News and Notes 125 July 30

National Disability Institute report on financial capability of people with disabilities; SUNspot research brief on use of mobile apps among Deaf or hard-of-hearing people; participants sought for online survey on baby-care equipment found useful by parents and grandparents with disabilities; ADA.gov, maintained by US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division; Edward H. Steinfeld is recipient of James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research; Ella Callow of NIDRR-funded National Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families participates in Congressional forum on rights of parents with disabilities; David Tulsky presents invited lecture on State of the Science in Rehabilitation Measurement; webcast: An Unconfined Life and the Role of Employment.

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2014-07-30
NARIC news: 

Last week, the National Disability Institute released a report highlighting the results of a study of the financial capability of people with disabilities. The report found that people with disabilities are less financially stable than people without disabilities when it comes to making ends meet, planning ahead, managing financial products, and financial knowledge and decision making. Our collection includes many articles, reports, guides, and curricula on money management from the NIDRR community, as well as other sources, all available through our document delivery service.

Resource Highlight: 

Use of Mobile Apps by People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) has released Use of Mobile Apps by People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (PDF), the latest SUNspot research brief highlighting issues and research questions based on the RERC's Survey of User Needs. Previous issues of SUNspot are archived in the Wireless RERC Reports.

News items: 

Edward H. Steinfeld to Receive James Haecker Award
Edward H. Steinfeld, ArchD, co-director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Universal Design in the Built Environment (H133E100002) and the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation (H133E080019), is the recipient of the James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research, presented by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC). The Haecker award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the growth of the research culture of architecture and related fields. Dr. Steinfeld's research on inclusive design is the foundation for many accessibility codes and regulations in the US, including the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.

Rights of Parents with Disabilities in Focus on the Hill
Ella Callow, JD, Legal Program Director of the recently-completed NIDRR-funded National Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families (H133A080034) participated in a Congressional Forum on Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children, presented by the National Council on Disability (NCD). Dr. Callow contributed to and was instrumental in providing the legal foundations for the 2012 NCD report of the same name.

David Tulsky Presents Invited Lecture on Emerging Common Data Elements
David Tulsky, PhD, collaborator on the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024), presented the RRTC's Invited Lecture on The State of the Science in Rehabilitation Measurement:  Emerging Common Data Elements (PPT). The two-part lecture discussed the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke Common Data Elements, patient-centric approaches to identifying issues relevant to rehabilitation populations, new measurement scales and item banks, and a new traumatic brain injury patient-reported outcome measurement system.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: An Unconfined Life and the Role of Employment
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (H133B130011) will host a webcast, An Unconfined Life and the Role of Employment, August 14th, 2pm ET. Nancy Brooks-Lane and Christopher Coleman will discuss employment and removing limitations to experience an unconfined life. Registration is required and individuals with disabilities may register free of charge.

Participate: 

Feedback on Baby-Care Equipment
The NIDRR-funded project on Families with Disabilities Through the Life Cycle: Disability Culture Perspectives (H133A110009) is seeking parents and grandparents with disabilities for a brief online survey on commercially available equipment they found helpful in the care of a baby or young child, such as strollers, car seats, high chairs, and cribs. The feedback will be used to develop guidelines and suggestions for parents and grandparents with disabilities who are evaluating baby-care equipment.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ADA.gov
The US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division maintains ADA.gov, a comprehensive resource for individuals, businesses, and government agencies to learn their rights and responsibilities under the ADA. The site features an introduction to the ADA, along with news on cases and enforcement activities, design standards, compliance and technical assistance materials, and much more.