News and Notes 39 October 24

This issue includes a new active living podcast on arthritis, development of REVR online archive of employment materials, a webinar on Exploring Community Service as a Pathway to Employment, open registration for the Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and Research to Policy Roundtable, Shivayogi V. Hiremath publishes “How Much Physical Activity for Wheel Chair Users?”, webinar discussing medical leave as a reasonable accommodation, and a state of the science conference webcast.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month coverage continues with a look at reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions (AskJAN FAQ). Learn more from these 260+ abstracts from REHABDATA.

Resource Highlight: 

 New Active Living with Arthritis Podcasts
The NIDRR-funded Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (H133B100003) released new episodes in its continuing active living podcast series. The Relationship Between Inflammation, Arthritis, and Nutrition talks about how diet affects inflammation in the body. Bumps in the Road Part 2: Finding the Place for Exercise guides listeners to finding the right place to get fit. The full podcast series is available from the project website.

News items: 

New Tool Measures Physical Activity for Wheelchair Users
NIDRR-funded Switzer Fellow Shivayogi V. Hiremath published How Much Physical Activity Do You Do? (abstract), a research update for his recently completed fellowship Development of a Physical Activity Monitoring System for Manual Wheelchair Users (H133F110032), in the October issue of Paraplegia News. The physical activity monitor consists of two devices: a wheel-rotation data logger/monitor and an accelerometer which work in concert to measure distance traveled and arm movement. Users can log activity with their smartphones, empowering them work toward a healthy lifestyle.

Grantee event: 

Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and Research-to-Policy Roundtable Registration Open
The NIDRR-funded Disability Statistics and Demographics Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (H133B080012) announced open registration for the Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics release and the Second Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable, November 28th at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington DC. The two-part event includes a Compendium release briefing at 9am and the Research-to-Policy Roundtable at 1pm. The release will also be webcast live. Registration is free but required for both the in-person and webcast events. 

Webinar: Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation
The NIDRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Center (H133A070022) presents Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation, October 31st 1pm MST, a detailed discussion of the process of providing medical leave as a reasonable accommodation and how the ADA intersects with the Family Medical Leave Act, short and long term disability benefits, and workers compensation. Registration is required (fee).

State of the Science Conference Webcast TOMORROW
The plenary session of Building Rehabilitation Research Capacity at the Nexus of New Technologies, Aging, and Disability will be webcast beginning at 8:30am PST TOMORROW! This state-of-the-science conference is presented by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Successful Aging with Disability: Optimizing Participation Through Technology (OPTT-RERC) (H133E080024). Registration is free but required


Repository of Employment & Vocational Recovery Resources
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (H133B090018) is developing The Repository of Employment and Vocational Recovery Resources (REVR) as an online archive of employment materials with a specific focus on vocational recovery. It is currently in beta: Visitors are encouraged to provide feedback and suggest resources. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Exploring Community Service as a Pathway to Employment
The Social Security Administration and the Ticket to Work Program offer Exploring Community Service as a Pathway to Employment: A Webinar for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries, October 31st at 3pm EST, part of the Work Incentives Seminar Events series. The webinar will discuss volunteering and community service as a path to employment for Social Security disability beneficiaries. A panel of experts will provide information on ways to make community service a part of a career path. Register online or call 866/968-7842 or 866/833-2967 (TTY/TDD).