News and Notes 29 August 15

This issue includes NSCI’s forum discussing different accessible transportation options available to people with disabilities, ENACT seeks participation in a study for people with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, an Accessibility and Emerging Technology webcast, study reviews 36 years of burn injury care, App Factory releases 2012-2013 call for proposals, CROR reports on State of the Science Conference, and a webcast on FEMA and Personal Assistance Services in emergencies.

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Resource Highlight: 

Community Mobility: Getting Where You Want to Go
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Spinal Cord Injury Model System (H133N110009) continues its forum series with this locally-focused discussion of different accessible transportation options available for people with disabilities in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, including buses, light rail, Access, DART, and Bus Rapid Transit.Helpful resources, travel tips, and information about volunteer transportation and wheelchair accessible taxis are also provided. 

News items: 

New Study Reviews 36 Years of Burn Injury Care
Loren Engrav, project director of the NIDRR-funded University of Washington Burn Injury Model System (H133A120024), has co-authored a 36-year review of burn care at Harborview Medical Center (the home of the UW-Burn Injury Model System). The article, Harborview Burns – 1974 to 2009, discusses how burn care and prevention efforts have changed over time and reviews the changing demographics of injury, differences in fluid resuscitation measures, surgical care, and mortality. This article is available free of charge from the open access journal PLoS One.

App Factory Releases 2012-2013 Call for Proposals
The NIDRR-funded Wireless RERC (H133E110002) is now inviting experienced developers to submit proposals for 2012-13 financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry 10, iOS, Windows Phone). Developers may also request partial funding for apps that already enjoy partial support from other sources, or for adaptation of existing apps to additional platforms. Completed apps will be released through the appropriate mainstream marketplace (App Store, Blackberry App World, Google Play, Nokia OVI Store, or Windows Phone Marketplace), or through the RERC’s App Factory. The RFP is available from the RERC's website.

CROR Reports on State-of-the-Science Conference
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) held its State of the Science Conference on Outcome Measurement in Medical Rehabilitation in March. Top researchers, educators, policy makers, clinicians, and consumer representatives gathered to discuss the need for improved measurement in rehabilitation. The Summer issue of CROR Outcomes (PDF) reports on conference proceedings and recommendations for future research.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: FEMA and Personal Assistance Services in Emergencies
The NIDRR-funded Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance Services (H133B080002) presents this free webinar TODAY (8/15) at 2pm EST. This presentation will cover the Mass Care program at FEMA and the newly awarded contracts to provide Personal Assistance Services to individuals with access and functional needs in congregate facilities during disasters, when this assistance is requested by the affected state. Background for why FEMA took this action and how it is being implemented (including types of services provided, time frame, supervision, number of staff involved, etc.) will be discussed. More information is available from the PAS Center website along with archived webcasts.


ENACT Studies Seek Participants
The NIDRR-funded Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (ENACT) (H133B100003) has three studies actively seeking participants with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Each study has different eligibility requirements, including the ability to visit facilities in the Boston area. Eligibility and participation information are on ENACT's website.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Accessibility and Emerging Technology Webcast
Join the Office of Disability Employment Policy for a webcast TOMORROW (8/16) at 2pm EST. Accessibility and Emerging Technology – Keys to Improving the Employment of People with Disabilities features Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy; Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google; Jim Tobias, President of Inclusive Technologies; and moderator Tom Temin, Anchor, Federal News Radio. No registration is needed. This is part of the AT Works webcast series.