News and Notes 272 July 19

NARIC shares resources for self-advocacy and voting access in its Spotlight blog in observance of the National Disability Voter Registration Week and the anniversary of the ADA; Research in Focus looks at the accessibility of fitness facilities to people with disabilities; MSKTC publishes 2017 factsheets for SCI, TBI, and burn injury, produced with Model Systems data centers; RTC Rural releases Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit for conducting workshops on building advocacy skills among independent living leaders and youth with disabilities; former project director of Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center was featured guest on Neuman Perspective, a video series hosted by the former Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US Department of State; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Basics for Museums; Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC) co-hosts national conference, Meeting Employer Demand in a Job-Driven Economy: Diversity, Inclusion, and VR's Evolving Role; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts video and slides from It's Loud Out There: Hearing Health Across the Lifespan, the June session of the Public Health Grand Rounds webcast series.

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2017-07-19
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Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) anniversary continues with some reflections on the power of advocates, particularly self-advocates, to bring about change. Advocates use their voices and their votes to improve access and opportunity for people with disabilities from the most local level - home, school, or work - all the way to the global community. This week is National Disability Voter Registration Week and the American Association of People with Disabilities is partnering with EveryLibrary and libraries across the US to help people with disabilities understand their rights to accessible voting and registration in their local precinct. This week's issue of News and Notes features tools to become a strong advocate and reflections from people who have been in the trenches. We've also shared resources for self-advocacy and voting access and political participation from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog.

Research In Focus:
Many Fitness Facilities May Not Be Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities
This week's Research In Focus looks whether fitness facilities in the US are ready to meet the needs of members with disabilities.

Resource Highlight: 

2017 Facts and Figures Factsheets for SCI, TBI, and Burn Injury
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) has published the 2017 factsheets for spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and burn injury, produced with the NIDILRR-funded Model Systems data centers. SCI Facts and Figures at a Glance (PDF) was produced with the National SCI Statistical Center. National Database: 2017 Profile of People Within the TBI Model Systems (PDF) was produced with the TBI Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center. National Database: 2017 Profile of Adults Included in the Burn Injury Model Systems (PDF) and National Database: 2017 Profile of Children Included in the Burn Injury Model Systems (PDF) were produced with the Burn Model Systems Data and Statistical Center.

Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) has released an Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit, a new set of resources to conduct workshops that helps develop the advocacy skills of emerging independent living leaders and youth with disabilities. The toolkit describes how to introduce advocacy through the facilitation of discussions and unique activities like improvisation, identifying issues of importance, and putting advocacy skills into practice.

News items: 

ADA National Networks in Focus on The Heumann Perspective
Marian Vessels, former project director of the NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089), was a featured guest on an episode of The Heumann Perspective, a new video series hosted by Judith Heumann, the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US Department of State from 2010 to 2017. Ms. Vessels reflected on life before and after the passage of the ADA and discussed the role of the ADA National Network in helping people with disabilities, agencies, organizations, and businesses in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the law.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: ADA Basics for Museums
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, ADA Basics for Museums, July 25th, 12:30-1pm ET. The ADA impacts the visitors' experience from the moment they first land on a museum website to when they enter the building. In this session, presenters will give an overview of successful ways to ensure greater customer satisfaction for patrons with disabilities throughout their digital and real-life museum experience. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

It's Loud Out There: Hearing Health Across the Lifespan
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have posted video and slides from It's Loud Out There: Hearing Health Across the Lifespan, the June session of the Public Health Grand Rounds webcast series. Experts discussed the problem of hearing loss, its causes, prevention strategies, and public health solutions. In a companion video, Beyond the Data, presenters discussed the growth of hearing loss in the US and how it affects younger and older people alike, and shared tips and resources to protect hearing health in an increasingly noisy world.