News and Notes 243 December 7

NARIC's REHABDATA database includes more than 115,000 abstracts of disability and rehabilitation research literature from around the world; there is still time to submit comments for NIDILRR's listening sessions; the NIDILRR 2017 Grants Forecast is UPDATED; Research In Focus on career mentors helping college students who are legally blind build confidence to find jobs; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) publishes a new tip sheet for young adults on helpful hints for policy change in the mental health system; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) reported continuing positive employment trends in the November National Trends in Disability Employment Monthly Update; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) attended and presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL); the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center will host a webinar on workplace accommodations for Wounded Warriors; the Pacific ADA Regional Center will host a webinar TOMORROW on the perspectives of building occupants with mobility impairment on fire evacuation and elevators; the Southwest ADA Center is looking for participants for a survey about work-related issues of young adults with cancer; the Temple Collaborative on Community Inclusion has published a report on community inclusion.

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2016-12-7
NARIC news: 

Did you know that NARIC's REHABDATA database now includes more than 115,000 abstracts of disability and rehabilitation research literature from around the world? This year, we incorporated the collection of the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) into the REHABDATA database, and we continue to add to this important collection. With this new international collection, REHABDATA now includes records of material published in more than 35 languages. Learn more about how to search our collection, as well as other sources of international research, in our December 13th webinar hosted by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Research In Focus:
Career Mentors Can Help College Students Who Are Legally Blind Build Confidence to Find Jobs
This week's Research In Focus looks at a mentoring program that helps college students with visual impairments build confidence as they get ready to join the workforce.
 
Resource Highlight: 
Helpful Hints for Policy Change in the Mental Health System
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) has published a new tip sheet, Advice to Young Adults from Young Adults: Helpful Hints for Policy Change in the Mental Health System (PDF). This tip sheet is designed for use by youth- and young adult-led organizations whose memberships include young people with lived experience in the mental health system. The recommendations and quotes contained in this tip sheet came from a series of interviews with young adult leaders from advocacy groups that focus on mental health challenges or living in foster care. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
 
NIDILRR News and Events: 
Still Time to Submit Comments for NIDILRR Listening Sessions
NIDILRR continues to collect comments from stakeholders to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction. Comments may be submitted by email to NIDILRRFuture@acl.hhs.gov up to December 12th. More information about how to submit comments is available online.
 
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 December 1st at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.
 
News items: 
Employment Trends Remain Positive  for Americans 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 continuing positive employment trends in the November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Monthly Update. The recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar explored this report, as well as the employment outlook for people with disabilities around the world.
 
Webinar: Perspectives of Building Occupants with Mobility Impairment on Fire Evacuation and Elevators TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Perspectives of Building Occupants with Mobility Impairments on Fire Evacuation and Elevators, TOMORROW, 2:30-4pm ET. This webinar presents a study that was conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop guidance on how occupants, particularly those with mobility impairments, can most effectively evacuate buildings during fire emergencies. Registration is free and required.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Workplace Accommodations for Wounded Warriors
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Workplace Accommodations for Wounded Warriors, December 14th, 12:30-1pm ET. Ron Drach, an expert in employment issues of veterans with disabilities, will give a brief overview of some the types of disabilities returning vets have acquired during their service, and examples of reasonable accommodations that can be provided as they return to the civilian workforce. Registration is free and required.
 
RTC: Rural Engages Stakeholders at APRIL Conference
Staff from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) attended and presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) in October. Project directors and other researchers provided updates of several RTC projects in housing and barriers to community participation, shared online tools and resources for connecting and engaging with consumers, and discussed the Healthy Community Living Project (HCL). Presentation slides and handouts are available from the project's website.
 
Participate: 
Survey of Young Adults with Cancer
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (90DP0092) seeks participants for a survey about work-related issues of young adults with cancer. The survey investigates which interventions are the most effective at helping individuals who have had a cancer diagnosis participate in the labor force, particularly young adults developing their work personality and career readiness skills. Qualified participants are US residents who are aged 18 to 39 and have been diagnosed with cancer other than nonmelanoma skin cancer. Each qualified participant will receive a gift card.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
Well Together: A Blueprint for Community Inclusion
The Temple Collaborative on Community Inclusion has released a report, Well Together: A Blueprint for Community Inclusion. The report, developed for Wellways Australia in Melbourne, spotlights community inclusion as the framework for a new generation of supports and services promoting the full participation of individuals with mental health conditions in community life. The report provides advocates and organizations with an introduction to the theoretical frameworks of community inclusion, fundamental concepts of the community inclusion approach, and a comprehensive summary of the research supporting community inclusion initiatives. The full report and interviews with the authors are available online.