News and Notes 171 July 1

NARIC recognizes Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in celebration of Independence Day; Southwest ADA Center publishes Access Means Business: Tax Incentives Supporting the ADA; dietician with Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center receives award for excellence; wayfinding technology developed by Sendero Group featured in Fortune magazine article; Great Lakes ADA Center hosts webinar, The Most Important Cases Since the ADA Was Passed 25 Years Ago; TU Collaborative hosts webinar, Get Moving! The Importance of Physical Activity; Wireless RERC extends App Factory call for proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms; US Department of Labor has created a disability history timeline, Disability & Employment: A Timeline, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.

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2015-07-01
NARIC news: 

As our nation celebrates Independence Day, we want to recognize Centers for Independent Living (CILs). CILs are community-based, non-profit organizations operated by and for people with disabilities. They serve people across the disability spectrum, providing peer support, information and referral, individual and systems advocacy, and independent living skills training. We explore some of the history of the independent living movement in our blog, with research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere. We wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day!

Resource Highlight: 

Access Means Business: Tax Incentives Supporting the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (H133A110027) has published Access Means Business: Tax Incentives Supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This bulletin provides valuable federal tax incentive information that businesses, employers, and consumers can use to support an inclusive market and workforce.

News items: 

NWRBMS Staff Receives Award for Excellence
Megan Nordlund, a registered dietician with the NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (NWRBMS) (H133A120024), received the Clinical Practice/Research Award for Excellence from the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award was given in recognition of her excellence in clinical practice and for her research efforts concerning the nutritional management of burn injury survivors.

NIDILRR-funded Wayfinding Technology in the News
Wayfinding technology developed by the Sendero Group under several NIDILRR-funded SBIR, field-initiated, and development grants (H133S120016, H133G100135, H133S090026, H133G060035, H133A011903), as featured in The era of the seeing iPhone is here with apps for the visually impaired, in Fortune magazine. The article highlights GPS-based smart phone products that assist individuals with visual impairments in navigating their environment.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The Most Important Cases Since the ADA Was Passed 25 Years Ago
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center (H133A110029) will host a webinar, The Most Important Cases Since the ADA Was Passed 25 Years Ago, July 9th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will take a look back at the most influential ADA cases by first reviewing the facts and rulings of these cases, and then discussing their broader impact. Registration is free but required by July 8th.

Webinar: Get Moving! The Importance of Physical Activity
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130004) will host a webinar, Get Moving! The Importance of Physical Activity, July 7th, 2-3pm ET. This informational webinar will cover the health impacts of sedentary behavior, the benefits of physical activity, and strategies to support consumers to increase independent participation in physical activity. Registration is free but required.

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App Factory Call for Proposals Extended to July 31st
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) invites experienced developers based in the US to submit proposals for the App Factory for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry 10, iOS, Windows Phone). Apps developed in previous years through this program have included AccessNote by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB); BrailleTouch by BrailleTech, LLC; Smart Steps by Smart Steps, LLC; ZyroSky by Zyrobotics; and IDEAL Group Reader by Apps4Android. Proposals are due by July 31st (PDF).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Disability & Employment: A Timeline
The US Department of Labor has created Disability & Employment: A Timeline, a disability history timeline to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. The highly interactive timeline displays significant moments in disability employment from the 1920s to the present day. The page also includes first-person stories from people with disabilities in the workforce.