News and Notes 224 July 27

Information from ADA National Network and over 600 publications in NARIC collection available in observance of the 26th anniversary of the signing of the ADA; Research in Focus looks at irritability following TBI; RTC: Rural posts video and slide presentation from State of the Science on Housing Accessibility and Community Engagement; New England ADA Regional Center hosts event, Hope, Healing and the ADA: New Perceptions on Mental Health; director of Southeast ADA Regional Center quoted in Walker Pilot-Independent re: anniversary of the signing of the ADA; TU Collaborative presents webinar, So You Wanna Host an Activity Fair?; LiveWell RERC calls for App Factory proposals for assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms; ODEP's LEAD Center releases Funding for Assistive Technology: Transitioning from Secondary School to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Work, the latest in the LEADing to Employment Information Brief series.

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2016-07-27
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This week marks the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation has both opened and widened doors of opportunity for people with disabilities to have better access to physical and virtual spaces, employment, community services, education, civic participation, and more. The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network offers a wide array of publications, services, and supports to people with disabilities and private and public organizations to understand their rights and responsibilities under the ADA. The ADA Regional Centers, as well as other NIDILRR grantees, have conducted research and development on the impact of the ADA. Check out webcast recordings and slide presentations from the recent State of the Science Conference on the ADA and browse through our collection of nearly 600 publications from the grantee community!

Research In Focus:
Irritability Can Be a Challenge After Traumatic Brain Injury, but There Are Ways to Cope
Research In Focus for this week looks at how people with traumatic brain injury (TBI), their families, and healthcare providers describe irritability, what tends to trigger it or make it worse, and how people with TBI manage their irritability.

Resource Highlight: 

State of the Science on Housing Accessibility and Community Engagement
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) has posted a video archive and slide presentation from the recent State of the Science on Housing Accessibility and Community Engagement. Researchers presented on the accessibility of America's housing, noting urban-rural and regional differences, and discussed the broader implications of inaccessible housing as related to community engagement and participation.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NE ADA Regional Center's ADA Celebrations Include New Documentary
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0023) will host an event, Hope, Healing, and the ADA: New Perceptions on Mental Health, August 9th, 2-3:30pm ET, as part of its celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the signing of the ADA. The event will feature a screening of the documentary Healing Voices and a discussion with co-producer Oryx Cohen on integrating people with mental health and substance use conditions into the promise of the ADA.

ADA National Network in the News
Pamela Williamson, director of the NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0019), was quoted in Celebrating 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Walker Pilot-Independent. Ms. Williamson introduced the ADA National Network and discussed how the outreach, training, and technical assistance offered by the regional centers have increased opportunities for employment and participation for people with disabilities.

News items: 

NE ADA Regional Center's ADA Celebrations Include New Documentary
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0023) will host an event, Hope, Healing, and the ADA: New Perceptions on Mental Health, August 9th, 2-3:30pm ET, as part of its celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the signing of the ADA. The event will feature a screening of the documentary Healing Voices and a discussion with co-producer Oryx Cohen on integrating people with mental health and substance use conditions into the promise of the ADA.

ADA National Network in the News
Pamela Williamson, director of the NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0019), was quoted in Celebrating 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Walker Pilot-Independent. Ms. Williamson introduced the ADA National Network and discussed how the outreach, training, and technical assistance offered by the regional centers have increased opportunities for employment and participation for people with disabilities.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: So You Wanna Host an Activity Fair?
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) will present a webinar, So You Wanna Host an Activity Fair?, August 3rd, 1-2pm ET. TU Collaborative staff will share their experience of hosting two different activity fairs and the value of fairs as a way to introduce people with psychiatric disabilities to resources available in their community. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

App Factory 2016-2017 Call for Proposals
The NIDILRR-funded Information and Communication Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) (90RE5023) invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the US and Canada to submit proposals for the App Factory to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows), sensors, home automation, wearables, the Internet of Things, and/or cloud computing. Apps developed in previous years through this program have included BreatheWell for Watch, CoTrain, and SWOPS: Emotion Regulation/Problem Solving. Proposals are due by September 15th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Funding for Assistive Technology: Transitioning from Secondary School to VR and Work
The LEAD Center, funded by the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), recently released Funding for Assistive Technology: Transitioning from Secondary School to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Work (PDF), the latest in the LEADing to Employment Information Brief series. The brief describes how technology may follow students with disabilities as they transition to college, VR, or the workplace.