News and Notes 276 August 16

In anticipation of the coming academic year, NARIC highlights research and resources in its blog about disability accommodations, advocacy, and ADA Regional Centers from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere for students in all grades and those attending college; Research in Focus finds that rehabilitation professionals, while being knowledgeable about concussion diagnosis and management, could benefit from learning more; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) publishes health promotion curriculum, Partnerships in Wellness (PIW); principal investigator for Wireless Inclusive RERC was interviewed about companies investing in universal design for IBM thinkLeaders Blog; Southwest ADA Regional Center and Great Lakes ADA Regional Center host webinar, The Work of the RESNA Accommodations Special Interest Group (SIG); Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Reasonable Accommodations in Colleges and Universities; US Department of Education debuts redesigned website for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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2017-08-16
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We're half-way through August. Around the US, young people are getting ready for their first year of college, including young people with disabilities. Some may be leaving for schools out of town or out of state, others may be staying close to home to attend a local college or online program. Either way, it's a big change but you don't have to do it alone. Get to know your school's disability services office, learn about accommodations and how to advocate for the supports you need, and be in touch with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Regional Center that serves your state if you have questions about access. We highlighted research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere for students in all grades and for those heading to college in our blog.

Research In Focus:
Rehabilitation Staff Have a Good General Understanding of Concussion, but Could Benefit from Learning More
This week's Research In Focus finds that rehabilitation professionals know a lot about concussion diagnosis and management, but there may be more to learn.

Resource Highlight: 

Partnerships in Wellness
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) has published Partnerships in Wellness (PIW), a new health promotion curriculum designed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The curriculum is designed to be used by an individual with IDD and a partner and addresses nutrition, physical activity, social support, emotional health, and goal setting. PIW was developed with the idea that simple changes can improve health.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Featured by thinkLeaders
Helena Mitchell, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless Inclusive RERC) (90RE5025), was interviewed for Innovating for people with disabilities: Why companies should invest in universal design, for the IBM thinkLeaders Blog. Dr. Mitchell discussed the opportunities presented by new technology like Internet-enabled appliances, challenges and barriers for people with disabilities in accessing new technology, and the potential market for companies that embrace universal design in developing new products.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The Work of the RESNA Accommodations SIG
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Regional Center (90DP0092) and the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, The Work of the RESNA Accommodations Special Interest Group (SIG), August 23rd, 3-4:30pm ET. This webinar will focus on topics frequently encountered by members of RESNA’s Accommodations SIG. Resources for accommodations in the home and workplace will be discussed, along with some of the more unusual options for commercial products, such as virtual presence. This webinar offers a unique opportunity for practitioners to gain ideas and resources and to seek and provide input on challenging accommodation scenarios in homes and workplaces. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Reasonable Accommodations in Colleges and Universities
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Reasonable Accommodations in Colleges and Universities, August 23rd, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will explore an overview of reasonable accommodations in higher education and scenarios of a variety of accommodation requests. In addition, presenters will cover the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) documentation guidelines and reasonable documentation in higher education. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The US Department of Education recently debuted a redesigned website for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The new website is organized into sections for law and policy, reports, grants and funding, and resources by audience and topic. The resources sections include Department-funded centers, programs, and additional information of interest for parents and families, educators and service providers, and grantees. The site also includes information about the history of IDEA and related laws.