News and Notes 172 July 8

ADA National Network celebrates the ADA's 25th Anniversary; MSKTC publishes factsheet: Pregnancy and Women with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); principal investigator of Transitions RTC receives Armin Loeb Award; RERC-AAC article describes the benefits of social media as a communication tool for AAC users; New England ADA Center to host the ADA 25 Boston Common Celebration; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health recruiting participants for health behaviors survey for its Longitudinal Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Study; Disability.gov releases ADA 25 Social Media Toolkit as part of its celebration of ADA's 25th Anniversary.

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2015-07-08
NARIC news: 

Celebrations, fairs, and events are happening across the US to celebrate the ADA's 25th Anniversary. The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network is right in the middle of all, with individual regional centers holding events and celebrations throughout the month. The ADA National Network and its 10 regional centers are among the best resources to help individuals, businesses, and state and local governments understand their rights and responsibilities under the ADA. Reach out to your local center by calling 800/949-4ADA (4232) or meet the staff at a local anniversary event!

Resource Highlight: 

Pregnancy and Women with SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) has published a new factsheet, Pregnancy and Women with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The factsheet provides information for women with SCI to help prepare for pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and resources for parenting with a disability. The factsheet is available in English and Spanish (PDF).

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Loeb Award
Maryann Davis, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (H133B140040) received the Armin Loeb Award at the 2015 conference of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association in June. The Loeb Award is given to an individual who has conducted the best-designed and most useful research in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation in the preceding year.

Article Highlights Benefits of Social Media to Open Communication
A new article from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC-AAC) (H133E140026) describes the benefits of social media as a communication tool for individuals who use AAC. "Social media has opened a world of open communication:" Experiences of adults with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication and social media, published early online in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, discusses the results of a focus group of AAC users and their experiences with social media. The RERC has made the article available free in full text.

Grantee event: 

ADA 25 Boston Common Celebration
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Center (H133A110028) will host the ADA 25 Boston Common Celebration, July 22nd, 11am-3pm ET on Boston Common to mark the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. The important milestone will be celebrated with a march through the heart of Boston, followed by performances, speeches, and many family-friendly activities. Watch the Official ADA 25 Boston video on YouTube.

Participate: 

Longitudinal Health and I/DD Survey
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (H133B130007) is recruiting participants for a survey of health behaviors for the Longitudinal Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Study. Participants should be adults 18 and older with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their caregivers if applicable. Qualified participants will complete a survey once every two years. For more information or to enroll, complete the online contact form.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ADA Social Media Toolkit
Disability.gov released its ADA 25 Social Media Toolkit as part of its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA. The toolkit includes sample tweets and Facebook posts, social media graphics, and a blog post that can be shared and re-tweeted to help readers join in the celebration. Disability.gov will be celebrating the ADA on social media during July using the hashtag #DgovADA25. In addition, the site's Disability.Blog will feature special guest posts from individuals who played a role in the ADA’s history, as well as those who continue to champion full participation today.