News and Notes 69 June 5

Choosing a summer camp for a learning disabled (LD) child and visiting wheelchair accessible national parks; intimacy issues facing individuals with mental health conditions; To Walk or Roll: The Controversy Over Walking and Research; 2012 National Employment Conference Post-Webinar Series; article describes the role of Project SEARCH in helping youth with ASD gain competitive employment; NPR Labs' Captioned Braille Radio Initiative highlighted on WAMC; webinar discussing pathways to positive futures for youth with serious mental health conditions; webcast and live chat featuring new advances in research for recovey after SCI.

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It's that time of the year! With schools letting out over the next few weeks, families are considering their summer vacation options. shares their "Tips for Choosing a Summer Camp for Your LD Child." The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability offers advice and a directory for summer camp options. DisabledTravelers blogs about visiting (wheelchair accessible) national parks and shares some helpful tips for families hitting the road to see our national treasures. 

Resource Highlight: 

Addressing the Intimacy Interests of People with Mental Health Conditions
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B100028) released Addressing the Intimacy Interests of People with Mental Health Conditions: Acknowledging Consumer Desires, Provider Discomforts, and System Denial (PDF). The monograph reviews current mental health research on the issues raised by individuals with mental health conditions with regard to the barriers they face in developing satisfactory intimate lives, and the uneasiness of most community mental health practitioners in discussing intimacy and sexuality with the people they serve. 

To Walk or Roll: The Controversy Over Walking and Research
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) System Center (H133N110009) recently added To Walk or Roll: The Controversy Over Walking and Research to their SCI Forum Video archive. The presentation by Michael Boninger, MD, director of the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, addresses SCI researchers’ focus on walking and the lack of emphasis on other issues that impact daily living. The presentation is also available on YouTube

News items: 

New Article Highlights Project SEARCH
The NIDRR-funded Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (VCU ASC Career Links) (H133A080027) published Project SEARCH for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Increasing Competitive Employment on Transition from High School (PDF) in the July issue of the Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions. The article provides a description of how Project SEARCH was used to help youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) gain competitive employment, including additional supports provided to increase successful employment on graduation from high school. 

NPR Labs Featured on Northeast Public Radio (WAMC)
The work of the recently-completed NIDRR-funded Captioned Braille Radio Initiative (H133G090139) at NPR Labs was highlighted in Breaking the Sound Barrier: NPR Labs Brings Radio to Hearing Impaired on WAMC. The story highlights the latest efforts of Breaking the Sound Barrier, a partnership of NPR Labs and Towson University, to develop and promote radio services for the Deaf and deaf-blind. 

Grantee event: 

Webinar: This Place Helps You Figure Out Who You Want to Be
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Supporting Successful Transition for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (H133B090019) will host a webinar, This Place Helps You Figure Out Who You Want to Be: A PhotoVoice Experience with Urban Native Youth, June 12th, 1pm-2pm EDT. The webinar will feature findings from a PhotoVoice project in which Urban Native Youth documented their cultural experiences while participating in the program. The webinar will also address the process of implementing PhotoVoice, research findings, and how youth will use these findings to engage in youth advocacy efforts. Registration is free but required

Webcast and Live Chat: New Advances in Research for Recovery After SCI
The NIDRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (H133N120002) and the NIDRR-funded Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System Center (H133N110010) will host a webcast, New Advances in Research for Recovery After SCI, June 13th, 6:30pm-8pm EDT. The webcast will feature a panel discussion on how the corticospinal nerve injury contributes to SCI disabilities, and how it might be repaired; new treatment options based on biomaterials that will be available for SCI patients in the near future; and the current state of drug development to treat SCI. Registration is free but required. Participants may also register by calling 866/607-1804. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

2012 National Employment Conference Post-Webinar Series
Last year's 2012 National Employment Conference: The New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent brought together more than 350 participants to discuss current issues facing the vocational rehabilitation community. These discussions continue in a regular technical assistance webinar series from the Rehabilitation Services Administration. The next in the series, Next Steps to Build a Working Partners Program, airs June 6th at 1pm. It includes a review of the Working Partners Program and the components of a private-public partnership. No registration is required for these webinars.