News and Notes 30 August 22

This issue includes a development of “Getting Involved in Research and Training” guide, a survey of user needs to gather data on how people with disabilities use wireless technologies, a call for abstracts for the Center for Excellence on Disability Research conference, research in community participation for people with mental illness, model system research presentation at ASCIP, and a release of Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics.

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Resource Highlight: 

Getting Involved in Research and Training
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities Lifespan Health and Function (H133B080009) has a new guide developed in partnership with the National Gateway to Self-Determination. The new guide, Getting Involved in Research and Training: A Guide for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, takes the reader through the what, why, and how of participating in research projects. It is available free as a PDF from the RRTCADD's website and the National Gateway to Self-Determination website. 

News items: 

New Research in Community Participation for People with Mental IllnessThe NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (H133B100028) at Temple University announced two new peer-reviewed publications. Geographic access to and availability of community resources for persons diagnosed with severe mental illness in Philadelphia, USA appears in Health & Place. Community participation as a predictor of recovery-oriented outcomes among emerging and mature adults with mental illnesses appears in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Both are available from the TU Collaborative website.

Model System Research to be Presented at ASCIP
Researchers from the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (H133N110020) at the Kessler Foundation will present recent findings in spinal cord injury research during Beyond Boundaries: The 2012 Conference of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP), September 3-6. Among the presentations, co-investigator John DeLuca, PhD, will give the James J. Peters Memorial Lecture. An overview of these presentations is available from the Kessler Foundation website.

Save the Date: Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics Release
The NIDRR-funded Disability Statistics and Demographics Research and Training Center (H133B120006) will release its 2012 Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics on November 28th. The Disability Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. The release, to be held in Washington DC, will also include the second annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable which provides an opportunity for disability advocates, policymakers, and researchers to discuss ways that research can assist policymakers in developing programs, policies, and legislation that support people with disabilities. Registration opens in September.The 2011 Disability Compendium is currently available online.

Grantee event: 

Reminder: KT4TT Knowledge Base Webcast TODAY 1pm EST
There is still time to register for today's webcast featuring the Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model game board (H133A080050) and a comprehensive repository of tools for generating new products through the methods of research, development, and production.


Survey of User Needs
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technologies (H133E110002) has an ongoing Survey of User Needs to gather data on how people with disabilities use wireless technologies. Results from the survey help the wireless industry develop new, more accessible technology. The survey, which includes an invitation to join the RERC's Consumer Advisory Network of more than 1,000 members nation-wide, is available online from the RERC website (paper and phone versions also available).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Call for Abstracts for the Center for Excellence on Disability Research Conference - March 2013
Mathematica Policy Research is seeking research abstracts to be presented at the Center of Excellence on Disability Research (CEDR) National Conference - Fulfilling the Promise: New Research on How Integrated and Coordinated Care Can Improve Outcomes for People with Disabilities. Abstracts are due October 15th. Topic and submission information are on the conference website.