News and Notes 305 March 21

NARIC blog features resources from the NIDILRR community and elsehwere in observance of National Nutrition Month; Research In Focus discusses the neighborhood factors that may affect the acceptance and community involvement of people with psychiatric disabilities; Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) produced a videon on peer support after burn injury; registration and call for late-breaking papers/posters for the Interagency TBI Conference will be closing soon; NIDILRR researcher receives Jacobi Medallion; TBI research is highlighted in Brain Injury Professional Journal; the ADA National Network hosts #ADANetworkChat on Twitter; the Vocational Rehabilitation and Developing Strategies to Meet Employer Needs in Changing Economic Environments (Demand-Side-RRTC) hosts a webinar on expanding dialogue on autism; the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) adds eleven supplemental modules on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias to its training curriculum.

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National Nutrition Month, organized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is one of many national observances this March. Many of us aim for healthy food choices, from eating seasonally to meal planning and home cooking, but many people with disabilities may encounter additional challenges to meeting their wellness goals. We looked at some programs and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere designed to meet the unique needs and challenges people with disabilities experience on the path to wellness in our Spotlight Blog this week.

Research In Focus:
For People with Psychiatric Disabilities, Neighborhood Factors May Affect Acceptance and Community Involvement

This week's Research In Focus looks at attitudes toward people with psychiatric disabilities and the impact of stigma on their participation in the community.

Resource Highlight: 

Peer Support After Brain Injury: People Healing People
The NIDILRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) (90DPBU0001) has produced a video, Peer Support After Burn Injury: People Healing People. The 15-minute informational video explains how peer support, or support from a fellow survivor, can enhance recovery and quality of life for burn survivors and their loved ones. The video features several burn survivors, family members, and clinicians who share their experiences with peer support and discuss the many resources available. The video was produced in collaboration with the NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Interagency TBI Conference Registration and Call for Late-Breaking Papers/Posters - Closing Soon
The Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues its call for late-breaking oral papers and posters for the conference. The deadline to submit paper and poster proposals is March 31st. The theme of the 2018 conference is TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy. Registration is now open for this conference, which brings together clinicians, researchers, consumers, and policymakers to share cutting-edge advances in TBI research and clinical care that have occurred since the 2011 conference. The conference is scheduled for June 11th - 13th, in Washington, DC. Program and presenter information are available from the conference website.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Jacobi Medallion
Wayne Gordon, PhD, principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects on traumatic brain injury, recently received the Jacobi Medallion from the Mount Sinai Alumni Association and the Icahn School of Medicine. The Jacobi Medallion recognizes distinguished achievement in the field of medicine and extraordinary service to Mount Sinai Hospital and the School of Medicine.

TBI Research HIghlighted in Brain Injury Professional Journal
Researchers from several NIDILRR-funded projects on traumatic brain injury (TBI) contributed to a special issue of the journal Brain Injury Professional focusing on sleep disorders and TBI. Articles discuss recent research on sleep apnea and TBI, the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, circadian rhythms, and disturbance in the sleep-wake cycle after TBI. The journal is available free in full text.

Grantee event: 

#ADANetworkChat on Disability Language and Etiquette
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network (90DP0086) will host a Twitter chat focusing on disability language and etiquette, March 27th, 1-2pm ET. Participants can follow @ADANational on Twitter and join the discussion, post questions, and test their knowledge about disability language and etiquette using the #ADANetworkChat hashtag. No registration is required. Participants do not need a Twitter account to follow the discussion, but must be logged into an account to post or respond to questions.

Webinar: Expanding the Dialogue on Autism - Reflections on Research & Real Life in Employment
The NIDILRR-funded project on Vocational Rehabilitation and Developing Strategies to Meet Employer Needs in Changing Economic Environments (Demand-Side-RRTC) (90RT5016) will host a webinar, Expanding the Dialogue on Autism: Reflections on Research & Real Life in Employment, March 22nd, 2-3pm ET. This webinar is part of a series on Finding Employment Success on the Spectrum. Presenters will discuss ways that people on the autism spectrum are shattering outdated expectations about their potential, success, and engagement in employment. Registration is free and required. The previous webinar on education is available in the archive.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Caregiver Modules Added to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Curriculum
The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has added eleven supplemental modules to its Training Curriculum: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. These modules aim to train the primary care workforce about dementia caregiving and help family and other caregivers take care of their own health and understand and cope with the challenges of caregiving. Modules cover topics such as caregiving in general, shared decision-making, working with the healthcare team, assisted living and nursing home decisions, addressing behaviors, and self-care.