News and Notes 73 July 3

July 4th celebration and firework-related burn injuries, including link to fact sheets on burn injury recovery; Telecom Toolbox, a website to help vocational rehabilitation counselors communicate with their clients; Disability-Competent Care Self-Assessment Tool released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; survey participants sought for caregiver health information needs study; first edition of RecTech quarterly newsletter; documentary, The Eyes of Thailand, features innovative prosthetics and orthotics technology; Pathways RTC wins 2012 Best Paper award for their article describing the work of the Finding Our Way project; Webinar on Disability as Diversity.

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Tomorrow is July 4th, when we'll celebrate America's Independence Day with parades, picnics, and (of course) fireworks! On average, 200 people a day go to the emergency room with firework-related injuries in July, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks Information Center. Check out these fact sheets on burn injury recovery to learn more. We hope everyone plays it safe tomorrow! 

Resource Highlight: 

Telecom Toolbox for VR Counselors
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: RURAL) (H133B080023) recently debuted, a website designed to help vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors maintain standards of practice and facilitate effective online communications with their clients. The Telecom Toolbox was developed based on findings published in Access to, Use of, and Attitudes Toward Telecommunications Among Rural VR Clients (abstract) in the journal Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, which investigated the use of telecommunications for rural VR service delivery from both the counselor and consumer perspectives. The Telecom Toolbox aims to address gaps in VR counselor training and offer alternatives to face-to-face meetings. 

News items: 

RecTech Debuts Quarterly Newsletter
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (RecTech) (H133E120005) released the first edition of the RecTech Newsletter (PDF). This first issue features information on current research, universal design standards for fitness equipment, and publications and events from the RecTech community. The RecTech Newsletter will be published on a quarterly basis. 

Innovative Prosthetics Technology Featured in New Documentary
Dilatancy prosthetics casting, a technology developed under the completed NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Access for Landmine Survivors (H133E030017) (2003-2008), is featured in the film The Eyes of Thailand. In the film, the groundbreaking innovation developed by Yeongchi Wu, MD, is used to build prosthetic limbs for Thai elephants Mosha and Motola who each underwent amputations after landmine explosions. Dr. Wu continues to develop this technology with a focus on orthotics through a NIDRR-funded field initiated project, Development of a Low-Cost Dilatancy-Based System for Orthotic Fabrication

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Disability as Diversity
The NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA National Network Regional Center (H133A110020) will host a webinar, Disability as Diversity: Including America’s Largest Diversity Population in Diversity Planning and Practice, July 25th, 1pm to 1:45pm EDT. Hannah Rudstam, PhD, of the Employment and Disability Institute will review topics such as the value proposition of diversity, lack of disability inclusion in diversity efforts, statistics and case studies, workplace connections and strategies, customer/market issues, and supplier diversity and strategies. Registration is free but required


Caregivers Health Information Needs Study
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) is recruiting individuals over 18 years old who are the primary caregivers of someone who has sustained a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or burn injury in the past five years. Eligible caregivers will participate in interviews about their health information needs. Participation and compensation information are available from the MSKTC website

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Disability-Competent Care Self-Assessment Tool
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the Disability-Competent Care Self-Assessment Tool (PDF), which is designed to help health plans and health systems evaluate their present ability to meet the needs of adults with physical disabilities or functional limitations and to identify strategic opportunities for improvement. Rather than focusing on a diagnosis, disability-competent care focuses on providing care and supports for maximum function and addressing the barriers to integrated, accessible care.