News and Notes 286 October 25

NARIC participates in three disabilities-focused events during October: the World of Possibilities Disabilities: Healthy Aging and Independent Living Expo, the virtual Knowledge Translation (KT) Conference, and the Abilities Expo; the Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues its open call for scientific papers and posters for its June 2018 conference; Research in Focus highlights people living with long-term physical disabilities, who have valuable experience and wisdom to share about aging successfully; Transitions RTC publishes research brief, There's More to Young Adult Unemployment Than Mental Health: What Else to Look For; research at Rusk Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System of Care at NYU was featured in RehabCast, the official podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Service Animals, the 50th episode of the ADA Live! webcast series; Northeast ADA Regional Center seeks participants for study of reasonable accommodation policy and practice within small employers; Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Job Accommodation Network (JAN) releases 2017 update to annual study of Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact.

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2017-10-25
NARIC news: 

As October winds down, we're getting ready to participate in three events where we'll have the opportunity to meet with people with disabilities and their supporters, as well as researchers and rehabilitation professionals. This Saturday we will have a table at the World of Possibilities Disabilities, Healthy Aging, and Independent Living Expo in Tysons Corner, VA. This consumer expo draws people with disabilities, service providers, educators, and other professionals from across the Mid-Atlantic region. Next week we'll join the virtual Knowledge Translation (KT) Conference, hosted by the NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, where presentations and discussions will focus on effective planning and measurement of KT activities. After that, we pack our displays for the Abilities Expo in Chantilly, VA, with events and exhibitors showcasing new technologies and new opportunities for people with disabilities. We hope to see you (in person or online) at one of these events!

Research In Focus:
People with Long-Term Physical Disability Have a Lot to Share About Successful Aging
People living with long-term physical disability may experience aging differently from their peers without disabilities, and they have a great deal of experience and wisdom to share about aging successfully, in this week's Research In Focus.

Resource Highlight: 

There's More to Young Adult Unemployment Than Mental Health: What Else to Look For
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (90RT5031) has published a research brief, There's More to Young Adult Unemployment Than Mental Health: What Else to Look For. The brief examines the high unemployment rates for young people with mental health conditions and investigates other barriers to employment besides disability. These barriers can include gender, race, education level, and community factors. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Interagency TBI Conference Call for Scientific Papers and Posters - Closing Soon!
The Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues its open call for scientific papers and posters for the fourth conference scheduled for June 2018. Paper and poster proposals must be submitted by October 31st. The theme of the 2018 conference is TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy. This conference provides the opportunity for TBI professionals to share advances in research that have occurred since the 2011 conference (PDF), and to establish linkages across agencies and disciplines. Sign up for email updates regarding registration and other conference information.

News items: 

TBI Research Featured in RehabCast
Hilary Bertisch, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rusk Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System of Care at NYU (90DP0047) was interviewed for the most recent episode of RehabCast, the official podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR). Dr. Bertisch discussed NIDILRR-funded research on characteristics of firearm TBI survivors (abstract), how they differ from each other, and how their recovery can differ from that of survivors of other types of TBI. The research appears in the November 2017 issue of APMR.

Employment Researchers Featured on NHPR
Andrew Houtenville, PhD, and John O'Neill, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) were featured guests for Employing an underutilized workforce: Granite Staters with disabilities on The Exchange on New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR). Drs. Houtenville and O'Neill discussed employment trends for people with disabilities in the US and recent research on employer perspectives on hiring people with disabilities.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live! Service Animals
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host Service Animals, the 50th episode of the ADA Live! webcast series, November 1st, 1-1:30pm ET. This episode will review the definitions of and differences between a service animal and an emotional support animal, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and policies for service animals, and access for individuals with disabilities using service animals in places of business and housing. Presenters will also address common questions from businesses such as what questions they can ask a person with a service animal, and whether they can refuse to allow a service animal in a restaurant or hotel. No registration is required and listeners may submit questions in advance.

Participate: 

Study of Reasonable Accommodation Within Small Employers
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) is seeking participants for a research study on implementation of reasonable accommodation policy and practice within small employers (15-500 employees). The study is open to individuals employed by or serving in a leadership position of a small employer who have responsibility for implementing the accommodation process within their company. Participants will be interviewed by phone and will receive a $50 gift card at the end of their participation. Findings will be used to develop a snapshot of how the accommodation process for employees with disabilities happens within small employers, along with a comprehensive set of resources to support small employers in this area. For more information or to be screened for participation, contact Vicki Chang at vc337@cornell.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

2017 Study on the Cost of Workplace Accommodations The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released the 2017 update to its annual study of Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact. The research, which has been conducted annually since 2004, found that the majority of workplace accommodations (59%) cost nothing. Those accommodations which do involve cost are typically small expenditures which pay for themselves in reduced insurance and training costs, as well as increased productivity and morale.