News and Notes 199 February 3

NARIC blog post on research and resources for vision loss from NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Low Vision Awareness Month; accessibility in designing training and educational video games; Southwest ADA Center and ADA Knowledge Translation Center publish factsheet, Postsecondary Institutions and Students with Disabilities; RRTC on Community Living releases Spanish version of Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities; RRTC on Secondary Conditions After SCI at the Medical University of South Carolina enrolls its 5,000th participant in its prospective cohort study; Pacific ADA Center hosts webinar, Accessible Means of Egress/Emergency Evacuation; National Council on Disability (NCD) releases three reports on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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2016-02-03
NARIC news: 

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)/Low Vision Awareness Month, sponsored by Prevent Blindness. It may be hard to imagine what it's like to see with low vision. This article on common eye disorders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has examples of how your vision can change with AMD, glaucoma, and other conditions. If you are experiencing vision loss, or would like to learn more about the latest research, check out our blog post on research and resources for vision loss from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere!

Research In Focus:
Serious Games Can Be Fun and Educational. Make Sure Everyone Can Play!
This week's Research In Focus looks at accessibility in designing training and educational video games.

Resource Highlight: 

Postsecondary Institutions and Students with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (90DP0022) and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center (90DP0015) have published a new factsheet, Postsecondary Institutions and Students with Disabilities. The factsheet explains the legal obligations that postsecondary institutions have toward students with disabilities under the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. Topics covered include architectural requirements, service and support animals, equal access and full participation, and determining reasonable and proper accommodations.

News items: 

Person-Centered Language Guidelines Now Available in Spanish
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (90RT5015) has released a new Spanish version of its updated Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities. The eighth edition and its companion poster Your Words, Our Image, were translated into Central Mexican Spanish by a native speaker. This edition includes updated terms, as well as new sections on Rosa's Law, the language of bullying, key concepts in the disability community, and exceptions to the guidelines.

SCI Study Reaches 5,000 Participants
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (90RT5003) at the Medical University of South Carolina just passed a major milestone, enrolling the 5,000th participant in its prospective cohort study. This study, which began in 1997 and is being continued under the current RRTC, is the largest prospective cohort study designed specifically for the investigation of psychological, socioenvironmental, and behavioral predictors of secondary health conditions and mortality after SCI. Visit the Longevity After Injury project for videos, factsheets, and other resources for living well with SCI.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Accessible Means of Egress/Emergency Evacuation
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Center (90DP0021) will host a webinar, Accessible Means of Egress/Emergency Evacuation, February 11th, 2:30-4:00pm ET. This program will introduce concepts, details, and application of exiting International Building Code provisions regarding accessible egress, and assist in understanding how the codes and federal regulations are now working to harmonize the national response to designing a building not only for ingress, but for egress as well. Discussions will include operational safety plans, fire drills, notification/communication for occupants in a building during an emergency, and physical building requirements. Registration is free but required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NCD Reports on Implementation and Enforcement of the ACA
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released three reports on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its implementation and enforcement, and its impact on people with disabilities. Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Roadmap for People with Disabilities examines ACA implementation. Impact of the Affordable Care Act: A 2015 Status Report explores how the ACA’s changes to the nation’s health care system are affecting Americans with disabilities by utilizing a formal literature review, interviews with key informants in ten diverse states, and a 50-state review of state policies involving key ACA provisions. The third report covers Monitoring and Enforcing the Affordable Care Act for People with Disabilities. All three reports are available to download free of charge.