News and Notes 353 March 13

In observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month, NARIC has gathered information about brain injury research, rehabilitation, and recovery from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere in its Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus looks at technology offering a new strategy for helping children with autism spectrum disorders learn sight words; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) releases new Hot Topic module, Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); NIDILRR Switzer Fellow receives the 2019 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Websites: What is Required?; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor Experiences with Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS): Lessons from the Field; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Basic Steps and Procedures for a Campbell Systematic Review; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) offers co-host training for managers and supervisors in vocational rehabilitation (VR) as part of a study of research liaisons in VR agencies; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition seek comments from the public as they develop the National Youth Sports Strategy to increase inclusion and participation of young people with disabilities in youth sports.

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, organized by the Brain Injury Association of America. The theme is #ChangeYourMind, providing a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. Information about brain injury and research into rehabilitation and recovery can be presented in many ways to engage different audiences, from multimedia pieces to facts and figures on a printed handout. We gathered several examples you can share from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere in our Spotlight Blog (which just celebrated its 10th anniversary!).

Research In Focus:
Digital Books with Dynamic Text May Show Promise to Help Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Learn Sight Words
Learning sight words is a key step in literacy that can be challenging for children with autism spectrum disorders. This week's Research In Focus looks at how technology may offer a new strategy for this important skill.

Resource Highlight: 

Exercise and Fitness After SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) has released a new Hot Topic module, Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The module offers a suite of resources to help people understand the importance of exercise and remaining fit after SCI. The suite includes videos featuring individuals with SCI sharing their fitness routines, along with expert input from health care professionals; factsheets on exercise, adaptive sports and recreation, and gait training; and a quick research review on how physical activity affects depression and satisfaction with life in people with SCI.

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NIDILRR Fellow Receives Wilkerson Award
NIDILRR Switzer Fellow Alex W.K. Wong, PhD (90SF0003), will receive the 2019 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Wilkerson award is given in recognition of significant contributions to rehabilitation research during early career work. Dr. Wong's early career accomplishments, including his NIDILRR-funded research on improving patient outcomes through engagement in inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation, are reflective of the spirit of interdisciplinary rehabilitation.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The ADA and Websites - What Is Required?
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Websites: What Is Required?, March 19th, 2-3:30pm ET. Many businesses and public entities use their web sites to provide information about programs and services, offer registration, enable visitors to purchase goods and services, and much more. Presenters will discuss how the ADA applies to these web sites, what makes a web site accessible, and ADA standards for web sites. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Webinar: VR Counselor Experiences with Pre-ETS - Lessons from the Field
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults (90RT5034) will host a webinar, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor Experiences with Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS): Lessons from the Field, March 19th, 2-3pm ET. The webinar will cover findings and recommendations from a national study of VR counselor perceptions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Pre-ETS, specifically the challenges state VR counselors encounter in implementing Pre-ETS and how they are addressing those challenges. Registration is free and required.

Webcast: Basic Steps and Procedures for a Campbell Systematic Review
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DPKT0001) will host a webcast, Basic Steps and Procedures for a Campbell Systematic Review, March 20th, 3-4pm ET. Presenters will describe the standard steps in conducting a Campbell Collaboration review, including conducting the literature search, screening of studies, coding the studies, and a look at some of the options for data analysis. This webcast is the second in a five-part training course, offered in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration, that focuses on high-quality methods for synthesis of evidence. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Training on Pre-ETS or Autism for VR Managers and Supervisors
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0077) is offering no-cost training for managers and supervisors in vocational rehabilitation (VR) as part of a study of research liaisons in VR agencies. The training covers research in pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) and ways to support adults with autism in their efforts to enjoy successful employment outcomes. This training is designed to enhance supervisors’ and managers’ abilities to translate research findings directly into practice. Delivery is online and on-demand for individual users’ convenience. Participants who receive the training will receive five continuing education credit hours. Additional incentives are offered for participants who complete related surveys. More information about the research, training, incentives, and how to sign up is described in a video presentation.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

HHS Seeks Comments on Youth Sports Participation
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition seek input from the public as they develop the National Youth Sports Strategy to increase inclusion and participation in youth sports, including young people with disabilities and their families. The national strategy will focus on increasing awareness of the benefits of youth sports participation, promoting programs and partnerships to identify and remove barriers to participation, developing ways to measure participation, and increasing volunteerism in youth sports. Comments must be submitted by April 1st. More information about these priorities and how to submit comments are available online.