News and Notes 338 November 14

NARIC Spotlight blog highlights information resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Family Caregivers Month; Research in Focus discusses challenges to healthy weight maintenance for people with traumatic brain injuries; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) introduces new podcast series, Collab Chats, highlighting community inclusion research from NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation and Research Training Centers; MyLife and Goal Guide, life management apps for users with cognitive disabilities developed by Cognitopia, is featured in Eugene Register-Guard newspaper article; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork) hosts webinar, What Does Choice Really Mean When We Talk About Employment?; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Lessons from Case Law Part 1: The Interactive Process; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks participants for survey of individuals who are blind or with visual impairments about their experiences with job retention and career advancement; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) release new infographics on the caregiving in the United States, using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

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November is National Family Caregivers Month, an opportunity for communities across the country to come together to support and recognize the contributions and sacrifices made on a daily basis by family caregivers of all ages. This Saturday is also National Information and Referral Day, bringing attention to those who staff hotlines, reference desks, and information centers connecting people to support resources in their community. This week our Spotlight blog is highlighting some of the information resources available from the NIDILRR community, as well as other agencies and organizations, for family caregivers to add to their "toolbox" of support.

Research In Focus:
Being Overweight or Obese May be Linked to Poorer Health for People with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Maintaining a healthy weight may be a challenge for TBI survivors, this week's Research In Focus reports.

Resource Highlight: 

Collab Chats: A New Podcast Series from the TU Collaborative
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) is introducing a new podcast series, Collab Chats, which highlights center research projects as well as community inclusion research from other NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation and Research Training Centers. For the first episode, presenters talk with Principal Investigator Mark Salzer, PhD, about the fundamentals of community inclusion, the history of the TU Collaborative, and more. The podcast is available on multiple platforms and full transcripts of each episode are available to download.

News items: 

MyLife and Goal Guide Featured in Eugene Register-Guard
MyLife and Goal Guide, life management apps for children and adults with cognitive disabilities developed by Congitopia under several NIDILRR Field Initiated and Small Business Innovation Research grants (90IF0008, 90BI0008, 90IF0105, H133SI30031) is featured in A growing customer base, and some six-figure grants, help a Eugene app maker grow in the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper. The article describes how a student with autism uses both apps to manage his school day. Project Director Thomas Keating, PhD, describes the early development of these apps and plans for upcoming projects.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: What Does Choice Really Mean When We Talk About Employment
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork) (90RT5028) will host a webinar, What Does Choice Really Mean When We Talk About Employment?, November 27th, 3-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss the challenges, risks, and rewards of a life of work. Presenters will explore ideas and challenges related to risk and empowerment that can increase expectations and vision for employment for people with disabilities. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: ADA Lessons from Case Law Part 1: The Interactive Process
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, ADA Lessons from Case Law Part 1: The Interactive Process, November 20th, 12:30 - 1:15pm ET. Presenters will review recent court cases and will discuss what the courts are saying about the interactive process of the ADA, which requires that employees and employers work collaboratively, communicate, and share information to identify accommodations that are reasonable and effective. Presenters will also discuss practical strategies to help employees and employers engage in the interactive process in good faith. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Job Retention and Career Advancement Survey
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5040) is conducting a survey of individuals who are blind or who have other visual impairments about their experiences with job retention and career advancement. The survey is open to any individuals who are employed or may have been employed in the past. Participants who complete the survey may enter to win a drawing for a $100 gift card.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Caregiving Infographics from the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released new infographics on the caregiving in the US. Caregivers provide regular care or assistance to a friend or family member with a disability or health problem. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the infographics boldly display demographics and statistics on caregiving in individual states and nationwide, including time commitment, tasks performed, and potential growth in caregiving rates in the future.