The following are notable agency events and updates our Executive Committee membership wish to share with the ICDR community.
ODEP: Creating Inclusive Higher Education Work Environments for People with Mental Health Disabilities - Webinar (September 14, 2017)
In higher education, as in all industries, workplace policies and practices that support employment success for people with mental health conditions are also sound management practices that benefit all workers and employers. Many of the same supports that help people with mental health disabilities thrive at work-such as employee assistance programs (EAPs), health coverage, flexible work arrangements and reasonable accommodations-are common sense strategies that help employees in a college or university environment succeed.
In coordination with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is hosting a free webinar about effective approaches for ensuring that employees with mental health conditions can succeed on the job. Webinar participants will also learn about the importance of adopting an inclusive workplace culture that supports employee mental health and well being. While this webinar is geared toward the higher education environment, much of the information that will be shared is applicable to employers in any industry. Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited.
National Science Foundation: STEM Education, Learning Disabilities, and the Science of Dyslexia (September 26 - 27, 2017)
In February 2016, the READ Act (Research, Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act) was enacted to facilitate research on Dyslexia, especially in areas of early identification, professional development, curricula and educational tools, and implementation and scaling of interventions. To stimulate collaborations among researchers (including early career researchers) and generate innovative ideas, Instructional Research Group will host a conference with support from NSF for research, especially those connected with science, engineering, mathematics, or technology.
The conference features keynote speakers, research presentations, elite poster sessions, and panel sessions that will focus on the following topics:
Early identification of children and students with learning disabilities in reading and/or math.
Advances in cognitive science and neuropsychology related to dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Curricula development and evidence-based educational tools for children with dyslexia.
NIDILRR: Call for Proposals for the 4th Federal Interagency Conference on Brain Injury (June 11 - 13, 2018)
The Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury brings together clinicians, researchers, consumers, and policymakers to share cutting-edge advances in TBI research and clinical care. This event will provide an opportunity to learn about the seminal advances in TBI research and clinical care that have served to advance the field and to change service, practice and policy.
Criteria: Clinicians, researchers, and consumers are all invited to participate in this conference. The intent of the conference is to provide an opportunity to learn about the seminal advances in TBI research and clinical care that have served to advance the field and to change service, practice and policy since the last Interagency Conference. The Program Committee invites proposals for 75 minute symposia, to be submitted. Symposia proposals that are multi-institutional and/or multi-agency are encouraged.
Authors are encouraged to formulate the proposal to address at least one of the following life stages and at least one of the following themes.
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