News and Notes 435 October 21
NARIC presents achievements and current activities including a brief history of the Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) Model System Centers in its Spotlight blog; registration and agenda are now available for Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities, a virtual event hosted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL); the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes consumer factsheet, Concussion Recovery, in collaboration with UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center, Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System Center, and North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center; researchers from several NIDILRR-funded projects receive awards for posters presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2020 Annual Conference; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Efforts to Increase Health Care Access and Quality of Care for People with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities seeks participants for a survey on strategies to support employment of people with disabilities; the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) publishes article, Tips for Empowering Voters with Disabilities in the 2020 General Election and COVID-19 Crisis.
This week, we shine a well-deserved spotlight on the Spinal Cord Injury Model System program, celebrating 50 years of research to improve care and outcomes for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI)! The SCI Model System has grown from one center in Arizona to 14 centers currently conducting research across the US. Each of these centers contributes data to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, along with five centers who collect follow-up data. This database is the largest and longest active SCI research database and the world's most extensive source of available information about the characteristics and life course of individuals with SCI. Learn more about the achievements and current activities of the SCI Model System Centers (PDF) from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center and a brief history of the SCI Model System Centers from our Spotlight blog.