News and Notes 182 September 16

Research and resources from NIDILRR community and elsewhere on aging and fitness in observation of Go4Life Month declared by National Institute on Aging; NIDILRR invites comments on proposed Stages of Development (SoD) assisting applicants, reviewers, and grantees in describing proposed development efforts; Successful Employment and Quality Work Life After Severe Disability Due to Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) releases Beyond 90 Days: Videos for Community series; Rocky Mountain ADA Center's meeting with Colorado Springs city leaders on issues in architectural accessibility featured in The Gazette; center on Families with Disabilities Through the Life Cycle: Disability Culture Perspectives publishes Barriers for Parents with Disabilities: Traveling with Children on ADA Complementary Paratransit; Great Lakes ADA Center hosts webinar: How Do I Know MY PDF Is Accessible?; Southwest ADA Center seeks participants for survey about work-related issues of young adults with cancer; US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) publishes Inclusive Internship Programs: A How-To Guide for Employers.

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2015-09-16
NARIC news: 

The National Institute on Aging has declared September 2015 Go4Life Month, focusing attention on the health benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults, including older adults with disabilities. Last week, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy announced the Step It Up Campaign to promote walkable and "roll-able" communities, making it easy for everyone to reach their daily fitness goals. Take a moment to explore research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on aging and fitness available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Beyond 90 Days: Videos for Community
The NIDILRR-funded project on Successful Employment and Quality Work Life After Severe Disability Due to Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133A120122) has produced Beyond 90 Days: Videos for Community, a series of videos on the experience of employment after injury. Individuals with SCI share their perspectives on the importance of education and employment to independence. Vocational rehabilitation counselors discuss issues and resources related to finding and retaining employment.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Invites Comments on Proposed Stages of Development
NIDILRR is seeking input from stakeholders on the proposed Stages of Development (SoD), intended to assist applicants, reviewers, and grantees in describing and justifying proposed development efforts. The evidence-based SoD comprises: a) the Proof of Concept, b) the Proof of Product, and c) the Proof of Adoption. The SoD would apply to NIDILRR-funded development projects whose products include models, methods, tools, software applications, and devices. Comments must be submitted by October 22nd. Background, overview, timeline, and a PowerPoint presentation are available online. An informational webinar is scheduled for September 30th.

New Research Highlights Transportation Barriers for Parents with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded center on Families with Disabilities Through the Life Cycle; Disability Culture Perspectives (H133A110009) has published Barriers for Parents with Disabilities Traveling with Children on ADA Complementary Paratransit in the open-access Journal of Public Transportation. The article summarizes a survey of 92 US transit agencies that finds certain policies pose barriers for parents with disabilities using paratransit, and offers recommendations to improve accessibility.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: How Do I Know My PDF Is Accessible?
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center will host a webinar, How Do I Know My PDF Is Accessible? TOMORROW, 2-3:30pm ET. The session will define the features of an accessible PDF document, including forms and tables, and will cover how to test PDFs for accessibility. Participants should have a basic understanding of accessible PDF principles such as tagging and navigational structure. Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

Survey of Young Adults with Cancer
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (H133A110027) seeks participants for a survey about work-related issues of young adults with cancer. The survey investigates which interventions are the most effective at helping individuals who have had a cancer diagnosis participate in the labor force, particularly young adults developing their work personality and career readiness skills. Qualified participants are US residents who are aged 18 to 39 and have been diagnosed with cancer other than nonmelanoma skin cancer. Each qualified participant will receive a gift card.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Inclusive Internship Programs: A How-To Guide for Employers
US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has published Inclusive Internship Programs: A How-To Guide for Employers (PDF). The guide assists employers seeking to diversify their workforce with the skills and talents of people with disabilities, particularly young adults with disabilities. The guide addresses the benefits of internships to both individuals and employers, and covers things to consider when establishing an internship program that is open to all qualified candidates.