News and Notes 400 February 19

News and Notes, of which this is issue #400, was launched in January of 2012 to bring attention to resources from the NIDILRR grantee community to support the independence of people with disabilities; Research in Focus looks at a brief couples therapy program for partners of people with brain injuries; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics releases the 2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and its Supplement, web-based tools to pool disability statistics; the WayFinder app, developed by AbleLink Tech to help people with cognitive disabilities ride public transit, was featured in news story on NBC Channel 4 in Columbus, OH; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) will host webinar, Aging with Cerebral Palsy; the ADA National Network (ADANN) will host Twitter chat on Voting Access; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks participants for its 2020 Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technologies, open to all users regardless of age or ability; the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) provides free assistance to people with disabilities, seniors, and others who may need help with preparing their taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), information about which is available on the IRS website.

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2020-02-19
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This is the 400th issue of News and Notes! We launched this newsletter in January of 2012 with the goal of bringing attention to the wealth of resources the NIDILRR grantee community produces to support the independence of people with disabilities. We might have had a few-too-many candy hearts over the weekend, but we mean it when we say it is truly a labor of love to shine a spotlight on all of the innovative, creative, and thoughtful work of our colleagues and friends. Every week we find something new that we are excited to share with you and we hope you are as excited to share it with your community.

Research In Focus:
A Brief Couples Therapy Program May Provide Needed Supports for Partners of People with Brain Injuries

For people who have experienced brain injuries and their spouses or partners, maintaining close relationships can be a challenge, especially if the partner has to be a caregiver, too. This week's Research In Focus looks at a therapeutic program which may help these partners find the supports and services they need to keep the relationship strong.

Resource Highlight: 

2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (90RTGE0001) released the 2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and the Annual Disability Statistics Supplement, web-based tools that pool disability statistics published by various federal agencies in one place. The Compendium and Supplement make it easier to find and use data to support decisions related to policy improvements, program administration, service delivery, civil rights protections, and major life activities. Additionally, State Reports for County-Level Data provide county-level statistics for each state complementing the content found in the Compendium and Supplement.

News items: 

WayFinder App in the News
WayFinder, an app developed by AbleLink Tech (H133S060025) under a NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research grant, was featured in a news story, App helps people with cognitive disabilities ride public transit, on NBC affiliate Channel 4 in Columbus, OH. The smartphone app is being used in Mobility Assistance for People with Cognitive Disabilities, a pilot project for the City of Columbus aimed at making it easier for people with cognitive disabilities to use public transit.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Aging with Cerebral Palsy TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) (90RTHF0001) will host a webinar, Aging with Cerebral Palsy, February 20th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will discuss how adults with cerebral palsy (CP) experience high rates of secondary conditions and negative health outcomes as they age. Presenters will review recent research about the types of conditions for which people with CP are at increased risk and will provide steps that people with CP, their advocates, and their healthcare providers can take to manage their health and optimize the aging process. Registration is free and required.

ADANN Hosts Twitter Chat on Voting Access
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network (ADANN) (90DP0086) will host a Twitter Chat on Voting Access, February 26th, 1-2pm ET. Participants can follow @ADANational on Twitter and join the discussion, post questions, and test their knowledge about voting access and the ADA using the #ADANetworkChat hashtag. No registration is required. Participants do not need a Twitter account to follow the discussion, but must be logged into an account to post or respond to questions.

Participate: 

2020 Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technologies
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) has launched the 2020 Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technologies to learn how people of all ages and abilities use wireless technology. The survey is open to all users of wireless technologies, regardless of age or ability. The survey covers cell phones, tablets, computers, and newer technologies, such as smart watches and smart home devices, as well as how accessible and usable those devices are for people with disabilities. For more information, or help completing the survey, contact Salimah LaForce at 404/894-8297 or salimah.laforce@cacp.gatech.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Free Tax Preparation Assistance for People with Disabilities
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides free assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to people with disabilities, seniors, and others who may need help in preparing their taxes. VITA volunteers are certified and trained by the IRS to help individuals prepare and file a basic return. Information about eligibility, VITA locations, and documentation to bring to a help session is available from the IRS website. For people with disabilities, the IRS also provides a page with accessibility information, including large print tax forms and instructional videos in American Sign Language.