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.
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.