News and Notes 495 January 19
In observance of Ed Roberts Day, icon of the disability rights and independent living movements, NARIC has resources for National Mentoring Month to enable experienced advocates with disabilities to help the next generation find their voice in school, workplace, research teams, and the community; This Just In... presents a study by the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Centers examining the relationship between spasticity and perceived quality of life in individuals with spinal cord injury; Research in Focus looks at the relationship between state-level supports and outcomes for people with traumatic brain injury living in the community; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) publishes the 2022 Getting Out of the House Calendar, focused on connecting with people and places in the community; research on falls risk and aging in place from the project Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies was featured in news story on Action News 5 in Memphis, TN; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities hosts webcast, Collaborations to Support Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Looking Back: The Northeast ADA Review of 2021, reviewing what happened in 2021 related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Current Strategies for Updating Systemic Reviews; the Department of Transportation (DOT) hosts two virtual workshops highlighting the ten semifinalists for its Inclusive Design Challenge, with five teams presenting at each session.
January 23rd is Ed Roberts Day, celebrated by many organizations and state and local governments to honor the life and legacy of this icon of the disability rights and independent living movements. The National Disability Mentoring Coalition and Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud are joining to honor Mr. Roberts by sharing resources for National Mentoring Month. Mr. Roberts believed in empowering others to become advocates and activists in their own communities. Mentoring is one way for experienced advocates with disabilities to help the next generation find their voice in school (PDF), in the workplace, in research teams (PDF), and in the community.