News and Notes 84 September 18

In observation of Hispanic Heritage Month, studies on access to and utilization of services for people with disabilities in different ethnic groups are highlighted; ADA Quick Tips factsheet on service to customers with disabilities; participants with SCI sought for input on factsheets on bladder and bowel health, driving, and knowledge of SCI; community-edited accessible playgrounds database debuted on NPR website; Stats RRTC's September Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE); self-management support intervention to study barries to health access for rural Americans; webinar on creating accessible PDF documents; webinar: ADA and territorial laws and policies in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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September 15th marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Approximately 18% of Hispanic Americans report having a disability, according to the Census Bureau's Americans with Disabilities: 2010 (PDF). While those rates are about the same as other demographics, there may be disparities in access to and utilization of services and treatments, as seen in these studies available from the NARIC collection. We recommend these guides on offering culturally competent rehabilitation services across different ethnic groups provided by the NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) (H133A100021). 

Resource Highlight: 

ADA Quick Tips on Customer Service
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110004) and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center released ADA Quick Tips - Customer Service. ADA Quick Tips factsheet on Customer Service includes helpful tips on serving customers with disabilities and disability etiquette. The factsheet is available in HTML and printer-friendly PDF format. 

News items: 

Results of August Employment Data for People with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) (H133B130015) released its September Trends in Disability Employment - National Monthly Update (TIDE). This month's TIDE explores employment trends during August and compares them to last year's data on people with disabilities in the workforce. An archive of TIDE reports is available from the Stats RRTC website. 

Self-Management Support Provides Promise for People Living with Disabilities in Rural Communities
Researchers at the NIDRR-funded Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (H133B080023) tested a self-management support intervention (PDF) to study health behavior change and the barriers to health access for rural Americans. Researchers report self-advocacy (PDF), Personal Community Resource Mapping (PDF), and one-on-one delivery (PDF) as useful health intervention strategies to meet health management needs of people with disabilities living in rural communities. Future research will focus on the community environment and the impact on long term health outcomes of community members. 

Grantee event: 

Accessible Tech Webinar Series: Creating Accessible PDFs
The NIDRR-funded Pacific ADA Center (H133A110024) presents, Advanced Accessible PDFs - Part 1. Building Accessibility into Source Documents TOMORROW at 2:00pm-3:30pm EDT. Judith Stark, Accessible Information Technology consultant for Pacific ADA Center will demonstrate how to prepare source documents, such as Word and Excel, so that the requirements for an accessible PDF are built in. Registration is free with a deadline of 2:00pm TODAY .

Webinar: ADA and Territorial Laws and Policies in USVI and PR
The NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA National Network Regional Center (H133A110020) will host the webinar Intersections and Crossroads: ADA and territorial laws and policies in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, September 26, 1pm-1:45pm EDT. Yessica Guardiola-Marrero, JD and Hannah Rudstam, PhD of the Employment and Disability Institute will provide an overview of ADA, answer how ADA applies to US territories, explain how territorial disability laws works in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and more. Registration is free but required


SCI Factsheet Testing
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (H133A110004) is seeking feedback on several existing factsheets on spinal cord injury (SCI). Individuals with SCI and their families will be interviewed for input on factsheets on bladder and bowel health, driving, and knowledge of SCI. Participants will be compensated $25 for their time. For more information or to volunteer, contact Mahlet Megra at 202/403-5531 or

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Accessible Playgrounds DatabaseNPR has debuted a community-edited accessible playgrounds database on its website. An accompanying article, For Kids with Special Needs, More Places to Play, discussed the effects of new federal requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act for equipment, materials, and designs to provide play opportunities for all children. The database is searchable by address, city, state, or zip code, or the map function can be used to find accessible parks nearby. Anyone may add or edit information on local parks and their accessibility.