News and Notes 175 July 30

ADA 25th Anniversary celebrations featured cool technology from the NIDILRR community, other federal agencies, and private organizations; Choosing a School: the JedCampus Seal episode of RRTC on Comeback TV series produced by Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood; researcher from RERC-AAC interviewed on ALS Podcast from ALS Association; two members of RRTC/CL receive Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award from the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE); RRTC on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities hosts webcast, The Opportunity Game: How to Present Yourself as an Ideal Job Candidate; TU Collaborative seeks participants for a randomized, controlled study of Distance Supported Education; U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) releases public service announcement featuring Deaf former MLB player Curtis Pride promoting ability in Major League Baseball and the workplace.

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The banners have come down and the podiums have been put away as the ADA 25th Anniversary celebrations wind to a close. We saw some very cool technology from the NIDILRR community, as well as other federal agencies and private organizations, at Festival ADA this past weekend! We learned how far we've come, and how far we still need to go (read about one advocate's recent experiences in this story from the Washington Post). How did you celebrate the ADA's anniversary? Tell us on our Facebook page!

Resource Highlight: 

Comeback TV: Choosing a School - The JedCampus Seal
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (H133B140040) has posted Choosing a School: The JedCampus Seal, the latest episode in its Comeback TV YouTube series. The episode introduces viewers to the JedCampus program as a way to identify schools that have shown a commitment to providing comprehensive mental health programming to their student body. Previous episodes introduced Comeback TV and covered Things to Consider when Looking for a Job.

News items: 

BCI Research Featured on ALS Philly Podcast
Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC-AAC) (H133E140026) was interviewed on the ALS Podcast from the Philadelphia chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. Dr. Fried-Oken discussed the brain computer interface (BCI) and how this emerging technology will help people with ALS and others communicate with the world and improve their quality of life. A companion guide from the ALS Association, For Your Information... Brain Computer Interface (PDF), covers the basics of BCI and how to get involved in BCI research.

NIDILRR RRTC Staff Receive APSE Award
Two members of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RRTC/CL) (H133B130006) received the Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award from the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). Associate Director Derek Nord, PhD, and Project Coordinator Kelly Nye-Lengerman, LGSW, received the award as part of the Minnesota team from the Employment First Coalition. The award recognizes excellence in grassroots advocacy to ensure that local, state, and/or federal policies meet the goal of increasing employment first.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: The Opportunity Game - How to Present Yourself as an Ideal Job Candidate
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (H133B130011) will host a webcast, The Opportunity Game: How to Present Yourself as an Ideal Job Candidate, August 13th, 2-3pm ET. George Tilson, EdD, will present key strategies for job seekers to successfully attain and retain employment including conducting a skills inventory, identifying champions, and accessing effective accommodations. Registration is free but required.

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Distance Supported Education Study
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130014) seeks participants for a study, Distance Supported Education: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. The goal of the study is to learn how to support the success of students with mental health issues in higher education. Eligibility requirements include adults between ages 18 and 50 with a diagnosis of schizophrenia spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, or depression, and enrollment in a 2- or 4-year college, university, or tech/vocational school. Participants will be compensated for each completed survey. For more information, contact research staff at 215/204-3457 or kpizz@temple.edu, or register online.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Promoting Ability in Major League Baseball and the Workplace
The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) released a public service announcement in honor of the ADA's 25th anniversary, featuring former MLB player Curtis Pride, whose deafness was never a barrier to playing Major League Baseball. In the PSA, Pride talks about the importance of judging people on their abilities, not their disabilities, both on the field and in the workplace. The PSA was produced by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), an ODEP Alliance partner.