News and Notes 176 August 5th

VSA turns 40 in 2015, NARIC blog post highlights research and publications from NIDILRR community and elsewhere supporting access to the arts for everyone; MidAtlantic ADA Center debutes film, At Your Service, as part of ADA National Network Hospitality and Disability Initiative; results from study Individualized Planning for the First Year Following Acute Rehabilitation (TBI-PBE) published in special supplemental issue of APMR; article from IC-RRTC  published in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies identifies factors favoring employment for people with disabilities; Northeast ADA Center hosts webinar, The ADA and Higher Education: What You Need to Know; MSKTC seeks participants for a study of the health information needs of veterans with TBI; NLS for the Blind and Physically Handicapped releases the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) app for Android.

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2015-08-05
NARIC news: 

Happy anniversary to VSA which turns 40 this year! VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, opened its doors in 1975, providing arts and education programming for youth and adults with disabilities around the world. Dance, drama, visual arts, music, and literature offer outlets for creative expression and can be therapeutic for the creator and the viewer. Check out our recent blog post highlighting research and publications from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere supporting access to the arts for everyone.

Resource Highlight: 

At Your Service
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (H133A110017) debuted At Your Service, a 20-minute film about customer service, as part of the Hospitality and Disability Initiative of the ADA National Network. The film addresses best practices and features national disability leaders offering insights, tips, and recommendations on how to provide exemplary customer service to individuals with disabilities. The film was produced in partnership with Storyline Motion Pictures.

News items: 

APMR Special Issue Focuses on What Works in Inpatient TBI Rehabilitation
Results from the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded study Individualized Planning for the First Year Following Acute Rehabilitation (TBI-PBE) (H133A080023) have been published in What Works in Inpatient Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation? Results from the TBI-PBE Study, a special supplemental issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR). Co-edited by Project Director John Corrigan, PhD, with Marcel Dijkers, PhD and Susan Horn, PhD, the supplement offers both descriptive studies and papers that start to unravel the effects of the nature and timing of therapies on functional and cognitive outcomes at discharge and nine months post-discharge. Abstracts for each article are available free of charge. APMR highlights the study in its monthly Archives Podcast (MP3).

New Research Identifies Factors that Favor Employment for People with Disabilities
A new article from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B100011) highlights the characteristics of people with disabilities who have achieved success in the workplace. Findings in Individual characteristics and the disability employment gap (abstract), published online ahead of print in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, provide new knowledge about the factors that influence the persistent employment gap between people with and without disabilities. The factor with the greatest positive impact was education.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The ADA and Higher Education
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110020) is hosting a webinar, The ADA and Higher Education: What You Need to Know, August 12th, 1-2p ET. The webinar will cover the intersection of the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of colleges and universities who must comply with Section 504 and either Title II or III of the ADA. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Health Information Needs of Veterans with TBI
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) seeks participants for a study of the health information needs of veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Qualified participants are veterans having sustained a TBI while serving on active duty. The study includes a 60-minute interview and a questionnaire. Qualified participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, contact MSKTC at 202/403-5600 or msktc@air.org.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Library Service BARD App for Android
The National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has released the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) app for Android. Registered NLS users can download BARD to access over 65,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and Braille. The app allows searching, downloading, and reading in one accessible, mainstream device. BARD is also available for iOS.