News and Notes 167 June 3
NARIC staff attends annual Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) training conference; NERSCIC publishes the free-of-charge New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit; EPM-RRTC posts webcast, Disability and Employment Research: Research, Policy, and Practice, originally recorded in April; research from Pathways RTC has been published in special issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, with full text manuscripts available from the Pathways RTC website; RRTCDD to host conference, Promoting Health and Safety for Workers with Disabilities: Realizing the Promise of the ADA; Wireless RERC launches 2015 Survey of User Needs (SUN), open to all users and focusing primarily on cellphones, but also including questions about iPads, Android and Fire tablets, and Microsoft Surface; 2015 White House Conference on Aging, taking place July 13th in Washington, DC, is held to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans, including those with disabilities.
We spent last week at the annual Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) training conference, where we had the chance to meet with the incredible people who run area agencies on aging, the aging and disability resource centers, local 2-1-1 information and referral, and several topic-specific resource centers. These centers provide critical support for people with and without disabilities, connecting them to local resources and services so they may remain active in their communities. Like NARIC, most of these centers are a toll-free call, email, or chat away and are ready to help. We are very proud to be a contributing member of this community!
New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit
The NIDILRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC) (H133N110002) has published the New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit. The Toolkit presents SCI-specific resources and clinical expertise for facilities, organizations, and care providers throughout the New England area, especially those facilities that may not be familiar with treating individuals with SCI. Topic sections provide information on treatment standards and recommended resources for patient/family/caregiver education, autonomic dysreflexia, skin care, bladder and bowel management, sexual health and fertility, and spasticity. The guide is provided to individuals and their families leaving treatment facilities and is available to download free of charge.
Disability and Employment Webcast Now Available
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (H133B100030) has posted a webcast, Disability and Employment: Research, Policy, and Practice, originally recorded in April. The webcast highlighted the work of two current RRTC projects: The economic returns to education of people with early-onset disabilities and the National Employment Survey on the Status of Americans with Disabilities in partnership with the Kessler Foundation.
Pathways RTC Research in Special Issue of JBHSR
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (H133B140039) has been published in a special issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research (JBHSR). Pathways RTC staff served as guest editors for the issue which highlights new research about interventions and programs that are successful in improving outcomes for emerging adults who experience serious mental health conditions. Full text manuscripts are available from the Pathways RTC website free of charge.
Promoting Health and Safety for Workers with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) (H133B130007) will host a conference, Promoting Health and Safety for Workers with Disabilities: Realizing the Promise of the ADA, June 9th and 10th, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Speakers will discuss recent legislative changes to recruit, hire, promote, and retain employees with disabilities, chronic conditions, work injuries, and age-related changes that impact work capacity. Speakers will also discuss how employers in various industries have created safe work environments to support workers with disabilities, and successful programs and policies to promote worker health and safety. Registration is required and there is a registration fee.
2015 Wireless RERC Survey of User Needs
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) has launched the 2015 Survey of User Needs (SUN). The purpose of the SUN is to learn how people of all ages and abilities use wireless technology. The survey is open to all users and focuses primarily on cellphones, but includes questions about other devices such as iPads, Android and Fire tablets, and Microsoft Surface. The survey is available online. To request a phone or paper survey, contact John Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404/367-1348.
White House Conference on Aging
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging will take place July 13th in Washington, DC. The Conference on Aging is held to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans. This year's conference will focus on issues of retirement security, healthy aging including chronic conditions, long-term services and supports for older adults and individuals with disabilities, and elder justice. These themes were selected with input from multiple community forums across the US. The public is invited to watch the full-day conference via live stream and submit comments and questions using Twitter by following @WHAging and tagging posts with #WHCOA.