News and Notes 76 July 24

During observation of the 23rd anniversary of the ADA, employment resources and events available from the community are highlighted; three additions to CIRRIE collection of bibliographies of rehabilitation research; participant input sought from consumers with SCI for future MSKTC factsheets; CAP online training modules for providing accommodations for employees with disabilities; two software programs developed by Dancing Dots for accessing music scores by blind and low vision musicians; grantees testifying before the Senate Commission on Long Term Care; Webinar: Peer Specialists Promoting Community Re-Itegration for People With Psychiatric Disabilities Returning Home from Jail or Prison.

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2013-07-24
NARIC news: 

As NARIC continues to observe the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we highlight some of the employment resources and events available from the community: Work Incentive Seminar Events offers Ticket to Work and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities TODAY at 3pm EDT. The NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA National Network Regional Center presents Disability as Diversity: Including America’s Largest Diversity Population in Diversity Planning and Practice TOMORROW at 1pm EDT. The CAP Training Modules highlighted in the Elsewhere section focus on hiring and providing accommodations for employees with disabilities. Finally, the Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy released the latest posters in the National Disability Employment Awareness Month series. Order your free posters today

Resource Highlight: 

International Rehabilitation Research Bibliographies
The NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) (H133A100021) added three new installments to its collection of annotated bibliographies of rehabilitation research. The newest bibliographies feature the 25 most cited international articles on psychiatric disabilities, stroke, and obesity. A total of 10 bibliographies are now available. Suggestions for future topics may be sent to ub-cirrie@buffalo.edu

News items: 

Software Expands Options for Musicians with Visual Impairments
Lime Lighter and Goodfeel, two music software programs developed by Dancing Dots under several NIDRR-funded Small Business Innovative Research grants (H133S030040), were recently profiled by the New York Daily News. Both programs are used by musicians and music students with blindness and low vision to access music scores. In a related video (after the advertisement), Dancing Dots' Bill McCann works with students and educators at Lighthouse International and the Filomeno M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School in New York to demonstrate these software options. 

Disability and Long Term Care in Focus
David L. Braddock, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded field initiated project on the Impact of the Great Recession and Its Aftermath on Public Spending and Services for Persons with Disabilities: A 50 State Study, FY 2009-13 (H133G120010)  and H. Stephen Kaye, PhD, from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance Services, testified before the Senate Commission on Long Term Care as part of the July 15th panel on Populations in Need of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) and Service Delivery Issues. The testimony covered statistics and issues in the use of LTSS by people with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities in the US. The full session may be viewed from the Commission's website.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Peer Specialists Promoting Community Re-Integration for People with Psychiatric Disabilities Returning Home from Jail or Prison
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B100028), in collaboration with the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, hosts a webinar, Peer Specialists Promoting Community Re-integration for People with Psychiatric Disabilities Returning Home from Jail or Prison, August 8th, 2pm-3:30pm EDT. The webinar focuses on the role peer specialists can play in assisting individuals with mental health conditions involved with the criminal justice system. Registration is free but required. Questions may be submitted in advance to rcbaron@temple.edu

Participate: 

SCI Factsheet Survey
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) is seeking input from consumers with spinal cord injury (SCI) and their families on topics for future factsheets. Ideas can be submitted by completing a brief online survey. To receive a hard copy of the survey, send requests to msktc@air.org. Current factsheets are available from the MSKTC website

Elsewhere in the Community: 

CAP Online Training Modules
The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), part of the US Department of Defense, offers several online training modules to help employers understand how simple hiring employees with disabilities can be and how to provide reasonable accommodations after they are hired. Current sessions focus on increasing federal employment of people with disabilities, providing reasonable accommodation solutions, and providing solutions with a focus on dexterity disabilities. The modules are offered free of charge and may be viewed at any time.