Today marks the 25 anniversary of the day that President George H.W.
Today marks the 25 anniversary of the day that President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark legislation guaranteed protection for people living with disabilities against discrimination in areas such as employment, public services, telecommunications, and transportation as well as provisions requiring reasonable accommodation in public and private settings.
The law is largely considered a civil rights victory for disabled Americans, enabling individuals with disabilities to assert his or her right to fully participate in and contribute to their communities. Learn more about how the ADA has affected the lives of Americans living with disabilities by exploring the ADA Legacy Project. Explore ENACT’s arthritis-related resources to learn more about arthritis-related disability and work retention strategies.
ENACT is proud to announce that doctoral fellow Rawan AlHeresh has successfully defended her dissertation and completed her course of study with the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Science Doctor of Rehabilitation Science Program at Boston University.
Rawan first matriculated into ENACT’s training program in July 2011. As our first doctoral fellow, it has been gratifying to watch her progress through the program and emerge as a competent scholar. We look forward to her upcoming contributions to the field of rheumatological rehabilitation.
Congratulations Dr. Rawan AlHeresh!
ENACT will present information on medical management of arthritis and strategies to address pain and fatigue when participating in everyday activities as part of the Community Health and Wellness Expo presented by Bethel AME Allied Health Ministry.
Join us this Saturday, September 27th, for Dr. Julie Keysor‘s 10:30 talk on medical management in arthritis, being active, and managing pain, and occupational therapist and Sargent College professor Nancy Lowenstein‘s 11:30 talk on managing fatigue on a daily basis. Cheryl McDermott of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center will conduct an arthritis-appropriate exercise session at 1:00 pm. Resources on arthritis management will be available at the ENACT table in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00-2:00.
More information about the Health and Wellness Expo is available here http://www.bethelame.org/communityhealthexpo. We hope you see you there!
ENACT’s long-standing team, “BU’s Joints are Walking”, will once again be participating in this year’s Arthritis Foundation Walk to Cure Arthritis.
This year’s walk will take place at Artesani Park in Brighton, MA from 9-1pm on Sunday, September 14th, 2014.
Registration is still open! Sign up here and join the movement to find a cure for arthritis!
Aileen will be presenting a theory report titled “Hello! Can telephone technology aid exercise adherence?” with co-authors Julie Keysor, PT, PhD, Micheal LaValley, PhD, David Felson, MD, MPH, and Kristin Baker, PhD.
For more on the topic of technology and adherence, refer to the ENACT presentation page and stay tuned for the proceedings from April’s Arthritis State of the Science meeting, due out later this summer.
Now Open: Register for the NIDRR-funded ENACT Arthritis State of the Science Meeting & New Investigator Workshop
ENACT is please to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for the Arthritis State of the Science Meeting Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis, to be held in Pentagon City, Virginia on April 7 th, 2014. Content and discussion will focus on three primary areas: rehabilitation, community, and employment. The dialogue created by bringing together experts in the fields of rheumatology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation will serve the ultimate goal of moving the arthritis activity and participation research and policy agenda forward. The line-up of presenters is impressive – view the conference agenda here.
We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary discourse. Register now!
The Conference will be preceded by a New Investigator Workshop on Advancing Arthritis Research for new investigators during the afternoon of April 6th. The Workshop will include opportunities for individual mentoring, as well as presentations on using large data sets and selecting optimal outcome measures. Workshop mentors include Drs. Julie Keysor, David Felson, Alan Jette, Jonathan Bean, Paolo Bonato, Nancy Baker, and Michael LaValley.
The Workshop involves a competitive application process. New investigators are invited to submit applications here.
We look forward to seeing you in April!
On the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), ENACT wishes to take the time to remember this historic piece of legislation. The passage of this comprehensive bill was a hard-fought victory for disability advocates, ensuring that people with disabilities have equal rights under the law to have access to opportunities available to all Americans. Today, the journey towards achieving equal rights for disabled individuals continues.
As a potentially disabling disease, arthritis may qualify you for protections under this act. Take this opportunity to find out more about the ADA at http://adaanniversary.org/whatisADA and about available disability resources on the ENACT website.
Dr. Julie Keysor, ENACT Director and Principle Investigator for the Work It Study, has been selected for a sponsorship award to attend the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit held in Washington, DC in March.
As an expert in arthritis and the impact of environment on participation in community life, Dr. Keysor regularly participates on arthritis advocacy panels, which function to set agendas and priorities for the field. Stay connected with ENACT at www.bu.edu/enact for announcements on the reports generated from these conferences.
Congratulations are in order for ENACT student Becca Emmets, a 3rd year student at Boston University’s Pre-medical Program!
Becca received a research award from Boston University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), which is designed to help motivated students become involved in university-level research. Becca will work with ENACT Center Director Dr. Julie Keysor on this project investigating ongoing recruitment strategies and effectiveness for the ENACT Work-It study, which studies the effects of arthritis on employment.
Congratulations again Becca!
ENACT is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource tool for health practitioners, researchers, and people living with arthritis!
ENACT’s Resource Corner is a compilation of comprehensive, evidence-based local and national programs and resources for people with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions, rehabilitation professionals, and researchers and future researchers. You will find the following resources areas built by ENACT as well as expert information from national organizations.
- Arthritis Information
- Tools for Health Practitioners and Researchers
- Tools for People with Arthritis
- Local Massachusetts Resources