News and Notes 275 August 9

NARIC explores the field of disability studies -- the topic this week during the International Conference on Disability Studies in Vancouver, Canada -- with research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in a recent Frequently Asked Questions article on its website; Research in Focus looks at a program designed to help young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) build job skills and gain work experience; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood posts two-part video, Outside-the-Box Accommodations in College, part of the Comeback TV series also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); July National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report highlights continuing gains for job seekers with disabilities; several members of the NIDILRR grantee community inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Diability Mentoring Hall of Fame; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Hearing Loss in the Workplace - Rights and Obligations; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Small Employers; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Putting Accessibility Law in Your Pocket: The Digital Accessibility Legal Update; US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October will be Inclusion Drives Innovation.

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2017-08-09
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The International Conference on Disability Studies took place this week in Vancouver, Canada. Disability studies is a multi-disciplinary field that examines disability as social, cultural, and political phenomena, as opposed to looking at it from a clinical or medical perspective. Just as the disability community is diverse, so is the field that studies it. Disability studies crosses many academic fields, from political science and sociology to the arts and theology. We explored the field, with research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, in a recent Frequently Asked Questions article on our website.

Research In Focus:
A Comprehensive Job Development Program May Help Youth with ASD Make the Successful Transition from School to Work
This week's Research In Focus looks at a program designed to help young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) build job skills and gain real-world work experience.

Resource Highlight: 

Outside-the-Box Accommodations in College
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (90RT5031) has posted a two-part video, Outside-the-Box Accommodations in College, featuring interviews with a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Part 1 provides information about college accommodations and how they can support college students with mental health conditions. Part 2 defines academic accommodation and cites examples of different types of accommodations available to students with disabilities. These videos are part of the Comeback TV series. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

July nTIDE Highlights Continuing Gains for Job Seekers with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017) reported 16 consecutive months of improvements in the employment situation for people with disabilities in the July National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report. This continues the longest run of gains since data were first available in September 2008. The report and current research in employment were discussed in the most recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn.

NIDILRR Grantees Inducted into Mentoring Hall of Fame
Several members of the NIDILRR grantee community were inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition. Individual inductees included Wendy Harbour, PhD, principal investigator for The Community for All Project to Develop a Series of Six Online Toolkits to Improve Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (90DP0068), and Shelia Newman, from the AbleData project (ED-OSE-13-C-0064). Organization inductees included the Human Engineering Research Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, home to several NIDILRR-funded projects. The Hall of Fame recognizes those who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Hearing Loss in the Workplace - Rights and Obligations TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Hearing Loss in the Workplace - Rights and Obligations, TODAY, 2-3:30pm ET. This webinar will address the legal rights of applicants and employees with hearing loss and the legal obligations of employers in dealing with these individuals in the workforce. Available resources for managing the employer-employee relationship will also be presented. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Reasonable Accommodation - A Focus on Small Employers
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Small Employers, August 11th, 1-2pm ET. Many small employers may believe that reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities is cost prohibitive. In reality, most employers report low or no cost when making accommodations. This webinar will explore the misunderstandings and best practices of particular relevance to small employers when accommodating employees with disabilities in and around the workplace. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Putting Accessibility Law in Your Pocket
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) will host a webinar, Putting Accessibility Law in Your Pocket: The Digital Accessibility Legal Update, August 15th, 2-3:30pm ET. This webinar will cover recent legal developments involving the civil rights of people with disabilities to access digital content, including websites, mobile applications, and information kiosks. Presenters will discuss current news about court decisions, settlements, laws, and regulations impacting digital accessibility. Registration is free and required by August 14th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NDEAM: Inclusion Drives Innovation
The US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced that Inclusion Drives Innovation will be the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October 2017. NDEAM celebrates individuals with disabilities and their contributions to and achievements in the American workforce. For companies, agencies, and organizations, hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation. Learn about the history of NDEAM and explore materials to plan observances on ODEP's website.