News and Notes 525 August 17
In observance of Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Awareness Week, NARIC staff has information about current NIDILRR-funded projects focusing on CRT, products designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, in their Spotlight blog; NIDILRR/ACL announces publication of a final rule governing NIDILRR-funded research in the Federal Register; This Just In... features a study investigating barriers posed by the design of online health information platforms and how to overcome them for neurodiverse populations; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) launches new podcast, STAY Tuned: Supporting Transition-Age Youth, made by and for young adults with mental health conditions navigating school or work; researchers from INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services have edited Disability and Substance Use: Misuse and Addiction, a special supplement to the Disability and Health Journal; principal investigator for the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center to receive the 2022 John Stanley Coulter Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center will host Twitter chat, Education and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), covering back-to-school topics, frequently asked questions about higher education and the ADA, and more; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Mental Health in Higher Education: Current Case Law; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division release Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Telehealth: Federal Protections to Ensure Accessibility to People with Disabilities and Limited English Proficient Persons.
This is Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Awareness Week, organized by the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology. CRT products are medically necessary, individually configured devices that require evaluation, configuration, fitting, adjustment, or programming by a team of rehabilitation professionals such as physicians and nurses, occupational and physical therapists, assistive technologists, and engineers. CRT products are designed to meet the specific and unique medical, physical, and functional needs of individuals with disabilities. They can include manual and powered wheelchair systems, seating and positioning systems, standing devices, and much more. We took a quick look at some of the current NIDILRR-funded projects that are focusing on CRT, both the technologies that support independence, and the policies needed to make them affordable, available, and durable.