News and Notes 408 April 15

In observance of Autism Awareness Month, NARIC focuses on NIDILRR-funded research in autism in its Spotlight blog, highlighting recent projects looking at interventions and supports for people with autism and their families described in the Program Database and in NARIC's Research in Focus series; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technology to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge) publishes two Amazon Echo User Guides, Setting Up and Basic Uses; NIDILRR-funded research is highlighted in open-forum article, NIDILRR: Supporting applied research and development to improve the lives of people with mental illness, in the journal Psychiatric Services; NIDILRR researcher Michael Jones, PhD, will receive the 2020 Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transactions ACR) hosts webinar, Are You a College Student with a Mental Health Condition? Managing in the Wake of COVID19: Strategies & Tools to Finish Your Semester; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Parking: What Does Than Mean?, exploring issues of location, type, size, and number of accessible parking spaces as well as ADA standards for accessible design; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, COVID-19, Healthcare, and the ADA, reviewing issues including temporary medical facilities and drive-thru testing sites; the Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities (NRPCD) invites parents with disabilities to submit articles on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic to be published in the NRCPD Community Blog; the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) at the Department of Education publishes VR at Work Today, highlighting vocational rehabilitation (VR) success stories as part of the VR 100th Anniversary celebration.

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2020-04-15
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Throughout April, several autism-focused organizations sponsor campaigns for awareness, acceptance, and information about autism and the experiences of individuals who live, learn, and work with autism. For some people, exploring research in autism can add to their understanding and awareness. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's Autism Research Database lists more than 1,500 projects funded worldwide in recent years focusing on screening and diagnosis, the biology of autism, treatments and interventions, services, lifespan issues, and surveillance. In our Spotlight blog, we focused on NIDILRR-funded research in autism, highlighting recent projects looking at interventions and supports for people with autism and their families described in the Program Database and in our Research In Focus series.

 

Resource Highlight: 
Amazon Echo User Guides
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technology to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge) (90REGE0006) has published two Amazon Echo User Guides, Setting Up (PDF) and Basic Uses (PDF). With a range of built-in and third-party functions, digital assistants like Echo have the potential to support the independence and participation of individuals aging with long-term disabilities. The guides are designed to help people with and without disabilities learn how to set up the digital home assistant, understand its basic functions, and get the most out of its settings and skills. Setting Up includes step-by-step, visual instructions to set up the Echo and Echo Show and create user accounts. Basic Uses explains how to control the smart speaker devices by voice and touch, common activities and commands, and making changes to settings. Feedback on these guides may be submitted to kadylak@illinois.edu.
 
News items: 
NIDILRR-funded Research Highlighted in Psychiatric Services
NIDILRR-funded research is highlighted in a new open forum article in the journal Psychiatric Services. The article, NIDILRR: Supporting applied research and development to improve the lives of people with mental illness, was authored by Leslie Caplan, PhD, of NIDILRR. It provides an overview of the applied research and development projects funded by NIDILRR to improve the abilities of individuals with mental illness and other disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community and to expand society's capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities. The article is available free in full text.
 
NIDILRR Researcher to Receive ACRM Gold Key
Michael Jones, PhD, principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects on technology for access and function, will receive the 2020 Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Gold Key is the highest honor awarded by ACRM and recognizes Dr. Jones' extraordinary services to the cause of rehabilitation. Dr. Jones will receive the award at the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala at the ACRM Meeting in October.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Are You a College Student with a Mental Health Condition? Managing in the Wake of COVID-19 - Strategies & Tools to Finish Your Semester TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) (90RTEM0005) will host a webinar, Are You a College Student with a Mental Health Condition? Managing in the Wake of COVID-19: Strategies & Tools to Finish Your Semester, April 16th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss organizational strategies developed by college students with mental health conditions to help them manage their course load, exams, and other priorities as classes move to the home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Registration is free and required.
 
Webinar: Accessible Parking, What Does That Mean?
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Accessible Parking, What Does That Mean?, April 21st, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will explore the complex issues of location, type, size, and number of accessible parking spaces, and how all of this is enforced. Presenters will also discuss the requirements for accessible parking in the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessible design. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.
 
Webinar: COVID-19, Healthcare, and the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, COVID-19, Healthcare, and the ADA, April 23rd, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters from four ADA Regional Centers will review general healthcare provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how they apply to new issues sparked by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) such as temporary medical facilities, drive-thru testing sites, and other current healthcare issues. Presenters will cover physical access issues; effective communication in a variety of situations; and modifications and accommodations for service animals, personal assistants, and assistive technology. Registration is free and required by April 22nd.
 
Participate: 
COVID-19 Experiences of Parents with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities (NRCPD) (90DPGE0001) invites parents with disabilities to submit articles to be published in the NRCPD Community Blog. Specifically, NRCPD is seeking essays that focus on the experiences of parents with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), including adaptive strategies, relationships, support needs, and barriers and challenges. NRCPD is interested in bringing together a racially, culturally, and experientially diverse group of people to contribute. Articles must be submitted by May 15th. Contributors will receive $100 per accepted submission.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
VR at Work Today: Success Stories
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) at the Department of Education is publishing VR at Work Today, a series highlighting vocational rehabilitation (VR) success stories across the country as part of the VR 100th Anniversary celebration. The series celebrates secondary transition and career successes of individuals with disabilities who received VR services, and highlights partnerships state VR agencies have established with schools, businesses, and organizations across the country. The first three articles feature a teenager with vision loss gaining skills for employment and independence, a budding photographer with cerebral palsy, and one state agency's efforts to adapt its services and supports during the coronavirus pandemic.