News and Notes 234 October 5

Resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere available from NARIC in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, sponsored by Department of Labor's Office of Disability Policy (ODEP); Research in Focus shows how a new PT intervention can help children with cerebral palsy sit up and play; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities releases research report, Who are employment consultants?; research of SCI Model System Centers is focus of October issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR), featuring 27 articles; Through the Looking Glass announces winners of its 2016 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities; TU Collaborative presents webinar, Supporting College Students with Psychiatric Disabilities; Office of Disability Employment Policy's Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) hosts virtual discussion on Making it Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology.

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2016-10-05
NARIC news: 

Welcome to October! This is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), sponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The theme for this year is #InclusionWorks, celebrating the skills and talents people with disabilities bring to the workplace. According to ODEP's Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy, “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation.” We looked at resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help businesses promote diversity and ensure that #InclusionWorks in their workplace.

Research In Focus:
A New Physical Therapy Program Improves Sitting and Play Skills for Children with Cerebral Palsy
This week's Research In Focus shows how a new physical therapy intervention can help children with cerebral palsy improve their ability to sit up and play.

Resource Highlight: 

New Research Report: Who are Employment Consultants?
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (90RT5019/90RT5028) has released a research report, Who are employment consultants? Characteristics of the workforce that connects job seekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities to employment (PDF), the latest in the Bringing Employment First to Scale series. The research brief shares key findings from a survey regarding employment consultants within community rehabilitation providers, detailing staffing, working hours, and salary of employment consultants, as well as an overview of the tools these consultants use to document job development activities with their clients. Previous issues in this series are available on the project's website.

News items: 

October Issue of AMPR Dedicated to SCI Model Systems Research
The research of the NIDILRR-funded Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Centers is the focus of the October issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR). The collection of 27 articles shows the depth and breadth of work conducted by the SCI Model Systems, and includes a wide range of topics related to neurologic classification, community integration, health services research, and assistive technology, among others. The issue also includes an editorial describing current outcomes from the SCI Model System Centers, as well as a podcast interview with several Center investigators. Abstracts for individual articles are available free of charge.

Through the Looking Glass Announces 2016 Scholarship Winners
The NIDILRR-funded project on Families with Disabilities Through the Life Cycle: Disability Culture Perspectives (Through the Looking Glass) (90DP0014) announced the winners of its 2016 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities. Scholarships were awarded to 15 students selected from more than 300 applicants. These awards recognize not only the diversity and contribution of these families, but also their financial need. In their essays, the winning students describe the routine, remarkable, and sometimes difficult stories of parents with disabilities and their children. The essays appear on the Through the Looking Glass website.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Supporting College Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
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, Supporting College Students with Psychiatric Disabilities, October 11th, 12-1pm ET. TU Collaborative staff will provide an overview of the experiences of college students with significant mental health issues and the supports they find to be most helpful. The presentation will review factors that promote students' use of disability support services and the barriers they may experience to using these services. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Join the National Online Dialogue on Accessible Workplace Technology
The Office of Disability Employment Policy's Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) will host a virtual discussion on Making it Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology, October 11th through 18th. The online dialogue will enable people to share ideas about the kinds of policies, programs, and structures that need to be in place to advance accessible technology in the workplace, and the ways that PEAT and the Department of Labor can support them. Registration is free and required to join the conversation.