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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!

NARIC blog shares resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Kidney Month and National Diabetes Alert Day; NIDILRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; Research in Focus highlights a device that helps people with hand prostheses improve their grip strength via vibratory haptic feedback; RRTC on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults publishes brief on supporting transition age youth after the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); directors at Rocky Mountain and Great Lakes ADA Regional Centers were interviewed on ABC 7 Chicago about The Movement, a film spotlighting adaptive sports; RERC: Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities hosts DescribeAthon 17, an event using YouDescribe technology for blind viewers, in which recorded voices describe what is shown on YouTube; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center hosts webcast and live chat, The Future is Here: What Can Robotics Do for Individuals with SCI? Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is recruiting adults with disabilities for health insurance survey interviews; Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) offers TechCheck, a tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices.

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2017-03-22

NARIC blog features resources, gathered from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, about service animals; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2018-2023; NIDILRR continues to post its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database; Research in Focus looks at a program to help people with serious mental illness meet their wellness goals; Wireless RERC releases Wireless Device Ownership by People with Disabilities, based on its Survey of User Needs; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing positive growth in employment for job seekers with disabilities in the February nTIDE report; NIDILRR researchers James Krause, PhD, and Yue Cao, PhD, receive 2016 Scholar of the Year Awards from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Health Professionals; RRTC on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities will host the 2017 Summer Institute on Community Inclusion at Temple University in Philadelphia; TICTOC Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center seeks young people with spinal cord injury or dysfunction (SCI/D) to test SCI-HARD, mobile game designed to help improve self-management skills; Department of Veterans Affairs offers online resource Make the Connection, linking visitors to VA medical centers, mental health programs, benefits counselors, and other local resources.

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2017-03-15

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Developmental Disabilities Month (#DDAwareness17) and the #DSWorks campaign of the National Down Syndrome Society; NIDILRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; NIDILRR continues to post its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database; Research in Focus looks at why people with disabilities may not always get the healthcare they need; Transitions RTC publishes brief, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its Application to Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (SMHC); NIDILRR researcher will present Post-Acute Stroke Award lecture at the 2017 American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); principal investigator for Moss Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center receives Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts workshop on Communicating Science: Tools for Disability and Rehabilitation Researchers; ThinkWork is recruiting parents of youth with I/DD for employment study; Aging and Disability Business Institute, led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and funded in part by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), provides community-based organizations with tools to build skills to adapt to a changing healthcare environment.

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2017-03-08

Information about traumatic brain injury (TBI) from the NIDILRR community available from NARIC in observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2016-2023; Research in Focus shows how people caring for a family member with TBI can benefit from the right supports; RRTC on Community Living publishes series of fact sheets for the Health Access for Independent Living (HAIL) program; KTDRR  posts video presentations fom the 2016 Knowledge Translation Online Conference; IC-RRTC research is featured in special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR); project on Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability hosts webinar, Managing Work, Life, and Disability: Considerations for Individuals and Employers; Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks individuals with disabilities for survey about getting and using health insurance; Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School partner to offer Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition, an online course for hiring managers and recruiters.

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2017-03-01

NARIC recently catalogued its 75,000th journal article, an occasion to describe several ways that readers can access the NARIC site to explore the collection; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program competition; AbleData project publishes new factsheet, Assistive Technology (AT) for Video Gaming; Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center announces new partnership with Make a Hero, producers of adaptive sports film The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising, to spread awareness of the ADA in communities where the film will be broadcast; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); SoundFit Ultrasonic Performance Diagnostic for Lower-Body Prostheses seeks healthy adults with above-knee amputations to test its tool, which evaluates how well a prosthesis socket fits the residual limb; Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative of the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy publish report, Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work: Key Facts, Critical Information Gaps, and Current Practices and Proposals.

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2017-02-22

NARIC highlights current Burn Injury Model System Centers and their NIDILRR-funded research in observance of National Burn Awareness Week; Research In Focus offers tips for mental health peer counselors and their supervisors to support job success; MSKTC releases Exercise After Burn Injury, the latest in the Hot Topic module series; principal investigator of TU Collaborative is interviewed in Temple News article, Temple professor starts faculty disability committee; TechSAge research is featured in CSA Journal article, Technologies to support people "aging with disability;" StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing employment gains for job seekers with disabilities in January nTIDE Monthly Update; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, What Every Tenant and Landlord Needs to Know About ADA Access Violations in Public Accommodation Facilities; American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) posts video, Music, Movement, and the Mind in Rehabilitation, a symposium presented at the ACRM 2016 Annual Conference.

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2017-02-08

NARIC offers research on play and children with disabilities from the NIDILRR community in observance of Global School Play Day; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for 2018-2023; NIDILRR posts its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in Grants.gov database; researchers compare in-home and clinic-based robotic rehabilitation in Research in Focus; VR-ROI Project: Estimating Return on Investment (ROI) in State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs publishes first issue of its bi-annual newsletter VR-ROI; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC publish National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) 2016 Review/2017 Preview of national data released by Bureau of Labor Statistics; Rusk ARRT fellow presents her research at the 2017 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference; VCU-RRTC announces 2017 Webcast Series with diverse range of employment topics, the first of which features employment outcomes of transition-aged youth with physical disabilities; National Council on Aging (NCOA) releases improved version of its BenefitsCheckUp tool, a free web-based tool that helps seniors and caregivers screen private and public benefit programs.

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2017-02-01

NARIC acknowledges the birthday of the late Ed Roberts, a pioneer in disability rights who established the World Institute on Disability, a collaborator on nearly 20 NIDILRR-funded projects; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2018-2023; Research In Focus reports on healthy lifestyle and supportive neighborhood as key factors in the community participation of people with mobility disabilities; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes Physical Activity Calendar for 2017; LiveWell selects five new assistive technology apps for development and release in 2017; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Top 5 ADA Topics: Notes from an ADA Specialist (Part 2); StatsRRTC combines its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2016 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) at the Department of Education releases the Business Roundtable Report: Employer Engagement in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

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2017-01-25

NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Thyroid Awareness Month; Research in Focus highlights new findings on the impact of Medicaid expansion on employment for people with disabilities; ThinkWork releases video, Organizational Transformation: From Workshops to Community Employment II; LiveWell and Shepherd Center release an app for smartwatches, BreatheWell for Wear; research from RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities featured in article in Momentum Magazine from the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society; RRTC on Self-Directed Recovery and Integrated Health Care hosts Twitter chat, "How do we integrate behavioral healthcare for the public good?" Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) publishes A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.

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2017-01-18

During this week of the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, NARIC blog features assistive technology developed by NIDILRR community; NIDILRR welcomes three new staff members; NIDILRR continues to post its 2017 Grants Forecast; Research in Focus looks at the kinds of electronic devices people with SCI use; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes two new factsheets: Adaptive Sports and Recreation and Exercise After SCI; researcher at Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) was featured in annual report of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD); Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) report continuing positive employment trends in December nTIDE Monthly Update; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) hosts webinar, Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disability; RERC on Augmentative and Alternative Communication hosts Student Research and Design Competition in collaboration with RESNA; National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) hosts a Community of Practice (CoP): Section 508 Frustrations and Fixes, an open space to share perspectives about barriers to creating accessible digital materials.

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2017-01-11

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