News and Notes 57 March 13

Brain Injury Awareness Month; Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities Guide and Checklist; website survey; ABILITY Jobs; accessible technology: is supply outstripping demand?; Latino USA offers captioned radio broadcasts; New York Times profiles Joshua Miele; the role of peer specialists in promoting competitive employment for the people they serve.

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NARIC news: 

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Events and commemorations will take place across the country, including Brain Injury Awareness Day TODAY (3rd item on the web page). How much do you know about traumatic brain injury (TBI)? We highly recommend these factsheets from the NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center to help you understand TBI and what happens during acute rehabilitation, among other topics. These factsheets were developed with the NIDRR-funded TBI Model Systems Centers

Resource Highlight: 

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities Guide and Checklist
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (H133E110002) published Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities Guide and Checklist (PDF), a new education tearsheet in the February issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The tearsheet, available free of charge, provides guidelines for individuals with disabilities to follow when developing plans in preparation for emergency situations and includes a checklist of items to include in emergency kits, such as a Ready Kit and a Go Bag. It also provides a list of the signs of stress an individual might feel in an emergency to help them recognize and mitigate the symptoms. 

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Accessible Technology: Is Supply Outstripping Demand and Why?
NIDRR hosts Jim Tobias, president of Inclusive Technologies, for a presentation, Accessible Technology: Is Supply Outstripping Demand and Why?, March 19th, 3-4:30pm EST, at Room 4090, Potomac Center Plaza SW, Washington, DC. Mr. Tobias will discuss access to and adoption of assistive technology, its transformative potential for people with disabilities, and recommendations for research and engagement to encourage wide-spread use. 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: 

Latino USA Offers Captioned Radio Broadcasts
The recently-completed NIDRR-funded Accessible Digital Broadcast Radio Services (H133G060187) field initiated project at NPR Labs announced a partnership with Latino USA, the longest running Latino-focused radio program, to offer the first radio program with equal access distribution via captioning for radio. Captioned radio makes programs, announcements, and alerts available to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Latino USA is carried on more than 100 public radio stations. Captioned broadcasts are available through any web browser and archived for anytime access. Follow Latino USA on Twitter to find out when the next show will be posted. 

NY Times Profiles Joshua Miele
Joshua A. Miele, PhD, of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multisensory Loss, (H133E110004) is profiled in The Crime of His Childhood in the March 3rd issue of The New York Times. The article discusses his injury, recovery, and education, and highlights his NIDRR-funded work developing WearaBraille and other technologies for people with blindness and low vision. 

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The Role of Peer Specialists in Promoting Competitive Employment for the People They Serve TOMORROW
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (H133B100037) and the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse present The Role of Peer Specialists in Promoting Competitive Employment for the People They Serve TOMORROW, 2-3:30pm EST. The webinar will include discussion of training available to peer specialists who are interested in helping people return to work, as well as the ways to help people within a Medicaid-funded peer specialist program. Registration is free but required.


Website Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090005) seeks feedback on the content of their website and newsletter as useful resources for consumers, family members, caregivers, and professionals within the spinal cord injury field. The brief survey is available throughout March. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ABILITYJobs debuted in 1995 as a service of ABILITY Magazine and is now one of the largest employment websites for job seekers with disabilities. Job seekers may post resumes and search job listings free of charge (registration is required). Resumes are anonymous to recruiters until the job seeker allows the employer to contact them. Employers and recruiters may search anonymous resumes for free; fees are charged to post job listings and to contact potential candidates.