News and Notes 368 June 26

NARIC has prepared a Summer Reading List of publications from NIDILRR grantees; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes new issue of its Focal Point: Evaluation of Innovative Transition Programs; principal investigator of the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) was interviewed in online magazine MedPage Today, sharing information about health management interventions for TBI survivors; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) to host next session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, discussing the June Jobs Report and longer-term employment trends; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities hosts webcast, Multiple Sclerosis and the World of Work; LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function releases a call for proposals for its annual App Factory, for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for people with disabilities designed for smartphone and tablet platforms; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seek comments and suggestions from individuals with SCI, health advocates, and researchers on the top priorities identified during the SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research conference hosted in February 2019.

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2019-06-26
NARIC news: 

Summer is in full swing and here at NARIC we're working our way through our summer reading lists. While most of the material we add to the NARIC collection comes in the form of journal articles, we also collect books, reports, curricula, and other publications from the grantee community. Each item is reviewed and abstracted for REHABDATA, just like the journal articles. We prepared a Summer Reading List with suggestions for some of these publications from the NIDILRR grantees. If you're looking for more publications, explore abstracts from our most recent acquisitions and sign up for our REHABDATA Connection alert service.

Resource Highlight: 

Pathways RTC Journal Evaluates Innovative Transition Programs
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) has published the latest issue of its publication Focal Point: Evaluation of Innovative Transition Programs. This issue highlights evaluations of transition programs for transition-aged youth and young adults that incorporate innovative approaches to services. Individual articles are featuring programs from around the country that report successful outcomes using a wide array of program approaches. Taken together, the articles in this issue supply service providers and planners across the nation with an indication of the successful outcomes generated by a variety of program approaches. The issue is available for download and individual articles are available online. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Interviewed in MedPage Today
Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) (90DPTB0009) was interviewed for Rehabilitation options in severe TBI: Kristen Dams-O'Connor thinks neurologists may not know all that's available, for the online magazine MedPage Today. In this interview, Dr. Dams-O'Connor shared information about the health management interventions available to improve health and longevity for TBI survivors.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: June nTIDE Lunch & Learn
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) will host the next session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, July 7th, 12-1pm ET. Presenters will discuss the June Jobs Report and how it fits into longer term employment trends. They will also discuss programs and research from across the country that address employment and disability. In addition, there will be a guest presentation from the National Center for Innovation and System Improvement (NCISI), followed by an open question and answer period for attendees. Registration is free and required.

Webcast: Multiple Sclerosis and the World of Work
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities (90RT5041) will host a webcast, Multiple Sclerosis and the World of Work, July 16th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters will offer a brief overview of multiple sclerosis (MS) and will discuss research on the unique features of MS which distinguishes it from other illnesses, including the significant impact it may have on work and career development. Discussion will include some of the employment issues facing people after diagnosis, using findings from recent research. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

App Factory 2019-2020 Call for Proposals
The NIDILRR-funded LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (90RE5028) has released a call for proposals for its annual App Factory. Experienced organizations and individual developers based in the US and Canada are invited to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for people with disabilities designed for smartphone and tablet platforms (e.g. Android, iOS, Windows), smart speakers, sensors, home automation, wearables, virtual reality headsets, the Internet of Things (IoT), and/or cloud computing. Developers may also request partial funding for apps that are already supported by other sources, or to adapt existing apps to additional platforms. Proposals are due by August 15th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NIH Seeks Feedback on SCI 2020 Research Priorities
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are soliciting comments and suggestions on the top priorities identified during the SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research conference hosted in February 2019. Stakeholders from all areas are encouraged to respond, including individuals with SCI, health advocates, and researchers. The top priorities were improving care of SCI patients in the acute trauma setting; accelerating research and development of therapies for repair, plasticity, and improved functional recovery from post-acute to chronic SCI; improving evidence for, and implementation of, functional recovery with neuromodulation and use-dependent plasticity; improving knowledge of the full range of health impacts from chronic SCI; and improving functional recovery after SCI with assistive technology. Full description of these priorities, videos from the conference, and instructions on how to submit comments are available from the website. Comments must be submitted by July 30th.