News and Notes 219 June 22
NARIC recommends ADA National Network Regional Centers for ADA-related information; NIDILRR 2016 grants forecast update; Research in Focus on Anxiety as an issue for people with moderate to severe TBI; University of Alabama TBI Model System Center releases latest issue of Brain Waves newsletter; RRTC on Employer Practices Related to the Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities publishes new book, Disability and Employer Practices: Research Across the Disciplines; principal investigator of National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families publishes blog post on Parenting with a Disability on Administration for Community Living's ACL Blog; Webinar: FEMA Promising Practice: Strategies for Effective Communication with People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Emergencies; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) seeks participants for focus groups on looking for work while living with a disability; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) recruiting reviewers of factsheet: Healthy Eating after Burn Injury - For Kids; American Society for Aging (ASA) hosts webinar: Times of Transformation: The Changing LTSS Environment for the Aging and Disability Networks.
We’re just a month away from the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! The ADA National Network Regional Centers are our go-to resource for patrons who need to know their rights and responsibilities under the ADA and other disability-related laws. We recommend exploring their diverse collection of factsheets, guides, webinars, webcourses, and so much more. Plenty of ADA Anniversary events are in the works. In the meantime, see how they celebrated the first 25 years of the ADA and what the future may hold (and sign the ADA Anniversary Pledge while you're there)!
Research in Focus:
Anxiety May Be an Issue for People with Moderate to Severe TBI
This week's Research In Focus looks at who may be at greatest risk for anxiety following a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and how health professionals can help.
The NIDILRR-funded University of Alabama Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UAB TBIMS) (90DP0044) has released the latest issue of its Brain Waves newsletter. This issue features a centerpiece article on getting the most out of occupational and physical therapy after injury, introduces readers to the concept of independent living, and highlights employment programs such as Ticket to Work. Previous issues are archived on the project's website.
NIDILRR 2016 Grants Forecast UPDATED
NIDILRR continues to post its FY 2016 grant opportunities in the HHS Grants Forecast Database with the most recent updates posted June 17th at https://forecast.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.
New Book Spotlights Employer Practices Research
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to the Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (90RT5010) has published Disability and Employer Practices: Research Across the Disciplines, a new book on employment of people with disabilities in the United States and the important role of employer practices. The book features research-based documentation of workplace policies and practices that result in the successful recruitment, retention, advancement, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Disability and Employer Practices can be ordered from Cornell University Press.
Parenting with a Disability in Focus at ACL.gov
Meghan Kirshbaum, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded National Center for Parents with Disabilities (Through the Looking Glass) (90DP0014/H133A110009), recently wrote a blog on Parenting with a Disability: A New Frontier of Disability Rights, a guest post for the Administration for Community Living's ACL Blog. The article describes some of the barriers parents with disabilities can face, including challenges to their parental rights, and the services and supports that are available to help.
Webinar: Strategies for Effective Communication with People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Emergencies
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0021) will host a webinar, FEMA Promising Practice: Strategies for Effective Communication with People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Emergencies, July 14th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss two examples of practices for effective communications with people with disabilities in emergencies: a course entitled Effective Strategies for Communicating With People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Other Access and Functional Needs used in Florida; and the use of signed videos and certified Deaf interpreters for persons who are Deaf or hard of hearing in New York City. Registration is free and required. Previous FEMA Promising Practice webinars are also available.
Employment Focus Groups
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0021) is recruiting participants for two focus groups on looking for work while living with a disability. One focus group will study young adults with disabilities, ages 18 to 24, who have received services from vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors to find and keep employment. The second focus group will study adults with autism who have received services from VR counselors to find and keep employment. Both groups will be conducted by phone and participants will receive a gift card for their time. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study for Caregivers of Child Burn Survivors
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0012) is recruiting individuals to review and provide feedback on a new factsheet under development: Healthy Eating After Burn Injury - For Kids. The study includes an hour-long phone interview to review the factsheet and answer related questions. Participants must be over 18 years old and a caregiver or family member of someone who sustained a burn injury as a child. Eligible participants will receive a $25 gift card. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Times of Transformation: The Changing LTSS Environment for the Aging and Disability Networks
The American Society on Aging (ASA) will host a webinar, Times of Transformation: The Changing LTSS Environment for the Aging and Disability Networks, June 29th, 1-2pm ET. Health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems are changing quickly, as are the roles of community-based organizations in those systems. Presenters from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will discuss new efforts to integrate care for people with Medicare and Medicaid, and how aging and disability organizations can participate. Registration is free and required.