News and Notes 193 December 9

NARIC Spotlight blog features research and resources on inclusive education from the NIDILRR community and other sources in observance of Inclusive Schools Week; RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities publishes Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and Their Families: Status and Trends Through 2013; principal investigator for TU Collaborative interviewed for Mental Illness and the Law on Radio Times on WHYY in Philadelphia; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC covers continuing trends in job growth for people with disabilities in nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; StatsRRTC opens registration for 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Release in Washington, DC; Pacific ADA Center hosts webinar, Building and Maintaining National Partnerships for Improving Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery to Individuals with Disabilities: Lessons Learned; American Occupational Therapy Association sponsors Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.

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2015-12-09
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This week is Inclusive Schools Week, sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network. Inclusive Schools Week celebrates the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive, quality education to a diverse student population. Inclusive education can run the gamut from accessible school playgrounds to college programs for students with disabilities. Our Spotlight blog looked at research and resources on inclusive education from the NIDILRR community and other sources available online and from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Supporting Individuals with I/DD and Their Families: Reports and Infographics
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) has published Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and Their Families: Status and Trends Through 2013 (PDF), the annual report for the Supporting Individuals and Families Information Systems Project. The report and related infographics describe the age and living arrangements of people with I/DD, and how these factors impact the use of and spending for long-term services and supports.

News items: 

Community-Based Psychiatric Services in Focus on WHYY
Mark Salzer, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) was interviewed for Mental illness and the law on Radio Times on WHYY, Philadelphia's public radio station. Dr. Salzer discussed research in community-based services for people with psychiatric disabilities and how they pursue personal wellness and community participation.

November nTIDE Reports on Employment Trends for People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017) covers continuing trends in job growth for people with disabilities in the November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report also highlights a new program to increase transportation options for job seekers with disabilities in Pittsburgh.

Grantee event: 

2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Release
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) has opened registration for the 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Release, February 4th, 10am-3pm ET, in Washington, DC. The event will include a briefing and overview of the expanded Compendium, data panel discussion, and invited speakers. Registration is free but required to attend in person or via webcast.

Webinar: Building and Maintaining National Partnerships for Improving Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery to Individuals with Disabilities: Lessons Learned TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Center (90DP0021) will host a webinar, Building and Maintaining National Partnerships for Improving Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery to Individuals with Disabilities: Lessons Learned, December 10th, 2:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss the strategies involved in developing partnerships between national organizations and lessons learned during the past three years, including negotiating and implementing memorandums of understanding between disaster-relief organizations and independent living centers. Registration is free but required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) sponsors Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, December 7th-11th, promoting understanding of the importance of mobility and transportation to ensuring older adults remain active in the community. All week, AOTA will feature podcasts and articles on anticipating age-related changes that can affect driving, family conversations about driving, screening and evaluations with occupational therapists, and interventions and technology to stay safe on the roads and engaged in the community.