News and Notes 336 October 31

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC offers research and resources for accessibility technology in the workplace in its Spotlight blog; photos and videos from NIDILRR's 40th Anniversary celebration now available from the Administration for Community Living Blog; Research in Focus features active video gaming for people with physical disabilities with the use of an adapted balance board; the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) provides updates on TBI treatment, including long-term recovery, in the September issue of its quarterly newsletter, TBI Updates; the New England ADA Regional Center receives NDEAM Community Recognition Award from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts the 2018 Online KT Conference, "Engaging Ways to Engage Stakeholders"; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Episode 62: Airport Accessibility and the ADA, latest episode of its ADA Live! webcast series; the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (UPMC-SCI) seeks wheelchair-user participants for a study on online wheelchair transfer training; the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor and the Campaign for Disability Employment launch new public service announcement, Working Works, highlighting the importance of helping workers experiencing temporary or permanent disability remain active in the workforce.

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2018-10-31
NARIC news: 

As National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) draws to a close we shine a spotlight on the importance of technology to building an inclusive workforce. So many of today's jobs require some interaction with technology, from business email and other communication to complex robotics on an assembly line. Therefore, it is important for organizations to choose or build technology solutions that can be accessed and operated by all employees, including those with disabilities. On the other side of that coin, specifically designed assistive technologies may be crucial for a person with a disability to participate fully in their workplace. Examples include a screen reader for a computer or a modified piece of farming equipment. Learn more about research and resources for accessible technology in the workplace in our Spotlight blog.

Resource Highlight: 

TBI Updates from UWTBIMS
The NIDILRR-funded University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) (90DPTB0008) has published the September 2018 issue (PDF) of TBI Updates, their quarterly newsletter. This issue includes an interview with a 20-year TBI survivor and an article about the factors associated with long-term recovery. This issue also discusses a study on the characterization and treatment of chronic pain after moderate to severe TBI and highlights project staff achievements.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR’s 40th Anniversary Celebration – Photos and Video Now Available
On October 18th, 2018, leaders and pioneers from the disability community gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of NIDILRR. The event brought together Directors from throughout NIDILRR's history, celebrated featured accomplishments and contributions made to the field by NIDILRR grantees, and focused on the future direction of disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research. The program included remarks by the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, who presented a special award to Dr. Margaret Giannini, NIDILRR’s first director. Photos, videos, and an overview of the afternoon’s activities are now available from the Administration for Community Living Blog.

Research In Focus:
Ready Player One: With Some Design Tweaks, People with Physical Disabilities Could Join in Active Video Gaming Using an Adapted Balance Board
Active video gaming can be a fun way to engage in physical activity, and with an adapted balance board anyone can join in, in this week's Research In Focus.

News items: 

New England ADA Regional Center Receives NDEAM Award
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0023) received the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Community Recognition Award from the Transportation Diversity Committee at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The award was presented on October 15th. In addition, Kathy Gips, the center's Director of Training and Technical Assistance, received the Thomas P. Hopkins Access Award from the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) for her work in disability access. The award was presented during the 2018 MOD Disability Summit.

Grantee event: 

2018 Online Knowledge Translation Conference
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DPKT0001) will host the 2018 Online KT Conference, November 5th, 7th, and 9th. This year's theme is "Engaging Ways to Engage Stakeholders." Presenters will discuss the importance of incorporating stakeholder participation into project planning and implementation. Presenters will also discuss how and when to engage stakeholders, and the impact that outreach may have on stakeholders. Registration is free and required.

ADA Live! Airport Accessibility and the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host Episode 62: Airport Accessibility and the ADA, the latest episode in the ADA Live! webcast series, November 7th, 1-1:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss the role of the ADA and the Title IV Coordinator in airports, challenges to airport accessibility, and ways to make air travel comfortable and convenient for people with disabilities. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

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 to 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: 

New NDEAM PSA: Working Works
The Office of Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor and the Campaign for Disability Employment launched a new public service announcement (PSA), Working Works, as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The PSA highlights the importance of helping workers who experience temporary or permanent disability remain active in the workforce. The PSA features baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., and three other individuals sharing their stories of working together with employers, healthcare professionals, and others to ensure that continued employment is part of the conversation early and often during the recovery process.