News and Notes 505 March 30
Following the Academy Award for Best Film won by CODA, a story about a Deaf family and their hearing daughter who wants to become a singer, there is hope for seeing more performers with disabilities in the spotlight from now on; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks input from the public on proposed public rulemaking about NIDILRR peer review criteria; Research in Focus presents survey offering insight into the impact of COVID-19 on community living and travel behavior in people with disabilities; This Just In... presents a study assessing user attitudes and implementation requirements of a tele-exercise intervention for people aging with lower body mobility impairment; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center releases online course, Service Animals in the Workplace; the Southeast ADA Regional Center features interview with NIDILRR director Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt in special episode of the ADA Live! series; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) hosts first webinar in new series, Parenting Through Leisure, featuring strategies parents experiencing mental health issues can use to spend quality time with their children; the RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities hosts webinar, Reimagining Primary Health Care for Individuals with Disabilities; Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) hosts webinar, Pathways to Self-Sufficiency: Career and Technical Education for Youth with Emotional Disturbances; the US Department of Justice (DOJ) publishes guidance on web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act, explaining how state and local governments and businesses open to the public can ensure their websites are accessible to people with disabilities in line with ADA requirements.
This week the film CODA won the Academy Award for Best Film. CODA is a film about a Deaf family and their hearing daughter who dreams of becoming a singer (CODA stands for Child of Deaf Adults). The cast includes three Deaf actors, one of which received the award for the Best Supporting Actor. Actors with disabilities are filling more roles in film, television, and theater, and they are receiving well-deserved awards for their work. Whether disability is central to the story or not, when characters with disabilities are played by actors with disabilities, people with disabilities see themselves truly represented on screen and on stage. We are looking forward to seeing more performers with disabilities in the spotlight from now on!