RRTC Newsletter

Nov 2014

Upcoming Webcast

Joey Wallace

RESNA Catalyst Project: Providing Assistive Technology Support and Technical Assistance
By: Joey Wallace, PhD

Date & Time: Nov 13, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

In this webcast, Dr. Wallace will give an overview of the services offered by the RESNA Catalyst Project.  He will define the services and devices of assistive technology and describe the benefits of assistive technology such as independence, community living, and employment.

In addition,  Paul Galonsky, MPA, and Jason Luciano, PhD, both with RESNA, will discuss the options to help individuals live independently through Statewide Assistive Technology Programs. Dr. Luciano will explain alternative financing programs designed to help make assistive devices affordable. Register Online (Registration is free but required.)

Fact Sheet

Q & A on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities: Employment and Multiple Sclerosis

People with MS are a qualified and experienced group of workers. Experts estimate the current rate of labor force participation among Americans with MS to be between 30% and 45%. More than 90% of Americans with MS have employment histories with two thirds working at the time of diagnosis. Half of all people with MS stop working within the first five years of diagnosis. However, some 75% of unemployed people with MS feel that they would like to return to work, and more than 80% believe that they are able to work.

Some studies report that the majority of unemployed people with MS voluntarily leave the workforce, as high as 80% in some studies. In other words, these experienced and productive workers tend to voluntarily leave the labor force, often prematurely, and then regret the decision. This question and answer fact sheet will answer some of the frequently asked questions related to individuals with MS and employment. Read the Fact Sheet

RRTC Employment Research Database

The RRTC Research Database includes journal articles on employment of people with physical disabilities. Each article has been reviewed and summarized by RRTC staff. The summaries are provided in order for you to determine if you would like to review the original research. We invite you to go online and review the articles that have been included. You may search the database by visiting us online. Search the Research Database

If you would like to recommend a research article related to employment of people with physical disabilities, we invite you to submit it for consideration to be included in our research article database. Submit Your Recommendations

Accommodations Corner

Office employees

Job accommodations are modifications to a job or the way a job is performed that enables qualified people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their positions.

Do you have an example of an accommodation that you would like to share on our website? Please submit it to us for consideration.

Examples of Job Accommodations

calendar Webcasts

Nov 13 - RESNA Catalyst Project: Providing Assistive Technology Support and Technical Assistance - Register Online

Archived Webcasts - Did you miss one of our webcasts? Be sure to check out our 2014 Webcast Series.

2015 Series - Our 2015 Webcasts will be announced soon!


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