News and Notes 308 April 11

NARIC staff is attending the World of Possibilities Expo, and urging readers to find local events in their communities to connect with organizations, professionals, and service providers for people with disabilities; Research In Focus looks at preventive services people with disabilities are likely to access, and those that may need more attention; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities publishes report, A Purpose in Life: Why Employment First Matters to Self-Advocates; principal investigator of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) is awarded the Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award from Temple University; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) reports continuous increases in job gains for Americans with disabilities in the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) March 2018 Jobs Report; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center will host webinar, Sign Language Interpreting and Video Remote Interpreting in Medical Settings; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) will host webcast, Aging with Spinal Cord Injury: Focus on Function, Physical Activity, and Well-Being; Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center seeks participants for a trial of a group health promotion program delivered in the online virtual world of Second Life: Zest: A Psychological Health Promotion Program for Women with SCI; the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks public comments to aid in the assessment of compliance with mandates for accessibility of communication technologies to individuals with disabilities.

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2018-04-11
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This Saturday we'll be at the World of Possibilities Expo in Rockville, MD. Local and regional fairs, expos, and conferences offer excellent opportunities for people with disabilities, caregivers, and advocates to connect with organizations, professionals, and service providers in their area. Local providers have "on-the-ground" knowledge about what services, programs, and benefits may be available to support independence and participation and can help people with disabilities navigate and make new connections within the community. Check out our Calendars of Events around the US or contact your local independent living center, area agencies on aging, or the regional ADA National Network Centers to find events in your community.

Research In Focus:
Adults with Disabilities Get More Preventive Care, but Less Dental Care, Than Adults Without Disabilities
This week's Research In Focus takes a closer look at what preventive services people with disabilities are likely to access, and which may need more attention.

Resource Highlight: 

A Purpose in Life: Why Employment First Matters to Self-Advocates
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (90RT5028) has published a report, A Purpose in Life: Why Employment First Matters to Self-Advocates (PDF). The report discusses key findings and quotes from interviews with self-advocates across the US who were asked to describe Employment First efforts in their states and why those efforts are important. The report was produced in collaboration with Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered and Green Mountain Self-Advocates.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award
Mark Salzer, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021), has been awarded the Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award from Temple University. This award recognizes a member of the Temple University faculty for a single research study or body of research on a given topic that is considered a major contribution to their field.

March nTIDE: Americans with Disabilities in the Labor Market Reach a Two-Year Milestone
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) reported continued increases in job gains for Americans with disabilities in the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) March 2018 Jobs Report. This marks a two-year milestone of positive employment trends for people with disabilities. The March nTIDE also highlights the importance of preparation for the workplace, including programs that provide hands-on work experiences that equip people with disabilities with the skills they need to succeed in careers in government, nonprofit, and private industries. These topics were also discussed in the monthly nTIDE Lunch & Learn archived on the project's website.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Sign Language Interpreting and Video Remote Interpreting in Medical Settings
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0086) will host a webinar, Sign Language Interpreting and Video Remote Interpreting in Medical Settings, April 17th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss how technology has expanded the options available for communicating with people who are Deaf and the variables that can go into whether or not one method of providing access to a sign language interpreter is more effective than another. Presenters will also discuss the resources that are available to assist an organization in meeting its effective communication obligations. Registration is free and required.

Webcast: Aging with SCI - Focus on Function, Physical Activity, and Well-Being
The NIDILRR-funded Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) (90SI5021) will host a webcast, Aging with Spinal Cord Injury: Focus on Function, Physical Activity, and Well-Being, April 19th, 6:30-8pm ET, part of the Knowledge in Motion series. Presenters will discuss common secondary health conditions in older adults with long-term SCI, factors of importance for participation in leisure time physical activity, and life satisfaction and the association with disability and personal factors. Registration is free and required. Previous lectures in this series are archived on the website.

Participate: 

Online Group Psychological Health Promotion Program for Women with SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center (90SI5027) seeks participants for a trial of a 10-week group health promotion program, Zest: A Psychological Health Promotion Program for Women with SCI, which is delivered in the online virtual world of Second Life. The study is open to women with traumatic SCI who are at least 18 years old and at least one year post injury. Participants must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet, be able to use a computer, and be able to communicate in online group conversations in English. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, email Zest@memorialhermann.org or call 713/797-7570.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

FCC Seeks Public Comments on Accessibility of Communications Technologies
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comments on a range of issues related to the accessibility of communications technologies (PDF). Public comment will assist the FCC in assessing the level of compliance with statutory mandates for telecommunications and advanced communications services and equipment used with these services—as well as Internet browsers built into mobile phones—to be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, the extent to which accessibility barriers still exist with respect to new communications technologies, and the effect of record-keeping and enforcement requirements on the development and deployment of new communications technologies. Comments will be incorporated into the FCC's biennial report to Congress required under the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Comments must be submitted by May 3rd.