News and Notes 170 June 24

Upcoming 25th anniversary of the ADA; TU Collaborative publishes physical activity guide for peer support specialists; project directors of New England and Great Plains ADA Centers interviewed re the ADA anniversary in the Washington Times; research from RRTC on Employment Policy and Measurement is focus of special issue of the Journal of Disability Policy Studies; data gathered by RTC/CL is included in report on services for people with I/DD in the US Territories; Great Lakes ADA Center to host seminar: Accessible Swimming Pools and Spas; RRTC on Family Support issues call to nominate programs that support family caregivers and individuals with disabilities; Ability Path, Best Buddies, and Special Olympics publish The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs.

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2015-06-24
NARIC news: 

Did you know we're about a month away from the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? The NIDILRR community is gearing up for a month of celebrations from gatherings on Boston Common to sessions with the ADA Legacy Tour bus! More than 4,000 people and organizations have signed on to the pledge to recommit to the ADA - including all of us here at NARIC. Look for ADA-related events and resources in News and Notes throughout July. Do you have an event or resource to share? Let us know!

Resource Highlight: 

Supporting Physical Activity: A Guide for Peer Support Specialists
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130014) has published Supporting Physical Activity: A Guide for Peer Support Specialists. The lessons within this guide focus on sedentary behaviors and other barriers to physical activity, benefits of physical activity, evaluating current physical activity levels and motivation for change, goal setting, and identifying action steps and self-monitoring. A companion information guide provides a summary of some of the physical and mental health benefits associated with physical activity.

News items: 

ADA Anniversary in the News
Project directors Oce Harrison of the NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Center (H133A110028) and Jim deJong of the Great Plains ADA Center (H133A110022) were interviewed in As disability law milestone approaches, challenges remain in the Washington Times. The article highlights the many areas where access and services have improved for people with disabilities, thanks to the landmark legislation, as well as areas where challenges remain.

Special Journal Issue Reveals New Evidence on Employment Outcomes
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (H133B100030) is the focus of a special issue of the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. The special issue sheds new light on the employment and economic well-being of people with disabilities and describes the implications of existing and proposed policies designed to improve employment outcomes for this population. The articles are available online ahead of print.

RTC/CL Data in New National Report
Data gathered by the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL)(H133B130006)  is included in a new report, Services for People with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities in the US Territories (PDF), published by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The report includes data gathered by the RTC's Family Information Systems Project and the Residential Information Systems Project. Additionally, project staff co-authored the report's chapter on services in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Accessible Swimming Pools and Spas - Q and A Session
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center (H133A110029) will host a webinar, Accessible Swimming Pools and Spas - Question and Answer Session, July 2nd, 2:30pm-4pm ET. Accessibility specialists from the US Access Board will provide an overview of the scoping and technical requirements for accessible swimming pools and spas and answer questions from the audience. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance and to review the archived session on basic provisions for pools and spas. Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

Promising Family Support Practices
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support (H133B140016) has issued a call to nominate promising local, state, and national programs that support family caregivers and individuals with disabilities, including veterans and/or seniors. Promising practices can target any population of caregivers and any type or combination of supports. The Center will share information obtained with aging and disability advocates across the country. Readers can nominate a promising practice online, via email, or by phone at 844/781-4158.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Journey to Life After High School
AbilityPath, in partnership with Best Buddies and Special Olympics, has published The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs. This comprehensive guide examines the laws that impact a child with special needs, the importance of the individualized education plan, and the different paths a child can take as they transition to adulthood. The guide includes a national directory of state agencies that assist families to find the support services they need.