News and Notes 5 February 22

This issue includes highlights on “how-to-videos” for individuals with SCI, a study on how adults with psychiatric conditions view work, ITIF launches an “open innovation challenge” to design accessible election experiences for everyone, Susan and Beth Tauke awarded prizes for their concept house in Illinois, Center for Wireless Technologies won the MobileHCI 2011 competition, Center on KT4TT publishes invited position paper, and families get expert answers from 

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NARIC news: 

We're moving!
All this week we're packing our desks in preparation for our move across the street. We moved the library ahead of time to ensure that all of our 60,000 volumes would be readily accessible as soon as we move in. Starting on Monday NARIC's new address will be 8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 500. All of our phone numbers and web addresses will stay the same. 

Resource Highlight: 

How-To Videos
H133B090002 The NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090002) has a great selection of how-to videos featuring members of their peer-mentoring program. These videos demonstrate everything from how to sit-ski to how to make fried chicken. The videos are updated monthly. The latest one features peer-mentor Myron demonstrating exercise for someone with a C5-C6 injury. Post your comments and let them know what topics you'd like to see!  

News items: 

Two Tech Awards for NIDRR Grantees
Two items from the tech news caught our eye this week. A sister team from the University of Buffalo took home the National Association of Home Builders' Gold Award for Best Universally Designed House for their LIFEHouse. Susan and Beth Tauke took home the prize for their concept house in Illinois. Beth Tauke is a professor of architecture and a member of the NIDRR-funded Rehab Engineering Research Center on Universal Design (H133E050004). Elsewhere in the grantee community, members of the NIDRR-funded Rehab Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (H133E100002) won the MobileHCI 2011 competition for their Braille Touch app for the iPhone and iPad. The app uses six-finger chording to replicate the traditional Braille keyboard on a smartphone or tablet (Android version is in the works). See a video of the app in action on

Center on KT4TT Publishes Invited Position Paper
Joseph Lane of the NIDRR-funded Center for Knowledge Translation for Tech Transfer (H133E110002) has co-authored an invited position paper for Gegenworte, a German research journal. The paper, titled Research or Development? A Short History of Research and Development as Categories, is available online in both PDF and Word

Families Get Expert Answers to SCI Questions is a new resource from the Hill Foundation. It features real people living with spinal cord injury (SCI) and their families and their experiences immediately after and in the years and decades following their injury. It also features experts answering honest, thoughtful questions many families have asked when dealing with SCI. Among these experts are NIDRR-funded researchers Dr. Allen Heinemann, Dr. David Chen, and Dr. T. George Hornby. We encourage you to visit, participate in the discussion, and share this valuable resource with your community. 


Currently Recruiting
The NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Center at Boston University's Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (H133B090014) is conducting a study on how adults with psychiatric conditions view work. If you're between 18 and 32, in recovery from a psychiatric condition, and currently employed or employed for at least 6 months in the past 3 years, you may qualify for the survey. Contact Dr. Uma Millner at 617/353-3549 or for more information. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Designing Accessible Election Experiences
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has launched an "open innovation challenge" to answer the question: "How might we design an accessible election experience for everyone?" Anyone may join this community of "creative thinkers, designers, engineers, and problem solvers" to answer this challenge. Launched on Jan 24 and running through Mar 28, the Accessible Voting Technology Initiative uses OpenIDEO, a collaborative online environment, to facilitate discussion and idea sharing across stakeholder groups. Start with the challenge brief, then post your inspiration to one of the five missions.