News and Notes 309 April 18

NARIC blog looks at research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere based on data collected by the Social Security Administration (SSA), as well as resources for Social Security beneficiaries, in observance of National Social Security Month; Research in Focus features work of peer support specialists to help clients with psychiatric disabilities find and keep jobs; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood posts presentations from the 2018 Youth and Young Adult Mental Health State-of-the-Science Conference; principal investigator of project on Examining Determinants of Negative Attribution Bias in People with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) interviewed about alexithymia in recent issue of US News & World Report; investigator for Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury System Center, Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center, and Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System to receive Edward Lowman Award from American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) offers free six-week online course on self-management for people with SCI and other mobility limitations living with diabetes; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Let's Jump In: Swimming Pools and Spas, giving overview of requirements for compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design; Social Security Administration (SSA) hosts webinar, Ticket to Work for Young Adults, discussing the Ticket to Work program for young people with disabilities who are ready to work.

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April is National Social Security Month, celebrated by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and highlighting the agency's mission and purpose to support Americans throughout life's journey from birth to marriage and into retirement. When people think about Social Security, they may only think about retirement benefits. However, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are two SSA programs which provide assistance to people with disabilities. As part of its duties in administering these programs, SSA collects and manages a wealth of data about beneficiaries, programs, and services. This data is used by NIDILRR grantees and others to conduct research to understand the state of disability in America, improve policies and procedures within SSA programs, and identify promising practices that benefit the employment, health, and participation of individuals with disabilities. In today's blog post, we looked at some of this research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, as well as resources for beneficiaries to help them manage their benefits and plan for the future.

Research In Focus:
Peer Support Specialists May Offer Unique Support for People with Psychiatric Disabilities in Finding and Keeping Jobs
Peer support specialists who have lived experience with psychiatric disability may offer unique support for their clients, this week's Research In Focus finds.

Resource Highlight: 

2018 Youth and Young Adult Mental Health State-of-the-Science Conference Presentations
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (90RT5031) has posted presentations from the 2018 Youth and Young Adult Mental Health State-of-the-Science Conference, presented during the 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health in March. Presentations covered research on youth and young adults with mental health disabilities, including topics such as enhancing the young adult voice in research, developing academic self-management skills, employment, justice involvement, and transition to the workplace. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

TBI Researcher Interviewed for US News & World Report
Dawn Neumann, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded project on Examining Determinants of Negative Attribution Bias in People with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (90IF0095) was interviewed in When you can't put your feelings into words: The emotional ignorance of alexithymia, in a recent issue of US News & World Report. Alexithymia is characterized by an inability to recognize, identify, and describe one's emotions, and can be caused by TBI. Dr. Neumann described how TBI disrupts parts of the brain that are responsible for processing emotions, treatment to address alexithymia, and current research on emotional self-awareness.

NIDILRR Researcher to Receive Edward Lowman Award
Ross Zafonte, DO, co-investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (90DPTB0011), and principal investigator for the Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) (90SI5020) and the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System (90DPBU0001), will receive the Edward Lowman Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Edward Lowman Award recognizes those who energetically promote the spirit of interdisciplinary rehabilitation. The award recognizes Dr. Zafonte's involvement in care and research for those with traumatic brain injury (TBI), including sports-related and service-related concussion. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of ACRM later this year.

Grantee event: 

Online Self-Management Program Tailored to People with Mobility Disabilities Living with Diabetes
The NIDILRR-funded Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) (90SI5021) is offering a free six-week online course on self-management for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other mobility limitations living with diabetes. Registration is open now for classes running May 7th through June 11th, or May 14th through June 18th. The course includes six self-paced sessions and two 1-hour virtual group sessions. The course is offered in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Healthy Living Center of Excellence and is available nationwide. To enroll or to obtain more information, contact Kimberley Warsett at 617/624-5540 or Kimberley.Warsett@state.ma.us.

Webinar: Let's Jump In - Swimming Pools and Spas
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Let's Jump In: Swimming Pools and Spas, April 24th, 2-2:30pm ET. Presenters from the US Access Board will provide an overview of the minimum scoping and technical requirements for newly constructed and altered pools required to comply with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. This is the first in a three-part series on recreational facilities. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Webinar: Ticket to Work for Young Adults
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will host a webinar, Ticket to Work for Young Adults, April 25th, 3-4:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss the SSA's Ticket to Work program and support services for young people with disabilities who are ready to work. The presentation will include tips for transition to employment, information on Ticket to Work and Work Incentives for young adults, and how Ticket to Work service providers can help young people reach for employment success. Registration is free and required.