Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community

Research In Focus is a weekly publication featuring reader-friendly summaries of the latest research from NIDILRR-funded projects. Each installment presents you with an overview of a recently-published NIDILRR-funded study, highlighting important findings, and discussing implications or directions for future research. This could be a starting point to learn more about the intervention, technology, or program. We hand-select the articles from our diverse library collections, aiming to broadly cover interesting research in many areas of disability, various types of intervention, and a wide range of age spectrum from early childhood to aging with and into disability. To be alerted to new articles, sign up for our weekly email newsletter News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond! These articles are also available in Spanish. Are you a NIDILRR grantee? Learn how to recommend your recent study for an upcoming issue.

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is lasting brain damage from an external force, such as a fall or a car accident. TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe. After a TBI, people may have difficulty participating in social activities or maintaining relationships. Social Internet sites like Facebook, Instagram, or Web-based forums have... Read this article

Date published:
2020-06-24

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

For people who were incarcerated, employment may help foster stability and security, and may lower the risk of re-offending once they return to the community. However, ex-offenders with disabilities may encounter a variety of challenges when looking for well-paying employment after leaving the correctional system. In addition... Read this article

Date published:
2020-06-17

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

People with long-term physical disabilities have much lower employment rates than people without disabilities. People with conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or spinal cord injury (SCI) may experience challenges such as limited mobility, pain, fatigue, difficulties with memory and concentration, depression, and anxiety... Read this article

Date published:
2020-06-09

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Families play an important role in helping young adults with disabilities achieve their goals after transitioning out of high school. However, some family caregivers may face difficulties partnering with their child’s educators or accessing community resources to help their children with the transition process. In particular,... Read this article

Date published:
2020-05-06

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Studies of survey data have shown that, in the United States, a higher percentage of people living in rural areas have a disability, compared to people living in urban areas. Having a disability might influence people’s migration patterns -- their decisions to move to, stay in, or move away from a particular geographic location... Read this article

Date published:
2020-04-29

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

More than 20 million Americans ages 16-64 have disabilities, according to the American Institutes for Research. These Americans represent a substantial segment of the possible workforce, yet only about 30% of them are employed, compared with nearly 75% of Americans without disabilities. Americans with disabilities may face... Read this article

Date published:
2020-04-22

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Pediatric-onset disabilities (PODs) are conditions that start before birth or during childhood. Examples include cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, congenital heart defects, and lifelong diseases such as type 1 diabetes. People with PODs may have more complex healthcare needs than people without disabilities throughout their lives... Read this article

Date published:
2020-04-01

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Mobile health (mHealth) refers to the delivery of health care services via mobile information and communication technologies, including health-related apps on mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, wearable sensors, and other technologies. Examples may include fitness or nutrition apps, or apps enabling patients to... Read this article

Date published:
2020-03-18

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects how people communicate and process information. Recent studies have shown that a significant number of adults with ASD identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+). Research has also shown that both adults with ASD and adults... Read this article

Date published:
2020-03-04

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects how people communicate and process information. Teens with ASD may have trouble staying focused on tasks that are not inherently interesting to them, such as schoolwork. They may also make sounds or movements that can unintentionally distract other... Read this article

Date published:
2020-02-25

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