News and Notes 296 January 17

NARIC marks the anniversaries of civil rights pioneers Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ed Roberts, the latter of whom fought for the rights of people with disabilities, and offers FAQ listing protective laws along with research and resources regarding disability-related rights and responsibilities; RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities publishes new factsheet, Tips for Healthy Eating & Healthy Aging; co-director of project on Translating Transfer Training and Wheelchair Maintenance into Practice, as well as a member of the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, was interviewed for episode of RehabCast: The Rehabilitation Medicine Update from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); co-investigator for Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families publishes article, Parents with disabilities  face an uphill battle to keep their children, in Pacific Standard online magazine; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) hosts webcast, Innovative Surgical Strategies to Restore Movement and Reduce Spasticity After SCI; Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Best Practices in Training Service Providers in Transition Competences; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Campbell Collaboration Best Practices: Grey and International Literature; Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (NSA) National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) hosts webinar, NCRTM: Your Trusted Source for Reliable and Accessible Rehabilitation Information.

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2018-01-17
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This week, we marked the 89th anniversary of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth. In the US, we celebrate Dr. King's life and legacy and the values he taught: courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, and service. Next week we will also mark the 79th anniversary of the birth of Ed Roberts, another civil rights pioneer who fought for the rights of people with disabilities to live independently in the community of their choosing. The disability rights movement has led to the passage of important civil rights legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, among others. Learn more about some of the laws protecting the rights of Americans with disabilities along with research and resources to help understand your rights and responsibilities in our FAQ.

Resource Highlight: 

Factsheet: Healthy Eating & Healthy Aging
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (90RT5023) has published a new factsheet, Tips for Healthy Eating & Healthy Aging. The factsheet includes tips for making healthy changes to one's diet, information on healthy eating habits, things to remember before making dietary changes, and additional resources. More factsheets from the Aging Well with a Physical Disability series are available from the project website.

News items: 

Research on Wheelchair Skills Training Highlighted in RehabCast
Lynn Worobey, PhD, co-director of the NIDILRR-funded project on Translating Transfer Training and Wheelchair Maintenance into Practice (90DP0078) and a member of the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (90SI5014), was interviewed for the most recent episode of RehabCast: The Rehabilitation Medicine Update from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR). Dr. Worobey discussed the projects' article on Investigating the efficacy of web-based transfer training on independent wheelchair transfers through randomized controlled trials (abstract) published in the January issue of APMR. The podcast is available in several formats including iTunes and Soundcloud.

Parental Rights in Focus in Pacific Standard
Robin Powell, JD, co-investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families (90DPGE0001), published an article, Parents with disabilities face an uphill battle to keep their children, in the online magazine Pacific Standard. The article covers research and statistics on parents with disabilities and the challenges they may face in maintaining their parental rights, including highlights from recent court cases.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Innovative Surgical Strategies to Restore Movement and Reduce Spasticity After SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) (90SI5021) will host a webcast, Innovative Surgical Strategies to Restore Movement and Reduce Spasticity After SCI, January 25th, 6:30-8pm ET, part of the Knowledge in Motion Lecture & Webcast series. Justin Brown, MD, will discuss innovative surgical techniques involving the restoration of arm and hand function, management of lower extremity spasticity, and new work on the horizon regarding regulating bowel and bladder control, while also offering a discussion of when these strategies are best applied in both acute and chronic SCI. Registration is free and required for the webcast. Register online or call 617/952-6173.

Webinar: Best Practices in Training Service Providers in Transition Competencies
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Best Practices in Training Service Providers in Transition Competencies, January 23rd, 1-2pm ET. The team from the Pathways Transition Training Partnership will discuss the outcomes of a study of online competency-based training for transition service providers. Team leaders will share experiences of facilitating team-based learning and report on the preliminary findings of a national survey of transition service providers' training needs and preferences. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Webinar: Campbell Collaboration Best Practices - Grey and International Literature TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DPKT0001) will host a webinar, Campbell Collaboration Best Practices: Grey and International Literature, January 17th, 3-3:40pm ET. The Campbell Collaboration has established guidance and identified resources for information retrieval, an essential component of the systematic review and research synthesis process. Presenters will discuss the importance of accessing grey and international research for systematic reviews and research syntheses. Specific international databases will be described and presenters will demonstrate how to locate and access grey literature. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Get to Know NCRTM TOMORROW
The Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) will host a webinar, NCRTM: Your Trusted Source for Reliable and Accessible Rehabilitation Information, January 18th, 1:30-2:30pm ET. Presenters will introduce NCRTM, RSA's gateway for training and technical assistance, and discuss how to find information for training and learning about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and vocational rehabilitation. Attendees are invited to share their thoughts, ideas, and priorities for how the NCRTM might help in their work. Registration is free and required.