News and Notes 332 October 3

NARIC Spotlight blog features information including access to research and tools at National SCI, TBI, and Burn Injury Databases; registration for NIDILRR's 40th Anniversary Celebration closes after October 5th; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes two new editions of its Recovery & Rehabilitation Newsletter: Self-Employment and Disclosure and Job Accommodations; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disabilities in Rural Communities publishes article, Disability rates in the path of Hurricane Florence, part of the Disability in American Map Series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities hosts webinar, What is a Job Coach? An Overview of the Role of a Job Coach in the Workplace Part 2; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement hosts Episode 10 of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center conducts interviews with individuals with burn injury, along with their caregivers and registered nurses (RNs); the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Campaign for Disability Employment publishes blog article, Inclusive Apprenticeship Programs: Bridging the Technology Skills Gap.

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2018-10-03
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What impact can spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), or burn injury have over a lifetime? How do factors like age or ethnicity change the outcome for people with these injuries? NIDILRR funds three longitudinal databases in SCI, TBI, and burn injury which can help answer questions like these. The model system centers all contribute data to these databases, which they collect from people who have received treatment at their centers and following their progress over the years. These rich data collections can be used by researchers, policy makers, and others to answer important questions about the life course of these traumatic injuries. Learn more about the National SCI, TBI, and Burn Injury Databases, how to access and use the data, and some of the research and tools created with these data sets in our Spotlight blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Recovery & Rehabilitation: Self-Employment and Disclosure and Job Accommodations
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (90RT5029) has published two new editions of its Recovery & Rehabilitation newsletter. Self-Employment (PDF) includes questions and answers on self-employment such as the steps to take when starting a business, special small business assistance programs, resources for people with justice involvement, and examples of self-employment businesses. Disclosure and Job Accommodations (PDF) includes questions and answers on disclosure and accommodations, including when and how to disclose the need for an accommodation, whom to engage to request accommodations, sample workplace situations and accommodation solutions, and resources about disclosure and accommodations. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Celebrate NIDILRR's 40th Anniversary - Registration Closes October 5th
Registration is closing soon for NIDILRR's 40th Anniversary Celebration, October 18th, 1-5pm ET, at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC. The event will bring together Directors from throughout NIDILRR's history, celebrate featured accomplishments and contributions made to the field by NIDILRR grantees, and focus on the future direction of disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research. Registration is required and space is limited. Please register by October 5th. Due to overwhelming response, new registrants will be seated in an overflow room. Questions may be sent to nidilrr.acl.40@neweditions.net.

News items: 

RTC: Rural Maps Highlight Importance of Inclusive Disaster Preparedness
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (90RT5025) published an article, Disability rates in the path of Hurricane Florence, part of the Disability in American Map Series, showing the high rates of disability in counties in the path of the recent hurricane. The maps show counties with high rates of disability just inland from the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and counties with 10,000 or more residents with disabilities throughout the Carolinas and the northern coast of Florida. State and local emergency management agencies can use this information for more effective inclusive disaster planning.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: What is a Job Coach? An Overview of the Role of a Job Coach in the Workplace Part 2
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-EP) (90RT5041) will host a webinar, What is a Job Coach? An Overview of the Role of a Job Coach in the Workplace Part 2, October 16th, 2-2:15pm ET. Presenters will discuss the process of moving forward after hiring a person with disabilities, including what employers can expect from a job coach from the time the person is hired until they are independent in their position. Part 1 of this webinar is available in the archive. Registration is free and required.

nTIDE Lunch & Learn Series
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (90RT5027) will host Episode 10 of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar, October 5th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss the September Jobs Report, to be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and how it fits into longer term employment trends for people with disabilities in the US. Guest presenters will also discuss recent research in employment and psychiatric disability. nTIDE Lunch & Learn sessions air the first Friday of each month. Registration is free and required

Participate: 

Interviews with Individuals, Caregivers, and RNs to Understand Health Information Needs
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) is conducting interviews with individuals with burn injury, along with their caregivers and registered nurses (RNs). Eligibility criteria and compensation information are available from the study page. Answers from these interviews will be used to better understand the health information needs of individuals and their personal and professional care providers, and to study research engagement among these groups.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Inclusive Apprenticeship Can Bridge the Technology Skills Gap
The Office of Disability Employment Policy's Campaign for Disability Employment has published a blog article, Inclusive Apprenticeship Programs: Bridging the Technology Skills Gap, highlighting the promise of inclusive apprenticeships to address needed skills in the technology industry. Technology apprenticeship programs combine classroom-based learning with on-the-job training, and are a proven way for companies to build more diverse teams. The article brings specific attention the skills, talents, and perspectives of individuals with disabilities to address the shortage of accessibility skills in the technology industry.