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News and Notes 542 December 14
NARIC staff mourns the passing of Steven Tingus, who served as NIDILRR's director from 2001 to 2007; This Just In... presents a study exploring community employment, facility-based work, and day activities for working age people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision releases new course for rehabilitation professionals, Partnering with Families to Support Employment Outcomes; investigator for the project Precise Customized Navigation for All Indoors and Outdoors as well as several projects on wayfinding technologies was inducted into the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Hall of Fame; the New England ADA Regional Center receives Excellence in Community Outreach and Prevention Award from the US Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) hosts virtual Rural Disability Research and Practice Summit; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks participants with a mental health condition for surveys to share their stories about their social connections; the CARE Study Community Access Through Remote Eyesite seeks participants for its study examining how assistive mobile applications support everyday tasks for users with low vision; the Office of Science and Medicine at the Department of Health and Human Services issues report, Health+ Long COVID Report, focusing on people who report long-term symptoms from a COVID infection.
This week, we learned of the passing of Steven Tingus, who served two terms as NIDILRR's director from 2001 to 2007 (then NIDRR). As NIDRR's Director, Tingus combined his focus on accountability and performance with his deep commitment toward improving the health, education, employment, and community living opportunities for people with disabilities, leading to improvements in NIDRR's grant programs as well as stronger interagency coordination and cooperation. Prior to joining NIDRR, his career included serving as Director of Resource Development for the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers and leading the US Department of Education's New Freedom Initiative. His most recent work focused on diversity and disability inclusion in the entertainment industry, including producing fiction and documentary films and even taking acting roles in recent productions. Our thoughts are with the Tingus family and his extended community.