News and Notes 345 January 16

In the wake of last weekend's snow fall, NARIC offers information resources for readers with disabilities to navigate work commutes as well as play in the snow; Research in Focus discusses the common occurrence of recovery and independence after severe traumatic brain injury; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) publishes the 2019 Self-Directed Care Calendar, focused on personal medicine allowing a person with a serious mental illness to obtain their choice of resources for achieving their treatment goals; principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded studies on neurologic communication disorders receives the Honors of the Academy from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS); researchers from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments were interviewed for recent episode of WYPL-FM's Eye on Vision; the Great Lakes Regional ADA Center hosts webinar, Accessibility and Inclusion in K-12 Computer Science (CS) Education: Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in the CS for All Movement; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Trauma-Informed Care in Youth-/Young Adult-Serving Organizations; the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) host National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, linking young people to science-based facts about drugs, alcohol, and substance use disorders.

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2019-01-16
NARIC news: 

This week the DC area saw more than 10 inches of snow fall. With streets and sidewalks an icy mess, many people in the area opted to work remotely, or telework. This is an increasingly popular option for people who might not be able to work in a traditional office setting due to a disability or limited access to reliable transportation. Business owners and agency personnel might be reviewing policies and procedures for effective snow removal, which can have an impact on employees with disabilities who do plan to come in to the office. Of course, taking a snow day and using assistive technology to ski, sled, or play in the snow might be the best way to celebrate the first big snowfall of this winter. Either way, make sure you're prepared for the weather with this factsheet from AbleData!

Research In Focus:
Recovery and Independence Are Common After Severe TBI
This week's Research In Focus finds that, while many people experience disorders of consciousness after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), recovery and independence are common, even within the first year.

Resource Highlight: 

2019 Self-Directed Care Calendar
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) (90RTCP0001) at Temple University has published the 2019 Self-Directed Care Calendar. The calendar focuses on personal medicine, a type of self-directed care that allows a person with a serious mental illness to obtain the resources they believe will best support them in achieving their recovery or treatment goals. These resources can include traditional mental health services and medications, or goods and services that focus on reducing stress and increasing engagement in personally meaningful activities. Each month in the Self-Directed Care Calendar features a goal to help users develop their own personal medicine plan and put it into action. The calendar also features real stories from a TU Collaborative study of personal medicine, showing how participants used resources to increase participation as part of their recovery.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives ANCDS Honors
Leora Cherney, PhD, principal investigator for several current and completed NIDILRR-funded studies on aphasia and other neurologic communication disorders (90IFRE0020, 90IFRE0007, 90AR5015, 90IF0034, H133G070074, H133G040269, H133G010098), recently received the Honors of the Academy, the highest honor from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS). Dr. Cherney was recognized for her career-spanning achievements, including leadership in the field and significant research grants and publications that promote intensive, innovative, evidence-based treatments for neurologic communication disorders.

RRTC Researchers Interviewed for Eye on Vision
Researchers from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5040) were interviewed for a recent episode of Eye on Vision on WYPL-FM, Memphis Libraries' broadcast radio station. Adele Crudden, PhD, and Anne Steverson discussed the center's research on state vocational rehabilitation agencies and the Job Retention and Career Advancement Survey, which is currently recruiting participants.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Accessibility and Inclusion in K-12 Computer Science (CS) Education TOMORROW

Great Lakes Regional ADA Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Accessibility and Inclusion in K-12 Computer Science (CS) Education: Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in the CS for All Movement, January 17th, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will share national initiatives focused on inclusion and accessibility, including the CS for All Accessibility Pledge and research and development efforts focused on accessibility in K-12 CS tools and curricula. Presenters will also share challenges faced by the CS education community and necessary steps toward more inclusive and accessible CS education experiences. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Care in Youth-/Young Adult-Serving Organizations
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Trauma-Informed Care in Youth-/Young Adult-Serving Organizations, January 22nd, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss how organizations that serve youth and young adults can implement the principles of trauma-informed care (TIC) into their organization and services. Presenters will provide examples and tools, with an emphasis on those developed by and with youth and young adults, and will share ideas for the self-care of TIC staff. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week January 22nd through the 27th, a national health observance linking young people to science-based facts about drugs, alcohol, and substance use disorders. Many informational materials and resources are available to help schools, community organizations, youth groups, and libraries host educational events. Teachers can also register for National Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day (January 24th), when students can chat with NIDA scientists about substance use disorders and the effects of drugs and alcohol.