News and Notes 222 July 13

NARIC reSearch issue features research on disability, voting, and enfrancisement from the NIDILRR community in observance of National Disability Voter Registration Week; Research in Focus article discusses work experience vs. academic credentials for youth with disabilities seeking employment; TU Collaborative publishes Organizing a Physical Activity Fair: Handbook and Forms; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing employment gains for people with disabilities in June nTIDE; PI of TIKTOC Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center co-edits two issues of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts radio conference, ADA Anniversary Update: Celebrating 26 years; National Academies Press publishes Ensuring Quality and Accesssible Care for Children with Disabilities and Complex Health and Educational Needs.

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2016-07-13
NARIC news: 

This week, the American Association of People with Disabilities is holding National Disability Voter Registration Week, encouraging people with disabilities to register to vote and educate themselves on the candidates and issues that impact their lives. More than 30 million Americans with disabilities will be eligible to vote this year. The Southeast ADA Regional Center's ADA Live! show devoted Episodes 33 and 34 to voting access and the importance of the disability vote. We also took a deeper look at the research on disability, voting, and enfranchisement from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our most recent issue of reSearch.

Research In Focus:
For Youth with Disabilities Seeking Employment, Work Experience May Matter More than School Factors
This week's Research In Focus finds that, when it comes to finding a job, previous work experience may be more important for young people with disabilities than what kind of school they attended.

Resource Highlight: 

Organizing a Physical Activity Fair
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) recently published Organizing a Physical Activity Fair: Handbook and Forms (PDF). The handbook is designed to assist agencies and organizations in planning a physical activity fair to engage people with serious mental illness in physical activity and connect them to resources in the community. The handbook includes sections on missions and objectives, staffing considerations, budgeting, legal issues, and promotional activities. It also includes a sample leisure interest survey to help participants brainstorm activities that might inspire them to get active.

News items: 

June nTIDE Shows Continuing Employment Gains for People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017)  reported a third consecutive month of growth in employment for people with disabilities for June in this month's National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This issue also highlighted diversity projects that support job seekers with disabilities while meeting employers' hiring needs.

RERC PI Co-Edits Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Michelle Meade, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (90RE5012), co-edited the first two issues of the 2016 Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (Volume 22, Numbers 1 & 2), along with Claudia Drossel, PhD. The topic of both issues was Health Behaviors and Health Management. Articles in the first issue addressed health management challenges that individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) face, as well as strategies they use for managing their conditions, soliciting support, and engaging in effective and productive behaviors, including employment. Articles in the second issue focused on new insights into the role and importance of health behaviors, emphasizing the management of the physical and psychological health of individuals with SCI. Abstracts are available free of charge.

Grantee event: 

ADA Audio Series: ADA Anniversary Update - Celebrating 26 Years
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0024) will host an audio conference: ADA Anniversary Update: Celebrating 26 Years, July 19th, 2-3:30pm ET. Representatives from the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will provide updates on current enforcement activities as well as new technical assistance and training activities from their agencies. The session will include a question-and-answer period.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Ensuring Quality and Accessible Care for Children with Disabilities and Complex Health and Educational Needs
The National Academies Press has published Ensuring Quality and Accessible Care for Children with Disabilities and Complex Health and Educational Needs, a summary of a workshop held by the Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health. The goal of the workshop was to explore the needs and challenges faced by individuals and families affected by disabilities and complex conditions, as well as opportunities and innovative approaches for those conditions.