News and Notes 65 May 8

NARIC Calendar of Events; exercise videos for people with psychiatric disabilities; ADA National Network Disability Law Handbook; conference at Boston University on skills needed to navigate the changing healthcare environment; Relationships after TBI video wins award; study demonstrates inexpensive method for establishing a standard baseline of accessibility; May employment data showing positive trends for people with disabilities; webinar presents national data on Olmstead-related litigation. 

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May is packed with national observances, from Allergy and Asthma Awareness to Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention (we list these and more in our Calendar of Events). The sponsoring agencies and organizations should all have related websites with media kits and schedules of events and happenings in your neighborhood. If your organization chooses to join in, give us a call at 800/346-2742 or chat with us and let us know if we can help in any way!  

Resource Highlight: 

Exercise Videos for People with Psychiatric Disabilities
The NIDRR/CMHS-funded Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions (H133B100028) released a set of exercise videos designed to help people with psychiatric disabilities increase their physical activity. Together with occupational therapy student instructors, mental health consumers demonstrate a series of user-friendly exercises, including dance, yoga, core work, and kickboxing. These videos were developed as part of the NEW-R weight management and well-being curriculum (leader and participant manuals [PDF] may be downloaded free of charge). 

ADA National Network Disability Law Handbook
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014), including the 10 ADA Regional Centers and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center, has released The ADA National Network Disability Law Handbook. The handbook, created by Jacquie Brennan of the Southwest ADA Center (H133A110027), is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability law. The handbook is also available in a printer-friendly PDF version. 

News items: 

Relationships After TBI Video Wins Telly Award
Relationships After Traumatic Brain Injury, a video produced by the NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) in collaboration with the Virginia Commonwealth Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center, was awarded a Bronze Telly Award for outstanding achievement in the category of Internet Online Video: Education. The 12-minute video shows the impact of traumatic brain injury on a couple’s relationship and how the couple worked through various issues to improve their relationship. The video was produced as part of the MSKTC's Hot Topics module series. 

Study Demonstrates Inexpensive Method for Establishing a Standard Baseline of Accessibility
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: RURAL) (H133B080023) recently published Developing methods for grading the accessibility of a communality’s infrastructure (abstract) in the Journal of Urban Planning and Development. The RTC: RURAL developed and piloted an assessment for estimating a community’s accessibility, observing randomly-selected businesses in rural and city settings. These businesses were scored across nine access categories, with urban settings scoring better for wheelchair access criteria. The article discusses the feasibility of expanding this approach to include other elements of community accessibility to develop report cards at the local and state levels. 

May Employment Data Continue to Show Positive Trends for People with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (H133B080012) released its monthly Trends in Disability Employment - National Update (TIDE Update) on May 3rd. The monthly analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed that, for the second consecutive month, the latest statistics indicate a positive employment picture for people with disabilities. The next TIDE Update will be issued June 7th. 

Grantee event: 

Webinar: National Data on Olmstead-Related Litigation
The NIDRR-funded National Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services (PAS Center) (H133B080002) hosts a webinar on National Data on Olmstead-Related Litigation, May 15th at 2pm EDT. In the webinar, Terrence Ng, JD, presents a recent PAS Center study examining trends in Olmstead and related cases against states between 1999 and 2011. No registration is required for this free webinar. The audio of the conference can also be accessed by phone at 800/625-5918, passcode 7023043. This webinar will be available in the PAS Center archives

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Face into the Storm
Boston University's Health and Disability Research Institute and the American Physical Therapy Association are co-sponsoring Face into the Storm: Gaining the System Skills Needed to Succeed in the Changing Healthcare Environment, June 7th at Boston University. The one-day conference/webcast is aimed at clinicians involved with quality improvement efforts in physical therapy practice. This innovative conference is based on Alan M. Jette’s McMillan Lecture challenging professionals to "Face into the Storm" and gain the skills needed to examine clinical data to determine what works, for which conditions, and for which patients in order to improve clinical practice and meet reimbursement requirements. The content is relevant to clinicians, faculty, and students. Registration closes May 17th.