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News and Notes 417 June 17
In observance of the anniversary of Olmsted vs. L.C., NARIC offers information on NIDILRR-funded projects conducting research and developing activities that support community living for people with disabilities; Research in Focus finds that ex-offenders with disabilities may experience racial gaps in employment and earnings; the Community Living Policy Center releases two policy briefs, Short-Term Money Follows the Person Extensions Resulted in a Significant Drop in State Efforts to Transition People Out of Institutions and Unaffordable, Inadequate, and Dangerous: Housing Disparities for People with Disabilities in the US; principal investigator for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center was interviewed for the June 2020 episode of RehabCast, the podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) presents webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update, also livestreamed on Facebook; the Center for Research Training and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts webinar, Do We Need More Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) in Dementia Caregiving? An Analysis of 595 Unique Studies, the first in the center's Scholarship Series; the ADA National Network hosts Twitter chat on Olmstead and the history of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks participants for a field test of 4to24, an app for youth with blindnes or visual impairment and their parents; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health releases its Strategic Plan for Research, providing a framework for advancing research priorities that support the Institute's mission to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, leading to prevention, recovery, and cure.
June 22nd will mark the 21st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision known as Olmstead vs. L.C. In that decision, the court determined that the unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark case has made it possible for many older adults and people with disabilities to live and participate in their communities with increases in community-based services, shifts in Medicaid spending, more employment opportunities, and advances in technology. Learn about NIDILRR funded projects conducting research and develop activities that support community living for people with disabilities.