News and Notes 347 January 30

Readers can explore NARIC's collection of journal articles, of which the 80,000th was added this month, as well as textbooks and consumer information products by signing up for the REHABDATA Connection monthly email alert service; NIDILRR publishes a new Long-Range Plan for 2018-2023, presenting a five-year agenda to advance applied disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research; Research in Focus looks at perceived benefits, risks, and recommendations for the future of the use of robotic exoskeletons in the rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries; the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System (BHBIMS) Center releases video, Peer Support After Burn Injury; principal investigator at the RRTC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments and principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded RRTCs from 1986 to 2005 to receive awards from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB); the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts 65th episode of ADA Live!, Web Accessibility in a Nutshell; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living hosts webinar, Health Reform and People with Disabilities: Lessons to Date from the CHRIL; the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes is recruiting employees with motor impairments for a series of online surveys; the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) publishes article, The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Gears Up for 2019, posted to the National Library of Medicine's NLM in Focus blog.

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2019-01-30
NARIC news: 

Did you know we recently added the 80,000th journal article to our collection? Our dedicated acquisitions team adds about 300 publications and products to the NARIC collection each month, from peer reviewed articles to textbooks to consumer information products. These items come from NIDILRR grantees, major journals in the field, government agencies, and private producers. We also collect material published by the international disability and rehabilitation research community. You can explore the latest acquisitions by topic area or sign up for our REHABDATA Connection monthly email alert service, where you can pick the topics that are important to you and get the latest abstracts in your inbox.

Resource Highlight: 

Peer Support After Burn Injury Video
The NIDILRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System (BHBIMS) Center (90DPBU0001) has released a video, Peer Support After Burn Injury, discussing the benefits of peer support following injury. The 15-minute video features several burn survivors, family members, and clinicians who share their experiences with peer support and discuss the many resources available. An archive of videos from BHBIMS provides information on a variety of topics, including therapy exercises, social recovery, and research.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researchers to Receive AFB Awards
Michelle C. McDonnall, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5040), will receive the Corinne Kirchner Research Award from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). The award is given to individuals who have, through their published work, made groundbreaking contributions to the field of blindness and low vision. Elton Moore, EdD, who served as principal investigator for NIDILRR-funded RRTCs in this area from 1986 to 2005 (H133B10101, H133B60001, H133B10003, G0086C3502), will receive the Migel Medal, honoring his dedication and achievements in improving the lives of people with blindness and low vision, including publishing the only textbook on rehabilitation counseling for people with vision loss. Both awards will be presented at the AFB Leadership Conference in March.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Web Accessibility in a Nutshell
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host the 65th episode of ADA Live!, Web Accessibility in a Nutshell, February 6th, 1-1:30pm ET. Presenters will highlight the basics of web accessibility including: why it is important, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and common barriers to web access. Presenters will share tips and best practices for providing more accessible and usable web applications and digital materials to a diverse audience. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Health Reform and People with Disabilities: Lessons to Date from the CHRIL TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) (990DP0075) will host a webinar, Health Reform and People with Disabilities: Lessons to Date from the CHRIL, January 31st, 3-4pm ET. Presenters will highlight key findings on how implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and related health policies have affected the community living and participation of working-age adults (18-64) with disabilities. Presenters will also lead a discussion of emerging health policy issues, and strategies for studying these issues in the near future. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Survey of Employees with Disabilities in the Workplace
The NIDILRR-funded Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes (90DP0049) is recruiting employees with motor impairments for a series of online surveys. The researchers seek to understand how workplace design and the work environment affect an employee's ability to take part in work activities and their sense of inclusion. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and currently employed at least 20 hours per week in a physical work setting, with additional inclusion criteria available from the study website. Only 1-2 employees per worksite will be enrolled and priority will be given to employees who work outside of the rehabilitation services/disability advocacy fields. Participants will complete three online surveys and will be compensated for their time.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NNLM Looks Ahead for 2019
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has published an article, The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Gears Up for 2019, posted to the National Library of Medicine's NLM In Focus blog. NNLM member libraries provide health professionals and the general public with health information resources and services. Initiatives for 2019 include the All of Us Community Engagement Network, raising awareness about the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health through multiple programs including an NNLM Reading Club to help libraries address health information through book clubs; equipping a data-ready workforce of librarians to assist health researchers and professionals; and a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in May focusing on elevating health equity.