News and Notes 240 November 16

NARIC blog features the NIDILRR-funded ADA Centers, Knowledge Translation Centers, and other grantees who provide information to people with disabilities in observation of Information & Referral Day, sponsored by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems; NIDILRR continues to post forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database; Research in Focus highlights iMHere app, designed to help people with spina bifida take charge of their health; Pathways RTC publishes two new resources for educators and service providers who support young people in transition; researcher at Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing receives New Researcher Award from the International Dyslexia Association; RRTC on Community living hosts Community Living Summit, from which presentations and factsheets are available at its website; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Transient Lodging Q & A, on the accessibility of facilities such as hotels, motels, and resorts; Department of Justice releases guidance regarding how the ADA and the Olmstead v. L.C. decision apply to employment services and settings.

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2016-11-16
NARIC news: 

Today we're joining the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems in celebrating Information & Referral Day (#IandRDay), recognizing the efforts of libraries, information centers, and resource centers to connect people to information on services and supports in their community and online. I&R is one of our core services, from connecting a person with a disability to information on therapy or support services, to working with researchers to track the literature in their field. We're not the only members of the NIDILRR community who provide these services. Meet the ADA Centers, the Knowledge Translation Centers, and other grantees who help to connect people to the information they need to live independently in their communities.

Research In Focus:
A New Mobile Health System Can Help People with Spina Bifida Take Charge of Their Health
This week's Research In Focus highlights iMHere, a new app that may help people with spina bifida and other chronic conditions manage their everyday health.

Resource Highlight: 

New Resources to Support Youth in Transition
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) has published two new resources for educators and service providers who support young people in transition. Helping Young Adults from Foster Care Succeed in College (PDF) provides helpful guidance for college faculty and staff to better understand the challenges that students from foster care may face and ways to support them. AMP's Top Ten Tips for Engaging with Young People (PDF) offers advice for service providers and others on how to engage successfully with youth, using specific examples to illustrate effective (and ineffective) communication. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR 2017 Grants Forecast UPDATED
NIDILRR continues to post its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database with the most recent updates posted November 14th at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives IDA New Researcher Award
Luz Rello, PhD, a member of the NIDILRR-funded Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing (90DP0061), received the 2016 New Researcher Award from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Dr. Rello was recognized for her work in making computing tools more easily accessible for people with dyslexia, as well as developing a high-accuracy dyslexia screening application to detect dyslexia on a large scale.

Presentations from Community Living Summit Now Available
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (90RT5015) hosted a Community Living Summit in September in Alexandria, VA. Federal policymakers, disability advocates, and representatives of national disability organizations met with the Center’s research partners, advisors, and research participants to learn about the results of the Center’s interventions. For each presentation, the researchers were joined by one of the intervention’s research participants and a member of the Center’s Scientific and Consumer Advisory Panel. The audience heard perspectives from consumers, independent living center staff, and other scientists regarding the successes and future implications of each intervention. Presentations and factsheets for the presentations are available from the Summit website. Videos of the presentations and interviews with participants will be available in December.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Transient Lodging Q&A
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Transient Lodging Q & A, December 1st, 2:30-4pm ET. Representatives from the Access Board and the American Hotel and Lodging Association will provide an overview of the scoping and technical requirements for the accessibility of transient lodging facilities such as hotels, motels, and resorts. Session participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance regarding transient lodging facilities and amenities such as swimming pools, fitness facilities, spas, restaurants, and conference rooms. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Guidance on the Application of ADA and Olmstead to Employment
The Department of Justice has released guidance regarding how the ADA and the Olmstead v. L.C. decision apply to employment services and settings. This guide discusses and explains the requirements of the ADA integration mandate and Olmstead as applied to employment service systems for individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the publication includes a Question & Answer section to provide information about the obligations of state and local governments.