News and Notes 478, September 8
In observance of Pain Awareness Month, NARIC has gathered resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog to help people living with chronic pain and their providers work together to manage the pain effectively; This Just In... features a study investigating exercise participation among older adults with mobility disabilities to understand exercise barriers and challenges; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Aging-In-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC II) publishes its annual newsletter, TechSAge News, looking back at the past year to highlight achievements and updates; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center's latest episode of its podcast, Adventures in Accessibility, features Judy Heumann, internationally recognized leader in the disability rights and independent living movements; the Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes research brief, People with Disabilities Still at Risk in Congregate Care Settings, summarizing data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on community response to increases in COVID-19 cases in nursing home settings; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, WCAG V2.1: Understanding the Basics, discussing the development and organization of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) V2.1; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Exercise and Recreational Technologies for People with Disabilities (RERC RecTec) hosts Virtual state of the Science Conference; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks adult particpants with and without disabilities for survey on the effectiveness of wireless emergency alert (WEA) messages; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department of Education releases factsheet, OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Served under IDEA Part B, exploring data on the racial and ethnic diversity of children with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for the 2019-2020 school year.
September is Pain Awareness Month. According to the National Institutes of Health, 100 million adults in the US live with chronic pain (PDF). Many of these are people with disabilities for whom pain may be a side effect or secondary condition to their disability, such as migraine after brain injury or chronic pain after a burn injury or spinal cord injury. For others, chronic pain is a significant part of their disability, such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis. Some healthcare providers may not be well trained in pain and pain management, which can make it difficult for people living with chronic pain to find support to manage their pain effectively. We gathered some resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog to help people living with chronic pain and their providers work together toward independence.