News and Notes 311 May 2

In observance of Mental Health Month, the NARIC Spotlight blog features research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that may help individuals with psychiatric disabilities forcus on wellness; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes new resource, Let's Talk Employment: A Guide for Family Members of Individuals in Mental Health Recovery; principal investigator for Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) was interviewed for article on the employment of people with disabilities in the Concord Monitor newspaper; co-investigator at Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) to receive Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (UPMC-SCI) seeks participants for study on the effectiveness of an online wheelchair transfer training program; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement to host May episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series; Pacific ADA Regional Center to host webinar, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) Town Hall; National Institutes of Health (NIH) will officially launch the All of Us Research Program to advance precision medicine, taking into account personal factors such as place of residence, occupation, and family health history to determine optimal treatment choices.

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2018-05-02
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The month of May is host to a full calendar of events and observances, starting with Mental Health Month, sponsored by Mental Health America. The theme is Fitness 4Mind4Body, spotlighting tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together. Research has shown that people with psychiatric disabilities may be at high risk for being overweight, which can lead to cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and other conditions. Programs that focus on physical wellness for people with psychiatric disabilities may help lower those risks. We looked at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere which may help individuals with psychiatric disabilities focus on wellness in our Spotlight blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Let's Talk Employment: A Guide for Family Members of Individuals in Mental Health Recovery
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (90RT5029) has published a new resource, Let's Talk Employment: A Guide for Family Members of Individuals in Mental Health Recovery. The guide is a resource for families who wish to support their family member in getting and keeping employment. The guide covers 15 major topics related to employment and recovery and is a companion to the Family Members portion of the Employment Repository. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

NIDILRR Investigator Interviewed by Concord Monitor
Andrew Houtenville, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (990RT5022), was interviewed for an article, With low unemployment, advocates push employers to hire people with disabilities, in a recent issue of the Concord Monitor newspaper. Dr. Houtenville discussed the gains in employment for people with disabilities, along with possible market conditions that may be contributing to this progress. The article also discusses some barriers to employment for people with disabilities, such as cuts to programs.

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Cantor Award
Anthony Lequerica, PhD, co-investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) (90DPTB0003) will receive the Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Cantor Scholar Award recognizes a professional whose work embodies the spirit of Dr. Cantor’s endeavors and achievements, which aimed to provide solace, meaning, and hope to individuals with TBI. The award recognizes Dr. Lequerica's work examining sleep/wake abnormalities after brain injury and their impact on cognitive functioning, fatigue, and engagement in rehabilitation therapies, as well as how cultural issues impact brain injury rehabilitation outcomes. The award will be presented at the ACRM annual meeting later this year.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: nTIDE Lunch & Learn
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (90RT5037) will host the May episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series, May 4th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss findings of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Report release as well as programs and research across the country addressing employment and disability. The webinar includes a period for questions from the audience. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: FEMA ODIC Town Hall
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DO0081) will host a webinar, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) Town Hall, May 9th, 2:30-4pm ET. FEMA ODIC Director Linda Mastandrea will present FEMA's strategic plan and will discuss how the community can leverage the plan's approach to be successful in collaborating with state, local, territorial, and tribal partners in inclusive emergency management. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Study on Online Transfer Training
The NIDILRR-funded University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (UPMC-SCI) (90SI5014) seeks participants for a study to determine the effectiveness of an online wheelchair transfer training program. The program uses an interactive training module, which includes videos and photographs of the transfer techniques as well as advice for caregivers. Participants must be between 18 and 75 years old, use a manual or power wheelchair for the majority of their mobility needs, and be able transfer independently using the seated pivot method. Additional eligibility information is available online. Individuals may also view the training without participating in the study.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - All of Us Research Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will officially launch the All of Us Research Program on May 6th, with online and community programs across the US beginning at 12pm ET. The goal of the All of Us Research Program is to advance precision medicine, which takes into account factors like where a person lives, what they do, and their family health history to find treatment that will work best for that individual. All of Us participants agree to share health data which can be used by researchers to explore how these factors can impact health. Nationwide events will introduce All of Us and encourage participation by one million or more individuals from diverse communities, including individuals with disabilities and those from minority communities. Events include online streams of guest speakers at NIH, and local health fairs and art and educational programs in eight cities.