News and Notes 186 October 14

Recent research on vocational rehabilitation and counseling from the NIDILRR community and other publishers available from NARIC collection in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month; NRTC publishes new accessibility recommendations for accessible office technology; Meet a Scientist highlights a NIDILRR-funded investigator for several SBIR projects; Through the Looking Glass announces winners of its 2015 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities; Great Lakes and Pacific ADA Centers host webinar: Social Media, Accessibility, and Disability Inclusion; ADA-PARC collaborative research project seeks participants for survey of Transportation Access and Experiences; IRIS Center at Vanderbilt Peabody College offers informational module: Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators.

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2015-10-14
NARIC news: 

Continuing our celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we'd like to recognize the important role of vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors. VR counselors work with people with disabilities, providing vocational evaluation, job development and job placement, workplace accommodations, transition support, and case management. VR counselors can be found in state agencies, private facilities, or independent living centers (ILCs). If you are currently seeking employment or support while at work, find a VR counselor through your state agency or a local ILC. If you're a VR counselor or allied professional, you might be interested in recent research on VR and counseling from the NIDILRR community and other publishers, all available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Equipment Recommendations for Accessible Office Technology
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired (NRTC) (H133B100022) has published new accessibility recommendations for two common pieces of office equipment: multifunction printers and voice-over Internet protocol systems (VoIP) for employees who are blind or visually impaired (BVI). The NRTC and American Foundation for the Blind Tech surveyed office workers who were BVI to determine what equipment was most common, then conducted extensive usability and accessibility testing of representative equipment with individuals with BVI, resulting in two recommended products for each type of equipment.

News items: 

Meet a Scientist Highlights NIDILRR SBIR Researcher
Corinna Lathan, PhD, principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects (H133S100077, H133S070050, H133S030037, H133S020046), was interviewed by Meet a Scientist, a blog highlighting innovative scientists conducting breakthrough research. Dr. Lathan discussed her vision for the future of human computer interaction, including her NIDILRR-funded research in therapeutic robots for children with disabilities.

Through the Looking Glass Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners
The NIDILRR-funded Families with Disabilities Through the Life Cycle: Disability Culture Perspectives (Through the Looking Glass) (H133A110009) announced the winners of its 2015 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities. Scholarships were awarded to 16 students selected from more than 400 applicants. These awards recognize not only the diversity and contribution of these families, but also their financial need. Most of the winning essays appear on the Through the Looking Glass website. A new round of scholarship applications will be announced on the website in January 2016.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Social Media, Accessibility, and Disability Inclusion
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center (H133A110029) and Pacific ADA Center (H133A110024) will host a webinar, Social Media, Accessibility, and Disability Inclusion, November 19th, 2-3:30pm ET. Debra Ruh, Global Disability Inclusion Strategist, will discuss strategies to assure that social media campaigns are accessible and relevant to the community of persons with disabilities. Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

Transportation Access and Experiences Survey
The NIDILRR-funded ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC) (H133A120008), a collaborative research project of seven ADA Regional Centers, is seeking participants with disabilities for a national survey of Transportation Access and Experiences. The survey is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. For questions regarding the survey, contact Jill Bezyak from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators
The IRIS Center at Vanderbilt Peabody College offers Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators. This informational module covers the early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provides an overview of the difference between medical diagnosis and an educational determination of ASD. The module also includes instructional considerations for teachers who have students with ASD in their classrooms, as well as things to keep in mind when working with families of those students.