News and Notes 33 September 12

This issue includes Issue Briefs on employment and youth with disabilities, quick poll on the Affordable Care Act, 2012 National Employment Conference, case study on the iPod Touch showing that it is an effective tool for people with autism spectrum disorders, new Perspective article on health insurance-motivated disability enrollment, and a one summit focused on educational strategies and psychosocial interventions for children with TBI.

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Resource Highlight: 

Issue Briefs on Employment and Youth with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities (H133A100007) publishes regular Issue Briefs on research in successful transition to employment for youth with disabilities. The latest issue, Post-School Outcomes for Transitioning Youth with Developmental Disabilities - Can We Predict Integrated Employment? (available in HTML or PDF), discusses the results of a study which sought to identify those variables that best predict the various types of integrated employment outcomes (competitive and other) for youth with developmental disabilities.

News items: 

NIDRR Research in the News
A case study from the NIDRR-funded project Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (VCU ASC Career Links) (H133A080027) showing that an iPod Touch is an effective tool to improve employment outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorders appeared in The Atlantic and the Los Angeles Times, as well as media outlets in India, Italy, and Spain. This study was also highlighted in the Scientific American 60-Second Tech podcast.

New Research in Health Insurance, Disability, and the ACA
The NIDRR-funded field initiated project Assessing the Impact of Medicare-D on SSDI Beneficiaries (H133G070055) published a new Perspectives article, Health Insurance-Motivated Disability Enrollment and the ACA, in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article highlights potential reduction of enrollment in disability programs as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The article is available free of charge from the NEJM website.

Grantee event: 

TBI Summit: Education, Research, and Practice
Join the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Interventions for Children and Youth with TBI (H133A120030) November 15th for a one-day summit focused on educational strategies and psychosocial interventions for children with TBI. The program includes a series of presentations and panel discussions that explore the current state of educational research in TBI and how to translate the research into practice. The presenters will feature evidence-based educational strategies and psychosocial interventions to support children with TBI. The summit, to be held at the Columbus Convention Center, is open to educators, professionals, and families interested in learning about evidence-based practices in childhood TBI. The TBI Summit is one of several held in conjunction with the 2012 OCALI Conference. Registration and program information for the conference and summits are available from the conference website.


Quick Poll for September
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090002) continues its "quick poll" series with this 1-question poll on the Affordable Care Act.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

2012 National Employment Conference
The 2012 National Employment Conference, "The New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent," is now accepting proposals for presentations due no later than Tuesday, September 25th, 2012. The conference, presented December 5th to 7th by the National Technical Assistance Partnership, includes the following five themes: 1) Collaborating with Business; 2) High Growth Fields; 3) Bridging Research and Practice; 4) Opportunities in “Middle Skills Jobs”; and 5) Employment for Specific Populations. A detailed description of the Call for Presenters and the online presentation submission form are available from the conference website.