News and Notes 124 July 23

ADA Legacy Tour; Transitions RTC self-advocacy tip sheet, How to Speak Up and Be Heard; Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities project seeks survey participants; MIT Media Lab developing FingerReader device for individuals with print and visual disabilities; Rocky Mountain ADA Center featured in two recent news stories; Healthy Aging RRTC featured in news story on Seattle's KOW public radio station; save-the-date announcement from KTDRR regarding its annual Online Knowledge Translation Conference October 27th-31st; Great Lakes and Pacific ADA centers host July 24th webinar, High Quality Apps for Accessibility.

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This Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Legacy Tour will kick off this week at the Houston Abilities Expo. The ADA Legacy Tour features the ADA Bus, a four-panel display on the history of self-advocacy, displays on the preservation of disability history, celebrations of disability history milestones, efforts to educate future generations of disability advocates, and more. The ADA Legacy Tour is co-produced by the NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014), in collaboration with The ADA Legacy Project, the Disability Rights Center, and the Museum of disABILITY History. From Houston, it will travel across the US, arriving in DC in July 2015 for the 25th anniversary.

Resource Highlight: 

How to Speak Up and Be Heard - Self-Advocacy
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (H133B090018) has released How to Speak Up and Be Heard: Self-Advocacy (PDF), part of the Living Skills tip sheet series. Developed with the Northeast Massachusetts' Community of Practice, the tip sheet provides guidance to young adults on how to self-advocate in many settings and relationships.

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Rocky Mountain ADA Center in the News
The NIDRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Center (H133A110018) was featured in two recent news stories. Project Director Rachael Stafford was interviewed on Our Town on Colorado Springs' KVOR-AM, where she introduced the ADA National Network and covered the products and technical assistance services provided by the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. The work of the Center was also highlighted in Two local groups lead progress in accessibility in the Colorado Springs Business Journal. The article discusses some of the requirements of Title II, covering state and local government, and efforts of the Colorado Springs community to address accessibility issues.

KUOW Public Radio Highlights Wellness Research
The work of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (Healthy Aging RRTC) (H133B130018) was featured in Aging with grace for boomers with disabilities on Seattle's KUOW public radio station. The story highlights Adapting Project Enhance, which is modifying a health and wellness program to improve quality of life for individuals aging with physical disabilities, and follows one participant as he plans his path to better health.

Save the Date: Online KT Conference
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) will hold its annual Online Knowledge Translation Conference from October 27th-31st. This year's conference will focus on how NIDRR grantees can use a variety of outreach strategies to get their message out to the wider public and increase the use of knowledge generated through NIDRR-funded research. Presentations and resources from the 2013 conference are available.

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Webinar: High Quality Apps for Accessibility TOMORROW
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes (H133A110029) and Pacific ADA Centers (H133A110024) will host a webinar, High Quality Apps for Accessibility, July 24th, 2-3:30pm ET. Jonathan Campbell of the PACER Center will share some of the best apps for reading, writing, communication, and more. This session is part of the Accessible Technology Webinar series. Registration is free but required.


Health Disparities Survey
The NIDRR-funded project on Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities (H133A100031) is seeking adults with disabilities to answer a brief health survey. Responses to the survey will help identify why access to health care and health outcomes vary among people with different types of disabilities. The survey will close July 25th.

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FingerReader, being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, is a device for individuals with print and visual disabilities that reads text in real time. The ring-like device fits over a finger and is equipped with a small camera that scans text. Special software tracks finger movement, identifies words, and reads them with a synthesized voice. It will also alert users when they stray from the page.