News and Notes 469 July 7
In observance of the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), NARIC presents resources from a few ADA National Network Regional Centers to help readers learn the basics of this law; This Just In... features a study examining the extent to which resilience is associated with well-being outcomes following TBI; this week's Research in Focus challenges the notion that people aging with spinal cord injury experience decline in all areas of life; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision releases the 4to24 App, designed to help parents of youth with blindness or low vision support their child's transition from school through college and into the workplace; researcher from the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center receives the 2021 Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; research from the Community Living Policy Center is featured in Advancing access to independent living, an article in the Heller School Magazine about the impact of COVID-19 on access to Home- and Community-Based Services; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, How Personal Assistant Services Promote the Self-Determination of People with Disabilities Recovering from Disaster; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Disability: Away from Noway - Disability and Juvenile Justice; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks family member caregivers of individuals with TBI to provide feedback on a new factsheet, Stress Management Strategies for Caregivers; ADA.gov, maintained by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, seeks visitors to provide feedback on an in-progress version of an improved website regarding its design and usability.
Over this past weekend, we celebrated Independence Day. But did you know that this July also marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? According to the NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network, the ADA is a civil rights law that "prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life", including transportation, education, employment, and all public and private spaces open to the general public. The ADA gives civil rights protections to people with disabilities, and guarantees equal opportunity in employment, public accommodations, telecommunications, services, and more. The ADA National Network Regional Centers are available to help people, agencies, and organizations understand their rights and responsibilities under the ADA. To get you started, we gathered a few resources from these centers to help you learn the basics of this important law in our Spotlight blog.