News and Notes 294 December 20

In celebration of year-end holidays, NARIC recommends articles on AT gift ideas for self-grooming, management of fatigue and stress, enjoying time with family and friends, and meal planning; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes Let's Talk Employment: A Guide to Employment for Family Members; researcher at Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center presents lecture on Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Medicine and the Health Professions: The Experience of Physicians with Disabilities for Partners Network Grand Rounds; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts The History of Disability, Lessons from the Past, the 52nd episorde of ADA Live!; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) hosts release of 2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) releases ApprenticeshipWorks Guides for Youth, Educators/Service Providers, and Business.

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2017-12-20
NARIC news: 

We're winding toward the end of the year here at NARIC and we're turning to our friends in the NIDILRR community to help us celebrate the holidays. We're searching for last minute assistive technology (AT) gift ideas like AT for self-grooming (PDF). We're reminding ourselves to manage our fatigue and stress and enjoy time with our family and friends (PDF). We're planning delicious meals and looking forward to the new year ahead. News and Notes will be on hiatus until January 10th. We hope you have a bright, warm holiday and look forward to seeing you in January!

Resource Highlight: 

Let's Talk Employment: A Guide to Employment for Family Members
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (90RT5037) has published Let's Talk Employment: A Guide to Employment for Family Members. The guide is designed for families who wish to support a family member in recovery in getting and keeping employment. It provides a narrative and links for 15 major topics related to employment, including vocational resources, disclosure planning, peer support, and more. The guide is a companion to the Family section of the Repository of Employment and Vocational Recovery Resources. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Highlights Need for Diversity in Healthcare
Cheri Blauwet, MD, Co-Director of Dissemination and Knowledge Translation for the NIDILRR-funded Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (90SI5021), presented a lecture on Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Medicine and the Health Professions: The Experience of Physicians with Disabilities for the Partners Network Grand Rounds on December 1st. Dr. Blauwet discussed legislation, barriers, and future solutions for the inclusion of people with disabilities in medicine and the health professions. Dr. Blauwet also published an opinion piece, I use a wheelchair and, yes, I'm your doctor, in the December 6th edition of the New York Times, where she discussed her experience pursuing a career in medicine, including addressing physical and attitudinal barriers to becoming a practicing physician with a disability.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live! History of Disability, Lessons from the Past
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host The History of Disability, Lessons from the Past, the 52nd episode of ADA Live!, January 3rd, 2018, 1-1:30pm ET. This episode will explore significant turning points in the history of disability in the US, including discussion of the experiences of veterans of wars and conflicts. The presenters will discuss what the experiences of veterans can teach about disability today, including how the treatment of veterans has changed since the Civil War. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Release of 2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) will host a release of the 2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, February 13th, 2018, 9am-2pm ET at the National Academy of Sciences Building, Washington, DC, and via webcast. The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier. The Compendium release event includes a roll-out of new data and statistics, and a panel of representatives from government agencies discussing trends and data usage. Registration is free and required for both webcast and in-person attendance.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ApprenticeshipWorks Guides for Youth, Educators/Service Providers, and Business
The US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released its ApprenticeshipWorks Guides for Youth, Educators/Service Providers, and Business, which introduce young people with disabilities, employers, and service providers and educators to the benefits and opportunities of inclusive apprenticeship. ODEP's efforts in apprenticeship promote inclusive program models that fulfill employer needs by attracting a diverse array of candidates. Visit ODEP's blog post on Apprenticeship and the American Dream to learn more about the many advantages of apprenticeships in today's economy for both employers and employees, including employees with disabilities.