News and Notes 67 May 22

National Hurricane Preparedness Week; ADA Questions and Answers; quick poll of assistive technology use by people with SCI; 2013 Webinar Series on Alzheimer's Disease and Resources; NURERC Scholars Program recipient named; NIDRR seeking reviewers to participate in peer reviews for competitions; webinar on characteristics of employment discrimination charges filed under the ADA; webinar featuring a new, free, web-based resource for helping researchers explore disability and compensation.

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2013-05-22
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National Hurricane Preparedness Week sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), begins next week and signals the start of hurricane season (June 1-November 3). Check in with NOAA each day for new videos and resources to be better prepared for this summer's storms. Several NIDRR-funded projects have emergency preparedness tools you can use to create a personal Ready Plan. Try the Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities Guide and Checklist (PDF) and these Emergency Preparedness Online Courses to get started 

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Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H33A110014), including the 10 ADA Regional Centers and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center, has released The Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers. The booklet, adapted from a document produced in October, 2008 by the US Equal Opportunity Commission and the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, includes answers to frequently asked questions about the ADA and employment, state and local government, public accommodations, and more. The booklet is also available in a printer-friendly PDF version. 

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NURERC Names Kyle Swensen 2013 Scholar
The NIDRR-funded Northwestern University Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Prosthetics and Orthotics (NURERC) (H133E080009) selected Kyle Swensen as the latest recipient of its NURERC Scholars Program. The NURERC Scholars Program offers scholars with a physical disability the opportunity to participate in RERC projects and pursue career work in rehabilitation research. Mr. Swensen, a transtibial amputee, will join the inaugural class of the Master’s in Prosthetics & Orthotics at Northwestern University. He will be mentored by the RERC Project Director Stefania Fatone, PhD (PDF), as he works on several NIDRR-funded projects. 

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Webinar: Characteristics of Employment Discrimination Charges Filed Under the ADA
The NIDRR-funded Cornell Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (H133B100017) will host a webinar, Learn About Characteristics of Employment Discrimination Charges Filed Under the ADA, on May 29th at 3pm EDT. In the webinar, Sarah von Schrader, PhD, will present a new online tool that provides data tables and visualizations of ADA employment discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as state and local Fair Employment Practice Agencies. Registration is free but required

Webinar: New Tool for Disability and Compensation Data Exploration
The NIDRR-funded Cornell RRTC on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (H133B100017) will host a webinar, New Tool for Disability and Compensation Data Exploration, May 30th at 3pm EDT. In the webinar, William Erickson will demonstrate a new, innovative, web-based free resource designed to help researchers explore disability and compensation. Registration is free but required

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Quick Poll on Assistive Technology
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090002) is conducting a quick poll of assistive technology use and its availability and affordability. This survey is presented in collaboration with Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) and will be used to help understand the information needs of the community. 

NIDRR Seeking Reviewers to Participate in Peer-Reviews
This summer, NIDRR will conduct multiple competitions, and is seeking peer reviewers for those competitions.For the field-initiated Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC) competitions on multiple dates, interested individuals may send CV and contact information to Theresa San Agustin.For the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing Enhancement competition on July 17th to 19th, 2013, interested individuals may send CV and contact information to Bonnie Gracer. The priority and background statement are available in the application package

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