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NDEAM 2017: Staff Reflections

When we sat down to plan our activities for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we asked staff to think about this year’s theme of Inclusion Drives Innovation and what it means to them. Director Mark Odum shared his thoughts … Continue reading

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NDEAM 2017: Inclusion Drives Innovation

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! The Office of Disability Employment Policy selected “Inclusion Drives Innovation” as the theme for 2017. “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander … Continue reading

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Spinal Cord Injury – Looking Back and Looking Forward

In honor of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, NARIC Director Mark Odum shares his insight on the past and future of spinal cord injury. More than 40 years ago I broke my neck diving into and hitting my head … Continue reading

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Everyone Can Help Their Community Prepare

The Federal Emergency Management Administration is celebrating Preparedness Month all through September and, quite frankly, it couldn’t come soon enough: Two Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall (Harvey, Irma) with catastrophic flooding and more storms have been circling in the … Continue reading

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In the Stacks – Research on Pain and Disability

In Part 1 of our Pain Awareness Month blog post, we looked at some of the ready-to-use resources from projects in the NIDILRR community that have looked at pain as a disability and as a secondary condition to physical and … Continue reading

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Pain May Be a Fact of Life, but There Is Help and Hope for Relief

September is Pain Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Chronic Pain Association. Millions of Americans live with pain from injuries, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, cancer, and other disabilities. Pain can be acute, with a beginning and end, or it can … Continue reading

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After the Disaster: Recovery

This week we saw catastrophic weather up and down the Gulf Coast of Texas with Hurricane Harvey, including wind damage in Corpus Christi and severe flooding in the Houston area. More rain and flooding is predicted through the end of … Continue reading

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Did #Eclipse2017 Inspire You to Become a Scientist?

Monday’s eclipse was probably the most viewed eclipse in human history! The Path of Totality, where the full eclipse was visible, stretched from Oregon to South Carolina. More than 12 million people live in the Path of Totality and a … Continue reading

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In the Stacks: Independent Living

This week we’ll be at the annual conference of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)! We’re looking forward to greeting the huge crowd of advocates, activists, educators, administrators, researchers, and professionals all focused on the full independence and participation … Continue reading

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How Will You Celebrate the ADA?

This month will mark the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation has changed lives and formed the basis for similar legislation in countries around the world. We’ve shared personal … Continue reading

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