News and Notes 209 April 13
Webinars on inclusive programs in school libraries and public and academic libraries from Project ENABLE in observance of National Library Week; NIDILRR 2016 Grants Forecast updated; Research in Focus looks at interventions for families caring for older adults and adults with I/DD; Transitions RTC releases resources on Social Anxiety on Voices4Hope website; NIDILRR researcher to deliver Wally Peters Honorary Keynote Lecture at 3rd Annual Canadian Burn Symposium in October; special issue of the journal Inclusion highlights ADA at 25, including research from NIDILRR-funded projects; RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health to present webinar, Falls Among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD); Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) launch TalentWorks, a free tool for employers and human resources professionals to ensure their online job applications are acessible to job seekers with disabilities.
It's National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association! Libraries are vital to the disability and rehabilitation community, from supporting researchers to serving patrons with disabilities. At the University of Kansas, researchers integrate librarians into their project teams. Library services at public libraries connect patrons with disabilities to large print materials, audiobooks, and the assistive technology they may need to access books, periodicals, and more. Job seekers with disabilities may rely on libraries for computer and Internet access as they search for and apply for jobs online. In some communities, libraries have brought in social services to assist patrons in accessing benefits and services to help them live independently. Librarians may want to check out these two webinars on providing inclusive programs in K-12 school libraries and in public and academic libraries from Project ENABLE.
Research In Focus:
What Can the Fields of Aging and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Learn from Each Other to Support Family Caregivers?
This week's Research In Focus looks at the diversity in interventions to support families caring for older adults and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (90RT5031) released a collection of resources on Social Anxiety. The collection includes facts and statistics about social anxiety, recovery stories from people living with social anxiety, and resources for help and support. This page is part of Voices4Hope, a website created by a group of young adults with mental health challenges who work in the Transitions RTC to engage other young people and share information, research, and support with their peers across the country. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
NIDILRR continues to post its FY 2016 grant opportunities in the HHS Grants Forecast Database with the most recent updates posted April 13th at https://forecast.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.
NIDILRR Researcher to Deliver Wally Peters Honorary Keynote Lecture
Nicole Gibran, MD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (90DP0021/H133A120024), will deliver the Wally Peters Honorary Keynote Lecture at the 3rd Annual Canadian Burn Symposium in October. The Wally Peters Lecture recognizes leaders in burn injury care and research. The 2016 conference will focus on challenges in resuscitation, surgery, nutrition, post-discharge life, therapy, and nursing/wound care.
Special Issue of Inclusion Highlights ADA at 25
The March special issue of the journal Inclusion focuses on the ADA at 25, including research from the NIDILRR-funded ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium (H133A120008), the Southeast ADA Center (90DP0019/H133A110021), and the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Understanding and Increasing Supported Decision-Making’s Positive Impact on Community Living and Participation Outcomes (90DP0076). This issue features articles on the ADA at 25, inclusion and participation in research by people with cognitive and developmental disabilities, and the future of access and equality for Americans with disabilities. Abstracts are available free of charge.
Webinar: Falls Among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) (90RT5020/H133B130007) will present a webinar, Falls Among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), April 21st, 3-4pm ET. The webinar will offer an overview of fall-related studies in adults with I/DD, as well as findings from the center's Longitudinal Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Study (LHIDDS) on the prevalence of falls and the associated factors for falls in adults with I/DD. Registration is free and required.
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently launched TalentWorks, a free tool that employers and human resources professionals can use to ensure their online job applications and other recruitment tools are accessible for job seekers with disabilities. TalentWorks' library of resources builds on ideas and solutions gathered from employers, advocacy organizations, job applicants, and technology providers, offering a continuously evolving online guide with the aim of helping employers improve the accessibility of the technology they use throughout the entire employment lifecycle.