
RTC/CL Receives Awards from Parent Support Organization
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (H133B130006) received two awards from the Somali Parents Autism Network for its work on the Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Prevalence Project. The first award was presented in appreciation for partnering with the Network for the community engagement phase of the project and the second was given in appreciation for the project's 2014 report. The awards were presented to Project Director Amy Hewitt, PhD, at the organization's World Autism Day annual event in Minneapolis.
Webinar Series: The State of Employment for People with Disabilities - Opportunities and Challenge TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110020) will host a two-part webinar, The State of Employment for People with Disabilities: Opportunities and Challenges, May 13th and 27th, 1-2pm ET. The first webinar, airing TODAY, will examine the employment disparity of people with disabilities, its negative effects, and how governmental actions can help to reverse the underemployment of working-age people with disabilities. The second webinar will detail some of the pitfalls that employers may face regarding online tools and processes under the ADA, and will look ahead to potential emerging issues in online employment practices and the rights of people with disabilities. Registration is free but required for these webinars.
National Survey on Family Support Research
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support (H133B140046) continues to collect input and ideas from individuals with disabilities, family caregivers, service providers, and researchers on important research questions in the area of family support. Comments collected thus far include, but are not limited to, practical day-to-day concerns about providing assistance, healthcare, transportation, education, and the financial, spiritual, or emotional aspects of being a family caregiver. Comments provided during the survey period will be used to shape a strategic plan for family support research in the US. Surveys are available in English and Spanish. Comments may also be submitted by phone at 844/781-4158 and on social media using #FSNeedToKnow and #AFDíganos hashtags. The survey will close May 30th.
LEND Brief: ASD & Culture
LEND Brief: ASD & Culture (PDF), from the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program at the University of Minnesota, provides information about how diverse communities view, understand, and experience Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. The brief showcases projects and programs that recognize dimensions of culture, socioeconomics, and language through the services and supports they deliver to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.