News and Notes 238 November 2

In observance of Election Day, NARIC has gathered research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help ensure people with disabilities are able to vote; NIDILRR continues to post FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database; RRTC on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury releases TBI Action (TBI Assessment Conceptualization Therapeutic Intervention Options Narrative); RERC on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (TechSAge) receives Groundbreaker Award from Atlanta Magazine; TU Collaborative is featured in Supporting inclusion and success for all faculty in the Temple Now blog; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Fair Housing and Access for People with Disabilities; ADA Participation Action Research Consortium is conducting survey, Transportation Access and Experiences, open to any person with a disability who has used public transportation; National Council on Disability releases October 2016 National Disability Policy Progress Report.

Date sent: 
2016-11-02
NARIC news: 

We're coming up on Election Day here in the US. On the second Tuesday of November, eligible voters head to their designated polling place for local, state, and national elections. Did you know that, according to a recent study, people with disabilities and their families make up more than a quarter of the possible electorate? However, people with disabilities may encounter barriers to voting, including physical or transportation barriers to polling locations, inaccessible voting machines, or limited access to ballots and materials in alternative formats. We gathered research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help ensure people with disabilities can fully participate in the political process, from registering to vote to running for office!

Resource Highlight: 

TBI ACTION
The recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (H133B090023) has released TBI ACTION (TBI Assessment Conceptualization Therapeutic Intervention Options Narrative), a web-based tool to help clinicians working with persons with TBI develop case conceptualizations and consider treatment options. The tool combines the results from patient questionnaires and tests of cognitive processing, memory, and verbal fluency to classify patients into one of five groups. Clinicians can use the website to compare the results for their client against the average profile of group members and consider treatment options which best suit that profile.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR 2017 Grants Forecast UPDATED
NIDILRR continues to post its FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database with the most recent updates posted October 31st at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

TechSAge Honored with Groundbreaker Award
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (TechSAge) (90RE5016) received a Groundbreaker Award from Atlanta Magazine. The Groundbreaker Awards honor people and projects that make Atlanta a better place to live, emphasizing innovation and new ideas. TechSAge was recognized for creating a more user-friendly world for all, regardless of ability or age.

Inclusion Research Highlighted in Temple Now
Mark Salzer, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) was featured in Supporting inclusion and success for all faculty in the Temple Now blog. Dr. Salzer discussed the findings from his survey of the experiences of university faculty with mental health issues and what accommodations and supports are available to them. He also discussed future steps toward creating welcoming and supportive environments for faculty with mental health issues and other disabilities.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Fair Housing and Access for People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0024) will host a webinar, Fair Housing and Access for People with Disabilities, November 16th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, and national origin. The Act also requires owners of housing facilities to make reasonable accommodations to ensure equal housing opportunities for people with disabilities. The webinar will cover the rules for assistance animals and service animals, reasonable accommodations and modifications, parking, modifications to new home designs, updating older apartments, and recent and relevant case law. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Transportation Access and Experiences
The NIDILRR-funded ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC) (90DP0026) is conducting a survey, Transportation Access and Experiences, which is designed to improve understanding of the accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. The survey is available in English and Spanish and is open to any person with a disability who has used public transportation. The results will be used to inform improvements to accessible transportation.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NCD Issues National Disability Policy Progress Report
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released the October 2016 National Disability Policy Progress Report (PDF). The annual progress report, submitted to the White House and Congress, offers recommendations on new and emerging issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities. The 2016 report focuses on information and communication technology because of the potential it holds to transform how people with disabilities experience the opportunities of citizenship in society. The report also addresses assistive technology that serves to enhance the independence of people with disabilities.