News and Notes 218 June 15

Information resources from NARIC in observance of Men's Health Week; NIDILRR Grants Forecast; Transitions RTC posts recording of Tools for School seminar; Transportation Guide from RRTC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments highlighted in ACB eForum; graduation ceremonies at Bon Secours hospitals in Virginia for students from Project SEARCH, part of Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism, were covered in two Virginia newspapers; VR-RTAC hosts webinar, Motivational Interviewing: A Management Focused Learning Collaborative; RTC: Rural hosts State of the Science Webinar Symposium on Housing Usability and Community Engagement; University of Washington TBI Model System Center seeks participants for a study of the efficacy of Sumatriptan in treating post-traumatic headache in people with TBI; Administration for Community Living celebrates 17th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v LC. 

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2016-06-15
NARIC news: 

This week is Men's Health Week, encouraging men with and without disabilities to take charge of their health, from improving their activity levels to getting important health screenings. Men with disabilities may face challenges in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These challenges can include access to healthcare and fitness facilities, costs related to healthcare and maintaining a healthy diet, and the need to address routine health issues along with those associated with a disability. We put together some tools and information resources for men with disabilities and their supporters to help them get and stay healthy!

Resource Highlight: 

Tools for School
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (90RT5031) has posted a recording of its recent webinar, Tools for School: College Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities. The webinar focused on the types of assistance generally included in accommodations and how those accommodations differ from modifications. The presentation also included tips for understanding the role of service providers and helping prospective students self-advocate with the Disability Services Office on campus. 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 June 9th at https://forecast.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

RRTC Transportation Guide Highlighted by ACB
A Transportation Guide for Persons who are Blind or Have Low Vision, published by the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5040), was highlighted in The transportation challenge in the latest issue of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) eForum. The article featured strategies for safe transportation for people who are blind or have low vision, spotlighting the guide as a resource for even the most experienced traveler.

Project SEARCH Graduates in the Spotlight
Graduation ceremonies were held for students participating in Project SEARCH internships, part of the NIDILRR-funded project on Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism: A Replication Study of an Internship Model to Identify Evidence-Based Practices (90DP0051/H133A120140). Project SEARCH immerses high school students with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities in real-world work environments to help them gain job skills and find employment after they graduate. Project Director Paul Wehman, PhD, spoke at the ceremonies at Bon Secours Hospitals in Virginia and praised the students as pioneers. The graduation ceremonies were covered in the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Virginian Pilot.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Motivational Interviewing - A Management Focused Learning Collaborative
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Technical Assistance Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Management (VR-RTAC) (90DP0005/H133A090002) will host a webinar, Motivational Interviewing: A Management Focused Learning Collaborative, June 28th, 1-2pm ET. Treva Roanhorse and Paula Seanez from the Navajo Nation Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services Program will present on the Navajo VR program’s involvement with the ICI Learning Collaborative, and their work on using motivational interviewing (MI) techniques with clients. MI incorporates strong beliefs, values and practices of Native people by forming partnership with clients. A foundation of Navajo culture includes not only the individual but the family and community. Registration is free and required.

State of the Science Webinar Symposium on Housing Usability and Community Engagement
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) will host a State of the Science Webinar Symposium on Housing Usability and Community Engagement, June 22nd, 12-1pm ET. Presentations will focus on the accessibility of America's housing, noting urban-rural and regional differences, and will address the broader implications of inaccessible housing as related to community engagement and participation. Registration is free and required. Contact tracy.boehm@mso.umt.edu for more information.

Participate: 

UWTBIMS Study on Headache Treatment in TBI in WA
The NIDILRR-funded University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (UWTBIMS) Center (90DP0031/H133A120028) is seeking participants for a study investigating the efficacy of Sumatriptan in treating post-traumatic headache in people with TBI (PDF). Eligible participants must have experienced a TBI within the last 3 months to 5 years, be between the ages of 18 to 65, be experiencing new or worse headaches since their injury, and be able to come to the University of Washington or Harborview Medical Center for up to 3 study-related visits. For more information, contact Taylor Obata at tobata@uw.edu or 206/685-8354.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ACL Celebrates 17 Years of Olmstead in Action
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is celebrating the 17th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v LC that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible. From June 6th to 24th, ACL is inviting individuals and organizations to share stories of the impact of Olmstead on the lives of people with disabilities and older adults. Use the hashtag #OlmsteadAction on blogs and social media to share individual stories or highlight organization efforts to promote independence and community living for older adults and people with disabilities.