News and Notes 122 July 9

Employment and accommodations for youth with disabilities; ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center releases Rapid Evidence Review Summary and Technical Report; RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health's survey on health needs of adults with I/DD; Disability Visibility Project in partnership with StoryCorps asks people with disabilities to record their life stories; NNJSCIS co-project director's radio interview about advances in SCI rehabilitation; Northwest ADA Center staff interviewed by Seattle Coffee Scene on ADA's impact on coffee business; Capti Narrator wins FCC Chairman's Award; RMRBIS to host 2015 Brain Injury Summit

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For many young people, summer jobs are a rite of passage, whether it's life-guarding at the local pool or serving up frozen treats on the boardwalk. Young people with disabilities may also join the workforce at this time of year, earning spending money before the school year begins or actually transitioning from school to employment. According to the PACER Center, with planning and support, summer work and volunteer experiences can mean successful employment after high school for youth with disabilities. Check out these articles on employment, accommodations, and youth with disabilities from the NIDRR community and other sources, available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

ADA Rapid Evidence Review
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center (H133A110014) released a Rapid Evidence Review Summary and Technical Report, the second part of the National ADA Systematic Review. The rapid evidence review focuses on what evidence exists that the ADA has influenced knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about the employment of people with disabilities. The scoping review, published in 2013, is also available.

News items: 

SCI Research in the News
Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD, co-project director of the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) (H133N110020), was interviewed on Denver's radio station KOA-AM about advances in research and rehabilitation that are improving the outlook for individuals with spinal cord injury. He discussed new technology, rehabilitation, and treatment interventions, and how to participate in research studies.

ADA in Focus on the Seattle Coffee Scene
Staff of the NIDRR-funded Northwest ADA Center (H133A110015) were interviewed by Seattle Coffee Scene for A Conversation with the Northwest ADA Center. The article and podcast focus on how the ADA impacts the coffee business, from shop design to hiring of employees, and offer information and support for new and veteran coffee shop owners on expanding their business to employees and customers with disabilities.

Capti Narrator wins FCC Chairman's Award
Capti Narrator, developed by Charmtech Labs LLC under several NIDRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research grants (H133S120055, H133S120067), received the FCC Chairman's Award for Advancing Accessibility (page 2) in the category of mobile web browsers. The Chairman's Awards recognize outstanding private and public sector ventures in communications technology accessibility and innovation. Capti Narrator allows mobile Web users to listen to news, e-books, and other documents anywhere, at any time, and in multiple languages.

Grantee event: 

Save the Date: 2015 Brain Injury Summit
The NIDRR-funded Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System Center (RMRBIS) (H133A120032) will host the 2015 Brain Injury Summit, January 11th-14th, in Vail, CO. The summit will offer state-of-the-art continuing education for professionals committed to enhancing the lives of children and adults with brain injury and their families. Registration is required and there is a registration fee.


Longitudinal Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (H133B130007) is conducting a survey to understand the health needs of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) as part of its Longitudinal Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Study (LHIDDS) (third item). Adults with I/DD 18 or older in the US, their caregivers, or associated health professionals may participate. The survey will be conducted every two years through 2018. Participants will receive a $5 gift card for each completed survey. Register to enroll in the survey. For additional information, contact Sumithra Murthy at 312/355-1396 or

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Disability Visibility Project
The Disability Visibility Project, a community partnership with StoryCorps, encourages people with disabilities to record their life experiences and help create an historical record in advance of the 25th anniversary of the ADA next year. People with disabilities, their families, and friends can record their histories at permanent StoryCorps booths in San Francisco, Chicago, and Atlanta, or one of the mobile recording stations. These stories will be included in a special collection at StoryCorps and the Library of Congress.