News and Notes 508 April 20
In observance of National Minority Health Month, NARIC staff presents recent research from the NIDILRR community highlighted in the Research in Focus series, as well as current projects working to close gaps in services and supports to people with disabilities living in minority communities; This Just In... presents study using data from the National Survey on Health and Disability to examine self-reported health status of sexual and gender minority (SGM) adults with disabilities compared with their non-SGM peers; the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) releases podcast, Reclaiming Yourself After Brain Injury: Hope for a "New, New" Self; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) celebrates Park Prescription Day by spotlighting two tools to connect people with mental health conditions to community park programs: Park Rx Connecting Health Goals to Park Participation and Creating Welcoming Parks and Recreation Environments: A Training for Professionals and Volunteers; the project ES-Coach: A Smartphone and Web-Based Performance Coaching Application for Employment Specialists and Teams will host seminar, ES-Coach Open House; the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center and the Regional ADA Centers to host Twitter Chat. Service Animals and the Americans withh Disabilities Act (ADA); Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families seeks stories from parents with disabilities about their experiences with the rapidly changing response to COVID in schools; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) hosts livestream, Celebrating ACL's 10th Anniversary, featuring two panels of leaders from the disability and aging communities; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination at the National Institutes of Health will host virtual event, Animating the Future for Exceptional Minds, as part of its 9th Annual Autism Awareness Month celebrations.
April is National Minority Health Month and the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services is highlighting the important role organizations and individuals can play in reducing health disparities and improving the health of racial and ethnic minority and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Research shows that people with disabilities are more likely to face health disparities compared to those without disabilities, and that likelihood may be even higher for those from minority communities. They may also face disparities in employment and access to the services and supports they and their families need to fully participate in the community. We took a look at some of the recent research from the NIDILRR community highlighted in our Research In Focus series, as well as current projects who are working to close these gaps for people with disabilities from minority communities.
ADA National Network Twitter Chat: Service Animals and the ADAThe NIDILRR-funded ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center and the Regional ADA Centers (90DPAD0004) will host a Twitter Chat, Service Animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), April 27th, 1 – 2 pm ET. Representatives from the 10 regional centers will discuss service animals and the ADA and will answer questions about this topic. Search #ADANetworkChat on Twitter to follow the chat. A Twitter account is not necessary to follow the discussion but users must be logged into an account to post questions and answers.