News and Notes 506 April 6
In observance of Autism Awareness Month and Autism Acceptance Month, NARIC presents latest research and development from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help address barriers to full participation, competitive employment, and fulfilling relationships for people with autism; This Just In... presents a study investigating life satisfaction in individuals with long-term traumatic spinal cord injury and associated biopsychological factors; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision publishes new advice sheet, Who Needs to Know?: When and How to Disclose Vision Impairment, providing information for people who are blind or have low vision and are considering disclosing their disability at work; the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC) announces release of A Multi-Method Garnered Perspective on Factors for Promoting Rehabilitation Equity Among Multiply Marginalized People of Color with Disabilities, a special issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation; the Initiative to Mobilize Partnerships for Successful Assistive Technology (IMPACT) features interviews with three women innovators in The Future is Female, the latest episode of its ImpacTech podcast series; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ask an ADA Professional Questions: Barrier Removal Requirements for Privately Owned and Operated Businesses Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Service Animals in Healthcare Settings; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC II) to host TechSAge State of the Science Conference; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks individuals with burn injuries and their family members to provide feedback on a new infocomic about exercise after burn injury; the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division publishes Ballot Drop Box Accessibility - The Americans with Disabilities Act, providing guidance on the physical access requirements for ballot drop boxes under the 2010 ADA Standards.
During April, several organizations and agencies celebrate Autism Awareness Month or Autism Acceptance Month, drawing attention to the contributions of the autism community to our nation and the world. Like the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, we recognize the need for supporting, understanding, accepting, including, and empowering autistic individuals. Autistic adults and young adults have much to contribute to their communities, but may face barriers to full participation, competitive employment, and fulfilling personal and family relationships. We took a look at some of the latest research and development from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help address these barriers and build a society that is inclusive of neurodiversity in all its forms.