News and Notes 358 April 17

In observance of Autism Awareness Month, NARIC features autism-related studies in its Spotlight blog and REHABDATA database; Research in Focus looks at a new program to support college students with traumatic brain injuries; INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services publishes three issue briefs on the impact of the opioid crisis on people with disabilities; principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects on speech and aphasia receives the Illinois Clinical Achievement Award from the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA); principal investigator for the Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (NWRBMS) receives the President's Leadership Award from the American Burn Association (ABA); Psychiatric Services: From Pages to Practice podcast features two articles, one from the RRTC on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and the other from the University of Illinois at Chicago National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (NIDILRR-funded through 2010); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Drop-In Centers as a Low-Barrier Engagement Strategy for Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) hosts event, A Woman's Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs, featuring a panel presentation with the authors of two books from the perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum.

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2019-04-17
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Throughout April, several autism-focused organizations sponsor campaigns for awareness, acceptance, and understanding of autism and the experiences of individuals who live, learn, and work with autism. Here at NARIC, we are diving into our collection to explore some of the research and development activities of NIDILRR-funded projects and the wider disability and rehabilitation community that support full participation in education, employment, and community living of people on the autism spectrum. Visit our spotlight blog to read Research In Focus summaries of autism-related studies and to browse through abstracts of research indexed in our REHABDATA database.

Research In Focus:
Project Career: A New Program to Support College Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries
This week's Research In Focus looks at a program that combines cognitive support technologies and vocational rehabilitation to support academic and employment success for college students with traumatic brain injuries.

Resource Highlight: 

Issue Briefs on the Opioid Crisis and People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded project INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services (90DPGE0007) has published three new issue briefs on how the opioid crisis may be impacting people with disabilities. Opioid Use Disorder and People with Disabilities discusses medication treatment for opioid use disorder for people with disabilities. Peer Support for People with Substance Use Disorder discusses the similarities between peer support in the disability and substance use disorder communities. The Intersection Between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Opioid Use: Recommendations for Substance Use Treatment Providers discusses the connections between TBI and opioid use disorder, how standard substance use treatment approaches can be challenging for people with TBI, and how adaptations to these approaches may increase the likelihood of successful recovery. These issue briefs provide information and resources for people with disabilities, their families, community organizations, and substance use treatment providers.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Clinical Achievement Award
Leora Cherney, PhD, principal investigator and co-investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects on speech and aphasia (90RT5027, 90IFRE0020, 90IFRE0007, 90AR5015, 90IF0034, H133G070074, H133G040269, H133G010098), received the Illinois Clinical Achievement Award at the February meeting of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA). Dr. Cherney received the award in recognition of her significant accomplishments in the advancement of clinical services in speech, language, and hearing.

Model System PI Receives Leadership Award
Nicole S. Gibran, MD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (NWRBMS) (990DPU0004), received the President's Leadership Award from the American Burn Association (ABA). Dr. Gibran received this award at the recent 51st Annual Meeting of the ABA in recognition of her distinguished and exceptional service to the profession of burn care and to the ABA. This recognition is awarded on a periodic basis to acknowledge such leadership qualities as vision, dedication, courage, and steadfastness in the service of the ABA, burn care professionals, and people living with burn injury.

RRTC Research Featured in From Pages to Practice Podcast
Two articles from NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) were featured in Episode 20 of the Psychiatric Services: From Pages to Practice podcast, produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The first article discussed was Child protective service disparities and serious mental illnesses: Results from a national survey from the RRTC on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (90RT5021).The second article discussed was Mental health self-directed care financing: Efficacy in improving outcomes and controlling costs for adults with serious mental illness from the University of Illinois at Chicago National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (2005-2010) (H133B050003). Both articles were published in the March issue of Psychiatric Services. The self-directed care article was also featured in a recent Research In Focus article.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Drop-In Centers as a Low-Barrier Engagement Strategy for Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Drop-In Centers as a Low-Barrier Engagement Strategy for Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults, April 23rd, 1-2 pm ET. Presenters will discuss two examples of programs from Massachusetts and Kentucky that are innovative in their use of drop-in centers as a low-barrier approach to engage transition-age youth and young adults. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NIMH Hosts Special Event for Autism Awareness Month
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) will host an event, A Woman's Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs, April 23rd, 2:30-5pm ET, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and via webcast. The event will feature a panel presentation with the authors of two books: Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism and Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum. Panelists will discuss their books and life from the perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum. Registration is recommended to attend in person.