News and Notes 49 January 16

This issue includes Community Accessibility Maps, survey on emergency communication and people with disabilities, Making Careers Happen virtual conference, publication of a transformative subfield in rehabilitation science at the nexus of new technologies, aging, and disability, publication of The long term impact of physical and emotional trauma, RRTC on Aging debuts online and social resources, and a webinar on PCA Training Requirements.

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Resource Highlight: 

Community Accessibility Maps
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living (H1338060018) offers Community Accessibility Maps for seven cities in Missouri, plus cities in Illinois, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Contributors evaluated facilities, businesses, public accommodations, and more using the Community Health Environment Checklist (CHEC) for mobility, vision, and hearing impairments. Accessibility reviews are linked to Google maps, with detailed listings for each location. Learn more about the CHEC project and how to evaluate a community in this YouTube video.

News items: 

Newest Open Access Publications from NIDRR Grantees
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability (H133E080024) announced the publication of A transformative subfield in rehabilitation science at the nexus of new technologies, aging, and disability in the latest issue of Frontiers in Psychology. The article highlights the opportunities for collaborative research and training in a new multidisciplinary science of rehabilitation enabled by growing knowledge and information along scientifically and clinically meaningful lines. The full-text article is available free of charge (PDF).

The NIDRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System (H133A120034) recently published The long-term impact of physical and emotional trauma: The Station Nightclub fire in the open access journal PLoS One. This article addresses issues of employment, depression, post-traumatic stress, and quality of life of the survivor population; it also assesses outcomes of survivors with and without physical injury. The full-text article is available free of charge as well. The article was also highlighted in the Boston Globe (subscription required).

RRTC on Aging Debuts New Online and Social Resources
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Physical Disabilities (H133B080024) released a new website, designed to connect visitors to educational information on aging and disability. The site features Aging Well with a Physical Disability factsheets, social media connections, and a blog. The RRTC on Aging also offers a quarterly newsletter.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: PCA Training Requirements
The NIDRR-funded National Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services (H133B080002) presents PCA Training Requirements: Findings from a 50-State Study, January 22nd at 2pm EST. Dorie Seavey, PhD, and Abby Marquand, MPH, from PHI (formerly known as the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute) will discuss findings from their recent study of state training requirements for personal care aides, currently the fastest growing occupation in America. Visit the webinar on January 22nd, no registration is required. This webinar will be archived for future viewing. 


Survey on Emergency Communication and People with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Communications (H133E110002) survey on emergency communications will close January 31st. The survey questions address emergency services, public alerts and warnings, and social media use during emergencies. Participants are eligible to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards. Start the survey.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Making Careers Happen
Making Careers Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century is a virtual conference February 27th to March 1st. Participants in this highly interactive web conference will learn about effective transition practices, and how school-agency collaborations can deliver these practices from leadership, consumer, financial, and practical perspectives. The web conference will be held across three consecutive days from 3pm to 5pm EST, using WebEx. A Google Hangout will run from 4:30 to 5pm, providing an opportunity for participants to discuss content with the presenters. Registration is required and fees are charged for each course.