News and Notes 210 April 20

Resources from NARIC on self-advocacy and self-determination for people with disabilities; NIDILRR continues 2016 Grants Forecast; Research in Focus offers self-advocates with SCI strategies for finding the right health care providers; Pathways RTC publishes Early Psychosis Interventions in its journal Focal Point; head investigator of Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program on Health and Functioning of People with Disabilities receives Heller Mentoring Award; RTC/CL releases film, Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization; TransitionsRTC hosts webinar, Tools for School: College Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities; Kennedy Center's Office of VSA and Accessibility is accepting applications for the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program.

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2016-04-20
NARIC news: 

We often highlight national and international observances in this space, in part to bring attention to the achievements of people with disabilities who advocate for research, services, and supports for themselves and their communities. Self-advocacy and self-determination are important skills to learn, particularly for people from under-represented communities. We took a look at these two concepts and the research and resources available from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog.

Research In Focus:
SCI Advocates and SCI Practitioners Share Strategies for Successfully Navigating the Complex Healthcare System
In this week's Research In Focus, self-advocates with spinal cord injury (SCI) and their supporters share strategies for finding the right healthcare providers and getting the care they need.

Resource Highlight: 

Focal Point: Early Psychosis Interventions
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030/H133B140039) has published Early Psychosis Interventions, the latest issue of its journal Focal Point. Articles in this issue explore early psychosis intervention services, which may prevent much of the trauma and disability associated with psychosis. The Pathways RTC will also host a webinar on April 26th at 1pm ET featuring a panel discussion with some of the authors from this issue. Registration is free but required for the webinar. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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 April 15th at https://forecast.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

NIDILRR Investigator Receives Heller Mentoring Award
Susan Parish, PhD, MSW, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program on Health and Functioning of People with Disabilities (90AR5024), received the Heller Mentoring Award from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The Heller Mentoring Award recognizes a faculty member or researcher who has been outstanding in supporting and encouraging the research, education, professional, and personal development of their students.

RTC Debuts Documentary on Wolf Wolfensberger
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) has released a film, Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization. The film explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities. It also features the iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea. The video may be rented or purchased from the RTC. Extended interviews may be viewed free of charge.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Tools for School - College Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (TransitionsRTC) (90RT5031) will host a webinar, Tools for School: College Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities, May 3rd, 12pm ET. Presenter Laura DiGalbo will discuss the types of assistance generally included in accommodations and how those accommodations differ from modifications. The presentation will also include tips for understanding the role of service providers and helping prospective students self-advocate with the Disability Services Office on campus. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program
The Kennedy Center's Office of VSA and Accessibility is accepting applications for the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program. This year's theme is (Re)Invention: Art + Innovation + Disability + Design. The program is open to artists with physical, developmental, psychiatric, or sensory disabilities ages 16 to 25, who live in the US. Submissions must be original work completed within the last three years and after the onset of disability. Fifteen finalists will participate in a juried exhibition, with prizes totaling $60,000. Applications are due June 1st.