News and Notes 92 November 27

Virginia Commonwealth University TBI Model System's TBI Today issue on relationship intimacy following TBI; participants sought for survey on the use of voice telecommunications technology among adults with hearing impairments; National Council on Disability releases annual progress report on federal disability policy; Pathways RTC receives 2012 Best Article Award from the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work; Webinar: Service Animals Under the FHA and the ADA, presented by Northwest ADA National Network Center; Southeast ADA National Network Center to air third episode of the free radio program ADA Live! Accessible Meetings and Events.

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Resource Highlight: 

Improving Relationship Intimacy After TBI
The NIDRR-funded Virginia Commonwealth University Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (H133A120031) released its latest issue of TBI Today. This issue includes Intimacy Isn't Just Emotional - It's Also Physical (PDF), concluding a three-part series on Improving Relationship Intimacy After TBI. The first and second parts (both PDF) focus on emotional intimacy and expressing feelings. An archive of past issues of TBI Today is also available. 

News items: 

Pathways RTC Receives Best Article Award
Authors from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (H133B090019)received the 2012 Best Article award from the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work for their article, Development, Testing, and Use of a Valid and Reliable Assessment Tool for Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Youth Programming Using Culturally Appropriate Methodologies. Kris Gowen, PhD, lead author, accepted the award at a reception held November 1st, 2013 during the 59th Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education in Dallas, TX. 

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Service Animals under the FHA and the ADA
The NIDRR-funded Northwest ADA National Network Center (H133A110015) will present a webinar, Service Animals under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, on December 10th, 1:00-2:30pm EST. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) both cover service animals and assistance animals and define the rights and responsibilities of handlers and property managers. Zoe Ann Olson of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council will discuss service animals regulated under the FHA and Miranda Levy of the Northwest ADA will apply the ADA law to the topic of service animals. Registration is required and $45 per site

ADA Live!: Accessible Meetings and Events
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA National Network Center (H133A110021) will air the third episode of the free monthly national radio program ADA Live!: Accessible Meetings and Events, on December 4th, 1-1:30pm EST. Karen Hamilton of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities will discuss issues that should be part of planning and hosting temporary events, such as conferences and workshops, to make them accessible to all participants. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance. ADA Live! airs the first Wednesday of each month. Schedule and archives are available online


Voice Telecommunications Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telecommunications Access (H133E090001), in partnership with the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University, is conducting a survey to learn about the experiences of adults who are hard of hearing, deaf, or have hearing loss in their use of voice telecommunications technology--including landline phones, mobile phones, captioned phones, Skype, etc. Participants must be 18 or older, have hearing loss, use voice communications regularly, and have online access. To take the survey by phone, contact Linda Kozma-Spytek

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NCD Releases 2013 Progress Report
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released the 2013 Progress Report: Strength in Our Differences, an annual report on federal disability policy. The report is derived from interviews with the diverse segments of the disability community and is organized in four topic areas: Ratification of the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Economic Empowerment, Health Care and Access to Medical Treatment, and Community Integration.