News and Notes 298 January 31

NARIC presents research, factsheets, and other resources from the NIDILRR-founded Burn Injury Model System Centers in observance of National Burn Awareness Week; Research in Focus discusses ideas shared by youth with disabilities and their parents on supporting healthy lifestyles; The Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community posts video, Diversity Partners Focus on Frederick County, MD; co-investigator for Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) to be inducted into the New York State Independent Living Council's Hall of Fame; co-principal investigator of Texas Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)  Model System of TIRR to receive the 2018 Robert L. Moody Prize for distinguished contributions in applied brain injury rehabilitation and research; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging with Disability seeks entrants for its 2018 TechSAge Design Competition; Southeast ADA Regional Center to host 53rd episode of ADA Live!, Small Business and the ADA; US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), along with stakeholders from the US Department of Justice and US Department of State, issue a Joint Report: Ensuring Beneficiary Health and Safety in Group Homes Through State Implementation of Comprehensive Compliance Oversight.

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2018-01-31
NARIC news: 

Next week is National Burn Awareness Week (February 4th - 10th), sponsored by the American Burn Association. This week brings attention both to burn injury prevention and to treatment and recovery after burn injury. The NIDILRR community has a long history of burn injury research, including the Burn Model System Centers which have been active for more than 25 years. Their research has examined a wide array of issues, from the physical impact of scarring and muscle injury to strategies to return to work, school, and social participation. Explore the research, factsheets, hot topic modules, and other resources from the Burn Injury Model System Centers collected and archived by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center.

Research In Focus:
Youth and Parents Share Ideas for Supporting Healthy Lifestyles for Youth with Disabilities
Young people with disabilities and parents discuss some of the barriers to engaging in healthy lifestyles, and suggest ways to improve access to community facilities and programs in this week's Research In Focus.

Resource Highlight: 

Video: Diversity Partners Focus on Frederick County, MD
The NIDILRR-funded project The Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community (90DP0065) has posted a video, Diversity Partners Focus on Frederick County, MD. The video highlights one agency's experience working with Diversity Partners to pilot a training program to improve the skills and knowledge of agency staff to better serve job seekers with disabilities and employers in the region. The video is available on YouTube.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Inducted Into the NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame
Douglas J. Usiak, co-investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) (990DP0054) and principal investigator of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Independent Living Management (RRTC-ILM) (H133B000002) (2000-2006), will be inducted into the New York State Independent Living Council's Hall of Fame during the 1st Annual New York State Disability Rights Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Dinner in April. The Hall of Fame inductions recognize the life-long achievements of individuals who have had a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities in society.

TBI Model System Researcher to Receive 2018 Moody Prize
Mark Sherer, PhD, co-principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Texas Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System of TIRR (90DPTB0016), will receive the 2018 Robert L. Moody Prize presented by the University of Texas Medical Branch Health, School of Health Professions and The Transitional Learning Center of Galveston. The Moody Prize recognizes distinguished contributions in applied brain injury rehabilitation and research. The award will be presented at the Galveston Brain Injury Conference in May.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: ADA Live! Small Business and the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host the 53rd episode of ADA Live!, Small Business and the ADA, February 7th, 1-1:30pm ET. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires businesses to make reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities under Title I of the ADA; however, Title I only applies to businesses that have more than 15 employees. Title III of the ADA requires businesses, regardless of the number of employees, to make the goods and services they offer to the general public also available to customers and clients with disabilities. Presenters will discuss concerns small businesses have in accommodating their employees, how advocates can support small businesses in making their facilities accessible, and future challenges small business may meet, including website accessibility and the aging workforce. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

TechSAge Design Competition
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge) (90RE5016) seeks entrants for the 2018 TechSAge Design Competition, open to college students around the world to develop innovative technology-enabled solutions that could improve the lives of older adults aging with disability. Students may enter individually or in teams and are encouraged to partner with an older adult to develop a creative solution to meet the needs of older adults with disabilities facing everyday challenges in areas such as health at home, social connectedness, active lifestyles, and community mobility. Up to 10 finalists will be selected to receive $250 and compete for the First Place Prize of $1,000. Applications must be submitted by March 25th. For more information, please visit the competition's Rules and Regulations webpage.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

New Report Focuses on Health and Safety in Group Homes
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), along with stakeholders from the US Department of Justice and US Department of State, have issued a Joint Report: Ensuring Beneficiary Health and Safety in Group Homes Through State Implementation of Comprehensive Compliance Oversight (PDF). The report follows recent audits which found that individuals with developmental disabilities living in group homes often experienced serious injuries and medical conditions that resulted in emergency room visits. The report includes workable, holistic solutions that states can use to protect the health and safety of their residents living in group homes. The website also includes information on model practices, videos, and related reports.