News and Notes 499 February 16
In memory of David R. Beukelman, PhD, a dedicated researcher in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and a member of the NIDILRR grantee community, NARIC presents more than 100 pieces in its collection which he authored or co-authored over more than 40 years; This Just In... presents a study assessing factors associated with social connectedness in adults with mobility disabilities; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes factsheet, Bone Loss After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); GoVoBo, captioning technology developed under the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Improving the Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC) was selected as a Disability Innovation for the Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator program; co-principal investigator for the Disability Employer Practices Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) and the RRTC on Employment Policy: Center for Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy Research gives testimony on COVID-19 and Disability Employment Research for the Senate Committee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions (HELP): the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Advocacy in the Post-ADA World; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Learning from Patients to Provide Accessible Healthcare and Effective Communication for Patients Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation conducts study on social inclusion and retirement for older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); the National Council on Disability (NCD) releases a Health Study Framework to guide policymakers to improving health equity for people with disabilities.
This week we learned of the passing of David R. Beukelman, PhD, a dedicated researcher in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and a long-time member of the NIDILRR grantee community. Dr. Beukelman's work is foundational to the AAC field which, as he noted in one presentation, did not exist when he first started working with children with cerebral palsy as a speech language pathologist. He authored and edited its leading texts, mentored and advised emerging AAC researchers, and conducted research and development that expanded the use of AAC to underserved populations. Our collection includes more than 100 pieces that he authored or co-authored over more than 40 years. Learn more about Dr. Beukelman and his work from his colleagues at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on AAC.