News and Notes 504 March 23
In observance of the 12th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), NARIC offers recent additions to its collection of research on the ACA, including several from the NIDILRR grantee community; Research in Focus finds that transgender people with disabilities may have more unmet healthcare needs than their cisgender peers; This Just In... presents a study on an automated fall detection device for older adult wheelchair and scooter users; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Person-Centered Outcomes and Measurements releases research brief, Influence of Disability Models on Person-Centeredness in Home and Community-Based Services; latest episode of Adventures in Accessibility, the podcast of the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center, features Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, who continued his career after losing his left arm in a car accident; researcher from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC Rural) discussed the need for better representation of people with disabilities in research and data collection on episode of Barrier Free Futures podcast; the Rehabilitatiion Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, Ask Me Anything About Supported Employment and Individual Placement and Support (IPS); the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts three-part webinar series, Employment and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services Outcomes hosts Measuring Outcomes of People with Disabilities: An International Forum; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) hosts livestream, Celebrating ACL's 10th Anniversary; the Department of Transportation (DOT) hosts virtual public meeting, Air Travel by Persons Who Use Wheelchairs.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), landmark legislation that lead to historic advances in health equity. Thanks to the ACA, Americans with disabilities have gained health coverage without lifetime limits, and protections are in place for people with preexisting conditions. The ACA also brought community living options to more people, supported the Aging and Disability Resource Centers and the No Wrong Door System, increased supports for mental health and substance use disorder, and much more. Our Research In Focus series highlighted a study that found that expansion of Medicaid under the ACA may have allowed more people with disabilities to find and keep jobs without losing much needed medical coverage. Research is ongoing to understand the impact of the ACA on improving access and reducing disparities in healthcare. Check out recent additions to the NARIC collection on the ACA, including these from the NIDILRR grantee community.