News and Notes 139 November 5

Publications available from NARIC and other sources in relation to voting during election week; two reports available from RTC/CL on status of and trends in long-term services and supports for people of intellectual and developmental disabilities; RRTC on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes relaunches discussion forum RehabMeasures for Clinicians; Zero Project publishes the Zero Project 2014: Focus on Accessibility; co-principal investigator of MARS3 is named editor-in-chief for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation; consumer conference held by Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System was featured on WMBC-TV; Wireless RERC to participate in panel at the FCC's Accessible Wireless Emergency Communications Forum; webcast: The ADA and Law Enforcement, focusing on the application for Title II of the ADA in the law enforcement setting.

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2014-11-05
NARIC news: 

Happy November from NARIC! It's election week, and Americans are focused on the results of the latest state and local elections and referenda. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed in 2002 to make sweeping reforms to the nation's voting process. HAVA addresses improvements to voting systems and voter access that were identified following the 2000 election. Contact your local NIDRR-funded ADA National Network Center at 800/949-4232 for more information and technical assistance on accessible voting. You may also be interested in research on access to voting and the rights of voters with disabilities in these publications from the NIDRR community, as well as other sources, all available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Status and Trends Reports from RTC/CL
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (H133B130006) has published two reports on the status of, and trends in, long-term services and supports for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: Status and Trends Through 2012 (PDF) focuses on findings for small community living settings. In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2012 (PDF) focuses on findings for both small community living settings and large state facilities. Both reports are based on the RTC's annual nationwide surveys of directors of state intellectual and developmental disability agencies and large state residential facilities.

News items: 

NIDRR Researcher to Serve as Editor-in-Chief of JNER
David Reinkensmeyer, PhD, co-principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury for Reintegration into Society (MARS3) (H133E120010), was named editor-in-chief for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER). JNER provides a forum for researchers and clinicians interested in understanding the way neuroscience and biomedical engineering are continuing to reshape physical medicine and rehabilitation. JNER articles are available free in full text.

SCI Consumer Conference in the News
A consumer conference held by the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS) (H133N110020) was featured on WMBC-TV. The story includes an interview with co-investigator Jeanne Zanca, PhD, and highlights from the conference where more than 100 individuals with SCI and others learned about returning to work, creating new opportunities, understanding research findings, and accessing resources and services.

Wireless RERC to Highlight Disability Strategies at FCC Forum The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) will participate in a panel on Disability Strategies for Research and Action in the Field at the FCC's Accessible Wireless Emergency Communications Forum, November 7th, at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC. Other panels will cover government strategies concerning inclusive emergency alerts and warnings, transition to next-generation 911 capabilities, and outreach and engagement strategies. The event will be webcast live. No registration is required to view the webcast. 

Grantee event: 

Webcast: The ADA and Law Enforcement, There's More to It than Ramps
The NIDRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (H133A110017) will host a webcast, The ADA and Law Enforcement, There's More to It than Ramps, November 13th, 2-3:30 ET. ADA consultant Michael Sullivan will focus on the application of Title II of the ADA in the law enforcement setting, including disability awareness training, calls for service, responding to victims and witnesses as well as suspects, effective communication including the administering of Miranda rights, transporting and housing prisoners, and effective policies supporting both officer and public safety. The webcast is free and registration is required.

Participate: 

RehabMeasures for Clinicians
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) has relaunched RehabMeasures for Clinicians, a discussion forum for rehabilitation clinicians interested in incorporating outcome measures into clinical practice. The aim of the moderated forum is to increase the knowledge of and ability to apply measurement principles and methods used by researchers and clinicians. The forum is hosted by Google Groups. For more information or assistance in subscribing, contact Jill Smiley at jsmiley@ric.org.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

The Zero Project Report 2014
The Zero Project has published the Zero Project Report 2014: Focus on Accessibility (PDF), an international study on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 130 countries. This report offers results from a survey of accessibility in these countries, highlights 54 innovative practices in accessibility, and covers 15 innovative policies advancing accessibility and universal design. The Zero Project is a partnership of the Essl Foundation, the World Future Council, and the European Foundation Centre.