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News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond Archive

News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond is a weekly newsletter featuring news, resources, events, and opportunities to participate in research in disability and rehabilitation. Most of the stories focus on the achievements of the 250+ NIDILRR-funded projects across the US. We also include events and resources from other agencies and organizations. To sign up, go to our home page and enter your email address in the big blue box! Learn how to submit an item for the next newsletter. Are you a current subscriber or reader? We would love to know your opinion on the newsletter and how you share it with your colleagues!

During the week of the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) conference, NARIC shares research and resources for physical therapy from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its blog; Research in Focus looks at post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after spinal cord injury (SCI); AbleData project publishes new factsheet, Find the Right Channel: Communication Aids for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; Mobile Accommodation Solutions (MAS), an app developed under the project Mobile Accommodations Tool: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, was on display at the 2017 mEnabling Summit; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts ADA Live! The History of Disability, Lessons from the Past; Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) seeks participants in a Facebook Group study to determine if people with physical disabilities can gain needed information on employment; Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) LEAD Center hosts webinar, Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment, featuring a set of strategies that can benefit job seekers facing barriers to employment.

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NARIC's blog features information on dementia and Alzheimer's disease from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month; NIDILRR program Administration for Community Living debuts a redesigned and reorganized website at; Research in Focus shows that relationships with employers may have benefits for vocational rehab agencies and their clients; Wireless RERC publishes factsheet, Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Access; principal investigator for New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center to receive the 2017 Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication hosts Doctoral Student Research Think Tank in AAC at Penn State; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities hosts webinar on Effective Rural Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Job Development; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center hosts event, Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) for people with SCI; Accessible Environmental Information Application for Individuals with Visual Impairments conducts survey of individuals with visual impairments about user needs and challenges for development of iOS-based indoor environment wayfinding app; Administration for Community Living (ACL) releases Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Independent Living Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities.

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NARIC highlights research and resources on aphasia from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in a recent blog post, in observance of National Aphasia Awareness Month; Administration for Community Living published its Public Access Plan, which makes available to the public peer-reviewed publications and scientific data from research funded by ACL/NIDILRR; TU Collaborative publishes a Country Mental Health Administrators' Toolkit for Promoting Community Inclusion; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC reports employment gains of people with disability for 14 consecutive months in the nTIDE Monthly Update; three investigators from NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Centers to receive awards during the 2017 Annual Assembly of the AAPM&R; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center presents webinar, Accessible Tourism - Good Economic Strategy; Pathways RTC hosts webinar, Increasing Providers' Skills for Working with Youth: Exploring the Effectiveness of Online 'Remote' Training; Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment in Microenterprise seeks participants for online survey on self-employment and small business ownership by individuals with psychiatric disability; Administration for Community Living's National Limb Loss Resource Center hosts webinar, The Transportation Security Administration Presents -- Traveling with Limb Loss.

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NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month; Research in Focus discusses the role of augmented signs in deterring drivers from occupying parking spaces designated for lift- and ramp-equipped vehicles; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes factsheet on Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), also available in Spanish; New England ADA Regional Center debutes new resource, ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments; investigator for New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NY-TBI-MS) to receive Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities hosts webcast, Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Individuals with Physical Disabilities; Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Office on Women's Health (OWH) launch new website on Oral Health.

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NARIC blog posts feature research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help readers with disabilities Age Out Loud in observance of Older Americans Month; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) releases report, based on its National Residential Information Systems Project (RISP), In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; two team members from Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) discuss My Care, My Call peer health coaching intervention for people with SCI on RehabCast podcast in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Rory Cooper of University of Pittsburgh Model Cener on Spinal Cord Injury featured on cover of New Mobility; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Translating the Evidence on Individual Placement and Support (IPS) into Practice: Applications with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (SERSCIMS) conducts survey of the qualities of spasticity after SCI; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publish report, The Promise of Assistive Technology (AT) to Enhance Activity and Work Participation, the result of a committee of experts that included NIDILRR grantees.

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NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD); Research in Focus looks at challenges to sustaining a successful evidence-based employment program; Pathways RTC publishes Justice and Recovery, the 2017 issue of its annual Focal Point research review; principal investigator of Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center receives the 2017 Jennett Plum Award for Clinical Achievement in the Field of Brain Injury Medicine from the International Brain Injury Association; Parents Taking Action was featured in Connecting Latino parents to autism resources and counseling on Univisión Chicago; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Housing Accessibility Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act; Measurement of Community Participation Using a Computer Adaptive Test in Persons with Burn Injuries (LIBRE) seeks participants to test questions for the LIBRE Profile questionnaire measuring the social impact of a burn injury; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hosts webinar, What Older Americans and their Caregivers Should Know About Robocalls, Scams, and the Latest Technology and Accessibility Issues.

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NARIC offers information from the NIDILRR community and other sources in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month; Research in Focus discusses challenges adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities may face in staying physically active; TU Collaborative publishes Promoting Supportive Academic Environments for Faculty with Mental Illnesses; principal investigator of Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model Center receives 2017 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation; ThinkCollege, NIDILRR-funded 2008-2012, highlighted in The Atlantic magazine's May article The path to higher education with an intellectual disability; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hosts webinar, Ideal Versus Real: How Data Can Drive Employment Service Practices, part of the 44 Webinar series; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Free Web Evaluation Tools: What They Can (and Can't) Do; US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) offers Q&A factsheet, Depression, PTSD, and Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.

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NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with arthritis add more activity in observance of Arthritis Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month; MSKTC publishes new factsheet, Urinary Track Infection and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); Dr. Joshua Miele, team leader at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities, interviewed for the Disability Visibility Project at StoryCorps San Francisco; Transitions RTC presents webinar, Employing Young Adult Peer Support Workers: A Toolkit for Providers; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Clear and Effective Emergency Communications over Wireless Devices; RERC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks employment success stories of people with visual impairments and blindness; President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition celebrates National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, encouraging people to #MoveInMay.

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NARIC offers information in observance of Autism Awareness Month in its Labrarian's Picks for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and in a list of current and completed NIDILRR-funded projects on ASD; Research in Focus features a rehabilitation program that may help workers with burn injuries return to work; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) releases the latest in the SCI Forum Video series, General Medical Concerns for People with Spinal Cord Injuries; online curriculum DirectCourse, developed in partnership with RRTC on Community Living for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL), receives Committee's Choice award at the University of Minnesotas's 2017 Innovation Awards; co-investigator on Center on Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies appointed to WHO GREAT Summit organizing committee; Great Lakes ADA Center hosts webinar, Accessible Fitness Facilities and Exercise Equipment, featuring presenters from RRTC on Interactive Exercises Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities; Mount Sinai Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Center presents conference, From Injury to Intimacy: Embracing Sexuality After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) publishes article, Autism Awareness Month: Genes and Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), part of Director's Messages blog series.

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NARIC celebrates examples of inclusion of young people with disabilities in the media and offers resources on inclusion from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its blog; Research in Focus features working program that can reduce fatigue in people with TBI; RRTC on Family Supports and RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities publish report, Family Caregiver Support for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD); project on Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders featured in article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch; Diversity Partners Intervention debuts its online curriculum for employment service professionals who wish to improve on serving job seekers with disabilities; Langston University RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities hosts webinar, Customized Training: An Inclusive Employment Training Option in VR Practice; RRTC on VR Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, What Works for Youth? Tracking VR Outcomes; Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) host webinar, Sexual Assault and Survivors with Disabilities.

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