News and Notes 135 October 9
Publications available from NARIC in observation of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month; Pathways RTC releases tip sheet, Getting the Most Out of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR); TU Collaborative seeks mental health agencies to partner for study of community living and participation; Families and Work Institute and Society for Human Resource Management publish 2014 National Study of Employers: Including the Talents of Employees with Disabilities; NIDRR seeks visitors to its website for participation in one-hour focus group; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC release September nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; ADA National Network led by Pacific ADA Center offering monthly webinar series on Emergency Management and Preparedness; Transitions RTC hosts webinar, Promoting Successful Transitions for Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions.
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, celebrated by the National Down Syndrome Society. In keeping with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we dove into the REHABDATA database to look at research on employment and intellectual and developmental disabilities: We found more than 240 publications from the NIDRR community as well as more than 450 from other sources, most available to order through our document delivery service.
Getting the Most Out of VR
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (H133B090019) has released Getting the Most Out of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) (PDF). This tip sheet helps young adults with mental health conditions understand the types of services VR provides and the process of applying for services, and offers tips and a case study that illustrate how to obtain successful outcomes from VR. A companion tip sheet, What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? (PDF), is also available.
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.
nTIDE Report for September Released
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B120005) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B130015) released the September 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 and highlights programs to improve employment outcomes. Previous nTIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website.
Emergency Management and Preparedness Webinar Series Starts TODAY
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014), led by the Pacific ADA Center (H133A110024), will offer a monthly webinar series on Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The first webinar, Effective Communications with People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will air TODAY, 2:30pm ET. Registration is free but required. The series is presented in partnership with the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Webinar: Promoting Successful Transitions for Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (H133B090019) will host a webinar, Promoting Successful Transitions for Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions, TODAY, 12pm ET. Presenters will discuss an analysis of the National Longitudinal Transitions Study 2 with a specific focus on the participants with serious mental health conditions. Registration is free but required.
Mental Health Agency Partnerships
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130014) is looking for mental health agencies to partner for a research study of the factors associated with community living and participation. Partner agencies will assist in recruiting study candidates who receive services at the agency to be interviewed about their community participation. Interviewees will be compensated and partner agencies will receive a report summarizing the community participation of program participants. For more information, contact Alyssa Balletta at 215/204-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 National Study of Employers - Including the Talents of Employees with Disabilities
The Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have published the 2014 National Study of Employers: Including the Talents of Employees with Disabilities (PDF). Based on a survey of small and large employers related to the use of workplace flexibility (workflex) and the provision of reasonable accommodations, the report proposes recommendations for employers invested in improving employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. With workflex and other reasonable accommodations, employers can create workplaces that support the diverse talents of all employees.