News and Notes 215 May 25

NARIC is at AIRS Conference, person-centered planning from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere available from NARIC; NIDILRR seeking comment on proposed health service delivery models; Research in Focus looks at health care providers' knowledge of return-to-work issues of people with cancer; RERC RecTech Third State of the Science Conference: Bending the Arc of Exercise Technology Toward People with Disabilities; Wireless RERC presents Wireless Independence Now! series of workshops for people with disabilities, caregivers, and professionals; Great Plains ADA Associate Director receives Inclusive Excellence Award from the University of Missouri; IC-RRTC presents policy forum and webinar, Barriers and Supports to Employment for State Vocational Rehabilitation Clients; Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) hosts webinar, Talent Matters: Leveraging Disability-Inclusive Outreach and Recruitment Strategies

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2016-05-25
NARIC news: 

This week we're at the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) Conference, where we spent an afternoon learning about person-centered planning in independent living, which focuses on the individual with the disability and that person's vision of what they would like to do in the future. See what we have in our collection on the topic of person-centered planning from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere. If you're at AIRS, come to our presentation Wednesday morning on Right Resources, Right Now!

Research In Focus:
For People with Cancer Who Want to Return to Work, Turn to Your Health Care Team for Key Information and Support
This week's Research In Focus looks at what health care providers know about how cancer can impact their patients' work experience and the supports available to make the return to work easier.

Resource Highlight: 

Bending the Arc of Exercise Technology Toward People with Disabilities: RERC RecTech Third State of the Science Conference
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (RecTech) (90RE5009/H133E120005) has posted videos from its Third State of the Science Conference, Bending the Arc of Exercise Technology Toward People with Disabilities, presented in April. The 12 conference presentations were divided into three themes: (1) Persuasive Exercise Technologies (PET), (2) Health Information Technologies for Monitoring Exercise (HIT-ME), and (3) Technologies Enabling Community Health (TECH). Breakout sessions allowed participants to demonstrate a variety of exercise and nutrition themed technologies. Videos from the conference are available via YouTube.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Health Service Delivery Models
Review the proposed health service delivery models priority in Word (36KB) or PDF (115KB). Email comments on this priority to Marlene.Spencer@acl.hhs.gov by May 27th, 2016.

News items: 

Wireless RERC Presents Wireless Independence Now Series
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5007/H133E110002) is presenting Wireless Independence Now!, a series of workshops across the country for people with disabilities, caregivers, and professionals on how to use accessibility features found on smartphones and tablets. The workshops cover the accessibility features of the Apple and Android operating systems, accessibility resources for devices and applications, and ways to improve the accessibility of devices and services. There are seven upcoming workshops in Washington, DC; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; and Atlanta, GA. Wireless Independence Now! Workshops are free of charge and open to the public. The workshops are presented in partnership with the AT&T Corporate Accessibility Technology Office.

Great Plains ADA Associate Director Receives Inclusive Excellence Award
Chuck Graham, Associate Director of the NIDILRR-funded Great Plains ADA Regional Center (90DP0020/H133A110022), was awarded the Inclusive Excellence Award from the University of Missouri. The award is given to individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to any area of diversity, including disability, within the past two years. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Graham serves as the chair of the Columbia Disabilities Commission and is on the board of directors of the Missouri Inclusive Housing Commission.

Grantee event: 

Webinar and Policy Forum: Barriers and Supports to Employment for State Vocational Rehabilitation Clients
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017) will present a policy forum and webinar, Barriers and Supports to Employment for State Vocational Rehabilitation Clients, June 9th, 12-1:30pm ET. The presenters will discuss the project's latest findings on how employment barriers, facilitators, and outcomes vary for clients of state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. The presentation will also highlight findings from the new Survey of Disability and Employment, a study of 3,000 individuals who applied for state VR services in 2014. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Webinar: Talent Matters - Leveraging Disability-Inclusive Outreach and Recruitment Strategies
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), funded by the US Dept of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy, will host a webinar, Talent Matters: Leveraging Disability-Inclusive Outreach and Recruitment Strategies, June 30th, 1-2:30pm ET. The panel presentation will address a number of strategies that can help employers build a disability-inclusive talent pipeline. In particular, the panel will focus on partnering with community-based organizations, and connecting with service providers that can identify and prepare individuals with disabilities for specific workforce needs. Registration is free and required.