News and Notes 304 March 14

NARIC blog features resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month; Research in Focus discusses comparisons made by wheelchair and scooter users of the usability of different public bus layouts; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes Moving Along to Employment, slideshows introducing benefits of employment and supports for employment success of people with mental health conditions; co-director of University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury is recognized as a health hero in January issue of O Magazine; researcher from Frazier Rehabilitation and Neuroscience Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (FRNSCIMS) was interviewed for RehabCast, the podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks participants for a survey of adults with disabilities regarding health insurance and health care services; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center to host webinar, Disability Harassment in the Workplace, featuring presenters from the Southwest ADA Regional Center; Northeast ADA Regional Center to host webinar, Access for All: The ADA and Older People; US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers free accessible forms, publications, and assistance to taxpayers with disabilities.

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2018-03-14
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, led by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). BIAA aims to "change your mind" about traumatic brain injury (TBI), raising awareness in the community to destigmatize TBI, empower survivors and their families, and promote the many types of support available to people living with TBI. The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) will bring research and resources from the NIDILRR community when they participate in TBI Stakeholder Day, hosted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) on March 19th, as well as Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill, hosted by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force on March 20th. In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, we shared some additional resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to raise awareness about TBI in our blog.

Research In Focus:
One-Size May Not Fit All: Wheelchair and Scooter Users Compare the Usability of Different Public Bus Layouts
In this week’s Research In Focus, researchers tested three bus models with wheelchair and scooter users to see which designs made it easier to board, wheel into place, and disembark.

Resource Highlight: 

Moving Along to Employment Slide Shows
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (990RT5029) has published Moving Along to Employment, a series of brief slide shows that introduce the benefits of employment for people with mental health conditions and the supports available for employment success. These slide shows are targeted to individuals in recovery, family members, and service providers and cover topics such as overcoming barriers, introducing work incentives, and building readiness for work. Each slide show includes a one-question quiz and links to resources for additional information. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

NIDILRR Investigator Recognized as a Health Hero
Rory Cooper, PhD, co-director of the NIDILRR-funded University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (90SI5008), was recognized as one of 11 Everyday Heroes Who Bring Health Care to Those in Need in the January issue of O Magazine. The article discusses Dr. Cooper's long career in research and development, and the innovative technology he and his teams have developed to support the independence of individuals with disabilities including wheeled mobility, technology for recreation, and other assistive technology.

NIDILRR Research Highlighted in RehabCast
Alexander Ovechkin, MD, PhD, from the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Frazier Rehabilitation and Neuroscience Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (FRNSCIMS) (90SI5004), was interviewed in this month's episode of RehabCast, the podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR). Dr. Ovechkin discussed the project's article on respiratory training in chronic spinal cord injury (abstract), published in the most recent issue of APMR.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Disability Harassment in the Workplace
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Disability Harassment in the Workplace, March 21st, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters from the NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Regional Center (90DP0092) will discuss the growing trend of disability harassment in the workplace. Topics will include the difference between workplace harassment and bullying, harassment in the disability context, identifying types of adverse conduct, exploration of selected case law and practical applications, available guidance, and useful takeaways. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Access for All - The ADA and Older People
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) will host a webinar, Access for All: The ADA and Older People, March 21st, 1-2 pm ET. Presenters will discuss how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to and affects older adults, effective communication techniques when serving people with hearing disabilities, and ways to ensure that programs and services are accessible to older people. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Health Care Survey
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) (90DP0075) is conducting a survey of adults with disabilities about getting and using health insurance and health care services. The online survey is open to adults 18 to 62 years old with any type of disability and any type of health insurance. Responses are anonymous. Qualified participants may enter to win a $100 gift card.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

IRS Offers Accessible Forms, Publications, and Assistance for Taxpayers with Disabilities
The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers free assistance to taxpayers who qualify through two programs: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE). Through these programs, volunteers assist people with disabilities, seniors, those who have low income, and others who may need special help in preparing their basic tax returns. The IRS also provides accessible forms and publications and other resources for taxpayers with disabilities.