News and Notes 348 February 6

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded research on blindness and low vision in observance of Low Vision Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Eye Institute; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for upcoming competitions beginning in Spring of 2019; Research in Focus looks at factors associated with recovery and return to community participation of people with serious mental illnesses; the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center publishes wellness issue of its newsletter SCI on Rancho; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes article on rural people with disabilities recovering from the recession in online magazine The Conversation; 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 January National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report, showing job numbers for Americans with disabilities holding steady; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Getting on Track to Employment & Self-Sufficiency: Key Drivers of Inclusive Career Pathways; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts training workshop, Outreach to Policymakers; the Rehabilitation Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) seeks rehabilitation clinicians and practitioners for a survey, Clinician perspectives on mobile rehabilitation (mRehab) interventions and technologies; National Eye Institute's National Eye Health Education Program publishes low-vision resources in honor of Low Vision Awareness Month.

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2019-02-06
NARIC news: 

Every February, the National Eye Institute celebrates Low Vision Awareness Month, highlighting the growing numbers of people with low vision in the US and the services and technologies which can support them at school, at work, and in the community (see Elsewhere below). NIDILRR-funded research and development in blindness and low vision has ranged from developing and testing interventions to improve education and employment outcomes, to engineering technology to interact with the modern workplace. Get to know some of the newest projects and their research, highlighted in our Spotlight blog!

Resource Highlight: 

SCI on Rancho Newsletter: Wellness Issue
The NIDILRR-funded Southern California Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (90SI5018) has published the latest issue of its newsletter SCI on Rancho (PDF), focusing on health and wellness after SCI. The issue includes articles on bowel and bladder health and exercise for healthy shoulders, as well as a current study to test a new approach to increasing physical activity throughout the day. This issue is printed in both English and Spanish.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Seeks Peer Reviewers for Upcoming Competitions
NIDILRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for several upcoming competitions, expected to begin Spring 2019. Expertise in all areas of disability and rehabilitation is welcome. NIDILRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to NIDILRR-grants@acl.hhs.gov.

Research In Focus:
Recovery is Possible for People with Serious Mental Illnesses
Research has found that some people with serious mental illnesses can experience recovery and are able to participate in their communities. This week's Research In Focus looks at which adults with serious mental illnesses are most likely to experience recovery and what factors may be associated with returning to participation in the community.

News items: 

RTC: Rural Research Published in The Conversation
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) published an article, Rural people with disabilities are still struggling to recover from the recession, in the online magazine The Conversation. The article discusses a new analysis of employment disparity published by RTC: Rural. The analysis showed that people with disabilities, especially those in rural areas, have experienced a longer and deeper recession and a slower recovery than their peers without disabilities. The analysis also showed that employment decreased for rural people with disabilities, which indicates that people with disabilities in rural areas are being left behind. According to the authors, depressed employment rates can lead to less access to health insurance, retirement benefits, and more.

Job Numbers Hold Steady for Americans with Disabilities, nTIDE Reports
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) (90RT5022) have published the January National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report, examining employment statistics for Americans with disabilities from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report. This month's nTIDE reports that economic indicators for Americans with disabilities were flat in January. This issue also looks at employment and representation of people with disabilities in the entertainment industry. This report was also discussed in the latest Lunch & Learn webcast, archived on the nTIDE website.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Getting on Track to Employment & Self-Sufficiency
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host a webinar, Getting on Track to Employment & Self-Sufficiency: Key Drivers of Inclusive Career Pathways, February 12th, 3-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss the new Inclusive Career Pathways Roadmap, a collection of information on inclusive workforce development from multiple states, including strategies collected nationally from Disability Employment Initiative projects and the LEAD Center's work on the Promising Practices in Achieving Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide. Registration is free and required.

Workshop: Outreach to Policymakers
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DPKT0001) will host a training workshop, Outreach to Policymakers, April 25th, 8:30am-12:30pm at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, VA. Participants will learn research-based strategies on how to share research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and within grantees’ home state, as well as restrictions on lobbying. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Survey: Clinician Perspectives on mRehab Interventions and Technologies
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) (90RE5023) is conducting a survey, Clinician perspectives on mobile rehabilitation (mRehab) interventions and technologies. This survey is intended to assist in identifying clinicians' perceptions of barriers to the adoption of technology-based rehabilitation interventions (excluding telemedicine) inside and outside of clinics for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. The survey is open to clinicians and practitioners in rehabilitation, including physicians, therapists, nurses, counselors, and case managers. The information collected will be used to help researchers, engineers, and designers to create new mRehab solutions to meet the needs of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. The survey is brief and all participants will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Low Vision Resources from NEI
The National Eye Health Education Program, part of the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has published a collection of articles, educational tools, infographics, and videos on low vision in honor of Low Vision Awareness Month. These resources provide information on vision rehabilitation, managing medications, facts and figures on low vision in different communities, leading an active life with low vision, and more. The collection includes an educational module and speaker’s guide to living with low vision, shareable content for social media, and a video series on living with low vision that shares stories of hope and independence. Many of these resources are also available in Spanish.