News and Notes 106 March 19

With Spring arriving, NARIC has several publications available on gardening and horticulture; recent webinar, Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness, available in recording or PDF format; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities is collecting examples of workplace accommodations that include assistive technology; FCC accepting nominations for the Third Annual Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility; NIDRR-funded RERC for Prosthetics and Orthotics featured in online magazine Modern Farmer; health fair planning guide available from NIDRR-funded RRTC on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired to host State of the Science Conference on improving employment outcomes for this population.

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2014-03-19
NARIC news: 

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring! Monday's snow is melting and many of us are thinking ahead to our gardens, flipping through seed catalogs, and dreaming of fresh flowers and vegetables. Gardening offers a great opportunity for therapy or exercise, and assistive technology and accessible design solutions make it possible for everyone to participate. Check out these publications on gardening and horticulture from the NIDRR community and other sources, all available from our collection. 

Resource Highlight: 

Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness
The NIDRR-funded field-initiated project A Randomized Controlled Trial of Two Vocational Models for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and Criminal Justice Involvement (H133G100110) recently hosted a webinar, Supported Employment for Justice Involved People with Mental Illness (recording or slide PDFs). Project Director Gary Bond, PhD, and Sarah Swanson discussed a recent research brief on supported employment (PDF) and how to apply supported employment in real world settings. The webinar was part of a series on evidence-based practice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

News items: 

Modern Farmer Looks at the Future of Farming with Prosthetics
Research from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) for Prosthetics and Orthotics (H133E080009) was featured in The Future of Farmer Prosthetics in the online magazine Modern Farmer. The article highlighted findings from the RERC's survey of the prosthetic needs of farmers and ranchers with amputations that farmers often repair their own devices out of necessity, as clinics may be several hours' drive away. 

New Health Fair Planning Guide Now AvailableThe NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions (H133B100028) announced a new integrated health tool, Promoting Wellness for People in Mental Health Recovery: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning and Conducting a Successful Health Fair. The manual and related forms, developed in partnership with the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, provide guidance in designing, promoting, and holding an event to help people learn about their health and support them in making choices that lead to a satisfying lifestyle. Project staff also co-authored Health screening dialogues (abstract) in the December issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, highlighting peers' unique perspectives about how health fairs motivated them to make healthier lifestyle choices. 

Grantee event: 

Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (H133B100022) will host a State of the Science Conference on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired, April 9th and 10th in Bethesda, MD in conjunction with the annual conference of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind. Interactive sessions will provide results of RRTC research, focusing on a variety of topics including transportation, employment mentoring for college students, vocational rehabilitation agency-employer interactions, accessibility in the workplace, employment outcomes for SSDI beneficiaries, and best practices for the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (BEP). Registration is required with a fee of $175. 

Participate: 

Workplace Accommodations and Assistive Technology
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (H133B130011) is collecting examples of workplace accommodations that include assistive technology to be included in its Accommodations Corner. Submissions should include a description of the technology, as well as any photos or videos of the technology in use. For further information, contact Pam Hinterlong at pchinterlong@vcu.edu

Elsewhere in the Community: 

FCC Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently accepting nominations for the Third Annual Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility. These awards honor outstanding private and public initiatives that advance accessibility for people with disabilities. Questions and nominations may be emailed to ChairmansAAA@fcc.gov through March 31st.