News and Notes 138 October 29

Publications on employment available from NARIC as National Disability Employment Awareness Month draws to a close; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation (KTDRR) releases 2014 KT Casebook; TU Collaborative seeks input from religiously-affiliated organizations that welcome individuals with psychiatric disabilities for the purpose of developing a publication guiding other religious communities in this outreach; Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy launches web portal PEATworks.org, led by the agency's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT); Lime Lighter, developed by Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology, featured in article about middle-school drummer with visual impairment;  Through the Looking Glass announces winners of its 2014 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities; principal investigator for VCU-RRTC receives award from Foundation for Life Care Planning and Research; webcast: ADA Live - Service Animals.

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2014-10-29
NARIC news: 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is drawing to a close, but employment for people with disabilities remains an important area for NIDRR-funded research and development. In 2014 alone, we've added more than 80 publications on employment from projects in the NIDRR community, plus 90 from other sources. You might also want to visit the NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) and see what employment-related publications they've added to their database of international research citations in the last year.

Resource Highlight: 

2014 KT Casebook
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) recently released the 2014 KT Casebook. The KT Casebook details activities and accomplishments in the area of knowledge translation from across the NIDRR community, including meeting consumer needs, collaboration between researchers and agencies, engaging policy makers, and increasing adoption by industry. Each entry describes the focus, context, KT activity, impact, and lessons learned. This KT Casebook will be updated annually. NIDRR grantees may contact KTDRR to submit their experiences for the 2015 edition.

News items: 

Lime Lighter Helps Middle-Schooler Keep the Beat
Lime Lighter, technology developed by Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology under several NIDRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research grants (H133S070089, H133S060015, H133S030040, H133S020081, ED-99-PO-4767, RE94130005, RN93083103), was featured in New program aids visually impaired drummer in the Newark Advocate. The article describes how the technology enables a middle school student with visual disabilities to learn and practice percussion music for the school band, and supports his dreams of playing in high school and college.

Through the Looking Glass Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners
The NIDRR-funded Center on Families with Disabilities Through the Life Cycle: Disability Culture Perspectives (Through the Looking Glass) (H133A110009) announced the winners of its 2014 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities. Scholarships were awarded to 16 students selected from more than 700 applicants. These awards recognize not only the diversity and contribution of these families, but also their financial need. The winning essays are included in the announcement. All of the submitted essays will be part of a study of the experiences of students whose parents have disabilities. A new round of scholarship applications will be released in January 2015.

NIDRR Researcher Honored for Life Care Planning ResearchPaul Wehman, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (H133B130011), received the Patricia McCollom Research Award from the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research. This award acknowledges research that contributes to the field of life care planning and provides meaningful data that can be applied directly to life care planning and case management practices.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: ADA Live - Service Animals
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) continues its monthly ADA Live series with Service Animals, November 5th, 1-1:30 ET. Staff from the Center will discuss the definition of a service animal, companion and support animals, and some of the issues involving access for individuals with disabilities using service animals in places of business and in housing. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Participate: 

Welcoming Congregations Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130014) is seeking input from religiously-affiliated organizations that support individuals with psychiatric disabilities to attend services and participate in the full array of congregational activities. The goal of the survey is to develop a publication addressing welcoming religious communities, including examples of successful initiatives and recommendations for other religious communities who wish to be more supportive and inclusive of people with psychiatric disabilities. For more information, contact Christa Burkett at 267/507-3811 or cburkett@mhasp.org.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

PEATworks.org
The Office of Disability Employment Policy at the US Department of Labor recently launched PEATworks.org, a comprehensive web portal led by the agency's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT). The portal serves as a platform for collaboration around accessible technology in the workplace. PEATworks.org features an action guide for employers, informational articles, and "TechCheck," an interactive tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices and find resources to help develop them further.