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.
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.