News and Notes 217 June 8

NARIC blog post features National Cancer Survivors Day; NIDILRR 2016 Grants Forecast is updated; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) develops 2nd edition of its Knowledge Translation (KT) Casebook; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC releases May nTIDE report showing employment rise for people with disabilities; NIDILRR research on stigma of psychiatric disabilities in the workplace highlighted in Washington Post article; Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) to host webinar on the effectiveness of transition programs for young people; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) seeks participants for online survey of the use of AAC for communication by adults with ALS; Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a Careers in the Arts National Online Dialogue.

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2016-06-08
NARIC news: 

This past Sunday was National Cancer Survivors Day. Survivors and their families might not put cancer and disability in the same sentence, but cancer can greatly impact quality of life, causing limitations in mobility, increased fatigue, and emotional and cognitive changes. People who have survived cancer may not know they could qualify as having a disability under the ADA. In addition, people with disabilities may not have access to or knowledge about regular screenings for cancer. Check out our recent blog post on this topic and explore research and resources to help cancer survivors get back to work!

Resource Highlight: 

2nd Edition Knowledge Translation Casebook
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027/H133A120012) has developed the second edition of its Knowledge Translation (KT) Casebook to highlight successful KT practices from the NIDILRR community including targeting stakeholders and connecting practitioners to evidence-based tools and practices. Each entry describes the focus, context, KT activity, impact, and lessons learned.

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 June 2nd at https://forecast.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

Employment Rises for People with Disabilities According to May nTIDE Report
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022/H133B130015) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017/H133B120005) released the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report on the status of Americans with disabilities in the workplace. According to the report, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities rose for the second consecutive month. This month's report was also discussed in the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar.

NIDILRR Research on Stigma Highlighted in Washington Post
Research from two recently-completed NIDILRR-funded field initiated projects on the stigma of psychiatric disabilities in the workplace (H133G030190, H133G80124) was highlighted in The workplace is a last bastion of stigma. But even that’s beginning to change in The Washington Post. The article discusses the project's findings that many people with mental illness who revealed their disability at work faced discrimination as a result. The article goes on to discuss efforts to change the perception of psychiatric disabilities in the workplace. The findings were originally published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (abstract).

Grantee event: 

Webinar: How Effective are Transition Programs for Youth and Young Adults
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, How Effective are Transition Programs for Youth and Young Adults: Findings from the Healthy Transition Initiative, June 21st, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss results of the Healthy Transition Initiative, which explored the most effective ways to deliver transition oriented services that would result in positive outcomes for young adults (ages 16-25) with serious mental health challenges. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Participate: 

Survey of AAC Use for Communication by People with ALS
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) (90RE5017/H133E140026) is seeking participants for an online survey to gather information from persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on their use of AAC to support communication. Participants must be between the ages 21 and 75, fluent in English, and users of dedicated AAC devices or specialized apps for laptops or tablets. For more information and additional inclusion criteria, contact psuAACresearch1@gmail.com.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ODEP and NEA National Dialogue to Focus on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will host a Careers in the Arts National Online Dialogue to engage citizens and stakeholders in a conversation about the opportunities, accomplishments, and challenges faced by people with disabilities in the arts. The dialogue will run June 6th-19th. Registration is free and required.