News and Notes 357 April 10

In observance of National Minority Health Month, NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support inclusive wellness and the health of people with disabilities from minority communities; Phillip Beatty, PhD, has been appointed Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences; Research in Focus looks at self-directed care as a promising path to enhance recovery for people with serious mental illness; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation publishes Impact: Feature Issue on Inclusive Education for K-8 Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities; principal investigator for the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers from 2002 to 2017 will receive the 2019 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) has relaunched its #MapMonday series highlighting data on the geography of disability in the US; the Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webcast, Instructional Strategies for Acquisition and Maintenance of Customized Job Tasks; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ask the EEOC: Open Question and Answer, featuring presenters from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posts videos from the conference SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research.

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2019-04-10
NARIC news: 

April is National Minority Health Month, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and their partners. The theme this year is Active & Healthy, which underscores how physical activity promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke, which are among the most common causes of disability in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these conditions and the factors that lead to them can be more common or severe for minority groups. Learn more about research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support inclusive wellness and the health of people with disabilities from minority communities.

Resource Highlight: 

Impact: Feature Issue on Inclusive Education for K-8 Students with Cognitive Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation (90RTCP0003) has published Impact: Feature Issue on Inclusive Education for K-8 Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities, which explores inclusive education from kindergarten through 8th grade (K-8) through the perspectives of researchers, education administrators, students, and parents. Through personal stories, program profiles, and how-to articles, contributors to this issue share their knowledge, skills, experiences, and resources that can help K-8 schools throughout the country support the learning and inclusion of all students, including those with significant cognitive disabilities.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Phillip Beatty Appointed Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences
Phillip Beatty, PhD, has been appointed Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences. Dr. Beatty joined NIDILRR in 2003 as a Rehabilitation Program Specialist, and served as a Project Officer for a wide variety of NIDILRR grants. Most recently he has been in the role of Associate Director of the Office of Research Sciences. Prior to joining NIDILRR, Dr. Beatty was active in the field of disability and rehabilitation research – focusing on the health care and long-term care experiences of people with disabilities.

Research In Focus:
Self-Directed Care: A Promising Path to Enhance Recovery for People with Serious Mental Illness
This week's Research In Focus looks at the impact of self-directed care, giving people with serious mental illness more control over their own recovery by selecting the services that align with their individual goals.

News items: 

Model System PI Receives Moody Prize
Tessa Hart, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Moss Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers from 2002 to 2017, as well as other projects on TBI, (90DP0037, H133G070143, H133G070040, H133A020505, H133G020052) will receive the 2019 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation from the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition in the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Transitional Learning Center of Galveston. Dr. Hart will receive the prize in recognition of her significant contributions in brain injury rehabilitation and research. The award will be presented at the Galveston Brain Injury Conference in May.

RTC: Rural's #MapMonday Returns with New Geographic Snapshots
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) (90RTCP0002) has relaunched its #MapMonday series, highlighting new data on the geography of disability in the US. Every Monday, RTC: Rural staff share maps from the Disability in America series across their three social media channels and on their website. The maps have been updated with new county-level data from the most recent American Community Survey. #MapMonday is used by cartographers, geographers, and other map scholars and enthusiasts to share their work or items of interest on social media.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Instructional Strategies for Acquisition and Maintenance of Customized Job Tasks
The NIDILRR-funded project Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial (90DP0085) will host a webcast, Instructional Strategies for Acquisition and Maintenance of Customized Job Tasks, April 17th, 2-2:45 pm ET. Presenters will review validated instructional strategies that can be used to develop the workplace supports necessary for job task completion. Specifically, presenters will review how to develop a task analysis and use validated instructional strategies that promote the acquisition and maintenance of negotiated job tasks. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Ask the EEOC: Open Question and Answer
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Ask the EEOC: Open Question and Answer, April 16th, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will answer questions regarding the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodation issues, what constitutes a disability under the ADA, guidelines regarding companion animals and service animals in the workplace, and related topics. Participants may submit questions in advance. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

SCI 2020 Videos Now Available
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted videos from the conference SCI 2020: Launching a Decade for Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research. The February 2019 conference featured presentations and panel discussions on current and future opportunities for research and development in SCI. Members of the NIDILRR-grantee community participated in the conference, including a keynote presentation from Michael Boninger, MD, principal investigator for the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on SCI. In addition to the videos, NIH has posted poster session abstracts and reference lists for the keynote presentations.