News and Notes 17 May 16

This issue includes video series on Spinal Injury, recruitment for individuals with SCI in the Atlanta area, ODEP announces 2012 NDEAM theme, registration for webinar on the proposed Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017, The Atlantic article features the Sendero GPS Lookaround app, ENACT debuts Arthritis Active Living podcasts, and pediatric TBI Summit on November 15th.

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NARIC news: 

Do you live in the DC/Baltimore area? Come out to the World of Possibilities Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds this Friday or Saturday. We'll be there along with agencies, organizations, assistive technology vendors, and more. Download a free pass!

Last week we suggested heading out to a captioned movie with mom. Now Sony and Regal Cinemas are rolling out a new wireless captioning system using glasses to display captions. The Access Glasses are sleek and stylish, and you don't have to wait for a captioned showing! 

Resource Highlight: 

Spinal Injury 101
Understanding Spinal Injury, a new educational video series geared toward individuals with new injuries as well as professionals, is part of an integrated awareness campaign to educate families who have recently experienced SCI. The video offers basic information about levels of SCI, advice on coping, and outlines possible functional expectations for the future. The series is a collaboration between the NIDRR-funded Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System (H133N110005) at Shepherd Center, KPK Interactive, the American Trauma Society, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Learn More About NIDRR's Proposed Long-Range PlanJoin NIDRR Director K. Charlie Lakin and Research Sciences Division Director Ruth Brannon for an informational webinar on the proposed Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017. The sessions include: 

  • a brief overview of the Plan,
  • information about the comment solicitation process, and
  • an extended opportunity for questions and answers.

Register to log in Thursday, May 24th from 11am to 12pm or Thursday May 31st from 3pm to 4pm. You may also call in to either webinar: 714/551-0010 or toll free at 877/739-5903. Access Code: 276-205-445. 

News items: 

Grantees in the News
NIDRR-funded research is changing the way people use some of the most popular technology. This Atlantic article features the Sendero GPS Lookaround app, developed through a NIDRR SBIR grant (H133G100135), to showcase how people with visual disabilities are "reinventing the iPhone." 

ENACT Debuts Arthritis  Active Living Podcasts
The NIDRR-funded Center for ENhancing ACTivity & Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (H133B100003) recently released Active Living with Arthritis, a new series of podcasts designed to provide evidence-based information to help people living with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions stay active.Podcast #1 discusses the top ten reasons to exercise with arthritis. 

Grantee event: 

Save the Date: Pediatric TBI Summit 11/15/12The NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Center for Pediatric TBI Interventions (H133B090010) will offer a traumatic brain injury summit for educators, professionals, and families who have experienced TBI. It will be an excellent opportunity for those interested in expanding awareness and addressing educational strategies and psychosocial interventions for pediatric TBI. Watch our Calendar of Events for more information!


Individuals with SCI in the Atlanta Area
The NIDRR-funded Mobility Rehab Engineering Research Center (H133E080003) is investigating the relationship between pressure relief behaviors and the development of pressure ulcers, along with other aspects of every day life using a mobility assistive device. Participants must be individuals with SCI between 20 and 60 who are wheelchair users. Please call Susan Perlman at 404-894-2861 or email her at: for more information. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ODEP Announces 2012 NDEAM Theme
The US Dept of Labor's Office on Disability Employment Policy announced its theme for the October 2012 National Disability Employment Awareness Month: A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do? The theme is tied to ODEP's Campaign for Disability Employment. Learn more about NDEAM and the Campaign and start planning!