News and Notes 342 December 12

NARIC introduces the NIDILRR Announcements list as a resource for learning about new grant opportunities, including 60 new projects, ranging from Small Business Innovation Research Phase I studies to 5-year research centers; Research in Focus examines the impact of a brief counseling program to help people with muscle and joint conditions stay employed; Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center launches three new courses on Titles I, II, and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publish the November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, showing ongoing job growth for Americans with disabilities; LiveWell - The Information and Communication Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function selects three new AT apps as part of its App Factory development project; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) will combine its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, February 12th-13th, 2019; the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center seeks participants with traumatic brain injury to test an innovative self-management intervention promoting physical activity and healthy eating; the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services publish Language Access and Effective Communication During Response and Recovery: A Checklist for Emergency Responders.

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2018-12-12
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Each year around this time we're pleased to introduce the newest members of the NIDILRR grantee community, whose research activities have just started since October. This year, we are getting to know more than 60 new projects, ranging from 6-month Small Business Innovation Research Phase I studies to 5-year centers conducting research, development, and training. These projects cover a wide range of topics in disability and rehabilitation and span across the age spectrum. Each project has unique goals and objectives, and it's exciting for us to consider the impact these projects will have on the lives of people with disabilities now and into the future. Will we see your project on this list next year? Sign up for the NIDILRR Announcements list to stay up to date on new grant opportunities!

Research In Focus:
Brief Counseling May Help People with Muscle and Joint Conditions Stay Employed
Managing arthritis and other joint conditions can be a challenge in the workplace. This week's Research In Focus looks at the impact of a brief counseling program to help people with these conditions stay active on the job.

Resource Highlight: 

ADA Title I, II, and III Overview Courses
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0094) has launched three new courses on Titles I, II, and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), available through the Center's online course catalog. Title I Overview breaks down employer responsibilities and provides guidance for reasonable accommodations, effective communications, essential job functions, and service animals. Title II Overview provides detailed information on compliance for state and local governments, and clarifies terms such as undue burden, direct threat, and significant risk. Title III Overview provides detailed information for compliance in public accommodations, including construction and alterations. All courses are available free of charge and may include certifications.

News items: 

November nTIDE: Modest Increases Indicate Ongoing Job Growth
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) (90RTGE0001) have published the November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, finding modest gains in employment indicators for Americans with disabilities in November. These gains continue an upward trend observed for several months. This report and other news from the field were discussed in the December 7th Lunch & Learn webinar, archived on the nTIDE website.

2019 App Factory Development Projects Announced
The NIDILRR-funded LiveWell - The Information and Communication Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (90RE5023) has selected three new assistive technology apps for development and release in 2019 as part of its App Factory development project. The three selected apps offer solutions to a range of challenges that users with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities face and help support community participation and management of health conditions. Guidelines for the Care of People with Spina Bifida from the Spina Bifida Association is designed for both consumers and healthcare professionals. CompleteMyToDos is a task management app designed by Brain Education Strategies & Technology. Stress Assist, an app or "skill" for Amazon Echo designed by Duke University and Shepherd Center, assists people in managing the onset of episodes of post-traumatic stress.

Grantee event: 

EPM-RRTC State of the Science and Disability Statistics Compendium Release
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) will combine its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, February 12th and 13th, 2019. The two-day event will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC, and via webcast. On the first day, the conference will bring together scientists, administrators, and staff from disability programs, as well as leaders from disability policy and advocacy communities, to discuss the state of the science in disability statistics and employment policy and measurement. The second day will feature the release of the Disability Statistics Compendium, a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies, with related panel discussions. Registration is free for both days

Participate: 

Lifestyle Intervention After TBI in Dallas, TX
The NIDILRR-funded North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (90DPTB0003) is recruiting participants to test an innovative self-management intervention that promotes physical activity and healthy eating behaviors in people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Eligible participants must be between 18 and 64 years old, have sustained a TBI more than 6 months ago, and be interested in losing weight and a healthier lifestyle. Eligible individuals will be randomized to participate in either the intervention group or a TBI educational group. Participation includes classes at the Center in Dallas for one year, as well as five assessment visits. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Enhancing Language Access During Disaster Response and Recovery
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services have published Language Access and Effective Communication During Response and Recovery: A Checklist for Emergency Responders. The checklist includes recommendations, specific action steps, and effective practices to assist emergency responders in ensuring effective language access for people in their communities with sensory, communication, and print disabilities, as well as people who may not be proficient in English. The checklist provides some basic principles responders can use to communicate with various populations who have communication needs. The checklist also includes additional federal resources and tools for first responders.