News and Notes 54 February 20

This issue is The Prepared Lifestyle online courses designed to help educators, emergency responders, people with disabilities and healthcare professionals, UAB seeks participants for SCI Project at University of Alabama Birmingham, MIUSA announces video on power of women leaders with disabilities, NIDRR presents “New Model for Preventing Needless Work Disabilities”, SCSCIMA hosts 3rdInternational Transformational Technology Summit, website debuts by OSERS Transition Steering Committee.

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NARIC news: 

This time next week we'll be setting up our booth at the 2013 CSUN Conference on Technology and Disability! We are looking forward to connecting with many people from the NIDRR community, including the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers and the Small Business Innovative Research grantees. We're also excited to see what's on the horizon for technology in our community, whether it's high-tech brain computer interface, new eye-gaze trackers, robotics, or the simple but profoundly useful reacher. If you're attending or presenting, please stop by booth 113 and say hello! 

Resource Highlight: 

The Prepared Lifestyle
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Independent Living (H133B110006) sponsors The Prepared Lifestyle, two new online courses in its Emergency Preparedness: Online Trainings designed to help educators, emergency responders, people with disabilities, and healthcare professionals deal with public health threats. Part 1 covers epidemics, pandemics, and the unique risk factors for people with disabilities. Part 2 focuses on seasonal and pandemic flu. Registration is free but required: Kansas residents may take the course through Kansas Train; others may go through the Train National site.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR Presents: New Model for Preventing Needless Work Disability
NIDRR hosts Jennifer Christian, MD, for a presentation, "New Model for Preventing Needless Work Disability: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice", February 27th, 1-2:30pm EST, at Room 4090, Potomac Center Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. Dr. Christian will describe the role that physicians and other influential parties play in determining whether, when, and how working age people with medical conditions (or changes due to aging) will stay at work or return to work. She will also discuss the key features of the biopsychosocial model of sickness and disability which make it better than other models at explaining why working age people with medical impairments end up on disability benefits programs for the long term. Registration is free for in-person or teleconference but space is limited for both. RSVP to Margaret Campbell or call 202/245-7290.

News items: 

SCSCIMS Hosts 3rd International Transformational Technology Summit
The NIDRR-funded Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCSCIMS) Center (H133N110018) hosts the International Transformational Technology Summit 3 - Robotics in Rehabilitation: The Future is Now! February 22nd and 23rd at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, CA. This conference brings together experts in the fields of SCI, rehabilitation, robotics, and brain computer interface (BCI) to discuss the latest evidence for the role of task specific practice in recovery, the impact of exoskeleton robots for paraplegic walking, and the role of BCI technology for individuals with tetraplegia. The plenary session will be recorded and available for viewing after the event. For further information, contact Mindy Aisen, MD

New Transitions Website DebutsThe OSERS Transition Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from all three program offices of OSERS, including NIDRR, launched a new webpage for the Year of College and Career for Youth with Disabilities Initiative (YCC). This transition-oriented webpage features news and resources for youth with disabilities, their families, and the educators and employment professionals who support them. The page includes the latest resources, events, and news from NIDRR-funded projects, as well as other resources, and follows on last year's National Transition Conference.


SCI Project at University of Alabama Birmingham
The NIDRR-funded UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110008) seeks participants for testing of Virtual Walking for Reducing Spinal Cord Injury-Related Neuropathic Pain, a 3D-video simulation as a cost effective, home-based treatment option for neuropathic pain, post-injury. Candidates must live in Alabama, be 19-65 and at least three months out from initial injury, and have chronic neuropathic pain at or below the injury level. Participants will receive payment for participating in the study. Contact Juliette Galindo, MA for more information.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Creating the World as It Should Be
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) announced the release of Creating the World as it Should Be: The Power of Disabled Women Activists. This 18-minute video documents the power of women leaders with disabilities in their quest to be included in international development programs; and focuses on the work of the Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability, MIUSA's international leadership training model. The video is captioned in English, Spanish, and Arabic.