News and Notes 301 February 21

NARIC offers heart health-related resources for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) in observance of American Heart Month; Research in Focus looks at increasing the intensity of walking therapy to improve walking ability for people with incomplete SCI; Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment has created the Student Technology Accommodations and Resources (STAR) Internet portal; research on direct support professionals (DSPs) from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) is included in report on the crisis state of the direct support workforce from the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID); Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants to share experiences for Burn Injury StoryShare, including how MSKTC resources such as factsheets, videos, and slideshows have influenced them; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults will host webinar, VR Counselor Transition Practices in "High Performing" States; the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will host webinar, Healthy People 2020 Progress Review: The Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Sensory and Communication Disorders.

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2018-02-21
NARIC news: 

February is American Heart Month, a great time to check your risk for cardiovascular disease and aim for healthy habits to reduce that risk. Did you know that hypertensive, ischemic, and other heart diseases are among the leading causes of death for people with spinal cord injury? While the injury itself may not increase the risk of heart disease, other factors that are common among people with SCI do increase risk, such as obesity and physical activity. In fact, across all disabilities, a greater percentage of adults are at risk for hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. Talk to your primary care provider about ways you can improve your heart health, including quitting smoking, increasing your physical activity if possible, and choosing heart-healthy foods.

Research In Focus:
Better, Stronger, Faster: How Exercising Harder May Help People with Incomplete SCI Improve Their Ability to Walk
This week's Research In Focus looks at whether increasing the intensity of walking therapy may lead to better walking ability for people with incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI).

Resource Highlight: 

Project CAREER STAR Internet Portal
The NIDILRR-funded Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment (90DP0062) has created the Student, Technology, Accommodations and Resources (STAR) internet portal. STAR serves as a platform to provide resources and support to college students with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families and caregivers, college advisors, educators, employers, health and rehabilitation providers, military/veterans, and advocates. The portal includes information about readily-available technology and apps that support college students and other people with TBI.

News items: 

PCPID Report Highlights the State of the Direct Support Workforce
Research on direct support professionals (DSPs) from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) is included in a report, America's Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities, and the US Economy, from the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). The report describes the current state of the DSP workforce as a crisis, noting that the average DSP wage is low, most work two or three jobs, and the industry sees high turnover rates. The report also explores how these issues affect individuals, families, and human services systems; the factors that contribute to these issues; and promising practices to strengthen the DSP workforce, including RTC/CL resources focused on business acumen, recruitment and retention strategies, and staff and supervisor competencies.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: VR Counselor Transition Practices in "High Performing" States
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults (90RT5034) will host a webinar, VR Counselor Transition Practices in "High Performing" States, February 27th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will summarize the results of a study soliciting feedback from VR counselors in 13 state VR agencies which produced the highest success rates for youths with disabilities between 16 and 24 years old. Presenters will also offer recommendations and implications for transition-related policy and practice and will describe some next steps in improving transition-related practices of VR counselors. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

MSKTC Seeks Participants for Burn Injury StoryShare
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DO0082) is collecting stories from burn injury survivors, their families and friends, and professionals through Burn Injury StoryShare. Individuals can share their stories about how resources developed by MSKTC, including factsheets, videos, and slideshows, have influenced them. The MSKTC will select a person with a burn injury, a family member or friend, and a professional to share his or her story with others through the MSKTC channels. Stories must be submitted by February 28th. Each person selected will also receive a $50 gift card.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Webinar: Healthy People 2020 Progress Review TOMORROW
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will host a webinar, Healthy People 2020 Progress Review: The Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Sensory and Communication Disorders, February 22nd, 12:30-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss progress toward Healthy People 2020 goals for hearing, vision, and other sensory and communication disorders. Presenters will also discuss a community-based health education and support program for adults with hearing loss and their families. Registration is free and required.