Did you make a resolution as the calendar turned over to Jan 1, 2019? Many people, including people with disabilities, spend the first few days of the new year making resolutions to improve their health and wellness, build better relationships, learn a new skill, or finally make that career move. Thankfully, there are resources available to help you put these resolutions into action. Here are a few from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere.
Focus on Wellness
AbleData spotlights assistive technology to get your workout in gear or cooking in the kitchen.
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery has a suite of products to promote physical health and wellness among adults in mental health recovery.
Visit the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) for a huge collection of articles, guides, and programs to help you focus on wellness.
Connect with Family
The RRTC on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) offers a wide range of materials on the importance of sustained family, friendship, and romantic relationships. Look for the Family Leisure Calendar and other guides in this collection.
The National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities gathered articles and advice for people with disabilities who are parents or would like to become parents. These include factsheets and videos from parents sharing their experience and wisdom.
Learn Something New (or Refresh Your Skills)
Learn new skills to transfer to and from a wheelchair with the University of Pittsburg Model Spinal Cord Injury Center. It might just save your shoulder (and you could qualify for their study)!
Visit your local public library for programs, books, and other resources to expand your mind and build your skill set. Ask about the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to connect to materials in alternative formats, along with assistive devices to access them.
Level Up Your Career
Are you a vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor? Add these seminars on improving VR service delivery to youth and young adults from the RRTC on VR and Youth and VR Return on Investment Modules from the project on Estimating Return on Investment in State VR Programs to your library, or learn how your organization can be part of the HYPE (Helping Youth on the Path to Employment) intervention for supported employment.
If you’re a person with a disability looking to start or change careers, connect with your local Center for Independent Living. Many of these centers offer employment services or can connect you to your local Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to get started.
Is this the year you start your own business? Hear from people who took the path to self-employment in these research briefs from the project on Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment Through Microenterprise.
These are just a few examples of resources from the NIDILRR grantee community and from agencies and organizations in your community. Sign up for our News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond newsletter and browse through the Right Resources, Right Now articles in this blog to find more!