News and Notes 416 June 10

In observance of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness month, NARIC offers information resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with PTSD find support and treatment in their community; Research in Focus discusses the role of resilience for helping people with physical disabilities stay employed; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) develop a series of social media videos on COVID-19 and disability; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and  Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, showing increases in key employment numbers for Americans with disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Healthcare Accessibility Resource Roadmap, showing how the ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities to people with drug and alcohol addictions during recovery and treatment; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities (CVU-RRTC-EP) hosts webcast, Key Disability Employment Terms - Frequent Phrases Employers Should Know; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks participants for survey on using wireless technology to create and maintain social connections for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes four articles offering guidance and resources on COVID-19 for people with disabilities, families and caregivers, and professionals supporting community participation; articles included in People Who Need Extra Precautions - Others at Risk.

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2020-06-10
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June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, organized by the National Center for PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs. PTSD is a mental health condition that some people may develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as combat, an accident, a disaster, or an assault. PTSD can be a disabling mental health condition for these individuals. In addition, people with acquired disabilities such as spinal cord injury or burn injuries may experience PTSD in connection with their injuries. Some researchers are concerned that the current coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) may lead to an increase in PTSD among both frontline healthcare workers and those who survive the virus. Learn more about PTSD and research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with PTSD find support and treatment in their community.

Research In Focus:
For People with Physical Disabilities, Resilience May Help with Staying Employed
For people aging with physical disabilities like spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis, the ability to adapt to changes and stressful life events may help with staying employed long-term, this week's Research In Focus finds.
 
Resource Highlight: 
Social Media Videos on COVID-19 and Disability
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) (90DP0075) and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) have developed a series of social media videos on the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and disability. The videos discuss who is at risk for complications, social distancing, precautions for people who use wheelchairs and how to disinfect wheelchair surfaces, self-advocacy, and healthcare access. The series is also available on Facebook and Instagram.
 
News items: 
May nTIDE Finds Job Numbers Up for Americans with Disabilities as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) released the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, an analysis of the latest Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The May report finds increases in key employment numbers for Americans with disabilities, which may indicate people with disabilities are returning to work as restrictions ease and businesses open. The report also highlights a program that assists veterans transitioning from active duty to civilian jobs. This report was discussed in the most recent nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar, available in the archive.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Healthcare Accessibility Resource Roadmap
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Healthcare Accessibility Resource Roadmap, June 12th, 2:30-4 pm ET. Presenters will use recent research findings and a review of legal cases to underscore the need for increased healthcare accessibility. Presenters will provide an overview of practical information, resources, and training options available to states, health plans and providers, ADA Coordinators, and other stakeholders to improve healthcare accessibility. Registration is free and required. Continuing education credits are available upon request.
 
Webinar: The ADA, Addiction, Recovery, and Employment Workshop
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0087) will present a webinar, The ADA, Addiction, Recovery, and Employment Workshop, June 16th, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters will discuss how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that people with addiction to alcohol, and in recovery from opioids and other drugs have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Presenters will also discuss how the ADA addresses alcohol and substance use disorders differently and will introduce how the ADA applies to addiction in three phases of employment. Registration is free and required.
 
Webcast: Key Disability Employment Terms – Frequent Phrases Employers Should Know
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-EP) (90RT5041) will host a webcast, Key Disability Employment Terms - Frequent Phrases Employers Should Know, June 16th, 2-2:15 pm ET. Presenters will discuss frequent terms and phrases that employers and hiring managers need to know when hiring or looking to hire people with disabilities. Registration is free and required.
 
Participate: 
Survey on Social Connectedness and Individuals with IDD
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) is conducting a survey on how wireless technology can be used to create and maintain social connections for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The survey is open to individuals with IDD, parents and guardians, and the professionals who support individuals with IDD. The survey gathers ideas about how technology is used for social connectedness as well as barriers to using such technology, and responses will help mold the future role that wireless technologies and wearables can play in the lives of people with IDD. The survey is open until July 12th.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
CDC Releases Additional Guidance on COVID-19 and Disability
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published four articles offering guidance and resources on the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) for people with disabilities, families and caregivers, and the professionals who support community participation. Two articles cover what people with developmental and behavioral disorders and their caregivers need to know about COVID-19, such as basic information about the virus, the importance of maintaining routine care, and accommodations and assistance in healthcare and distance learning. Two articles provide detailed guidance for direct support providers and group home administrators and staff, including how to protect both residents and staff from infection, how to communicate about the virus, and how to manage stress. The articles are included in the collection of resources for People Who Need Extra Precautions - Others at Risk.