News and Notes 270 June 28

NARIC blog shares research and resources on cataracts and other eye diseases from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Cataract Awareness Month; Healthy Aging RRTC publishes How to Reduce Stress Through Mindfulness, the latest in the Aging Well with a Physical Disability Factsheet Series; ADA National Network offers ADA Anniversary Toolkit, providing monthly themes to celebrate the anniversary; researchers from the RRTC on Community Living serve as guest editors for a special issue of the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community; researchers from the TU Collaborative were interviewed in Portrait of faculty mental health in a recent issue of Inside Higher Education; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) hosts webcast, Disclosing Disability in the Workplace; Pathways RTC seeks participants for national survey on training needs for improving services to youth and young adults with mental health needs; the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program and the Office of Disability Employment Policy Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) host Twitter chat, Employment for People with Disabilities.

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2017-06-28
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June is Cataract Awareness Month, which is sponsored by Prevent Blindness America. A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. According to statistics from the National Eye Institute, there are over 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who have cataracts and that number is projected to reach nearly 40 million by 2030. Vision loss due to cataracts can lead to reduced independence at home, on the job, and in the community. However, vision can be restored through surgery and assistive technology can help support people with cataracts until their surgery and recovery are complete. We shared some research and resources on cataracts and other eye diseases from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our blog.

Resource Highlight: 

How to Reduce Stress Through Mindfulness
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (Healthy Aging RRTC) (90RT5023) has published, How to Reduce Stress Through Mindfulness, the latest in the Aging Well with a Physical Disability Factsheet Series. The factsheet focuses on how individuals aging with disabilities can use the practice of mindfulness to benefit their health and well-being. Sections offer information and resources on the practice of mindfulness and its benefits, common mindfulness techniques, and apps and guides to help practice mindfulness.

ADA Anniversary Tool Kit
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network (90DP0090) and its ten regional centers across the United States will lead celebrations of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) throughout July, leading up to the ADA Anniversary (July 26th). Regional centers will host events throughout the month to raise awareness of the progress made under the ADA and what lies ahead. The national network offers an ADA Anniversary Tool Kit, which can be utilized by workplaces, schools, and communities to celebrate the ADA Anniversary. This toolkit provides resources and monthly themes to celebrate throughout the year.

News items: 

Special Journal Issue Highlights Community Participation Research
Glen White, PhD, principal investigator, and Jean Ann Summers, PhD, research director from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living (90RT5015) served as guest editors for a special issue of the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community focusing on people with disabilities and community participation. The issue includes articles from the RRTC and other members of the NIDILRR community that examine community participation from multiple angles. Individual articles discuss the impact of secondary health conditions on community living, the role of independent living centers in participation, residential living and vocational rehabilitation, and improving access to parking for van drivers. Abstracts are available free of charge.

Mental Health Research Featured in Inside Higher Ed
Researchers from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) were interviewed in Portrait of faculty mental health in a recent issue of Inside Higher Education. The article highlights research from the TU Collaborative on the experiences of college faculty with mental health issues, including disclosing their disability and requesting accommodations and support from administrators.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Disclosing Disability in the Workplace
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) (90RT5035) will host a webcast, Disclosing Disability in the Workplace, July 13th, 2-2:45pm ET. Presenters will review the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) pertaining to disclosure of disability in the workplace, and examine the considerations that workers with disabilities must make in deciding whether to disclose. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Transition Training Needs Survey
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) is conducting a national survey of training needs for improving services to youth and young adults with mental health needs. The survey is open to all service providers who work with youth and young adults with mental health needs. Survey findings will guide the development of training programs to improve service providers' skills in supporting these young people. At the end of the survey, participants will have the option to receive a summary of the findings and to participate in a random drawing to receive one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Employment for People with Disabilities Twitter Chat TOMORROW
The Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program and the Office of Disability Employment Policy Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) will host a Twitter chat, Employment for People with Disabilities, TOMORROW, 1-2pm ET. Participants will learn about job training resources, job accommodations in the workplace, and how work can affect Social Security disability benefits. Participants are also encouraged to share their tips, experiences, and employment resources, along with questions about how job accommodations and Social Security’s Work Incentives may help to reach career goals. For more information about the Twitter chat, please contact socialmedia@choosework.net.