News and Notes 292 December 6

NARIC looks at the influenza vaccine and how it can be overlooked when managing a disability or chronic condition for National Influenza Vaccination Week; Research In Focus looks at an online program that may help people with TBI build emotion regulation skills; RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired published two articles on career mentoring and role models/mentors; RERC for Successful Aging with a Disability: Optimizing Participation Through Technology (Optt-RERC)'s video is featured in Toyota's Mobility Unlimited Challenge; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar on universal accessibility, emergency preparedness, and disaster response; NIH's News in Health covers new technologies for managing diabetes.

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This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is highlighting the importance of getting the flu vaccine. Preventative medicine like the flu vaccine is important for everyone, but can sometimes be overlooked when managing a disability or chronic condition. Some people with disabilities may be at higher risk for complications from the flu, such as older adults, those with asthma or diabetes, or people with spinal cord injury who may have difficulty breathing. It's not too late to ask about the flu vaccine, either at the pharmacy or at the next doctor's appointment. This factsheet on How to Get the Most Out of Health Care Visits from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities may be helpful in planning the next doctor's appointment. 

Research In Focus:
A New Online Program May Help People with TBI Build Emotion Regulation Skills

This week's Research In Focus looks at a new online program which may help people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) overcome challenges in recognizing and controlling their feelings and reactions to those feelings.

Resource Highlight: 
Career Mentoring Articles
The recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (90RT5011) has published two articles from its Employment Mentoring Project for College Students Who Are Blind. Career mentoring for college students: Insights from a program participant, published in Braille Forum, highlights feedback from one program participant that may serve as a model for future transition success stories. Role models and mentors help build employment success, published in Future Reflections, provides further feedback from mentors, mentees, and a research and training associate from the center. Both articles are available free in full text from the mentoring project website under Publications along with additional resources for mentoring programs.
News items: 

RERC Video Featured in Mobility Unlimited Challenge
Video from the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Successful Aging with Disability: Optimizing Participation Through Technology (OPTT-RERC) (90RE5002) is featured in a promotional video for the Toyota Mobility Foundation's Mobility Unlimited Challenge initiative. Footage from the OPTT-RERC project on Optimizing Mobility in the Home and Community for Manual Wheelchair Users shows participants being filmed transferring from chairs into a vehicle while wearing sensors to record movement, then viewing the results of the recording. The Mobility Unlimited Challenge initiative supports improvements in the mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis through smarter assistive technology.

Grantee event: 
Webinar: Universal Accessibility, Emergency Preparedness, and Disaster Response
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Universal Accessibility, Emergency Preparedness, and Disaster Response, December 12th, 2-3:30 pm ET. When communities begin the process of recovery after a disaster, they have an unprecedented opportunity for investing in universal design throughout all aspects of their recovery and mitigation strategy. This session will address obligations, opportunities, and strategies for achieving true community disaster resilience through civil rights compliance requirements and universal design approaches benefiting the whole community. Registration is free and required.
Elsewhere in the Community: 
News in Health Covers New Technologies for Managing Diabetes
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have published Managing diabetes: New technologies can make it easier in the December 2017 issue of the NIH News in Health newsletter. This article introduces the most common types of diabetes, how people with diabetes control their blood glucose, and new technology which may show promise to help people better manage their diabetes. The article also covers questions for talking with a health care provider about diabetes and links to more information available from NIH and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).