News and Notes 22 June 20

This issue includes a guide to public transportation and private mobility policies for people with psychiatric disabilities, survey for consumers guide, IMPACT features ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, Voices 4 Hope’s website for teens and young adults with mental health challenges, NARRTC presents KT4TTwith Knowledge Translation Award, webinar held on June 26 on creating collabrorative research roadmap, MyVoice translate ASL to English, and a webinar held on June 25 for shelter volunteer caregiving training.

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Last week we attended the annual meeting of the US International Council on Disabilities and learned more about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. More than 100 countries have ratified the CRPD, which establishes basic human rights for people with disabilities around the world. In June of 2009, the US signed the CRPD and on May 17th of this year, the White House sent its treaty package to the US Senate requesting its advice and consent for ratification. Before it can be ratified, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee must hold hearings. So far seven members of the committee have announced their support of the Convention.

Resource Highlight: 

Getting In, Out, and Around
The NIDRR-funded Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (H133B100037) has a new guide to public transportation and private mobility policies, programs, and practices that can assist people with psychiatric disabilities in participating more fully in community life. Getting In, Out, and Around: Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Community Inclusion (PDF) features innovative programs that can be used to revamp public transportation policies, agency initiatives, and the work of mental health counselors and peer specialists.

News items: 

IMPACT Features ODEP Asst Secretary Martinez
The latest issue of IMPACT, from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (H133B110006), features an article by ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez on ODEP's Employment First program. The full issue (PDF) focuses on supporting new career paths for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Transitions RRTC Launches Voices 4 Hope
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (H133B090018) announced the launch of Voices 4 Hope, a new website for teenagers and young adults with mental health challenges to talk with each other and gain access to information that will help them live happily and independently. The new website features education, employment, and research resources along with social features like Gillian's Blog, articles of the week, and recovery stories

NARRTC Presents KT4TT with Knowledge Translation Award
Congratulations to the NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (H133A080050) on receiving the NARRTC award for their knowledge translation activities in April! The award was presented to Jennifer L. Flagg, Joseph P. Lane, and Michelle M. Lockett for their work on a “Scoping Review & Synthesis of Cross-Sector Literature: Evidence to Support the Need to Knowledge Model.” More information on this research is available on the Center on KT4TT’s website.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Creating a Collaborative Research Roadmap
The Interagency Committee on Disability Research Assistive Technology/Technology Forum presents a meeting and webinar focusing on cloud computing and assistive technology (press release) on June 26 from 8 to 3 EST. The meeting features several panels and two group discussions. Speakers include NIDRR grantees Peter Blanck (H133A110021) and Gregg Vanderheiden (H133E080022). The webinar is free. Participants may join online or by phone at 888/296-6500 and enter code 745046#. 

Webinar: Shelter Volunteer Caregiving Training
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance Services (H133B080022) presents a free, one-hour webinar June 25 at 2pm EST. Jeanne Abadie of the Advocacy Center discusses a project to recruit and train emergency shelter staff about the personal assistance needs of people with disabilities. Join the webinar online or by phone at 800/625-5918, enter passcode 7023043. This webinar is part of a series which is archived on the PAS website


Input Needed on Consumer Guide
The NIDRR-funded Temple University Collaborative mentioned above is considering a workbook or guidebook that would systematically help consumers or groups of consumers in community mental health programs, psychiatric rehab services, or consumer-run settings to consider and plan for competitive employment. Fill out this brief (3 minute) survey and give them some input!

Elsewhere in the Community: 

MyVoice Translates ASL to English
Students at the University of Houston designed a device called MyVoice, which uses a video camera to capture a person’s sign language movements. It also contains a small video monitor, a microphone and a speaker. Software processes the images and determines what was said, and then translates the word or phrase into speech, which is transmitted through an electronic voice. Check out this GizMag article about it!