News and Notes 121 July 2

Accessible event planning, SoCal SCI Model System newsletter, the ADA StoryTeller project, accessing social media, presentations from the State of the Science Conference on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired, ADA@24 celebration featuring artists and poets, nTIDE wins diversity communications award, cancer and employment issues.

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Happy July! This week we'll celebrate our Independence Day with parades, concerts, backyard barbecues, and fireworks. An inclusive, accessible event ensures everyone can enjoy the festivities, regardless of their abilities. Check out this upcoming webinar from the NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110020) on planning accessible events. We hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July celebration!

Resource Highlight: 

SCI on Rancho Spring NewsletterThe NIDRR-funded Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (SCIMS) (H133N110018) released its latest newsletter, SCI on Rancho (PDF). This Spring issue features articles on shoulder pain after SCI; exercise, including a shoulder exercise guide; community resources; wellness programs; and local events. This issue is available in English and Spanish.

News items: 

RRTC Releases State of the Science Conference Presentations The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (H133B100022) released presentations from its 2014 State of the Science Conference on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Topics included transportation, employment mentoring, vocational rehabilitation agency-employer interactions, accessibility of office equipment, SSDI beneficiaries, and best practices for the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program.

nTIDE Recognized for Excellence in Diversity Communications The National Trends in Disability Employment--Update (nTIDE), published monthly by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005), received the Pyramid Award from the New Jersey chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The award recognizes excellence in multicultural/diversity communications. The nTIDE report tracks trends in employment data for people with disabilities.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Cancer and Employment Issues The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (H133A100026) will host a webinar, Cancer and Employment Issues, July 23rd, 3-4pm ET. The training will help managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals learn about cancer-related workplace issues, employment laws, and how best to help employees with cancer and their colleagues maintain a productive, supportive workplace environment. Registration is free but required.

New England ADA Center Celebrates ADA with Artists and Poets The NIDRR-funded New England ADA Center (H133A110028) will celebrate the 24th anniversary of the ADA with an event showcasing artistic expression, July 23rd, 6:30-8pm ET, at the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston, MA. Featured artists with disabilities will display their work through visual arts and spoken poetry. Project Director Oce Harrison, EdD, discussed the upcoming celebration on the Mission Possible podcast from the Talking Information Network. RSVP for the showcase by phone at 617/695-0085 or


ADA StoryTellersThe NIDRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (H133A110027) is collecting stories for the ADA StoryTeller project, highlighting people who have been successful at removing barriers to employment, education, transportation, and housing, including the right to live at home in one's own community. People with disabilities, families experiencing disability, and businesses that employ people with disabilities are encouraged to submit success stories via the ADA StoryTeller online form or by calling 713/520-0232 to schedule an interview with Center staff.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Accessing Social Media The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Accessibility and Innovation Initiative will host Accessing Social Media, July 17th, 9am-4pm ET, live and via webcast. The purpose of the event is to facilitate a collaborative, cross-sector exchange of information about making social medial tools and content accessible to people with disabilities, including information about authoring tools, client apps, and best practices. To register for the live event at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC, which will include technology demonstrations, email To watch the webcast, visit at the start of the program and follow #AccSocMedia on social media.