News and Notes 290 November 22

NARIC staff wishes readers a Happy Thanksgiving, while hoping to meet some of them at Abilities Expo, held in Chantilly, VA, in early December; RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities posts videos from the State of the Science: Advances at the Intersection of Aging and Long-Term Disability; staff from Northeast ADA Regional Center interviewed for Know Your Rights on the Aging Insights web series produced by the New Jersey Foundation for Aging; RRTC on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, Customized Employment: An Overview; Southwest ADA Regional Center seeks participants for survey about the use of service animals and other assistance animals by people with disabilities in public settings; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) publishes guide, A Roadmap to Behavioral Health, developed in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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2017-11-22
NARIC news: 

It's Thanksgiving week here in the US! Families and friends will be gathering together to share a meal and reflect on all the things they are grateful for. Here at NARIC we are grateful to you, our readers, our patrons, and our colleagues in the NIDILRR community. You remind us how important it is to have access to reliable information, resources, and research that support the full participation of people with disabilities in the community. We're looking forward to meeting some of you in person at the Abilities Expo in Chantilly, VA (Booth 425) on December 1st through the 3rd, along with the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (Booth 115). Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at NARIC!

Resource Highlight: 

State of the Science: Advances at the Intersection of Aging and Long-Term Disability
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (90RT5023) has posted videos from the State of the Science: Advances at the Intersection of Aging and Long-Term Disability, held in October 2017 in conjunction with the National Council on Aging. The State of the Science highlighted recent advances in research, support, and long-term services for people with disabilities. The three sessions focused on Long-Term Services and Supports and Caregiving for Adults Aging with Disabilities, Autonomy and Access Issues for Adults Aging with Disability, and Health Care Policy and Implications for Adults Aging with Long-Term Disability.

News items: 

History of ADA Featured on Aging Insights
Staff from the NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) were interviewed for Know Your Rights on the Aging Insights web series, produced by the New Jersey Foundation for Aging. Joe Zesski and Jennifer Lin Perry discussed the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the rights of people with disabilities under the law. They introduced the ADA National Network and the information and services the regional centers provide to help people with disabilities, agencies, and businesses to understand their rights and responsibilities under the ADA.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Customized Employment - An Overview
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults (90RT5034) will host a webinar, Customized Employment: An Overview, November 30th, 2-3pm, ET. The webinar will provide an overview of customized employment, which is a strategy that provides people with disabilities options for employment beyond "off the shelf" jobs. Presenters will discuss the components and essential elements of customized employment and will address the critical role of vocational rehabilitation services to support both the job seeker and employer. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Assistance Animal Survey
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Regional Center (90DP0092) is conducting a survey to learn more about the use of service animals and other assistance animals by people with disabilities in public settings. The survey is open to US residents 18 and over who use a service animal and parents of a child with a disability who uses a service animal. The information gathered will be used by researchers to understand what access issues people may experience with their animals, as well as to develop and improve the information, support, and guidance needed for the community to improve access for assistance animal teams. These findings will also be used to improve the training and technical assistance that the Southwest ADA Regional Center provides to the public on this topic. All personal data collected in the survey will be kept anonymous and confidential. For questions or additional information, contact Marisa Demaya at mdemaya@bcm.edu

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Roadmap to Behavioral Health
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) has published a guide, A Roadmap to Behavioral Health (PDF), to assist consumers in accessing mental health and substance use disorder services as part of their healthcare coverage. The guide includes information about mental health and substance use disorder services, finding a behavioral health provider, defining behavioral health terms, receiving services, and following up on care. The guide, developed in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can be customized by an organization to meet the information needs of their community.