News and Notes 465 June 9
In observance of Family Health and Fitness Day on June 12th, NARIC staff examines research and resources to address challenges in families getting more physical activities together, such as finding accessible facilities and accessing transportation to parks or recreation centers; This Just In... features a study determining long-term effects of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) on disability following traumatic brain injury (TBI); the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Network Knowledge Translation Center and the network of regional centers post videos from the ADA State of the Science Conference; principal investigator for the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center was interviewed for the latest episode of the Brain Injury Today podcast, Your COVID Vaccine Questions Answered; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Health Care Access for Patients and Companions that are Blind or Experiencing Vision Loss; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Engaging Stakeholders for Research Impact; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center hosts webinar, Going Virtual: How 3 Young Adult Focused Projects Pivoted to Virtual Platforms in 2020; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment is seeking participants for a study on rural personal assistance services (PAS), with participation being open to adult PAS users 18 or older and living in rural communities; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launches the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) to help people with disabilities find COVID-19 vaccination locations in their communities, make appointments, and connect to services such as transportation.
The second Saturday in June is Family Health and Fitness Day, organized by the National Recreation and Park Association, focusing on the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy. Research has shown that some people with disabilities who go out into the community to exercise, including in local parks, are more likely to be physically active than those who just go out for errands or work. Families of all types and abilities may be looking for ways to get more physical activity together, but may face challenges in finding accessible facilities, accessing reliable transportation to parks or centers, and addressing negative attitudes or misinformation among facilities staff. We examined some of the research and resources to address these challenges and find solutions to getting active in the community in our Spotlight blog.