News and Notes 88 October 30
US Department of Labor ODEP on workplace safety for people remaining employed past the age of 65, and documents from the NARIC collection on aging and workplace accommodations; Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center introduces newsletter, SCI on Rancho; participants sought for a program pairing blind college students with mentors in their career fields who are also blind; materials available from the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center); eBook on financing long-terms wervices for seniors and individuals with disabilities available from IOM Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence; ARRT Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation fellow named director at the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata, India; Report from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics shows a higher percentage of employed people with disabilities compared to last year; ADA National Network presents webinar on veterans and service animals.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month continues throughout October, and the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently blogged about the "graying effect" of people choosing to stay on the job well past 65 instead of retiring. Companies benefit from knowledge and experience of older employees, but may be concerned about maintaining a safe, effective work environment. ODEP suggests flexible work arrangements and accommodations to help retain these employees. You may also want to check out these documents on aging and workplace accommodation from NIDRR-funded projects and other sources available from the NARIC collection.
SCI on Rancho
The NIDRR-funded Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110018) introduces its new newsletter, SCI on Rancho (PDF). The inaugural issue features an introduction to the center, updates on current projects, and findings of a study of car transfers. Each issue is available in English and Spanish. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.
IOM Releases Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence Workshop Summary
The Institute on Medicine National Research Council Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, of which NIDRR is a member, released Financing Long-Term Services and Supports for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults (eBook), a summary of a workshop held in June 2013. Presentations and discussions focused on the challenges of financing long-term services and supports (LTSS), and the roles of families, individuals, government, and the private sector in providing LTSS. In January, the Forum will host a workshop on hearing loss and healthy aging.
ARRT Fellow Named Director of Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata
Abhijit Das, MD, DM, a postdoctoral fellow at the NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (H133P090009), was named Director of Neurorehabilitation at the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. During his fellowship, Dr. Das received recognition for his research in cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis and co-authored an article on neurologic disability in India (PDF) in the journal Neurology.
TIDE Report Highlights Positive Employment Results
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) released its September Trends in Disability Employment Statistics (TIDE) report of "first-Friday" data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compared to the same period last year, a higher percentage of people with disabilities are employed, while a lower percentage of people without disabilities are participating in the labor force. Previous TIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website.
Webcast: Veterans and Service Animals
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) and the Northeast ADA National Network Center (H133A110020) will present a webinar, Veterans and Service Animals, November 12th, 2:30-4pm EST. Miranda Levy of the NIDRR-funded Northwest ADA National Network Center will discuss the use of service animals by veterans, especially those with non-apparent disabilities, primarily in ADA Title II (State & Local Government) and Title III (Places of Public Accommodation) settings. Registration is free but required.
Student Mentoring Project
The NIDRR-funded Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (H133B100022) is conducting a nationwide project on pairing college students who are legally or totally blind with successful mentors in their career fields who are also blind. Recruiting is open through December for the 2014 session. Students must be under 35, graduating from college or a graduate program between April and December 2014, and planning to work immediately after graduation. Professionals must be currently employed or recently retired. Eligibility forms for students and mentors are available online.
The National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) offers publications, webcasts, and other resources for organizations, thought leaders, and best-practice innovators to expand employment, policy, leadership, and economic advancement opportunities and outcomes for all people with disabilities. The LEAD Center is a project of the National Disability Institute and funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.