News and Notes 52 February 6

This issue includes Points of Empowerment series of topical factsheets on minority populations with disabilities, survey of weight loss in those with psychiatric disabilities, a workforce recruitment program, KT4TT announces 2012 PUSH Award, and research on breast cancer screening and intellectual disabilities.

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Points of Empowerment
The NIDRR-funded Empowerment: Building Research Infrastructure Capacity (Project Empowerment) (H133A080060) offers Points of Empowerment, a series of topical fact sheets on minority populations with disabilities. The latest issue is a recap of survey data on college students with disabilities (PDF). Previous topics include stroke, brain injury, employment, and perceptions of psychiatric services. 

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KT4TT Announces 2012 PUSH Award
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) (H133A80050) awarded its 2012 Product Utilization Support and Help (PUSH) award to Infinity Communication Access Lab, a partnership between Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Toronto District School Board in Toronto, Canada. The lab aims to discover person-centered access solutions and to ensure that those solutions are transferred into environments true to where children live and learn. The PUSH Award is a peer-to-peer dissemination activity based on the identification and distribution of 'best practice' approaches to development, transfer, and/or production processes by researchers and technology grantees. The goal is to provide the broader research and NIDRR community with exemplars of research utilization that have proven to be effective. Learn more about this project and the PUSH award from SEDL's Focus Technical Brief 36 (PDF).

New Research on Breast Cancer Screening and Intellectual Disabilities
The recently completed NIDRR-funded field initiated project on Improving Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Intellectual Disabilities (H133G090124) has published Receipt of mammography among women with intellectual disabilities: Medical record data indicate substantial disparities for African American women (abstract) in the January issue of Disability and Health Journal. Study findings showed that White women with intellectual disabilities received mammograms at adjusted rates nearly three to five times higher than African American women with intellectual disabilities. These findings suggest that efforts to increase mammography screening rates of African American women have not reached African American women with intellectual disabilities. 

Grantee event: 

Summer Institute on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) will be hosting a Summer Institute on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes on June 17th and 18th. Led by Richard Gershon, PhD and Nan Rothrock, PhD, from Northwestern University’s Department of Medical Social Sciences, this course is for both professional and student-level rehabilitation researchers who desire to develop skills in applied and theoretical measurement. Registration is required. Please note: space is limited!


Survey of Weight Loss in Those with Psychiatric Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130014) has an ongoing survey for individuals with psychiatric disabilities seeking to lose weight, and develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Results from the survey will help identify what weight loss interventions mental health consumers prefer. While anonymous, the 10-minute survey does require that participants be over the age of 18 and have a psychiatric disability. Questions or requests for more information should be directed to project lead Gretchen Snethen

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Workforce Recruitment Program
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) offers The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) to all employers and business owners. The WRP is a database of more than 2,000 qualified students and recent graduates with disabilities who are seeking internships or permanent employment. The database contains only participants who have completed an extensive application and interview process held by professional recruiters at colleges throughout the nation. Federal agency employers may access the database directly, all other employers should submit a WRP Candidate Request form. Learn more from this WRP webinar. EARN is a service of the National Employer Technical Assistance Center, funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy