News and Notes 237 October 26
NARIC's Spotlight blog shares research and resources from he NIDILRR community and elsewhere about workplace bullying in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month; NIDILRR continues to host listening sessions, Oct 28th and Nov 1st, to help inform future funding priorities; Research in Focus looks at speech-language therapy to address cognitive issues after burn injury; ThinkWork posts Organizational Transformation: From Workshops to Community Employment, the latest video in its 44 Webinar series; RTC:Rural publishes results from recent study of self-employment outcomes in vocational rehabilitation, part of its Rural Self-Employment Opportunities project; two members of Wireless RERC were featured in Faces of Inclusive Excellence, a video from Georgia Tech; Pathways RTC hosts a webinar, Promoting Positive Futures: Evidence-Based Practices in Juvenile Justice and Behavioral Health; The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) releases the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit, featuring resources to help in creating a more disability inclusive and compliant workplace.
As National Disability Employment Awareness Month continues, we want to bring attention to a serious barrier to inclusion: Workplace bullying. We may think of bullying as a playground issue, but it happens in the workplace, too. Workplace bullying is repeated mistreatment by co-workers or supervisors, and it is a form of abusive conduct. For employees with disabilities, bullying can include purposeful exclusion from at-work and post-work activities, retribution for requesting accommodations, and being "outed" or forced to reveal or discuss their disability. We shared research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to understand and address workplace bullying in our Spotlight blog.
Research In Focus:
For People with Severe Burn Injuries, Cognitive and Communication Problems May Be Common
This week's Research In Focus looks at cognitive issues after burn injury and how speech-language therapy can help people with severe burns in their recovery.
Organizational Transformation – From Workshops to Community Employment
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork) (90RT5028) recently posted a video, Organizational Transformation: From Workshops to Community Employment, the latest in the 44 Webinar series. Provider agencies across the country are transitioning from segregated “sheltered” workshops to integrated community employment options for people with disabilities. This process of organizational transformation can be both exciting and challenging for provider staff and the people they serve. The video covers findings from a panel of experts who examined six characteristics considered essential for provider transformation, as well as one organization's experience in making this transition.
Next Strategic Planning Listening Sessions Oct 28th and Nov 1st
NIDILRR continues to host listening sessions across the country to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction. The next live sessions will be held October 28th in San Francisco, CA, and November 1st in Chicago, IL. Sessions are scheduled from 10am-1pm local time. The public may attend in person or by phone and registration is required. Comments may also be submitted by email to NIDILRRFuture@acl.hhs.gov. More information about this and future sessions is available online.
Study Highlights Self-Employment in Rural Communities
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) (90RT5025) has published results from a recent study of self-employment outcomes in vocational rehabilitation (VR). The study showed that self-employment is a viable option for people with disabilities, especially those living in rural communities. Self-employment provides economic independence while overcoming employment barriers, such as limited transportation, need for flexible schedules, and lack of job choice and opportunity. This study is part of the RTC:Rural's Rural Self-Employment Opportunities project.
Wireless RERC Researchers Featured by Georgia Tech
Two members of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5007) were featured in Faces of Inclusive Excellence, a new video from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Principal Investigator Helena Mitchell, PhD, and researcher Young Mi Choi, PhD, were recognized for their efforts to foster inclusiveness at Georgia Tech and beyond, both through their research and by building and supporting diverse research teams.
Webinar: Promoting Positive Futures - Evidence-Based Practices in Juvenile Justice and Behavioral Health
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Promoting Positive Futures: Evidence-Based Practices in Juvenile Justice and Behavioral Health, November 1st, 1-2pm ET. This webinar will share evidence-based approaches to supporting young people with mental health difficulties, including co-occurring substance use disorders, who are involved in the juvenile justice system. Presenters will examine evidence-based strategies grounded in positive youth development and feature the national Reclaiming Futures Initiative that promotes a public health framework to achieve social justice- and equity-oriented outcomes for youth. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
JAN Releases the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently released the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit. This suite of tools features resources for employers, recruiters, consultants, and employees with disabilities and their co-workers to help in creating a more disability inclusive and compliant workplace. The suite includes sample accommodation policies and practices and forms for each stage of the interactive process. The toolkit also includes three training presentations with embedded role play videos illustrating best practices for managers and supervisors for handling disability disclosures and requests for reasonable accommodations. JAN will host a Twitter chat on the toolkit (#JANToolkit) October 31st, 1-2pm ET.