News and Notes 404 March 18

In response to restrictions brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, NARIC has assembled resources from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere to help readers and their families stay engaged, active, and connected to the world; NIDILRR adds two new staff members that bring expertise in community-based mental-health services as well as research in disability policy and aging and disability; Research in Focus explores the benefits of mobile health technologies for people with disabilities and the rehabilitation practitioners who support them; the New England ADA Regional Center and the ADA National Network publish new factsheet, The ADA, Addiction, Recovery, and Employment; researcher at the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center receives the 2020 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) hosts webinar, Using Video to Translate and Promote Research: An Introduction to Video Production; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a Healthcare Setting; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks people with serious mental illness and mental health providers to share their experiences with community participation; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has updated its information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

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2020-03-18
NARIC news: 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many schools, workplaces, and gathering spots have closed to reduce the risk of exposure for vulnerable individuals. Events have been cancelled, classes moved online, and telework schedules expanded. While we know these steps are important for everyone's health, it can be frustrating and isolating to be stuck at home. We assembled a collection of resources from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere to help you and your family stay engaged, active, and connected to the world. For more resources on coronavirus, see the updates from the Administration for Community Living in the Elsewhere section below.

Resource Highlight: 

Factsheet: The ADA, Addiction, Recovery, and Employment
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0087) and the ADA National Network (90DP0086) have published a new factsheet, The ADA, Addiction, Recovery, and Employment, which discusses how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses addiction to alcohol, illegal drugs, and the unlawful use of legal drugs in each stage of employment. The factsheet uses scenarios featuring individuals with different substance use disorders to discuss whether and how the ADA applies to people with these conditions. The factsheet is also available in large print and Spanish.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Welcomes New Staff Members
NIDILRR has recently added two new staff members: Kirstin Painter, LCSW, PhD, and Anne Ordway, PhD. Dr. Painter brings to NIDILRR her expertise in community-based mental health services for youth and adults with serious mental health conditions, evidence-based practices, and program evaluation and research. Dr. Ordway's expertise is in disability policy research and analysis, and in aging and disability research.

Research In Focus:

Mobile Rehabilitation Shows Promise, but Therapists May Benefit from Training and Support
Mobile health technologies could be helpful for people with disabilities and the rehabilitation practitioners who support them, but is everyone comfortable using this technology? This week's Research In Focus explores the possibilities.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher to Receive Wilkerson Award
Shannon Juengst, PhD, CRC, researcher at the NIDILRR-funded North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (90DPTB0013), will receive the 2020 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The award recognizes the significant contributions that Dr. Juengst has made to rehabilitation research during her early career work. Dr. Juengst will present her latest research during the Wilkerson Award presentation at the 2020 Annual ACRM Conference in October.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Using Video to Translate and Promote Research - An Introduction to Video Production
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) will host a webinar, Using Video to Translate and Promote Research: An Introduction to Video Production, March 20th, 1:30-3pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of the stages of video production and considerations for developing videos to share research with a variety of consumers and stakeholders. This is the first of a three-part series that will cover various aspects of video production to help researchers share their work in a user-friendly way. Future webinars will cover working with a video production contractor and the technical aspects of shooting and post-production. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Implementing the ADA in a Healthcare Setting
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) will host a webinar, Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a Healthcare Setting, March 25th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of the challenges and potential barriers that people with disabilities face in accessing healthcare and will share the lessons learned from the Northeast ADA Regional Center's collaboration with a local healthcare provider. Presenters will discuss the research partnership between the two organizations on customized service agreements (CSAs), what the CSA has meant for both organizations, and what has been gained as a result. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

TU Collaborative Seeks Mental Health Consumers and Providers to Share Stories About Community Participation
The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) (90RTCP0001) seeks people with serious mental illness and mental health providers to share their stories and experiences with three factors that can impact community participation: transportation, social media, and parenting. The TU Collaborative will provide a platform with some prompts to help participants share their individual experiences. Researchers ask participants to refrain from including full names, addresses, or other identifiable information.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ACL Shares Updated Information on COVID-19 for People with Disabilities and Older Adults
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has updated its information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? The page describes actions that everyone can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19, frequently asked questions on several programs for older Americans, guidance on home and community based services and nursing home visitation, guidance for organizations to prepare for an outbreak, and a link to a Spanish-language version. ACL will continue to update this page as new guidance on prevention, testing, and treatment is issued. Individuals can also subscribe to ACL Updates for email alerts of new information.