News and Notes 120 June 25

ADA 24th anniversary, and publications about the ADA available from NARIC; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with SCI releases archived webcast on ambulation and secondary complications after SCI; NIDRR-funded RTC: Rural conducting survey to aid development of health information app; Institute of Medicine releases report on hearing loss and healthy aging; NIDRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center announces Community Partners Network (CPN); NIDRR-funded UAB-SCIMS publishes Q&A section on a cure for paralysis in its Pushin' On newsletter; NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center offers ADA Anniversary Tool Kit; NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA Center hosting webinar: 24 Years of the ADA.

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What's New at NARIC
We are a month away from the 24th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! Throughout July, you'll see events and commemorations across the country, particularly from the NIDRR-funded ADA National Network Centers (like the webinar and tool kit below). Check out publications about the ADA from the NIDRR community and other sources published in the last 5 years, all available through our document delivery service.

Resource Highlight: 

Ambulation and Secondary Complications After SCI
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090005) at the Medical University of South Carolina has released an archived webcast, Ambulation and Secondary Complications After Spinal Cord Injury (PDF), originally broadcast in May. Lee Saunders, PhD, discussed the relationship between prescription medication use and ability to ambulate distances after SCI, secondary complications related to assistive walking devices, and the relationship of assistive walking devices and fall-related injuries. Registration is free but required to view the archived session.

News items: 

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Announces Community Network Initiative
The NIDRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (H133A110017) recently announced the Community Partners Network (CPN), a new initiative bringing together individuals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia who provide information on the ADA as part of their jobs or advocacy efforts. CPN members partner with the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center to disseminate information on the ADA through community outreach events, social media, and other ADA-related activities. For more information on joining the CPN, contact the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center at 301/217-0124 or email

Pushin' On Tackles Research to Cure Paralysis
The NIDRR-funded University of Alabama at Birmingham Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center (UAB-SCIMS)  (H133N110008) released the latest issue of its newsletter Pushin' On (PDF). Candace Floyd, PhD, director of research at the UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, answered readers' questions submitted through email and social media on the latest research toward a cure for paralysis.

ADA Anniversary Tool Kit Now Available
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) has released the latest version of its ADA Anniversary Tool Kit. Updated for the 24th anniversary, the Tool Kit includes a sample proclamation, background and history of the ADA, statistics, case law updates, social media tips, and much more. The entire Tool Kit may be used free of charge and customized for multiple channels and audiences.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: 24 Years of the ADA - Progress, Pitfalls, and Possibilities
The NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110028) will host a webinar, 24 Years of the ADA: Progress, Pitfalls, and Possibilities, July 9th, 2-3 pm ET. Presenters will discuss areas of progress made over the 24 years since the passing of the ADA, areas where work is still needed, and the possibilities brought by new policies and legislative changes. Focus will be on several life spheres for people with disabilities, including economic life, employment, physical and program access, education, and health and safety. Registration is free but required.


Health Information App Development Survey
The NIDRR-funded Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (H133B130028) is conducting a survey for its project, Ecological Decision Support for Health Promotion. Participants will review health information delivered in various media formats and then complete a survey to provide feedback. Participants must be English-speaking individuals over age 18 who have a physical limitation or mobility impairment, regular access to a computer, and extensive Internet experience. The first 40 people to complete the survey will receive a $10 stipend. For further information, please contact Tannis Hargrove at or 406/243-5719.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

IOM Report on Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies has released a free report, Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging -- Workshop Summary. The report summarizes a workshop, held in January, that examined the ways in which age-related hearing loss affects healthy aging and how public and private stakeholders can work together to address hearing loss in older adults as a public health issue.