News and Notes 411 May 6th

In observance of Older Americans month, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-supported research projects on the independence and community participation of seniors in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus examines experiences of Latina family caregivers supporting young adults with disabilities in transition; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities and the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes publish new videos for their series on the Seven Principles of Universal Design; the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BH-BIMS) publishes article, COVID-19 pandemic and the burn survivor community: A call for action; principal investigator of project on Language and Literacy Outcomes of Pre-School Children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to receive the Pediatric Rehabilitation Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) to host next episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar series; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Network Learning Session: Using the California Power Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Technology Landscape for Applicants and Employees who are Blind or Experiencing Vision Loss; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness seeks participants for study on social connections among people with mental illness; US Government official benefits website, Benefits.gov, launched in 2002 by the Department of Labor, is subject of webinar held by the Federal Depository Library Program, Navigating Benefits.gov: A Resource for Community Advocates.

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2020-05-06
NARIC news: 

May is Older Americans Month, a celebration led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and that includes Americans who are aging with disabilities. Individuals aging with disabilities may experience some of the same issues and concerns as their peers without disabilities, such as age-related and chronic conditions, changes in employment or retirement, and creating a safe and livable home where they can age in place. Within the NIDILRR community, there are the centers and projects conducting research to support continuing independence and participation of these seniors. We highlighted some of these current projects and explored their work in our Spotlight blog.

Research In Focus:
Latina Family Caregivers in Rural Areas Turn to Their Community to Support Young Adults with Disabilities in Transition
This week's Research In Focus examines the experiences of Latina family caregivers supporting young adults in transition and where they may find support and information during this crucial time.
 
Resource Highlight: 
Universal Design Video Series Updated
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (90REGE0006) and the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes (90DP0049) have published new videos to complete their video series on the Seven Principles of Universal Design. The series covers the foundations and principles of universal design in architecture, technology, products, and programs. The newest videos cover the concepts of low physical effort and size and space for approach and use. Previous videos covered equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, and tolerance for error.
 
News items: 
NIDILRR Researchers Draw Attention to Impact of COVID-19 on Burn Survivors
Researchers from the NIDILRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BH-BIMS) (90DPBU0001) have published an article, COVID-19 pandemic and the burn survivor community: A call for action, online in the journal Burns. The letter to the editor highlights the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on people with burn injury, including reduced access to inpatient and outpatient medical and therapeutic care, loss of peer support leading to increased isolation, and triggers for post-traumatic stress disorder. The authors also suggest resources for support and education for burn survivors and care providers. The article is available free in full text.
 
NIDILRR Researcher to Receive ACRM Pediatric Rehabilitation Award
Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD, principal investigator of the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded project on Language and Literacy Outcomes of Pre-School Children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (90IF0013), will receive the Pediatric Rehabilitation Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The award recognizes Dr. Haarbauer-Krupa's career, spanning more than 30 years of clinical and research experience in TBI and pediatric rehabilitation. As part of the award, Dr. Haarbauer-Krupa will present on her research in mild TBI in children and adolescents at the ACRM Annual Conference in October.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinars: Upcoming nTIDE Lunch & Learn Sessions
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RTGE0001) will host the next episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar series, May 8th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will provide an overview of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report and will discuss news from the field of disability employment. Guest presenters will discuss current projects underway in the New Orleans area. nTIDE Special Report: Implications of COVID-19 will air May 15th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will share data available mid-month on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on employment, emerging legislation, and resources for the days ahead. Registration is free and required for both events.
 
Webinar: ADA National Learning Session – Using the California Power Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, ADA Network Learning Session: Using the California Power Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning, May 14th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss the 2019 California Public Safety Power Shut-offs and will include stories from the community, barriers experienced, coordination across public and private agencies, and effective strategies that could become best practices. They will also discuss how the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers and independent living centers across the state are partnering with stakeholders to support people with disabilities and older adults during different types of disasters. Registration is free and required.
 
Webinar: The Technology Landscape for Applicants and Employees who are Blind or Experiencing Vision Loss
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, The Technology Landscape for Applicants and Employees who are Blind or Experiencing Vision Loss, May 19th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss technologies used by people who are blind or who have low vision and how these technologies allow the performance of essential job duties. Presenters will also discuss common barriers encountered in the employment realm and the obligations employers have under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to applicants and employees with disabilities. Registration is free and required.
 
Participate: 
Study Focused on Social Connections Among People with Mental Illness
The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (90RTCP0001) seeks volunteers for a study focused on social connections among people with mental illness. Participants will answer up to two 20-minute online surveys about their social connections and activities. To be eligible, participants must be 18-65 years old and have a diagnosis of schizophrenia spectrum, major depression, or major affective disorders. After completing each survey, participants may sign up for a chance to win a $100 gift card or one of ten $25 gift cards. For more information, contact Shinichi Nagata at shinichi.nagata@temple.edu or 215/204-9664.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
Benefits.gov Celebrates 18 Years of Citizen Services
Benefits.gov,the official benefits website for the US government, was launched in April 2002 by the Department of Labor. The portal is designed to connect citizens to more than 1,000 assistance programs across multiple agencies. The site has been improved over the last year, including an updated Benefit Finder tool and an easy-to-use eligibility pre-screening questionnaire. The Federal Depository Library Program will host a webinar, Navigating Benefits.gov: A Resource for Community Advocates, May 11th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will provide a tutorial for the Benefit Finder questionnaire, the newsroom and help center, and continuously developing resources in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Registration is free and required for the webinar. No registration is required to use Benefits.gov.