News and Notes 23 June 27
This issue includes the All Kids Count Childcare and the ADA outreach campaign, Empowerment and Access at the American Folk-life Festival, NIDRR staff Ruth Brannon, Tom Corfman, Doris Werwise and Clayton Lewis presents at RESNA, mobility RERC presents State of the Science Conference, RERC project spins off Tiramisu Transit, and TBI screening program helps Texas youth on probation.
We also encourage you to visit the booths of these Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC):
RERC-ACT - 603
All Kids Count - Child Care and the ADA
The NIDRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA National Network Regional Center (H133A110018) created the All Kids Count: Child Care and the ADA outreach campaign to teach child care centers and home child care providers about their rights and responsibilities under Title III of the ADA. The campaign includes training and materials, as well as this video series featuring five videos which cover the basics of the ADA, defining disability, child care and the ADA, child care accessibility, and policy and procedure revision. The videos are available with and without captions.
NIDRR Staff Present at RESNA
Several NIDRR staff members will present or participate in discussions at this year's RESNA conference:
- Ruth Brannon and Tom Corfman will discuss NIDRR's rehabilitation research and development funding priorities and programs.
- Doris Werwie will discuss the National Academy of Sciences external evaluation of NIDRR and its grantees.
- Clayton Lewis will discuss NIDRR's support for cloud-based accessibility technology.
In addition to these presentations and discussions, many NIDRR grantees will present on their research and development activities throughout the conference. The full program is available from resna.org.
RERC Project Spins Off New Venture
Tiramisu, developed by the NIDRR-funded RERC for Accessible Public Transportation (H133E080019), has successfully spun off into its own venture, Tiramisu Transit, LLC, and received a $102,000 Phase I Small Business Innovative Research grant from the US Dept of Transportation. The grant will be used to identify sustainable business models for crowd-sourced transit information systems. Essential Pittsburgh on Essential Public Radio talked to John Zimmerman and Aaron Steinfeld about Tiramisu and how it helps improve everyone's transit experience.
TBI Screening Program Helps Texas Youth on Probation
KFOX in El Paso reports on the El Paso County Juvenile Detention Center's Emotional Regulation Program, developed from the Brain Injury Screening Questionnaire and related interventions by the NIDRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury System (H133A070033) and a completed Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Community Integration of Persons with TBI (H133B040033). The El Paso program, created by the center's Director of Probation Services, helps juveniles currently on probation to learn strategies to "stop and think and make better decisions." The program currently serves 120 kids between 12 and 17; 125 additional kids have completed the program. Wayne Gordon, PhD, and colleagues of the NYTBIMS will visit in August to help further develop this innovative program. They are also working with the New York City Dept of Health to develop programs for those in jail in the city.
Mobility RERC Presents State of the Science Conference
The NIDRR-funded RERC on Wheeled Mobility (H133E080003) will conduct its State of the Science Conference: Wheeled Mobility in Everyday Life July 1 & 2 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD. RESNA attendees may want to note the Sunday morning plenary session, How Science Influences Public Policy in Seating and Mobility, which will kick off the conference.This session will also be webcast.
Empowerment and Access at the American Folklife Festival
The University of Illinois joins the American Folklife Festival exhibit celebrating public and land-grant universities in the US. Their program focuses on Empowerment and Access: Education for Persons with Disabilities. The exhibit includes presentations by former NIDRR grantee Jon Gunderson of the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign Center for Information Technology Access (H133G30079) on open source tools for evaulating web accessibility.