News and Notes 80 August 21

Services provided by NARIC information specialists; useful equipment and strategies for creating a safer home; participants with disabilities sought for a survey of user needs for wireless technology; A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder available from NIMH; grantee discusses the creation of a virtual speech therapist on; grantee discusses new ways to use AT for people with disabilities on Marketplace Tech; Employer Practices State of the Science Conference; Webinar: Emergency Preparedness for Personal Assistance Service (PAS) users.

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Creating a Safer Home - Useful Equipment and Strategies for Household Activities
The NIDRR-funded Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) (H133B100003) presents Creating a Safer Home: Useful Equipment and Strategies for Household Activities, the latest episode in its Active Living with Arthritis podcast series. This episode discusses hazards in the home environment which contribute to falls and how to make the home safer. The Active Living with Arthritis podcasts bring evidence-based information to adults with arthritis who want to initiate and sustain active lives. 

News items: 

Virtual Speech Therapy in the News
Leora Cherney, PhD, project director of the NIDRR-funded field-initiated project on Enhancing Written Communication in Persons with Clinical Aphasia (H133G1201123), discussed the challenges of creating a virtual speech therapist in Researchers Aim to Create Virtual Speech Therapist on The article discusses current research in virtual speech therapy for aphasia caused by stroke and head injury. Dr. Cherney developed early versions of virtual speech therapy under several NIDRR grants and continues to refine the technology through her current grant. 

Marketplace Tech Features Assistive Technology All Week
Larry Goldberg, project director of the NIDRR-funded field-initiated project on Access to Electronic and Personal Health Records (H133G110095) and director of the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), visited Marketplace Tech to discuss new ways assistive technology (AT) is helping people with disabilities. The discussion was part of a week-long series on assistive technology broadcast on public radio stations across the US. 

Grantee event: 

Registration Now Open for Employer Practices State of the Science Conference
Registration is now open for Innovative Research on Employer Practices: Improving Employment for People with Disabilities, a state-of-the-science conference hosted by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EP-RRTC) (H133B100017), October 22nd-23rd, in Washington, DC. This conference will highlight research findings from EP-RRTC projects. Registration is free but required

Webinar: Emergency Preparedness for PAS Users
The NIDRR-funded National Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services (PAS) (H133B080002) will host a webinar, Emergency Preparedness for PAS Users, August 28th, 2-3pm EDT. The webinar will highlight emergency preparedness tips that are specifically relevant to individuals who use personal assistants, attendants, or caregivers. This webinar is free and there is no pre-registration required. 


Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technology
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) continues to collect data through the Survey of User Needs (SUN), the cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technologies by people with disabilities. The latest version of the SUN includes questions on mobile apps and social media. Data gathered through the SUN helps the wireless industry develop new technology that can be used by everyone. Take the survey online in English or Spanish, or contact John Morris at 404/367-1348 to complete the survey by phone or request a paper copy. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has published A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder. The guide presents a comprehensive breakdown of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and includes information on diagnosis, symptoms, and interventions for ASD. The guide is available free in PDF and web versions (also in Spanish). Print copies may also ordered from NIMH