News and Notes 430 September 16

In observance of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, NARIC presents new and existing tools from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere to help readers with spinal cord injury and their families and care teams on the journey to living, learning, and working with SCI; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities releases two webinars on return-to-work for employees with disabilities, Accommodations & Return to Work Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic and Enabling Work Accommodations as an Essential Element of the Return-to-Work Process; two researchers from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery publish article, The Importance of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic, in the journal Psychiatric Services; principal investigator at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision is awarded the John H. McAulay Award from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired; NIDILRR-funded resources, included 40-some items from the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative), are featured in the knowledgebase at SMI Adviser, knowledge translation center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities hosts Successful Business Practices State of the Science Conference; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts #KTDRR20 - Virtual Knowledge Translation Conference: Social Media Strategies for Knowledge Translation; the US Access Board hosts its bimonthly meeting, featuring presentations from NIDILRR representatives and researchers discussing current research to advance accessibility and technology for people with disabilities.

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2020-09-16
NARIC news: 

September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. According to the NIDILRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center's Facts and Figures 2020 (PDF), there are about 17,800 new spinal cord injury (SCI) cases each year. This means these individuals, their families, and their care teams are facing new questions about living with SCI, from how to find the right wheelchair to what to expect over the long term. We featured some new and existing tools from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere to help on the journey to living, learning, and working with SCI.

Resource Highlight: 
Return to Work Webinars
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities (90RTEM0001) has released two webinars on return-to-work for employees with disabilities. Accommodations & Return to Work Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic provides strategies to support the physical and mental health of a company's workforce during the pandemic. This includes how to ensure the safety and accessibility of the workplace and ways to accommodate teams in remote work environments. Enabling Work Accommodations as an Essential Element of the Return-to-Work Process focuses on recognizing elements of the business case for individuals with disabilities returning to work, adopting the accommodation process to ensure a successful return to work, and outlining the role medical professionals can play to support the return to work process including knowing about available resources.
 
News items: 
Article Highlights NIDILRR Research and Importance of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services During COVID-19
Judith Cook, PhD, and Jessica Jonikas from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery (90RTHF0004) published an article, The Importance of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic, in the journal Psychiatric Services. The article highlights the challenges of supporting the long-term recovery needs of people with psychiatric disabilities in the midst of a pandemic and the ways that service providers are adapting to support their clients. It also discusses NIDILRR's history of funding research in peer support, self help, and other models that support full participation of people with psychiatric disabilities. The article is available free in full text.
 
NIDILRR Researcher Honored with McAulay Award
Michele McDonnall, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision (90RTEM0007), was awarded the John H. McAulay Award from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. The award recognizes professionals who have contributed outstanding efforts and achievements leading to the placement of people with visual impairments in productive employment. Dr. McDonnall was recognized for her diverse research program and her history of providing extensive support to her staff and the field of blindness and low vision.
 
NIDILRR-Funded Resources Featured in SMI Clinical Services Guide
Numerous publications and products from NIDILRR-funded projects focusing on psychiatric disabilities are featured in the knowledgebase at SMI Adviser, a knowledge translation center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the American Psychiatric Association. More than 40 items from the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) (90RTCP0001) are indexed in this collection, as are many resources from other NIDILRR-funded centers. SMI Adviser is a clinical support system for serious mental illness (SMI), featuring evidence-based resources for clinicians, individuals, and families.
 
Grantee event: 
Successful Business Practices State of the Science Conference
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities (90RT5041) will host the Successful Business Practices State of the Science Conference, October 14th-15th, 9 am-12:30 pm ET. The virtual conference will highlight research studies related to successful employer practices leading to improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. It will also feature presenters from businesses across the US on how they are diversifying their workforce to include individuals with disabilities. Registration is required and free for some attendees.
 
Virtual Knowledge Translation Conference: Social Media Strategies for Knowledge Translation
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DPKT0001) will host #KTDRR20 - Virtual Knowledge Translation Conference: Social Media Strategies for Knowledge Translation, October 26th, 28th, and 30th, 1-5 pm ET. Presenters will address key questions for researchers and developers on using social media to understand stakeholders' information needs, involve individuals and organizations in project planning, and recruit participants. Topics include using social media to design outcomes, strategies for subject recruitment and stakeholder engagement, and examples of projects that use social media for their knowledge translation activities. Registration is free and required.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
US Access Board Meeting to Feature NIDILRR Research TODAY
The US Access Board will host its bimonthly meeting September 16th, 1-3 pm ET. In addition to official business, the meeting will feature presentations from NIDILRR representatives and researchers discussing current research to advance accessibility and technology for people with disabilities. Philip Beatty, PhD, and Sarah Ruiz, PhD, of NIDILRR's Office of Research Sciences will discuss NIDILRR's programs and research centers, including the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs). Jordana Maisel, PhD, will provide a briefing on the work of the RERC on Physical Access and Transportation and the RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment. Janice C. Light, PhD, will review research from the RERC on Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The meeting is open to all and no registration is required.