News and Notes 303 March 7

In observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, NARIC's Spotlight blog explores research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere regarding intellectual disabilities; Research in Focus looks at proper use of safety equipment and protocols in paratransit vehicles; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) publishes Jump-Starting Community Inclusion: A Toolkit for Promoting Participation in Community Life; co-director of South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System and researcher at New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) will receive awards from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) at its September conference; Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC) publishes research in special issue of the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling (JARC); Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families seeks state legislators and advocates for interviews regarding the protection of the rights of parents with disabilities and their children; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) to host webinar, 2018 Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community; the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium publishes video, Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards.

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2018-03-07
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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, organized by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. The theme for #DDAwareness18 is See Me for Me, encouraging people to see individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a whole person, not just a person with a disability: to see them as fellow students, employees, parents, and community members. We explored research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to guide conversations with and about individuals with I/DD in the community in our Spotlight blog.

Research In Focus:
Passengers Who Use Wheelchairs or Scooters May Not Always be Properly Secured While Using Paratransit Services
This week's Research In Focus looks at proper use of safety equipment and protocols in paratransit vehicles, which offer important public transportation options for wheelchair and scooter users.

Resource Highlight: 

Toolkit for Promoting Participation in the Community
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) has published a new toolkit, Jump-Starting Community Inclusion: A Toolkit for Promoting Participation in Community Life. The toolkit contains 66 steps that community mental health providers can take to support people with psychiatric disabilities to participate in everyday community life. The toolkit also includes executable strategies and links to more than 100 publications and products to support inclusion efforts.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researchers to Receive ACRM Awards
Two members of the NIDILRR grantee community will receive awards from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). Mark S. Nash, PhD, co-director of the NIDILRR-funded South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System (90SI5023), will receive the 2018 John Stanley Coulter Award, which recognizes a professional whose lifetime achievements have contributed significantly to the field of rehabilitation. Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, a member of the NIDILRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) (90DP0038) and co-director of the Northern California Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Care (2007-2012) (H133A070038), will receive the 2018 Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award which recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed through mentorship to the development of early career rehabilitation professionals. Both awards will be presented at the ACRM conference in September.

NIDILRR Research Featured in Special Issue of JARC
The NIDILRR-funded Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC) (90RT5024) has published their work in Vocational Rehabilitation Experiences of Vulnerable Racial and Ethnic Populations: A Multi-Site Minority-Serving Institution Peer-Mentor Research Team Approach (PDF), a special issue of the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling (JARC). The full issue is devoted to LU-RRTC research and includes an introductory editorial and six articles that present research on the vocational rehabilitation experiences of people with disabilities from minority communities. The articles are available free in full text.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0077) will host a webinar, 2018 Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community, March 21st, 3-3:45pm ET. Presenters will give an update of the knowledge translation strategies they employ on their projects to increase the use of research previously funded by NIDILRR. Presenters will focus on projects translating evidence to support school-to-work transition and translating evidence about traumatic brain injury to practice in Washington State's Department of Corrections. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

State Legislators and Advocates Needed for Interviews
The NIDILRR-funded Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families (90DPGE0001) is conducting interviews with individuals who have worked on state legislation to protect the rights of parents with disabilities and their children. Qualified participants must speak English, be 18 years or older, and have been involved with state legislation related to parents with disabilities as a legislator, legislative staff, advocate, attorney, or child welfare professional. Participants involved in pending legislation may also qualify. Information gathered from these interviews will be used to develop technical resources for advocates and legislators. For more information or to participate in an interview, contact Robyn Powell, JD, at rpowell@brandeis.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

W3C Video Introduction to Web Accessibility
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a video, Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards, that discusses how the web has become an essential part of daily life for many people, including people with disabilities, and how accessibility is beneficial for everyone. The video also discusses different types of assistive technology, different methods to make websites accessible, and how WAI's standards and guidelines have been adopted around the world.