News and Notes 269 June 21

During the week of the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) conference, NARIC shares research and resources for physical therapy from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its blog; Research in Focus looks at post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after spinal cord injury (SCI); AbleData project publishes new factsheet, Find the Right Channel: Communication Aids for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; Mobile Accommodation Solutions (MAS), an app developed under the project Mobile Accommodations Tool: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, was on display at the 2017 mEnabling Summit; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts ADA Live! The History of Disability, Lessons from the Past; Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) seeks participants in a Facebook Group study to determine if people with physical disabilities can gain needed information on employment; Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) LEAD Center hosts webinar, Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment, featuring a set of strategies that can benefit job seekers facing barriers to employment.

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2017-06-21
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This week, physical therapists from around the country are gathering in Boston for the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) conference. Physical therapists help people with new injuries and chronic conditions to develop, restore, or maintain as much movement and function as possible throughout the lifespan. Physical therapy (PT) can include a range of activities, from stretching and weight exercises to learning to use assistive devices for everyday living. We shared some research and resources for PT from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, along with some of our personal experiences with PT, in our blog.

Research In Focus:
Who Is Most Likely to Develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder After Spinal Cord Injury?
A traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) may leave some people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This week's Research In Focus looks at who may be most at risk.

Resource Highlight: 

Find the Right Channel: Communication Aids for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The NIDILRR-funded AbleData project (ED-13-CO-0064) has published a new factsheet, Find the Right Channel: Communication Aids for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The factsheet describes some of the communication challenges people who are Deaf or hard of hearing may face and the array of assistive technology products designed to help effective communication, seamless interaction with others, and to live more independent and productive lives.

News items: 

Mobile Accommodations Tool on Display at mEnabling Summit
Mobile Accommodation Solutions (MAS) (90IF0097), an app developed under the NIDILRR-funded project on Mobile Accommodations Tool: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, was on display at the 2017 mEnabling Summit last week in Washington, DC. The app is designed to support organizations in creating an inclusive workplace by facilitating the process of accommodating applicants, candidates, and employees. The app also enables people with disabilities to better manage their accommodations process.  The MAS will be available for iOS later this year and for Android in early 2018.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live! The History of Disability, Lessons from the Past
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0019) will host the 46th episode of ADA Live!, The History of Disability, Lessons from the Past, scheduled to be aired July 5th, 1-1:30 PM ET. This episode explores significant turning points in the history of disability in America, including an examination of veterans of wars. Presenters will discuss how the treatment of veterans has changed since wounded Civil War veterans camped out in front of Lincoln's White House. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Facebook study for people with physical disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) (90RT5035) is conducting a study to determine if people with physical disabilities can gain needed information on employment by participating in a Facebook Group on employment. This six-month study is open to employed or unemployed adults with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, or multiple sclerosis. Participants must be between 18 and 65 years old and able to provide legal consent. Participants can spend as much or as little time as they choose interacting in the Facebook group or reviewing the materials disseminated through a monthly email. The goal of the research study is to test different ways to deliver employment information to individuals with physical disabilities.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Webinar: Guided Group Discovery - Paving the Way to Employment
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) LEAD Center will host a webinar, Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment, June 26th, 3-4pm ET. Guided Group Discovery (GGD) is a set of strategies that can benefit any job seeker who faces barriers to employment. The GGD is a universal design approach used within workforce development systems to enable youth and adults with disabilities, and others, to secure and maintain employment. Presenters will share materials to implement GGD through cross-system partnerships. The webinar will include several pilot projects in which GGD has been used, and information from implementers from the public workforce system and their disability partners. Registration is free and required.