More than 5.2 million people who identify as Latino or Hispanic live with a disability in the United States. Latinos and Hispanics experience disabilities across the lifespan, and these disabilities can impact their ability to live. learn, and work independently. We turned to the NIDILRR grantee community to learn about research and development activities that may support people with disabilities and their families in participating fully in their communities. These projects conduct research in disparities experienced by this community, develop interventions to support individuals and families, and produce a wealth of information and resources including factsheets, guides, and videos.
Are you a Latino or Hispanic with disabilities or a service professional looking for the latest research? NARIC’s information specialists searched the NIDILRR Program Database and found 9 current and completed projects related to Latinos with disabilities and 20 current and completed projects related to Hispanics with disabilities, They also found 20 current and completed projects that provide information and resources in Spanish. The NIDILRR-funded projects below are just an example of the work being done by the NIDILRR grantee community related to Latinos and Hispanics.
- The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support bridges aging and disability research, practice, and policies to generate new knowledge in family supports that contributes to improvements in community living, participation, health and function, and other outcomes for people with disabilities from different racial and ethnic backgrounds who are supported by family members. As part of their work, the researchers at this Center produced a 13-episode radio novela in Spanish called A New Beginning for Ana and her Family, which centers around the Chavez family and their journey raising Ana, a child with cerebral palsy.
- The project Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families addresses the knowledge gaps regarding parents with disabilities and their families. They offer resources in English and Spanish to support parents with disabilities (padres con discapacidades), and information about working with parents with disabilities for social workers (trabajadores sociales), researchers (investigadores), and legal professionals (profesionales de ley). The project also provides a community blog in English and Spanish written for and by parents with disabilities.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- The ADA National Network publishes several factsheets related to the ADA in Spanish, which include factsheets on service animals, providing access to everyone, and more. Several of the Regional Centers within the ADA National Network also provide information in Spanish, including:
- Do you live in the Great Plains region of the US and have questions about your rights and responsibilities under the ADA as a Latino or Hispanic with disabilities or a Latino or Hispanic business? The Great Plains ADA Regional Center provides technical assitance services in Spanish.
- Do you live in the Southeast and would like to learn more about the ADA? The Southeast ADA Regional Center publishes its website in Spanish that shares information about your rights and responsibilities under the ADA.
Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Brain Injury
- The Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) provides evidence-based information on spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and burn injury. This Center also provides factsheets in Spanish on SCI , TBI, and burn injury and publishes infocomics on TBI in Spanish.
- The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) promotes the full participation in socially valued roles of transition-age youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. This Center uses research and knowledge translation to help ensure that policies, programs, and supports for this population help them build strong cornerstones that support successful long-term adult work lives. Transitions ACR publishes tip sheets and issue briefs in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Did you know that NARIC provides information and referral services in English and Spanish to Latinos and Hispanics in the US and Latin America? We do! NARIC’s bilingual information specialist is available to help you find the information and resources that you need via telephone, chat, and email in English and Spanish! NARIC staff have also translated our informational resources (recursos informacionales); publications (publicaciones), such as our Research In Focus (Enfoque De Investigación) series; and our website (sitio web).