News and Notes 359 April 24

NARIC staff is at the annual NARRTC meeting and conference, Inclusive Disability Research and Practice: Building on our History, and posting about the conference on Twitter (@naricinfo, with posts tagged with #NARRTC); Research in Focus highlights research showing that parents with serious mental illnesses may face more scrutiny from child protective services; the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) has updated its Recent Trends in Causes of Spinal Cord Injury Data Sheet; co-principal investigator for the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center receives the ACRM Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; research from the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NTTBIMS) was featured in news segment, Traumatic Brain Injury Victims Learn How to Ward Off Obesity, on Dallas-Fort Worth NBC station; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Open Question and Answer Session on the Revised 508 Standards; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Obligations and Sidewalk Basics, explaining standards for accessible sidewalks; the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) hosts webinar, Using Benefits.gov as a Tool for Citizens in Need, presenting the website, which features a publicly available database of over 1,200 government benefits and programs.

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2019-04-24
NARIC news: 

This week, members of the NIDILRR grantee community are gathering for the annual NARRTC meeting and conference in Pentagon City, VA. The theme of the conference is Inclusive Disability Research and Practice: Building on our History, highlighting the ways that NIDILRR grantees have fostered the participation of people with disabilities in the research and development that impacts their lives. From field researchers and fellows to consumer advisory boards, people with disabilities are shaping the future of education, employment, and participation. We are posting about the NARRTC conference on Twitter. Follow us @naricinfo and look for posts tagged with #NARRTC from us and other participants!

Research In Focus:
Parents with Serious Mental Illnesses May Face More Scrutiny from Child Protective Services
Parents with serious mental illness may come into contact with staff from Child Protective Services more often than parents without these disabilities, according to research highlighted in this week's Research In Focus.

Resource Highlight: 

Recent Trends in Causes of SCI
The NIDILRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) (90DP0083) has updated its Recent Trends in Causes of Spinal Cord Injury Data Sheet (PDF). This Data Sheet provides a category breakdown for causes of SCI that occurred between 2010 and 2018, using data from individuals enrolled in the National Spinal Cord Injury Database during that period. The National SCI Database is the world’s largest and longest-running SCI research database. Since its inception in 1973, 29 federally-funded SCI Model System Centers have contributed to the database, including the 14 current NIDILRR-funded Model System Centers.

News items: 

Model System PI Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
John Whyte, MD, PhD, co-principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (90DPTB0004), will receive the ACRM Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Gold Key is the highest honor awarded by ACRM. Dr. Whyte will receive the award in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary service to the cause of rehabilitation. His research has focused on assessment and treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury, including those with disorders of consciousness, and he has written extensively on the special methodologic challenges inherent in rehabilitation research.

North Texas TBI Model System Featured on NBC
Research from the NIDILRR-funded North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NTTBIMS) (90DPTB0014) was recently featured in a news segment, Traumatic Brain Injury Victims Learn How to Ward Off Obesity, on NBC 5, the NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth. The segment covered a current NTTBIMS project to test Group Lifestyle Balance, an evidence-based weight-loss intervention for people with TBI.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Open Question and Answer Session on the Revised 508 Standards
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0090)  will host a webinar, Open Question and Answer Session on the Revised 508 Standards, April 30th, 1-2:30 pm ET. The webinar provides an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to presenters on the revised Section 508 standards, which apply to information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector. ICT Specialists will also address questions about companion guidelines for telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act and any other topics related to accessible ICT. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the session through the registration portal. Registration is free and required.This webinar was rescheduled from January and previously registered participants do not need to register again.

Webinar: Obligations and Sidewalk Basics
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a webinar, Obligations and Sidewalk Basics, April 30th, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters will explain the standards and guidelines for accessible sidewalks and the obligations that state and local agencies have to provide accessible pedestrian facilities. Presenters will cover the design requirements and best practices for sidewalks; shared use paths, temporary routes, and work zones; and how to make sure people can easily navigate their route. This webinar is the first in a four-part series on promoting independence and access through responsible design. Registration is free and required. Continued education recognition is available for a fee.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

FDLP Webinar Spotlights Benefits.gov TOMORROW
The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) will host a webinar, Using Benefits.gov as a Tool for Citizens in Need, April 25th, 2-3 pm ET. The webinar will present an informational overview of the Benefits.gov website, which features a publicly available database of more than 1,200 government benefits and programs. Librarians, information specialists, and community advocates can use Benefits.gov to assist patrons in finding appropriate programs, including people with disabilities, family caregivers, students, and others.