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.

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2020-10-21
NARIC news: 

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.

Resource Highlight: 
Concussion Recovery Factsheet
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) published a consumer factsheet, Concussion Recovery, in collaboration with researchers from the NIDILRR-funded UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (90DPTB0015), Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (90DPTB0006), and North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (90DPTB0013). This factsheet explains common symptoms of concussion or mild traumatic brain injury, the recovery process after a concussion, and how to find support. This consumer factsheet is also available in Spanish.
 
NIDILRR News and Events: 
Registration and Agenda for NDEAM Celebration Now Available
Registration is now open and an agenda has been published for Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities, October 28th, 12-5 pm ET, a celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month hosted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) with a focus on the work of NIDILRR. This virtual event will highlight the past, present, and future of research to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The agenda includes remarks by ACL Administrator Lance Robertson and features presentations and panel discussions featuring NIDILRR grantees. Registration is free and required by October 26th and space is limited.
 
News items: 
NIDILRR Researchers Receive Best Poster Awards at ACRM
Researchers from several NIDILRR-funded projects received awards for posters presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2020 Annual Conference. Physical Activity and Participation of People Aging with Long Term Physical Disability, from the project Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies (90DPCP0001), received 2nd Place for Outstanding Poster. Web-Based Calculators to Identify Individualized Risk of Unintentional Injuries for People with Spinal Cord Injury, from the project A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being After Spinal Cord Injury (90DP0098), received the Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group Best Poster Award. Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) Is a Biomarker of Objective Cognitive Impairment but Not Subjective Cognitive Complaint in Cerebral Palsy, from the project Walking and Its Effect on Health and Function in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy as They Transition to Adulthood: A Health Outcomes Study (90IF0055), received the Measurement Networking Group Early Career Poster Award. All of the posters are available from the conference website.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: CMS Efforts to Increase Health Care Access and Quality of Care for People with Disabilities TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Efforts to Increase Health Care Access and Quality of Care for People with Disabilities, October 22nd, 2:30-4 pm ET. Presenters from CMS will discuss efforts at CMS' Office of Minority Health and Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office to provide information and resources to medical organizations, providers, and consumers to increase health care access and quality of care for people with disabilities. Presenters will also discuss the Disability Competent Care Model and how health care organizations and providers can use it to improve health care quality for people with disabilities. Registration is free and required.
 
Webinar: nTIDE COVID-19 Update
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) will host a webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update, October 23rd, 12-1 pm ET. Presenters will discuss the updated numbers from the Monthly Current Population Survey and will discuss how COVID-19 is affecting employment for people with disabilities. Registration is free and required. This event will also be livestreamed on Facebook.
 
Participate: 
Employer Survey on Strategies to Support Employment of People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities (90RTEM0001) seeks employer input on strategies to support employment of people with disabilities. Participants must be 18 years or older, able to read and respond in English, and be involved in hiring, accommodating, or managing employees. The survey results will be anonymous and will assist in guiding services to improve employment outcomes for people with physical disabilities.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
EAC Shares Tips for Empowering Voters with Disabilities
The US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has published an article, Tips for Empowering Voters with Disabilities in the 2020 General Election and COVID-19 Crisis. The article highlights some of the accessibility challenges in administering elections during the pandemic and the relevant laws that ensure equal access to voting for people with disabilities. The article offers tips and recommendations for communicating voting options to the community, ensuring accessible in-person voting, offering early voting and mail-in/absentee voting options, and making lines and wait times manageable for voters with disabilities. Feedback and examples of local best practices for accessible voting can be submitted to listen@eac.gov.