News and Notes 264 May 17

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD); Research in Focus looks at challenges to sustaining a successful evidence-based employment program; Pathways RTC publishes Justice and Recovery, the 2017 issue of its annual Focal Point research review; principal investigator of Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center receives the 2017 Jennett Plum Award for Clinical Achievement in the Field of Brain Injury Medicine from the International Brain Injury Association; Parents Taking Action was featured in Connecting Latino parents to autism resources and counseling on Univisión Chicago; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Housing Accessibility Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act; Measurement of Community Participation Using a Computer Adaptive Test in Persons with Burn Injuries (LIBRE) seeks participants to test questions for the LIBRE Profile questionnaire measuring the social impact of a burn injury; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hosts webinar, What Older Americans and their Caregivers Should Know About Robocalls, Scams, and the Latest Technology and Accessibility Issues.

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2017-05-17
NARIC news: 

Tomorrow is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD)! The goal of GAAD is to spread the word about digital accessibility. We live in a world where we can learn, work, play, and manage the details of our lives from almost anywhere through our computers and mobile devices. For people with disabilities, this technology can present as many barriers as opportunities to participate in the digital community. Awareness of digital accessibility is growing, however. We offer some research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help everyone talk, think, and learn about accessibility and inclusion in the digital world.

Research In Focus:
Evidence-Based Employment Programs Can Succeed Over Time with Support and Leadership
This week's Research In Focus looks at the challenges to sustaining an evidence-based employment program, and the factors that may support program success.

Resource Highlight: 

Focal Point: Justice and Recovery
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) has published Justice and Recovery, the 2017 issue of the annual Focal Point research review. This issue focuses on the prevalence of mental health conditions among justice system-involved youth. While the need for appropriate and timely treatment is acute, the juvenile justice system seems challenged in meeting this need. The authors of this issue identify and propose solutions to these challenges with new research findings. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Jennett Plum Award
Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center (90DP0033) has received the 2017 Jennett Plum Award for Clinical Achievement in the Field of Brain Injury Medicine from the International Brain Injury Association. The award is given every two years to clinicians and researchers who have made substantive and historical research contributions to the field of TBI through clinical, translational, or basic science research. Dr. Kreutzer was chosen in recognition of the impact of his clinical research on the field of brain injury medicine. Dr. Kreutzer also gave the Jennett Plum Award Lecture at the 12th International Brain Injury Association World Congress in New Orleans in March.

Parents Taking Action Featured on Univisión Chicago
The NIDILRR-funded project Parents Taking Action (90IF0072) was featured in Conectando a padres latinos con recursos y asesorías sobre el autismo (Connecting Latino parents to autism resources and counseling) on Univisión Chicago. The story highlighted the experiences of Latino parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who participated in the Parents Taking Action program. Principal Investigator Sandy Magaña, PhD, gave an overview of ASD and discussed the program, which connects families to resources and supports in their community.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Housing Accessibility Under the ADA and Fair Housing Act
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Housing Accessibility Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act, May 24th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of the 2010 ADA Standards and the Fair Housing Act, and will discuss the basic accessibility requirements mandated by federal and state building codes. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Burn Injury Study Survey
The NIDILRR-funded project on Measurement of Community Participation Using a Computer Adaptive Test in Persons with Burn Injuries (LIBRE) (90DP0055) seeks participants to test questions for the LIBRE Profile questionnaire measuring the social impact of a burn injury. The study is open to burn survivors 18 years or older, with a total burn surface area (TBSA) of 5% or greater or a burn to a critical area. Participants must be able to communicate in English, have access to the Internet, and have a working email address. Qualifying participants who complete two surveys will receive a Visa gift card. For more information, contact the LIBRE Project at 844/255-9987 or libre@bu.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

FCC Hosts Webinar on Communications Accessibility, Robocalls, and Scams
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host a webinar, What Older Americans and Their Caregivers Should Know About Robocalls, Scams, and the Latest Technology and Accessibility Issues, May 22nd, 1-2pm ET. The webinar will feature information and tips about disability access to communication technology, including FCC rules that require hearing aid compatibility, telecommunications relay services, emergency access, and closed captioning. The webinar will also provide information on the value of broadband connectivity (e.g., staying engaged, and using telehealth), dealing with robocalls, and reporting suspicious calls to the FCC’s Consumer Complaint Center. No registration is required to watch the live stream. Questions may be emailed to livequestions@fcc.gov or via Twitter with #FCCLive.