News and Notes 174 July 22

Smithsonian Institution hosts Festival ADA: 25 Years of Disability Rights July 24th through 26th on the Mall in Washington, DC, with NARIC among participants; RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired publishes Employment Mentoring Manual; NIDILRR-funded projects join Smithsonian's Festival ADA; New England ADA Center kicks off its ADA 25 Boston Common Celebration; Rocky Mountain ADA Center hosts ADA 25 gala and reception at Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center; Pacific ADA Center hosts webinar: Federal Facilities and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards; Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BH-BIMS) seeks participants for study of the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on chronic pain and itch following burn injury; Disability Rights Section of the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division publishes Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA.

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2015-07-22
NARIC news: 

The ADA's 25th Anniversary is this weekend! To celebrate, the Smithsonian Institution will host Festival ADA: 25 Years of Disability Rights (PDF) from July 24th through the 26th on the Mall-side terrace of the National Museum of American History. The festival will feature panel discussions, exhibitors, and demonstrations to teach about the ADA and its impact on Americans with disabilities. We'll be there, along with several other grantees with innovative products and technology on display (see below). Have you signed the ADA Anniversary pledge to commit to the ADA? More than 6,600 people and organizations have signed it. Add your name today!

Resource Highlight: 

Employment Mentoring Manual
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired (H133B100022) has published an Employment Mentoring Manual. The manual introduces mentoring as a strategy to improve employment success for students who are blind or visually impaired by connecting them with peer mentors in their field of study. The manual covers finding mentors and setting up mentor relationships, mentor/mentee activities, discussion topics, and additional resources.

News items: 

NIDILRR Projects Join Festival ADA: Smithsonian's 25 Years of Disability Rights Festival
Representatives from several NIDILRR-funded projects will participate in the Smithsonian Institution's Festival ADA: 25 Years of Disability Rights (PDF), July 24th to the 26th, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Grantees will demonstrate innovative products, technology, and programs that support full participation for people with physical, cognitive, sensory, intellectual/developmental, and psychiatric disabilities. Participating projects will include the ADA National Network, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers, Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, and Field Initiated and Small Business Innovation Research projects. Visit the NARIC Spotlight blog for a preview of individual projects.

New England ADA Center Celebration on Boston Common TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Center (H133A110028) kicks off its ADA 25 Boston Common Celebration at 11am TODAY. The event includes a march, speakers, music and poetry performances, and many other family friendly activities. A full schedule of events is available, along with welcome messages from both Massachusetts senators recognizing the importance of the ADA and the work of the ADA National Network. Follow #ADA25Boston on social media for updates.

Rocky Mountain ADA Center Hosts ADA 25 Gala
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Center (H133A110018) hosted an ADA 25th Anniversary gala and reception on July 9th at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The event included a keynote address from former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy as well as a speech from Maria Town, associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, where she manages the disability and federal agency portfolios. The event was covered by the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Federal Facilities and the ABA Accessibility Standards
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Center (H133A110024) will host a webinar, Federal Facilities and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards - A Refresher, August 6th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of the ABA Standard and key differences with the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard. A compliance specialist with the US Access Board will also provide an update on the status of compliance over the past five years. Registration is free but required by August 5th.

Participate: 

Burn Injury Study in Massachusetts
The NIDILRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BH-BIMS) (H133A120034) is recruiting participants for a study of the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on chronic pain and itch following burn injury. Participants should be 18 years or older with chronic pain that is moderate or severe due to a previous burn injury. Participants must be local to the BH-BIMS center in Massachusetts. Contact the BH-BIMS for further information or to volunteer.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

FAQ: Service Animals and the ADA
The Disability Rights Section of the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division has published Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA. The new technical assistance guide offers definitions and general rules regarding service animals, and covers certifications, exclusions, and other resources related to the topic.