News and Notes 527 August 31
In recognition of the beginning of a new year of study for the nation's college students, NARIC features NIDILRR-funded research on young people with disabilities entering and navigating postsecondary education in its Spotlight blog; This Just In... presents a study examining factors from assistive technology professionals that impact timeliness of wheelchair service delivery; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation publishes Frontline Initiative: The Diverse Voices of DSPs, focusing on issues affecting the direct support professional (DSP) workforce; principal investigator for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center was interviewed for article in Kaiser Health News, Cognitive Rehab May Help Older Adults Clear Covid-Related Brain Fog, principal investigator for Thresholds Health Literacy and Wellness Promotion Center and co-investigator for Peer Navigators for the Health and Wellness of People with Psychiatric Disabilities to receive the 2022 Michael S. Neale Award from the American Psychological Association (APA); the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center hosts webinar, What's Race Got to Do with It? An Intersectional Approach to Disability Rights; the project Using the National Survey on Health and Disability Panel to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences of Working-Age Americans with Disabilities seeks participants for its 2022 National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD), exploring how access to health care, insurance, and the COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting the lives of people with disabilities; the University of New Hampshire Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program on Employment is accepting applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program focused on disability and employment research to begin in 2023; the Office of Special Education Progrms (OSEP) at the Department of Education releases interactive fact sheet, OSEP Fast Facts: Educational Environments for School Aged Children with Disabilities.
Recent weeks have seen a stream of families dropping off their young adults at college. Photos shared on social media show cars packed with boxes, suitcases, and all the things these young people will need to help them feel safe, comfortable, and ready to face the semester ahead. The crowds in the dorms likely include college students with disabilities. These students may have brought with them assistive devices, apps or programs, or other items to support their learning needs. As they settle in, they may reach out to the office of disability services to find out about accommodations, technology options, and other services and supports available to help them reach their academic goals. Explore some of the recent NIDILRR-funded research on young people with disabilities entering and navigating postsecondary education, and those planning their transition into the working world in our Spotlight blog.