News and Notes 260 April 19
NARIC celebrates examples of inclusion of young people with disabilities in the media and offers resources on inclusion from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its blog; Research in Focus features working program that can reduce fatigue in people with TBI; RRTC on Family Supports and RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities publish report, Family Caregiver Support for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD); project on Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders featured in article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch; Diversity Partners Intervention debuts its online curriculum for employment service professionals who wish to improve on serving job seekers with disabilities; Langston University RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities hosts webinar, Customized Training: An Inclusive Employment Training Option in VR Practice; RRTC on VR Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, What Works for Youth? Tracking VR Outcomes; Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) host webinar, Sexual Assault and Survivors with Disabilities.
Recently, we've seen some awesome examples of inclusion of young people with disabilities in the media: Sesame Street introduced a muppet character with autism, Speechless features a high school student with cerebral palsy who uses alternative communication, and a puppet in Julie's Greenroom is a very talented composer and musician who happens to use a wheelchair. The winning Google Doodle is all about inclusion, featuring kids of every ability, religion, ethnicity, and identity (and even some sign language in the background). It can be so important for children to see people with disabilities in the media, especially when the characters are portrayed by actors with disabilities like J.J. in Speechless. It shows children that everyone has a right to live, learn, and play together. For more resources on inclusion from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, please visit in our blog.
Research In Focus:
A Walking Program Can Reduce Fatigue for People with TBI
This week's Research In Focus looks at a walking program that helps people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) increase their endurance and reduce their fatigue.
Research Brief: Family Caregiver Support for People with IDD
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Family Supports (90RT5032) and the RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) have published a report, Family Caregiver Support for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). This report uses data from the Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports Survey (FINDS) to describe the kinds and amount of supports provided by families to individuals with IDD living in their family home. Caregivers provided an average of 9 different kinds of support and more than half of all caregivers reported providing these supports more than 40 hours per week. More than half of caregivers in this survey reported being aged 50 or older, highlighting the critical need to start planning for a future when aging caregivers are no longer able to continue providing significant amounts of support for their family members.
Autism Research in the News
Research from the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded project on Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (VCU ASD Career Links) (90DP0051) was featured in VCU study: Training program helps high school students with autism find - and keep - jobs in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The article highlights the successful results of a school-to-work transition program that uses the Project SEARCH internship model plus supports specifically for people with autism spectrum disorder.
Diversity Partners Debuts Online
The NIDILRR-funded Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community (90DP0065) debuted its online curriculum for employment service professionals who wish to improve overall excellence in serving job seekers with disabilities, and to leverage existing business relationships to benefit those job seekers. The site features more than 20 learning modules for frontline service providers and managers, as well as information and guidance for organizational leaders. The curriculum is available free of charge.
Webinar: Customized Training - an Inclusive Employment Training Option in VR Practice
The NIDILRR-funded Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (90RT5024) will host a webinar, Customized Training: An Inclusive Employment Training Option in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practice, April 26th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will discuss the use of customized training (CT) models to serve people with disabilities in VR, including barriers that people with disabilities from racial and ethnic minorities and other diverse populations may experience, CT practices and programs available within VR and their benefits to employment success, and outreach efforts that support the development of inclusive and diverse CT programs. Registration is free and required.
Webinar: What Works for Youth? Tracking VR Outcomes
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults (90RT5034) will host a webinar and policy forum, What Works for Youth? Tracking VR Outcomes, April 27th, 12-1:30pm ET. A panel of researchers and practitioners will present and discuss new evidence on long-term outcomes of youth who apply for VR services, the Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative’s VR process and outcomes, and employment outcomes of post-secondary youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Registration is free and required.
Webinar: Sexual Assault and Survivors with Disabilities
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) will host a webinar, Sexual Assault and Survivors with Disabilities, April 24th, 11:30am-1pm. Presenters will discuss the prevalence of sexual violence among people with disabilities, highlight strong examples from the fields of domestic and sexual violence prevention and community-based programs serving people with disabilities, and share resources for further engagement and training to better support those who have experienced sexual assault. Registration is free and required.