community participation

Frontline Initiative: DSPs Respond to COVID-19

This full issue of Frontline Initiative is dedicated to stories by and for direct support professionals (DSPs) as they navigate longer hours, inadequate pay, grief stemming from the death of colleagues, and other fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Published in collaboration with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).

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Organizational partnerships may improve access to independent living services for people with disabilities

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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Examining the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on community engagement for people with mobility disabilities

This journal article explores the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for people with mobility disabilities across a variety of topics related to community engagement including social interactions with family and friends, and access to caregivers, groceries, transportation, and employment.

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For People with Serious Mental Illness, Getting Out and About May be Good for the Brain

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Neurocognition involves information processing, ability to focus, accessing/using memory, and learning, and it plays an integral role in the health and well-being of individuals with serious mental illness such as mood disorders and schizophrenia. Research has shown that deficits in neurocognition are closely associated with the severity of serious mental illnesses.

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Community Mental Health Center Visits May Increase Community Participation for People with Serious Mental Illness

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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The Importance of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

This Taking Issue segment appeared in the September 2020 issue of the Journal Psychiatric Services. The authors ask what can be done to support people with serious mental illness in the long term as they resume lives in an uncertain society with confusing, often contradictory guidelines for avoiding infection and preventing the spread of the virus to others. As society reopens, closes, and reopens again, how can resumption of community life be facilitated for people with serious mental illnesses?

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Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Adults with Physical Disabilities from Marginalized Communities

This webinar presented the findings from a recent study on the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults with physical disabilities from marginalized communities in Southeast Michigan, one of the early pandemic epicenters in the United States. Interviews with 16 adults revealed how participants either had to engage in risky behavior to have their needs met or avoid risk and not have those needs met. They contribute to understandings of risk, its impact on physical and psychological health, and the importance of accommodations.

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Resources for Remote Community Participation

A guide with an extensive list of high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech ways to stay connected with family, friends, and one's community, including civic and spiritual engagement, family/parenting, education, recreation, and physical activity.

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