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News and Notes 538 November 16
In observance of National Rural Health Day, designated by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, NARIC presents current research projects empowering people with disabilities and providers in rural communities in its Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus presents interviews with legislators and advocates who share challenges and solutions to protecting the rights of parents with disabilities; This Just In... features study investigating how life events such as injuries, health insurance coverage, geography, and occupation events contribute to higher mobility impairment rates in the rural US; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) posts two new episodes of the STAY Tuned: Supporting Transisiton-Age Youth Podcast; the project Lightweight and Affordabe Soft Knee Exoskeletons to Enhance Independent Living for Broad Lower-Limb Disability Populations publishes editorial in special issue of the journal Frontiers in Neurorobotics, How can wearable robotic and sensor technology advance neurorehabilitation?; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Learning from Civil Rights Lawsuits: Effective Communication with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, and Low Vision Incarcerated People; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar on making holiday parties more welcoming for guests with disabilities, Accessible Entertaining: Let's Gather Together; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment hosts virtual Rural Disability Research and Practic Summit; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is recruiting individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and their family members to provide feedback on new factsheet, Nutrition and Spinal Cord Injury; the National Council on Disability (NCD) hosts virtual policy briefing on its report The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities.
Tomorrow is National Rural Health Day, designated by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. The theme, Celebrate the Power of Rural, honors the selfless, community-minded, and determined spirit of rural America. Research has shown that people with disabilities in rural communities have higher rates of disability and age into disability faster than people in urban areas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 adults living in rural communities have at least one disability, and 1 in 12 report having 3 or more disabilities. Research and development in the NIDILRR community and elsewhere seek to identify and address barriers to health care, employment, and community living, so individuals with disabilities can fully participate in their rural communities. Visit our Spotlight blog to explore some of the history of research in this area and current projects empowering people with disabilities and providers in rural communities.