News and Notes 379 September 11

In observance of the National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, NARIC Director Mark Odum shares his thoughts on living with LME for more than 40 years and the research that has made it possible; Research Approach presents an innovative training program that can help young adults with autism spectrum disorders develop their conversational skills; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) publishes a completely audio configuration guide for blind and low-vision users of the Amazon Echo Dot; Marcia Scherer, PhD, former researcher at the Center on the Effective Provision of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and researcher at the CAREER Project: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment, receives the Diamond Award from the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE); the Center for Rehabilitation and Training Research on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Statistics and Demographics of Disability (RRTC Stats) publish in Report of August Jobs of the National Trends in Employment of People with Disabilities (nTIDE), which shows economic gains for Americans with disabilities; the Southeast Regional Center on the ADA organizes a webinar, Viewing the community and developing connections with a lens towards employment, the fourth in the webinar series Advancing Equal Employment Opportunities and Developing Inclusive Workplaces; The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) organizes a weekly radio series, Healthy Moments, which offers advice on prevention and the control of diseases and disorders that can affect the digestive, endocrine, and urological systems.

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2019-09-11
NARIC news: 

September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month! Throughout the month, we are reflecting on the accomplishments of researchers, developers, and advocates to advance our understanding of spinal cord injury (SCI); its impact on the lifespan; and the innovations in treatment, technology, and policy that make it possible for people with SCI to live, learn, work, and play independently in their community. This week, NARIC Director Mark Odum shared his thoughts on living with SCI for more than 40 years and the research that's made his "extraordinary" life possible.

Research In Focus:
A Helpful Bug In Your Ear: Covert Audio Coaching Shows Promise to Help Young Adults with ASD to Navigate Peer Conversations
Casual conversation can be challenging for young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). An innovative coaching program may help these young people build their conversation skills, in this week's Research In Focus.

Resource Highlight: 

Echo Dot Audio Set-Up Guide for People with Visual Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) has published an all-audio set-up guide for users of the Amazon Echo Dot who are blind or have low vision, produced in collaboration with the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS). The Wireless RERC has found that people with visual disabilities find digital assistants like the Echo to be powerful devices that allow them to control their home environments; listen to news, books, music, or radio; or place orders for things using only their voice. However, setup can be challenging without assistance from someone who is sighted. This audio tutorial details the set-up process in a step-by-step format, from unboxing the Dot to syncing with the Alexa app.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives AAATE Award
Marcia Scherer, PhD, co-investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Center on Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (2009-2014) (90DO00620), and a member of the research team on the NIDILRR-funded Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment (H133A090004), received the Diamond Award from the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE). The Diamond Award is given in recognition of outstanding work in AT in Europe, at the international or national level. Dr. Scherer received the award in recognition of her indelible and important influence on the profession of assistive technology and her lifelong work which has directly and indirectly impacted the lives of people with disabilities worldwide. The award was presented at the August 2019 AAATE Conference in Bologna, Italy.

nTIDE: Economic Gains Continue for Americans with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) (90RTGE0001) have published the August National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, an analysis of the latest Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the report, economic gains for Americans with disabilities continued to rise in August, outpacing gains among people without disabilities. This report also included an update on Project E3: Educate, Empower, Employ, a comprehensive program serving communities with the deepest poverty and lowest employment in the US.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Seeing Community and Building Connections with an Employment Lens
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host a webinar, Seeing Community and Building Connections with an Employment Lens, September 24th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will explore the value of building community relationships and networking with an employment lens. This webinar is the fourth in the webinar series Advancing Equal Employment Opportunities and Creating Inclusive Workplaces, which builds awareness of Employment First and features a variety of topics for self-advocates, families, and employment professionals. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Healthy Moments Radio from NIDDK
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosts a weekly radio series, Healthy Moments, hosted by Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, Director of NIDDK. Dr. Rodgers offers tips on how to prevent and control diseases and disorders that can impact digestive, endocrine, and urologic systems. Recent episodes covered preventative healthcare, building healthy habits, and hepatitis. The series includes Healthy Moments Videos, one-minute video tips on living a healthy lifestyle that include topics such as participating in clinical trials and diabetes.