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News and Notes 539 November 23
In remembrance of Bobby Silverstein, staunch advocate for disability rights, NARIC staff posts an interview with him on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, where he discussed the past, present, and future of the ADA; this week's Research in Focus presents a diabetes prevention program which may help people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and obesity to lose weight, thereby decreasing risk of diabetes and heart disease; This Just In... presents a study examining the impact of a meeting with a vocational rehabilitation (VR) professional and a hiring manager on implicit attitudes about the competence of people who are blind; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction posts latest episode of its Bladder Buzz Podcast, Engineering a Better Bladder; researcher from Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies receives best Early Career Poster award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); principal investigator for the Initiative to Mobilize Partnerships for Successful Assistive teChnology Transfer (IMPACT) was interviewed for AT Update podcast, Healthy Home Lab with Paulina Villacreces and Dr. John Pearlman of the University of Pittsburgh; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Why No One Has to be Normal Anymore; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, The Peer Support Specialist Workforce During COVID-19: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Moviegoing; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) seeks adult participants for study, The Participation of People Who Relay on AAC in the Pre-Service Preparation of Communication, Education, and Medical Professionals; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers information in a video for people with disabilities in areas impacted by disasters related to adaptive or accessibility items that have been damaged and may be eligible for FEMA-assisted repair or replacement.
This week, we learned of the passing of Bobby Silverstein, a staunch advocate for disability rights. Throughout his career, Bobby advocated for laws and policies that directly impacted the employment, health, and participation of people with disabilities and their families, including funding important disability and rehabilitation research. As staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Disability Policy Subcommittee under Senator Tom Harkin, Bobby negotiated and drafted bipartisan, consensus legislation, and was known as the behind-the-scenes architect of more than 20 bills enacted into law that impact people with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On the ADA's 31st anniversary, he sat down with the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion to explore the past, present, and future of the law and inclusive employment. He leaves behind an incredible legacy. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues.