News and Notes 129 August 27

Information on new technology for special education available from NARIC; KTER releases webcast on cancer and employment issues; RERC-UD seeks participants with knowledge of Universal Design for stakeholders survey; National Disability Institute holds its annual My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest; NIDRR seeks visitors to its website for one-hour focus group; New England ADA Center's celebration of 24 Years of the ADA featured on Talking Information Center Network's Mission Possible Show; StatsRRTC releases report on participation rates for working-age people with disabilities; KTDRR to host webcast on VR Counselors' Use of Evidence-Based Practices Involved in Motivational Interviewing.

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2014-08-27
NARIC news: 

Summer is winding down and across the US, parents are stuffing backpacks with new notebooks, pens, and the latest technology to help their kids with special needs succeed in school. NIDRR has a great history of supporting research and development of new technology for special education through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. For tech options you can use right now, we recommend browsing through the Education section at AbleData (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) and contacting your state's Assistive Technology Project to see what's new!

Resource Highlight: 

Cancer and Employment Issues
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (H133A100026) has released a webcast, Cancer and Employment Issues, originally recorded in July. The session covers cancer-related workplace issues, employment laws, and how supervisors and human resources managers can help employees with cancer and their colleagues maintain a productive, supportive workplace environment. Registration is free but required to view the recording.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR Seeks Input from Current Website Users
NIDRR is seeking visitors to its website to participate in a one-hour focus group. NIDRR would like to hear from its different stakeholder groups, including researchers, clinicians, and people with disabilities. Participants must have visited the website within the last year. Details on the focus group and how to apply are available from NIDRR's website.

News items: 

Mission Possible Highlights New England ADA Center Celebration
The NIDRR-funded New England ADA Center's (H133A110028) celebration of 24 Years of the ADA was featured on the August 5th Mission Possible show from the Talking Information Center Network. The show's hosts covered the celebration and highlighted selections from the poetry slam portion of the evening. The episode also includes an ADA Update segment from the New England ADA Center.

New Report Spotlights Participation Rates for Working-Age People with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) has released a new report, National and State Program Participation Ratios for Working-Age People with Disabilities (PDF). The report shows the variation in participation rates across states for the number of participants in federal disability programs relative to the number of working-age people with any self-reported disability.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: VR Counselors' Use of Evidence-Based Practices Involved in Motivational Interviewing
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133S120002) will host a webcast, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors' Use of Evidence-Based Practices Involved in Motivational Interviewing, September 4th, 3pm ET. Presenters will examine how research in motivational interviewing has influenced VR counselor practice and behavior. Presenters include Tim M. Tansey, PhD, of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Evidence-Based Practice in VR. Registration is free but required.

 

Participate: 

Universal Design Stakeholders Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design in the Built Environment (RERC-UD) (H133E100002) is seeking participants with knowledge of UD for a UD Stakeholders Survey. Participants are asked to prioritize research, design and development, and educational activities in order to inform future research and increase the adoption of universal design. For further information, contact Jordana Maisel at 716/829-5902 or jlmaisel@buffalo.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

My American Dream Video Contest
The National Disability Institute (NDI) is holding its 4th Annual My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest. Individuals with disabilities are invited to submit videos sharing their stories and the steps they are taking toward their American dream. Videos may be up to three minutes long and must be submitted by September 9th. Previous finalists' videos are available to view.