News and Notes 392 December 11

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC shares resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help readers plan an inclusive holiday gift experience; Sara Ruiz, PhD, is appointed Associate Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences; Research in Focus features law enforcement personnel comments on ways to better serve people with disabilities; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center releases new web course, Small Business and the ADA; The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics publish the November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, highlighting rise in job numbers for workers with disabilities; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Building Community Between Law Enforcement and People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD); the Social Security Administration hosts webinar, Career Preparation for College Students with Disabilities.

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2019-12-11
NARIC news: 

This holiday season, many people may opt to give experiences rather than traditional gifts. These experiences can include trips, tickets to shows or theme parks, classes, or dinner at a fancy restaurant, among others. Friends or family members with disabilities may encounter barriers to participating in these experiences, like stairs up to a restaurant or lack of captions for a performance. On the other hand, some venues may have programs or services to enhance your experience. With a little research, you can give an experience where everyone can participate. We shared resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help you plan a truly inclusive gift experience!

Resource Highlight: 

Course: Small Business and the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0094) has released a new web course, Small Business and the ADA. This course introduces participants to how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) relates to small business. Participants will learn about small businesses and their policies and procedures, employment as it relates to Title I of the ADA, facility access, and common ADA litigation. Registration is free and required. The running time of the course is 60 minutes.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Sarah Ruiz Appointed Associate Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences
Sarah Ruiz, PhD, has been appointed Associate Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences. Dr. Ruiz joined NIDILRR in 2016 as a Rehabilitation Program Specialist, and served as a Project Officer for a wide variety of NIDILRR grants. Prior to joining NIDILRR, she has been in the role of Senior Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago. Dr. Ruiz has contributed significantly to the research literature in the field of disability and aging – focusing on health care innovations and their impacts on the experiences and outcomes of people with disabilities of all ages.

Research In Focus:
Law Enforcement Personnel Comment on Ways to Better Serve People with Disabilities

In this week's Research In Focus, researchers asked law enforcement personnel about their everyday interactions with people with disabilities and the training and resources that could support positive interactions.

News items: 

November nTIDE Report Highlights Rise in Job Numbers
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) (90RTGE0001) have published the November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, an analysis of the latest Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report highlighted a rise in both labor force participation and employment-to-population ratio for Americans with disabilities. It also highlighted a New York City company that connects job seekers with disabilities to competitive jobs in high growth industries. The report was discussed in the December 6th nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Building Community Between Law Enforcement and People with I/DD TOMORROWThe NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Building Community Between Law Enforcement and People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), December 12th, 2-3pm ET. The webinar will present a case study of how the City of Fresno, CA built a partnership between the police department and the community of people with I/DD to develop viable training tools, policies, and relationships over the course of two years. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Webinar: Career Preparation for College Students with Disabilities
The Social Security Administration will host a webinar, Career Preparation for College Students with Disabilities, December 18th, 3-4:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss the types of programs and services that are available to young people transitioning from school to employment, information on the Ticket to Work program, and how working affects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For questions or more information call 866/968-7842 or 866/833-2967 (TTY). Registration is free and required.