News and Notes 118 June 11th
NARIC publications for National Aphasia Awareness Month; secondary conditions in SCI; survey on work-life balance in individuals with disabilities; documentary Rethinking College available on Think College! website; NIDRR grantee Katherine Seelman named to National Council on Disability; National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report released for May; webinar on effects of service system collaboration on student outcomes in transition; webinar on ADA in higher education.
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Aphasia Association. Aphasia is a disorder which is caused by damage to the language areas in the brain. It is most often caused by stroke, but can also be caused by tumors, infections, injuries, or dementia. For those diagnosed with aphasia, experts recommend that speech and language therapy begin as soon as possible. Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to find a speech professional in your area. You may also be interested in these publications on aphasia from NIDRR-funded projects and other sources, available from the NARIC collection.
Living with Spinal Cord Injury - Watching for Secondary Conditions
The NIDRR-funded University of Washington Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (Healthy Aging RRTC) (H133B130018) has published Living with Spinal Cord Injury: Watching for Secondary Conditions. This publication provides a plain-language summary of the Healthy Aging RRTC's article Frequency and age effects of secondary health conditions in individuals with spinal cord injury: A scoping review (abstract) published in the December 2013 issue of Spinal Cord.
Katherine Seelman Named to National Council on Disability
Katherine Seelman, PhD, a researcher at the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation, was recently appointed to the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the administration, Congress, and other federal agencies. Dr. Seelman served as Director of NIDRR from 1994 to 2001, and later served as Director of Program Development for the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and Co-Research Director of the National Science Foundation Quality of Life Technology Engineering Center. Dr. Seelman joins three other new and returning appointees to the NCD.
nTIDE Report for May Released
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics (StatsRRTC) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) released the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This report compares labor force participation rates for employment-aged people with disabilities to those without disabilities. Previous nTIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website.
Does Service System Collaboration Improve Student Outcomes in Transition?
The NIDRR-funded Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities will host a webinar, Does Service System Collaboration Improve Student Outcomes in Transition?, June 18, 1-2 pm ET. Researchers will discuss the different approaches to defining and measuring service system collaboration, and present the findings of a study assessing its impact on student vocational rehabilitation outcomes. Recommendations for inter-agency transition teams will be provided, as well as directions for further study. Registration is free but required.
Webinar: ADA in Higher Education TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA Center will host a webinar, ADA in Higher Education: What Students and Administrators Need to Know, TODAY, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will discuss the requirements of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, reasonable accommodations and essential course requirements in the academic setting, and some of the common questions and challenges heard by Center staff. Registration is free but required.
Work-Life Balance Survey Closing Soon
The NIDRR-funded field initiated project on Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability (H133G130136) is seeking participants for a survey on work-life balance of individuals with disabilities. Qualified participants should be individuals with disabilities/chronic health conditions who are currently employed or have worked within the last six months. The survey is designed to take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. This survey closes June 15th.
Think College!, a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disabilities, has produced Rethinking College, a 25-minute documentary funded in part by a grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Through the perspectives of parents, educators, advocates, policy leaders, and students, the film illustrates how colleges and universities can provide a setting for all students to grow, learn, and build toward better futures. The film can be viewed directly from the organization's website.