News and Notes 2 February 1

This issue includes the 2011 Disability Compendium, recruiting for a cognitive behavioral study, a study on the value of promoting public benefits access online, a NY Times Magazine article on Zolpidem and minimal consciousness, an NPR story on issues facing youth and young adults with serious mental illness, a participant registry from the RRTC on Blindness and Low Vision, grantee presentations at the IASSID, and a state of the science conference in statistics and demographics.

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NARIC news: 

The 2011 NIDRR Program Directory is now available! The Directory includes more than 250 projects each year covering a wide range of disability and rehabilitation issues. You can meet the newest NIDRR grantees through our website.

Resource Highlight: 

The 2011 Disability Compendium
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B120006) has released the 2011 Disability Compendium, a statistical report drawing from data sources on disability. Project Director Dr. Andrew Houtenville recently presented a related webcast "Who Counts? Latest Disability Statistics from Federal Surveys and Resources" through the Center for Knowledge Translation for Employment Research's Community of Practice. 

News items: 

Researchers from two NIDRR-funded projects were recently featured in national news stories. The New York Times magazine highlights Dr. John Whyte's research on Zolpidem and minimal consciousness (H133G080066). NPR affiliate WBUR interviewed Dr. Maryann Davis on issues facing youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions in transition to adulthood (H133B090018).

RTC on Blindness and Low Vision Launches Participant Registry
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (H133B10022) has launched an online registry of people interested in participating in current and future research projects. To join, visit the Registry and enter your basic demographic information. The Registry will match you with current research and determine whether you are eligible to participate.  This database will help the project effectively investigate the challenges faced by individuals who are blind or visually impaired. 

SBIR Grantee to Present at IASSID Conference
Will you be attending the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities World Congress in July? Dr. Kathleen Humphries, lead investigator for MenuChoice, a NIDRR-funded Phase I SBIR, (H133S110006) will be presenting on her research on developing and testing a nutritional intervention for community-based group homes. 

Grantee event: 

Save the Date: State-of-the-Science in Stats and Demographics
The NIDRR-funded StatsRRTC (H133B120006) is presenting a state-of-the-science conference on April 23rd at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency. The conference brings together people from across the policy, service, research, and advocacy communities to discuss the state of disability statistics research and how to move the field forward. Mark your calendars and watch their website for registration info. 


The University of Washington is conducting a NIDRR- and NIH-funded study (H133G070016) to evaluate the effectiveness of 12 sessions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy over 4 months for treating depression within 10 years of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Anyone can enroll in this telephone-based program. Contact Kenneth Marshall toll free at 866/577-1925 or if you or someone you know may be interested!

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Promoting Public Benefits Access Online
Research think-tank Mathematica Policy Research recently released its report on existing web-based benefits access efforts by state and local governments. Their research looked at issues related to design of web-based tools, technology options and requirements, outputs and outcomes, cost, and more. It includes a small number of case studies. "Promoting Public Benefits Access Through Web-Based Tools and Outreach" is available free to download.