News and Notes 343 December 19

NARIC had an exciting year, celebrating NIDILRR's 40th anniversary, publishing 30-plus issues of Research in Focus, and adding more than 900 recently-published NIDILRR-funded products to its REHABDATA database; News and Notes is on hiatus until January 9th, 2019; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication publishes a series of videos showcasing the perspectives of consumers on AAC; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement is cited in United Nations' flagship report on disability and development for 2018; principal investigator for the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center receives the 2019 Rosenthal Memorial Lecture Award from the American Psychological Association's Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, recognizing her achievements in improving rehabilitation care for patients with TBI; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Entrances, Doors, and Gates; the Department of Health and Human Services is accepting comments on the objectives for Healthy People 2030, an initiative that assists HHS in setting its and the nation's public health agenda.

Date sent: 
2018-12-19
NARIC news: 

2018 is winding down but we had an exciting year, including the celebration of NIDILRR's 40th anniversary! We published more than 30 issues of our Research In Focus series, highlighting exciting new findings from the grantee community. We added more than 900 recently-published NIDILRR-funded products to our REHABDATA database. We look forward to spending time with family and friends and making plans for the new year.This is the last issue of News and Notes for 2018. News and Notes will be on hiatus through the holidays and will return January 9th, 2019. We wish you all the best for the New Year!

Resource Highlight: 

Videos on Consumer Perspectives of AAC
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC) (90RE5017) has published a series of videos that showcase the perspectives of consumers on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The videos cover various topics related to AAC, including using AAC supports to live an active life with full participation in employment and the community, the dangers of limited expectations and the importance of opportunities and equity, consumers' experience with AAC, and more.

News items: 

EPM RRTC Research Cited in UN Report
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM RRTC) (90RT5013) is cited in Realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by, for, and with Persons with Disabilities (PDF), the United Nations flagship report on disability and development for 2018. The report cites an EPM RRTC study that found that working age persons with disabilities are more likely to be poor than those without disabilities, no matter what measure of poverty is used. The first two sustainable development goals are ending poverty and ending hunger for all persons with disabilities.

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Rosenthal Award
Jeanne Hoffman, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) (90DPTB0008), received the 2019 Rosenthal Memorial Lecture Award from the American Psychological Association's Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. This award recognizes Dr. Hoffman’s achievements, contributions, and leadership in improving rehabilitation care for individuals with TBI, and the lasting imprint of her accomplishments in the field of rehabilitation psychology. Dr. Hoffman will present the award lecture at the Rehabilitation Psychology Conference in February 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Accessible Entrances, Doors, and Gates
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Accessible Entrances, Doors, and Gates, January 3rd, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters from the US Access Board will discuss scoping and technical requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) for entrances, doors, and gates. Presenters will review in detail the specifications for maneuvering clearances at doors using images and animations to better explain the rationale behind these provisions. They will also address recessed doors, automatic doors and gates, doors in a series, door hardware, and other topics. Registration is free and required. Continuing education credits are available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Public Comment Period for Healthy People 2030
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is accepting comments on the objectives for Healthy People 2030, an initiative that assists HHS in setting its and the nation's public health agenda. Healthy People 2030 will have core, developmental, and research objectives. The public may comment on individual core objectives (PDF). The public may also comment on the set of developmental and research objectives for each topic. Comments may be submitted through the website or to HP2030@hhs.gov. The public comment period is open until January 17th, 2019.