News and Notes 242 November 30

NARIC is bringing a collection of materials from the NIDILRR community to the TASH conference in St Louis and the Abilities Expo in Virginia this week; NIDILRR's next strategic planning listening session is held December 5th  in Dallas, TX; Research in Focus highlights the long-term impact of large burns on mobility; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support publishes report, Sibling Caregivers Experience Less Choice and Control; National Academies' Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, of which NIDILRR is a sponsoring agency, publishes report, Strengthening the Workforce to Support Community Living and Participation for Older Adults and People with Disabilities; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) to combine its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2016 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Online Course Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment: The Reason and the Design; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar series, Essential Practices to Facilitate Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); Mass Audubon releases Accessible Trails Manual, providing guidelines for developing accessible trails in parks, wildlife preserves, and other outdoor venues.

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2016-11-30
NARIC news: 

We're traveling this week! Representatives from NARIC will be at the TASH conference in St Louis from Wednesday to Friday. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we'll be at the Abilities Expo here in Virginia. The Abilities Expo is a consumer-oriented conference featuring agencies, organizations, and technologies that support community living and participation across the life span. We're bringing a great collection of materials from the NIDILRR community. We hope to see you at these events!

Research In Focus:
Large Burns Can Cause Lasting Movement Problems, Long-Term Rehabilitation Interventions May Help
Research In Focus for this week highlights the long-term impact of large burns on mobility.

Resource Highlight: 

Sibling Caregivers Experience Less Choice and Control
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support (90RT5032) has published a report, Sibling Caregivers Experience Less Choice and Control (PDF). Siblings often have the longest relationships of their lives with each other, and many siblings of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) provide critical support and caregiving. As people with IDD live longer and outlive their parents, caregiving roles often transition from parents to siblings in families. This data brief examines the sibling role in long-term care for their family member with IDD and how siblings perceive their ability to have a choice and control over the services used by their family member.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Next Strategic Planning Listening Session Dec 5th
NIDILRR continues to host listening sessions across the country to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction. The next live session will be held in Dallas, TX, December 5th, 10am-1pm CT. The public may attend in person or by phone and registration is required. Comments may also be submitted by email to NIDILRRFuture@acl.hhs.gov. More information about this and future sessions is available online.

News items: 

New Report Explores the Needs of the Community Living Workforce
The National Academies' Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, of which NIDILRR is one of the sponsoring agencies, has published a report, Strengthening the Workforce to Support Community Living and Participation for Older Adults and People with Disabilities. The report summarizes the results of a workshop held in June, where several NIDILRR grantees were invited presenters and discussants. The presentations focused on enhancing quality in the workforce through education, metrics, and standards; identified how technology can support the workforce; and discussed additional research, data, and policy needs for this field. The discussions explored the need for a healthcare workforce to support the independence of older adults and people with disabilities, including coordination within and between the workforce and individuals in the community. The full proceedings are now available in eBook free of charge.

Disability Statistics Compendium and Conference Announced
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) will combine its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2016 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, February 13th and 14th. The two-day event will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. On the first day, the conference will bring together scientists, administrators, and staff from disability programs, and leaders from disability policy and advocacy communities to discuss the state of disability statistics and how to move the field forward. The second day will feature the release of the Compendium, a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies, with related panel discussions. Registration is free for both days, with webstreaming available for the Compendium release and discussions.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Online Course Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0071) will host a webinar, Online Course Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment: The Reason and the Design, December 6th, 2-3pm ET. This webinar will explore the requirement for college and university online courses to be accessible. Presenters will review the relevant laws and explain their relationship to a postsecondary institution's online content. Presenters will also discuss what an accessible online course will look like and share tips for practical application of accessibility principles. Registration is free and required.

Webinar Series: Essential Practices to Facilitate Implementation of WIOA
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027) will host a webinar series, Essential Practices to Facilitate Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), December 6th, 7th, and 8th, 3-4pm ET each day. Effective Caseload Management is a two-session series focusing on: (1) how to manage heavy caseloads and conduct quality documentation, and (2) how to resolve ethical dilemmas and increase cultural diversity and competency. The third session, Integrating Customized Employment Strategies into the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) System, will focus on the WIOA provisions that impact public VR systems, plus strategies and tools for implementing these provisions in a manner that promotes quality and sustainability. A panel will provide an overview of the implementation process from the perspective of both the VR system and VR vendors/providers. Registration is free and required for single sessions or the full series.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Accessible Trails Manual
Mass Audubon has released an Accessible Trails Manual. Developed under a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the manual provides comprehensive guidelines for developing and sustaining accessible interpreted trails in parks, wildlife preserves, and other outdoor venues. The manual offers ideas for collaborative partnerships, developing and testing trail materials with volunteer expert users and resource professionals, and outreach. Information about Mass Audubon's accessibility initiatives is also available.