News and Notes 230 September 7

NARIC offers resources from he NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help Make a Plan in case of disaster during National Preparedness Month; Research in Focus shows how telemedicine can help care teams focus on recovery after burn injury; the AbleData project and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) release new guide, Job Accommodations and Assistive Technology (AT) Support for Workers with Autoimmune Diseases; Wireless RERC principal investigator was interviewed in Blind man Uber-ing: One man's quest to get visually impaired a tech job in the Denver Post; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report a fifth consecutive month of employment growth for people with disabilities in nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from Bureau of Labor Statistics; RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health hosts webinar, Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Adults with IDD and Their Family Caregivers; TIKTOC Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center seeks young people with SCI/D to test SCI-HARD, mobile game designed to help individuals with SCI/D improve self-management skills; National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) publishes report, 2015-16 High School Assessment Accommodations Policies: An Analysis of ACT, SAT, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced.

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2016-09-07
NARIC news: 

September is National Preparedness Month and, along with Ready.gov, we're reminding everyone to Make a Plan. People with disabilities and their families and caregivers may want to spend this week talking about where and how to get to emergency shelter in case of disaster, what and what not to bring, how to care for service animals and pets, and how to ensure access to medications and essential assistive devices. We've put together resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help you and your family Make a Plan.

Research In Focus:
Telemedicine Can Help Care Teams Focus on Recovery After Burn Injury
This week's Research In Focus shows how a burn injury rehabilitation program used telemedicine to reduce costs and give people with burn injury and their care teams more time to focus on recovery.

Resource Highlight: 

Job Accommodations and AT Support for Workers with Autoimmune Diseases
The NIDILRR-funded AbleData project (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) has released a new guide, Job Accommodations and Assistive Technology (AT) Support for Workers with Autoimmune Diseases (PDF), developed in partnership with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). The guide offers an overview of reasonable accommodations and AT products that can help address workplace limitations resulting from the effects of the most common autoimmune diseases.

News items: 

Wireless Accessibility Highlighted in Denver Post
Helena Mitchell, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5007) was interviewed in Blind man Uber-ing: One man's quest to get visually impaired a tech job in the Denver Post. Dr. Mitchell discussed the market for accessible technology and the need to improve the accessibility of mobile apps, websites, and software. The article also highlighted the work of the Wireless RERC's App Factory in helping developers learn from people with disabilities.

nTIDE Shows Fifth Straight Month of 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 fifth consecutive month of growth in employment for people with disabilities in this month's National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This month's report showed gains in both the number of people working and those looking for work.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Adults with IDD and Their Family Caregivers
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) (90RT5020) will host a webinar, Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Their Family Caregivers, September 22nd, 3-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss research on health outcomes of African American and Latino parental caregivers, and on racial and ethnic disparities on health outcomes among adults with IDD. The presentation will include policy and community-based interventions to address these disparities with a focus on how human service providers can address the health of families of persons with IDD. Registration is free and required. This webinar is part of a series presented in partnership with The Arc.

Participate: 

SCI-HARD Mobile Gaming Study
The NIDILRR-funded Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (90RE5012) is seeking young people with spinal cord injury or dysfunction (SCI/D) to test SCI-HARD, a mobile game designed to help individuals with SCI/D improve self-management skills. The game is available for Android and Apple devices. Participants must be English-speaking, between the ages of 13 and 29, and have a SCI/D. Eligible participants may receive up to $100 for completing the study. For more information, contact sci-hardgame@umich.edu or 734/615-6720.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

2015-16 High School Assessment Accommodations Policies
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has published a report, 2015-16 High School Assessment Accommodations Policies: An Analysis of ACT, SAT, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced (PDF). This report provides a snapshot of how accommodations for students with disabilities and English learners were included in policies for standardized high school tests such as the ACT and SAT. These exams are often used to measure whether graduating students are college- and career-ready. The exams are also used in state assessments for accountability.