News and Notes 220 June 29

NARIC celebrates Independence Day while exploring the impact of Olmstead; video posted by the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) on the perspectives of caregivers; RTC/CL researcher honored by Life Span Institute; HealthMatters Program Team joins Nutrition is for Everyone; Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entitites (LU-RRTC) hosts a webinar on the basics of universal design and universal design for learning; University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (UWTBIMS) seeks participants for its Headache Diary Study (HADS); Labor force characteristics for persons with a disability.

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2016-06-29
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Next week, communities across the US will celebrate Independence Day! For the disability community, celebrations may include the 17th anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C., the landmark Supreme Court ruling that under the ADA, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible. Because of Olmstead, community living has been the cornerstone of the disability rights movement, according to the Administration for Community Living. We explored Olmstead and its impact on the community, including research and resources from NIDILRR grantees and elsewhere, in our blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Caregivers: Perspectives from Those Providing Care
The NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) has posted a new video, Caregivers: Perspectives from Those Providing Care, the latest in the SCI Forum Video series. The video presents a panel discussion of the experiences of individuals who provide care for people with SCI. The panel includes both family and hired caregivers discussing the challenges and rewards of caregiving, what makes for a good caregiver situation, and how caregivers handle the emotional and physical demands of caregiving. A previous forum video featured a panel of people with SCI discussing management of personal caregivers.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

RTC/CL Researcher Honored by Life Span Institute
Alice Zhang, doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL), received the 2015 Early Stage Graduate Award from the Life Span Institute (LSI). Ms. Zhang was recognized for her research in community participation, advocacy, and health. The award supports the research and professional development of outstanding graduate research assistants affiliated with an LSI project.

HealthMatters Program Team Joins Nutrition is for Everyone
Nutrition and disability experts from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) will share lessons learned from its HealthMatters Program to support Nutrition is for Everyone, a pilot nutrition education program to give people with disabilities knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices. HealthMatters builds capacity for organizations across the country to implement health promotion programs for people with developmental disabilities. The Nutrition is for Everyone project will provide nutrition education for an estimated 20,000 people in the disability community across Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning: The Basics
The NIDILRR-funded Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC) will host a webinar: Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning: The Basics, July 5th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will explore the application of universal design (UD) and universal design for learning (UDL) in the fields of education and community living. UDL features proactive design and inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners, including students with disabilities. Registration is free and required. For additional information, contact nerlie.blackburn@umb.edu.

Participate: 

Headeache Diary Study
The NIDILRR-funded University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) is seeking participants for its Headache Diary Study (HADS) (PDF) investigating the usability and reliability of an online headache tracker. Eligible participants are individuals who have had a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the last 12 weeks and are willing to use the daily headache diary tracker. Participation in the study will help the medical community better understand how to track and assess post-TBI headaches. Participants need not be experiencing headaches to be eligible. For more information, contact Laurie Peabody at lpeabody@uw.edu or 206/744-5196.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Labor Force Characteristics for Persons with a Disability
The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics. This economic news release uses data collected as part of the Current Population Survey to show that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities fell to 10.7% in 2015 from 12.5% in 2014. The news release includes demographics, employment by industry and occupation, and full- and part-time status.