In these "dog days of summer," NARIC staff has information on service and support animals in their Spotlight blog; NIDILRR/ACL publishes brief, Research Supporting Competitive, Integrated Employment (CIE) as a direct pathway to greater independence and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities; This Just In... presents a study examining the demographic and health profile of people living with traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) incurred between 1972 and 2019; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation publishes report, Community Supports in Crisis: No Staff, No Services, exploring the current crisis in labor shortage in the direct support professional (DSP) workforce; the New England ADA Regional Center wins top honors in ADA Jeopardy! 2022 finals, hosted by the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center, with the Southeast ADA Regional Center placing second; the project Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment receives several awards at the 2022 Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Virtual Conference; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, They Are Called "Natural" Resources, not "Built" Resources; How Do We Access Them?, with presenters discussing best practices to assure accessibility of parks and outdoor areas; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, What Did They Say - Why Effective Communications is Critical in Emergency Management; the Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL) hosts webinar, Community Living Summit; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks parents with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to test new factsheet, Being a Parent After a Traumatic Brain Injury; the Department of Transportation (DOT) publishes first-ever Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights, a summary of the fundamental rights of air travelers with disabilities under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA).
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News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond Archive
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NARIC presents a discussion between its information specialists and patrons in the latest Spotlight podcast episode; This Just In... features a Peer Multiple Mentor Model (P3M) for training disability/health and rehabilitation equity researchers at a historically black college/university; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision offers a free new online job board for the blindness and low vision field, designed for organizations serving those with blindness and low vision to share professional job opportunities; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC) announces winner of its 2022 Student Design Challenge, "Gaming Head Mouse: An adaptive controller for limited mobility"; the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Inclusive Technology and Policy Design Research Fellowship hosts virtual workshop, Inclusivity at the Edge: Policy Design for Digital Technologies; the University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UABTBIMS) hosts live social media Question & Answer (Q&A) on Returning to Driving After TBI; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks participants for a study of ConnectionsRx, a distance support program designed to help emerging adults with serious mental illness connect to their community; the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services hosts joint public meeting of the National Advisory Committees on Seniors and Disasters (NACSD) and Individuals with Disabilities and Disasters (NACIDD) to provide a status update on their work on topics specific to the needs of older adults and people with disabilities in disasters.
In recognition of the debut of the new three-digit mental health helpline 988, also 988lifeline.org, which connects individuals to a suicide and crisis lifeline, NARIC has information about lifelines and hotlines that connect to community resources in its Frequently Asked Questions pages; This Just In... presents a study investigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and participation of people with mobility disabilities living in the community; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction (RRTC Bladder Dysfunction) posts the latest Spanish episode of its podcast series, La Salud en la mujer con lesión en la Médula Espinal. Para consumidores y proveedores de la salud (The health of women with spinal cord injury, for consumers and health professionals); ADA National Network Regional Centers hosts ADA Jeopardy! 2022, a network-wide Jeopardy-style quiz competition, with teams from all ten regional centers testing their knowledge about the ADA before a live webcast audience; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Introduction of the Service Animal Toolkit; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Effective Communication: Leveraging Alternate Formats in Healthcare; the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) seeks providers and administrators of disability employment services to participate in study, Which Dissemination Approach Best Reaches NIDILRR Stakeholders: A Comparable Effectiveness Study; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor hosts an online ePolicyWorks dialogue, Understanding and Addressing the Workplace Challenges Related to Long COVID.
In observance of Social Wellness Month, helping to build healthy relationships with others, foster connections, and develop a sense of belonging, NARIC presents research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on social wellness and resources to get and stay connected in its Spotlight blog; This Just In... features a study assessing the risk of potentially preventable hospitalizations for adults with traumatic spinal cord injury; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC II) publishes article, Research-Driven Guidelines for Delivering Group Exercise Programs via Videoconferencing in Older Adults, in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) wins Spring 2022 Silver Digital Health Award for the infocomic Respiratory Health and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); ADA Live! podcast of the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Breaking Barriers for Disability Rights: Historical Reflections with Judy Heumann; the ADA National Network and the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with a #ThanksToTheADA Celebration during July; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Managed by a Robot or Microchip? A Legal Overview of Disability Discrimination Caused by Artificial Intelligence (AI); the App Factory to Support Health and Function of People with Disabilities opens its 2022-2023 annual App Factory grant competition set to fund qualified software or hardware developers to develop and release their assistive and accessibility apps; the Fair Housing Accessibility First office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes its Training Events Calendar for Fiscal Year 2022 to provide comprehensive virtual training on kitchens, bathrooms, accessible routes, making housing accessible, and accessible areas.
In celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), NARIC presents research from some of the current ADA National Network Centers in its Spotlight blog; Pimjai Sudsawad, ScD, has been appointed Associate Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences; This Just In... presents a research study on the utilization of complementary and integrative healthcare by people with spinal cord injury (SCI) in the SCI model systems; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) publishes information brief, New Methods and Technologies for Keeping Systematic Reviews Up to Date; research from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC) was highlighted at meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services; the Northwest ADA Regional Center, in collaboration with Oregon Disabilities Commission and Disability Rights Oregon, hosts series of webinars in celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the ADA; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Anniversary Update featuring presenters from the US Equal Employment Commission and the US Department of Justice; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) hosts the 2022 State of the Science on Disability Statistics Conference; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation launches survey open to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), Providing Direct Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic DSPs Survey, to explore how technology has changed in the field during the pandemic; the White House Office of Public Engagement will host community update calls for members of the disability community, as part of Disability Pride Month, every Thursday in July.
In observance of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month as well as Disability Pride Month, NARIC explores research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that look at the intersection of disability and LGBTQIA+ identity in its Spotlight blog; This Just In... examines literature about COVID-19 and the health and rehabilitation implications for racial minorities with disabilities; Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) launches Providing Culturally Competent Mental Health Care to LGBTQIA+ Youth and Young Adults, a collection of resources for providers; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Health and Function of People with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts month-long Twitter Chat about developing, implementing, and disseminating research on integrated behavioral health care; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ask an ADA Pro: Communication Requirements Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the National Data and Statistical Center for the Burn Model Systems hosts webinar, Outcome Measures in the Burn Model System Database, part of the Accessing & Using the Burn Model System Database series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) hosts webinar, Exploring the Intersections of Person and Place: Healthy Aging for Adults with Long-Term Physical Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction (RRTC on Bladder Dysfunction) seeks participants with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction who use indwelling catheters to try a probiotic flush when experiencing urinary symptoms; the Biden-Harris Administration launches new initiative to expand the availability of at-home COVID-19 tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.
In observance of the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Olmstead decision determining that unjustified isolation of people with disabilities is unlawful discrimination under the ADA, NARIC staff explores some recent NIDILRR-funded research in community living and participation in the Spotlight blog; This Just In... presents a study interviewing leaders from vocational rehabilitation (VR) and child and adult mental health service systems about supporting the vocational success of transition-age youth with serious mental health conditions; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision releases latest podcast series episode, Employment Insights with the NRTC; 2012-2021 principal investigator for the Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Burn Association (ABA) as well as the 2022 Schilling Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Washington; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Residential Facilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation hosts public forum, Implications of Closing Institutions, discussing deinstitutionalization, remaining challenges, benefits of community living, and policy recommendations; the project Using the National Survey on Health and Disability Panel to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences of Working Age Americans with Disabilities conducts the 2022 National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD) on how access to health care, insurance, and the COVID-19 pandemic may affect people with disabilities; the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) seeks comments and suggestions from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in preparation for its first full committee meeting.
In observance of Father's Day this coming Sunday, NARIC offers promising research and resources for fathers with disabilities from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; This Just In... presents a study examining the self-reported frequency of emergency department (ED) visits, ED-related hospitalizations, and reasons for ED visits among people with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) compared with general population data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for the same geographic area; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes two infocomics for SCI and burn injury survivors, Respiratory Health and Spinal Cord Injury, and Itchy Skin After Burn Injury; principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision was interviewed for A Sense of Texas, the podcast of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Network Knowledge Translation Center to host next quartely Twitter Chat, Accessibility and the ADA, on the meaning and accessibility of digital accessibility; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Future of Business is Accessible: Young Business Leaders Talk Full Inclusion; the Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System hosts webinar, Grand Rounds: Sexuality and Sexual Function in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); the project Reclaiming Employment: Self-Employment Resources for Mental Health Service Users seeks users to pilot its Reclaiming Employment Platform, which offers support to people with mental health challenges around work to start and run small businesses; the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) to host two events focusing on new research and development for the disability and rehabilitation community: a Stakeholder Meeting and a Lunch & Learn Webinar.
In observance of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month; organized by the National Center for PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs, NARIC has assembled a list of resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with PTSD connect with support at home, at work or school, and in their communities; This Just In... presents a study examining the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults with physical disabilities from marginalized communities in southeastern Michigan; the project on Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies publishes infographic, Diversity of Disability Pathways for Middle-Aged Adults: Implications for Services and Supports; Rocky Mountain Regional ADA Center Specialist joins fellow members of the US Olympic and Panolympic teams for celebration at the White House; Principal Investigator for the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center was interviewed for latest episode of the Mary Christie Institute's Quadcast, focused on college student behavioral health and wellbeing; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center to host webinar, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator: Getting the Job Done; the Administration on Disabilities at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks peer reviewers with disabilities for a variety of grant competitions; the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor publishes new resources to help workers understand their rights to take leave for serious mental health conditions and help employers comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
NARIC has information about its bilingual information services, including interviews with its Spanish/English bilingual information specialist, in its Spotlight podcast; This Just In... presents a study investigating depression in older adults 12 months after a traumatic brain injury (TBI); the National Data and Statistical Center for the Burn Model Systems (NDSC-BMS) publishes two-part series, Accessing and Using the Burn Model System Database: A Webinar Series; the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center announces release of video series on digital access in education, Access for Everyone: Breaking Down Barrier for People with Disabilities, produced in partnership with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Fishing and Boating for a Variety of Disabilities, discussing modified procedures and safety protocols during leisure fishing and boating and competitive events; the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) seeks providers and administrators of disability employment services for study, Which Dissemination Approach Best Reaches NIDILRR Stakeholders: A Comparative Effectiveness Study; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) presents webinar, Personal Use or Reasonable Accommodation: What's What?, examining issues arising when determining a personal use item versus a reasonable accommodation in the workplace.