News and Notes 278 August 30

Following the Houston flooding by hurricane Harvey, NARIC has gathered resources that may help people with disabilities in the recovery process, and included them in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at program aimed at giving stroke survivors self-management skills; New England ADA Regional Center releases two one-minute videos on Aging, Disability, and the ADA; member of Wireless Inclusive RERC to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advisory Council Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee, providing recommendations for enhancing the delivery of emergency messages during disasters; principal investigator of Transitions RTC appointed to Department of Health and Human Services Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC); RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities to host State of the Science Conference; Southeast ADA Regional Center to host 48th episode of ADA Live! Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); FEMA has collection of resources focusing on disability and accessible emergency management.

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2017-08-30
NARIC news: 

We started the week at NARIC gathering resources for people with disabilities who may be living in areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. As the rain slows down and the flood waters begin to recede, people in the Gulf Coast region will begin the recovery process: Returning home or emerging from sheltering in place, assessing damages, and starting to clean up. People with disabilities may find additional challenges including loss of public transportation, missing or damaged assistive devices, injuries or stress affecting service animals, and interrupted services and supports. We've gathered resources that may help people with disabilities in the recovery process, and included them in our Spotlight blog. We will continue to update the post as we learn about new resources.

Research In Focus:
A New Program May Help People Build Self-Management Skills and Confidence After a Stroke
This week's Research In Focus looks at a new program which may give stroke survivors the tools they need to manage their health and participation in the community.

Resource Highlight: 

Aging, Disability, and the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0087) has released two one-minute videos on Aging, Disability, and the ADA. These new public service announcements are aimed at reaching older Americans with disabilities who may not be aware they have rights under the ADA. The videos feature iconic places in Boston and Worcester, MA with good examples of accessibility that support community participation for older Americans and that benefit all potential users. The videos are available on YouTube and downloadable with open captions from Vimeo.

News items: 

Wireless Inclusive RERC Member Joins FEMA Council
Frank Lucia, a member of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless Inclusive RERC) (90RE5025), will serve as the RERC's representative on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee. Over the two-year term, the IPAWS subcommittee members will generate recommendations to enhance the delivery of emergency messages in the event of a natural or human-made disaster. Wireless devices are fast becoming the most common way in which people receive emergency information. To facilitate access to these messages, the Wireless Inclusive RERC’s YouTube channel was recently updated with new How To videos on customizing Wireless Emergency Alerts and other accessibility features on Android devices.

NIDILRR Researcher Appointed to Committee on Serious Mental Illness
Maryann Davis, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (90RT5031), has been appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC), a new initiative to better serve Americans with serious mental illness. ISMICC is a committee of national experts and senior leaders from 10 federal agencies established to improve federal coordination efforts addressing the needs of adults with serious mental health conditions and children and youth with serious emotional disturbance. The committee will report to Congress and federal agencies on issues related to serious mental illness and emotional disturbance. The inaugural meeting is August 31st. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Grantee event: 

RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities State of the Science Conference
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (90RT5024) will host a State of the Science Conference (PDF), September 28th and 29th, at the W-Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. The conference will feature a research leadership institute, information on doctoral program and grant opportunities, and presentations of findings that advance the science on rehabilitation outcomes among people of color with disabilities and build rehabilitation research capacity at minority-serving institutions. Registration is free and required.

ADA Live! Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host the 48th episode of ADA Live! Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), September 6th, 1-1:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss a recent court decision which helped to increase awareness among higher education professionals that food allergies and celiac disease may qualify as a disability under the ADA. Presenters will also discuss the challenges and solutions for universities in accommodating and supporting students with specific allergens. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Disability Resources from FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a collection of resources focusing on disability and accessible emergency management. These include We Prepare Everyday videos featuring people with disabilities preparing themselves and their families for emergencies, articles on preparedness geared toward different audiences, and guides and training for providers on inclusive shelter and support services. The collection also includes a web-based, interactive course on integrating people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in disaster operations.