News and Notes 206 March 23

Happy Spring from NARIC, resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere about disability and travel, tourism, and hospitality; NIDILRR grant opportunities in HHS Grants Forecast Database updated and 2 vacancies at NIDILRR announced; RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) publishes Impact: Feature Isssue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with IDD; director of Southwest ADA Center and ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium appointed to City of Houston METRO Board; Wireless RERC selects five AT apps for its App Factory Development Awards; ADA Knowledge Translation Center to host State of the Science Conference on the ADA; TU Collaborative seeks participants for its survey of community re-entry programs for individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues who have been released from prison; Federal Partners in Transition publishes two factsheets on transition for students and youth with disabilities.

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2016-03-23
NARIC news: 

Happy Spring from NARIC! The cherry blossoms are at peak here in DC today, washing the Tidal Basin in showers of pink petals. This week marks the start of tourist season in the national capital region, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting every day, including travelers with disabilities. If you're visiting DC, DestinationDC has tips for visitors with disabilities, including Metro information and accessibility at the various monuments and attractions. If you're a hotel or restaurant owner, check out Hospitality & Disability from the NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network for information on welcoming guests with disabilities. You may also be interested in these resources and publications from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere about disability and travel, tourism, and hospitality, available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019/H133B130006) has published Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This issue presents ways in which disability services, community fitness and recreation programs, workplace wellness programs, faith communities, disability advocacy organizations, health care providers, and others can help ensure that opportunities to engage in wellness activities are as available to individuals with disabilities as to anyone else.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR 2016 Grants Forecast UPDATED
NIDILRR continues to post its FY 2016 grant opportunities in the HHS Grants Forecast Database with the most recent updates posted March 17th at http://www.acf.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

NIDILRR Vacancies Announcement
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking applicants for 2 vacancies at NIDILRR: Program Specialist (Evaluation) and Program Specialist (Disability Statistics Research). Closing date for applications is April 14th.

News items: 

Southwest ADA Center Director Appointed to METRO Board
Lex Frieden, LLD, director of the NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (90DP0022) and the ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium (90dP0026/H133A120008), has been appointed to the City of Houston METRO Board which oversees the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Dr. Frieden brings extensive knowledge and experience in accessibility, independent living, and advocacy to the board as it works to increase transit options and improve mobility in the Houston area.

Wireless RERC Announces App Factory Development Awards
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) has selected five new assistive technology apps for development and release in 2016 as part of its App Factory development project. The five selected apps are BlueSky Designs' Pow!r Mount, Komodo Open Lab's Tecla Remote, Sendero Group's Easy Listening, Shepherd Center's Healthy Timer, and Smart Steps' decision making app. These new apps will provide solutions to a range of challenges that users with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities may face.

Grantee event: 

State of the Science Conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act
The NIDILRR-funded ADA Knowledge Translation Center (90DP0015/H133A110014) will host the State of the Science Conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), May 4th, 9am-5:30pm ET at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, in Alexandria, VA. The conference will feature presentations from the NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network centers and other grantees, keynote speakers, and panel discussions of research on the ADA in education, hospitality, health care, and business, as well as research on legal issues in the post-ADA era. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Community Re-Entry Program Survey
The NIDILRR Funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130014) is conducting a survey of community re-entry programs that serve individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse issues and who are returning to their communities after prison or jail. Program administrators are invited to share information about their program, including features and benefits. The information will be used to develop a publication highlighting innovative services and supports in this area.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Factsheets on Transition for Students and Youth with Disabilities
The Federal Partners in Transition workgroup has published two factsheets: What to Know About Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students and Youth with Disabilities (PDF) and What to Know About Youth Transition Services for Students and Youth with Disabilities (PDF). These factsheets present information and resources for transition and employment, following the goals and policy priorities identified in The 2020 Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy.