News and Notes 14 April 25
This issue includes publishing of a digital newsletter on technology and healthy people living with SCI, survey on wheelchair-related injuries, accessibility for hotels and pools, reinventing web browsing with Capti for people with visual impairments, Long Range Plan for 2013-2017, and webcast on transitions from hospital to Long Term Care in Norway.
Pushin' On Goes All Digital
The NIDRR-funded Model Spinal Cord Injury System at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UABSCIMS) (H133N110008) publishes an excellent newsletter for the SCI community. Pushin' On highlights new research, technology, and healthy living for people with SCI and their families. The newsletter is now available only as a digital subscription with back issues from 2000 to 2011 available on their website (NARIC has back issues through 1996). Sign up for free and check out their extensive resources. You can also follow them on Twitter and say Hi on Facebook.
NIDRR Presents: Reinventing Web Browsing with Capti for People with Visual Impairments TODAY!
NIDRR welcomes Dr. Yevgen Borodin to discuss the results of his NIDRR-funded Phase I Small Business Innovative Research projects on web access for people with visual impairments. The first demo focuses on designing an intuitive web automation interface that learns to predict user actions in repetitive web browsing tasks, while the second enables universal and ubiquitous web access on a variety of computer devices. The presentation begins at 3pm at Potomac Center Plaza and via conference call. You must RSVP to attend in person. Location and call-in information are available online.
NIDRR Releases Proposed Long Range Plan for Comment
On April 8th, NIDRR published its proposed Long Range Plan for 2013-2017. The plan establishes priorities, goals, and objectives for NIDRR and the research it funds each year. The full proposed plan is available through the Federal Register. The comment period runs through June 18th.
Webcast: Transitions from Hospital to Long Term Care in Norway
The NIDRR-funded National Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services (H133B080002) hosts visiting University of Oslo professors Christina Foss, RN, PhD; Dag Hofoss, PhD; and Line Kildal Bragstad, OT, MSc as they discuss their work on older patients' discharge experiences and participation in discharge planning, including both patient and caregiver perspectives. The 1-hour webcast airs May 2nd, 3pm EST. The webcast is free. No preregistration is required.
Wheelchair Related Injuries
You still have time to fill out this survey for the NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090002). Answer 7 quick questions and help build knowledge on major and minor wheelchair-related injuries!
Hotels, Pools, and the ADA
Accessibility to public pools is a hot topic, especially for managers of public facilities. ADA requirements for accessible entry and exit to existing pools is causing confusion and consternation in the hotel industry, as well as health clubs and public pools. The US Dept of Justice is offering two webinars, one for municipal facilities (May 5) and one for other public entities (May 2), to address these provisions. Registration is free and the webinars will be available for a few days following the live webcasts.