News and Notes 225 August 3

Resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere available from NARIC in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM); Research in Focus looks at the state of accessible housing in the US; RRTC on Family Support publishes report, Recommendations to Improve Data Collection to Monitor, Track, and Evaluate State Approaches to Family Support Services; Project SEARCH investigator interviewed for article, Work in progress: An inside look at autism's job boom, in online magazine Spectrum; Living Well with a Disability, developed by RRTC on Disability in Rural Communities, and HealthMatters, a program of the RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health, highlighted in Healthy People 220 webinar; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Making Accommodation Decisions on the College Campus Under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, funded by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, publishes Personal Competencies for College and Career Success: What Colleges Can Do.

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2016-08-03
NARIC news: 

It may be August, but we're thinking ahead to Fall and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Last week, the Campaign for Disability Employment hosted a Twitter chat on advancing the employment prospects of youth and young adults with disabilities, highlighting why "inclusion works" (NDEAM's theme) for young people with disabilities entering the workforce. Our Research In Focus series has explored new NIDILRR-funded research on the importance of work experience, the value of workplace supports, and the need for centralized services to support young people transitioning from school to work. Keep the conversation going using #CDEYouth and #InclusionWorks on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media!

Research In Focus:
Survey Shows the Majority of People with Mobility Disabilities May Not Be Living in Accessible Homes
This week's Research In Focus looks at the state of accessible housing in the US and the potential impact of inaccessible housing on employment, health, and community participation.

Resource Highlight: 

Recommendations to Improve Data Collection to Monitor, Track, and Evaluate State Approaches to Family Support Services
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support (90RT5032) has published a new report, Recommendations to Improve Data Collection to Monitor, Track, and Evaluate State Approaches to Family Support Services. The report identifies three indicators to monitor, track, and evaluate family support services: demographics of the caregiving situation, the impact on families, and indicators to assess family support at the state level. It also details recommendations for improvements that could be made to individual national and state datasets. This report was produced in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA).

News items: 

Project SEARCH Highlighted in Spectrum
Paul Wehman, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded project Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism: A Replication Study of an Internship Model to Identify Evidence-Based Practices (90DP0051) was interviewed for an article, Work in progress: An inside look at autism’s job boom, in the online magazine Spectrum. Dr. Wehman discussed the success of previous studies of Project SEARCH and the current follow-up study of this internship model, noting that supported internships can help adults with autism find and keep jobs.

Healthy People 2020 to Highlight Two NIDILRR-funded Programs
Living Well with a Disability and HealthMatters, two health and wellness programs developed by NIDILRR grantees, will be highlighted as successful, community-based programs in an upcoming Healthy People 2020 webinar. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will host the webinar, Progress Review on Improving Health Outcomes Through Inclusion and Participation, August 11th, 12:30-2pm ET. This webinar will highlight how public health efforts are improving inclusion, participation, and health-related quality of life and well-being for Americans with and without disabilities. Living Well with a Disability is a program of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Disability in Rural Communities (90RT5025). HealthMatters is a program of the RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health (90RT5020). Registration is free and required for the webinar.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Making Accommodation Decisions on the College Campus
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0017) will host a webinar, Making Accommodation Decisions on the College Campus Under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, August 10th, 2-3:30pm ET. This webinar will cover the legal compliance obligations colleges have when making accommodation decisions for students. Using an interactive format, the presenters will explore making accommodation decisions in and out of the classroom using best practices and real-life scenarios. Registration is free and required by August 9th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Personal Competencies for College and Career Success
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), funded by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, has published Personal Competencies for College and Career Success: What Colleges Can Do. This guide provides suggestions about various strategies postsecondary professionals can use to assist students with disabilities in developing personal competencies that will increase their chances of success. Part I of this guide provides an overview of personal competencies that all students need for college and career success as well as additional competencies for students with disabilities. Part II describes what colleges can do to build student competencies.