News and Notes 511 May 11
In observance of Better Speech and Hearing Month as well as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month, NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support communication for people with ALS and other neuromuscular disorders in the Spotlight blog; NIDILRR releases report, Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities; This Just In... presents a study on the relationship between unmet need for home and community-based services and health and community living outcomes; Research in Focus explores how both employers and workers with disabilities are feeling the effects of COVID-19 on employment and earnings; the Rehabilitation Research and Training on Employment Policy Center For Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy Research (DIEP-RRTC) launches new podcast, Let's Get to Work: Reimaging Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy; research on wheeled mobility devices from Translating Transfer Training and Wheelchair Maintenance into Practice and the Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment was featured in two segments on WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio station; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Data Visualization: Addressing Barriers and Implementing Section 508 Solutions; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Employment: Long Haulers and COVID; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Information and Communication Technology Access for Mobile Rehabilitation (mRehab) seeks participants who are physical, occupational, or speech-language therapists for a survey on clinician perspectives on patient adherence to home exercise programs (HEPs); the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Insitutes of Health (NIH) host a national essay contest for teens, Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story.
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month as well as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month. How are these connected? ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. People with ALS may develop issues with speech and swallowing as the disease progresses. A speech therapist can help with exercises and therapy as speaking and swallowing become difficult. They can also help people with ALS find devices to help them communicate, learn how to use them every day, and make adjustment as needed down the road. Visit our Spotlight Blog for a quick look at some of the latest research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support communication for people with ALS and other neuromuscular disorders.