News and Notes 216 June 1

NARIC offers summer travel information resources from NIDILRR community and elsewhere; Northern New Jersey TBI System Center publishes articles on marriage after TBI and other subjects in TBI News & Views newsletter; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on VR Practices for Youth and Young Adults accepting applications for Graduate Certificate in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition; Of the Community, film released by RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities, receives AIVA Awards; Northeast ADA Regional Center presents webinar, Reaching Employers about Disability Inclusiveness: The Just-in-Time Program; ADA Participation Action Research Consortium seeks participants with disabilities for survey on public transportation access and experiences; Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the National Council on Disability release booklet, Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit.

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2016-06-01
NARIC news: 

We've kicked off Summer here at NARIC, and staff are planning family trips across the country. Some of us will be visiting national parks, others heading to the beach or even overseas! If you're traveling this summer, take a look at these resources we've pulled together from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help make your trips even more memorable!

Resource Highlight: 

TBI News & Views
The NIDILRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) (90SI5011) recently published TBI News & Views (PDF), the latest edition of its newsletter. This issue includes articles on marriage after brain injury, emotional processing deficits, medication education for patients and caregivers, communication in caregiving relationships, and highlights from the 2015 TBI Conference.

News items: 

RRTC Graduate Certificate Program Now Accepting Applications
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults (H133B140043) is accepting applications for the Graduate Certificate in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition. The 12-credit, online program is offered in partnership with the University of Maryland and TransCen, Inc., and is designed for VR and special education/transition professionals. Program content covers collaborative strategies across service delivery systems, integrated employment and postsecondary outcomes for youth with significant disabilities, career development strategies, transition assessment methods, and evidence-based practices. A limited number of scholarships are available. Applications must be received by July 1st.

RTC/CL Film Receives AIVA Awards
Of the Community: Eight Stories of Community Living, Participation, and Inclusion, a film released by the NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019/H133B130006), received two awards at the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards in New York City on April 26th. "Of the Community" was among the recipients of the 2016 Award of Excellence (Gold Award) in the Video/Film - Social Issues category, and also received the Award of Distinction (Silver Award) in the Film/Video - Documentary category. The awards, given by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), honor creative excellence for communication professionals.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Reaching Employers About Disability Inclusiveness: The Just-in-Time Program
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0071) will present a webinar, Reaching Employers About Disability Inclusiveness: The Just-In-Time Program, June 8th, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of the Just-In-Time program (PDF), which uses intensive training and a website customized to a company or organization to engage managers and supervisors in developing effective and legally compliant management practices for workers with disabilities. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Transportation Access and Experiences
The NIDILRR-funded ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC) (90DP0026) is conducting a survey, Transportation Access and Experiences, which is designed to improve understanding of the accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. The survey is available in English and Spanish and is open to any person with a disability who has used public transportation. The results will be used to inform improvements to accessible transportation.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the National Council on Disability (NCD) have released Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit (PDF). The booklet covers issues parents and prospective parents with disabilities face every day, including adoption and foster care, reproductive health, child welfare, family law, and what is required by law from government services. The toolkit includes excerpts from NCD's report Rocking the Cradle, developed with substantial contribution from the NIDILRR-funded National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families. It also features resources to obtain more information, and spotlights what actions have been taken across the nation to protect the parental rights of people with disabilities. The Toolkit is also available in a plain language version (PDF).