News and Notes 173 July 15

Re: #ADA25, NARIC looks back on NIDILRR-grantee research over the last 25 years; Development of a Web-Based Nemeth Code Tutorial for Use by Individuals Who Are Blind publishes Nemeth Code Tutorial; Participation, Subjective Well Being, Health, and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A 40-Year Longitudinal Study celebrates 40 years of SCI research; project director of Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism speaks at graduation ceremony for students in Project SEARCH internship program; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hosts webinar: Employment Support Professionals: Leaders for Change; In-Depth Investigation of Wheelchair Activities on Paratransit seeks participants for paratransit wheelchair rider survey; US Department of Labor releases report on services for youth with disabilities provided under Workforce Investment Act.

Date sent: 
2015-07-15
NARIC news: 

As we continue our celebration of the ADA 25th Anniversary (#ADA25), we're taking a look back at the previous milestone years to see what the grantee community was writing about at the 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th anniversaries. Since 1991, NIDILRR has funded more than 100 projects that provide training and technical assistance, develop materials, and investigate the impact of the ADA on employment, education, and physical and program access. Their research shows we've come a long way in 25 years. What will the next 25 years hold?

Resource Highlight: 

Nemeth Code Tutorial
The recently completed NIDILRR-funded project Development of a Web-Based Nemeth Code Tutorial for Use by Individuals Who Are Blind (H133G110122) has published a Nemeth Code Tutorial. The accessible, interactive tutorial introduces students and teachers to the Nemeth code for Braille mathematics. This teaching tool includes instructions and exercises for mathematics from first grade through algebra, geometry, and advanced mathematics.

News items: 

Longevity Project Celebrates 40 Years of SCI Research
James Krause, PhD, and the staff of the NIDILRR-funded project on Participation, Subjective Well Being, Health, and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A 40-Year Longitudinal Study, (H133G110157) held a celebration of 40 years of SCI research on June 7th. The celebration brought together more than 50 participants with SCI who averaged over 40 years since SCI onset, including 10 who were 50+ years post injury. The study, initiated in 1973 by Nancy Crewe, PhD, is the longest standing longitudinal study of SCI. When the study began, living 40 years with SCI was viewed as unattainable, yet there were 26 people at the event who have lived more than 40 years with SCI. The knowledge gained from the study and its participants has led to a better understanding of SCI and the changes that occur as people age with SCI.

Project SEARCH Graduates Honored
Jennifer McDonough, project director for the NIDILRR-funded project on Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism: A Replication Study of an Internship Model to Identify Evidence Based Practices (H133A120140), spoke at the graduation ceremony for students with autism and intellectual disabilities participating in this study's Project SEARCH internship program at Bon Secours Hospital in Virginia. Ms. McDonough honored the students for changing public perceptions of what individuals with disabilities can achieve. The graduation ceremony and Bon Secours honors Project SEARCH graduates were featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Employment Support Professionals: Leaders for Change
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (H133B140026) will host a webinar, Employment Support Professionals: Leaders for Change, July 22nd, 3-3:45pm ET. Speakers from the Department of Labor and the Institute for Community Inclusion will discuss topics related to disability, careers, and community integration. Registration is free but required. The webinar is the first of the RRTC's series New Conversations About Integrated Employment.

Participate: 

Paratransit Wheelchair Rider Survey
The NIDILRR-funded In-Depth Investigation of Wheelchair Activities on Paratransit (H133G130166) is conducting a survey to identify factors that contribute to incidents and injuries when accessing and riding paratransit vehicles while seated in a wheelchair. The survey is open to wheelchair and scooter users 18 years and older who have accessed and ridden in a paratransit vehicle, or their caregivers or personal attendants. The information will be used to describe wheelchair lift or vehicle features that contribute to incidents and/or injuries, and to develop design guidelines to improve accessibility, usability, and safety of lifts.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Services for Youths with Disabilities Provided Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act
The US Department of Labor has released a report, Services for Youths with Disabilities Provided Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act: Results from a Survey of Local Workforce Investment Boards (PDF). The report focuses on the workforce system's current efforts to provide assistance to youth with disabilities at the local level, with data from practitioners to gain insight on what factors are in need of improvement.