News and Notes 81 August 28

Resources for providing a safe learning environment free of bullying for children with disabilities; ADA factsheets for veterans; call for hearing instrument users to participate in survey on the compatibility of cell phones with hearing aids and cochlear implants; UN launched survey of people living with disabilities on their coping capacity during a disaster event; Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine special issue on AT; study showing job training improves employment outcomes for youth with autism; Stats RRTC Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics.

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School is back in session across the US and the Department of Education is working to ensure all children have access to a safe learning environment. According to, children with disabilities are often at risk of being bullied by their classmates. Bullying can even come from fellow students with disabilities, as seen in this study available from the NARIC collection. The Department of Education released new guidance to educators and stakeholders on their responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities who experience bullying continue to be able to fully participate in their education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. For more research on bullying and disability, see this search from our REHABDATA database and visit to learn what you can do to help. 

Resource Highlight: 

ADA Fact Sheets for Veterans
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center released three new factsheets covering the needs of veterans with disabilities in the workforce. For veterans: You Have a Lot to Offer: Ten Points for Veterans to Consider When Returning to Work with a Disability. For employers: Ten Tips for Employers: Tapping into the Talents of Veterans with Disabilities. For families and other supporters: Ten Tips for Families: Supporting a Veteran with a Disability Returning to Work. All are available in HTML and printer-friendly PDF formats. 

News items: 

Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine Publishes Special Issue on AT
Rory Cooper, PhD, co-director for the NIDRR-funded University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (H133N110011), served as guest editor for Advances in Technology for People with Spinal Cord Injury, a special issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine published in July that focuses on assistive technology (AT). The issue includes two articles from NIDRR-funded projects: The first is Development and evaluation of a gyroscope-based wheel rotation monitor for manual wheelchair users (abstract) from the completed Research Fellowship Development of a Physical Activity Monitor System for Manual Wheelchair Users; the second is Effectiveness of local cooling for enhancing tissue ischemia tolerance in people with spinal cord injury (abstract) from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Spinal Cord Injury. Other articles address evacuation preparedness for wheelchair users, a computer-assisted rehabilitation environment for enhancing wounded warrior rehabilitation regimens, and software wizards to adjust keyboard and mouse settings for people with physical impairments. Dr. Cooper's editorial, Technology, trends, and the future for people with spinal cord injury, and Spinal cord injury facts and figures at a glance from the NIDRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center are available free of charge. 

Study Shows Job Training Improves Employment Outcomes for Youth with Autism
The NIDRR-funded project Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (VCU ASD Career Links) (H133B080027) recently published Competitive employment for youth with autism spectrum disorders: Early results from a randomized clinical trial (abstract) in the July issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The article discusses Project SEARCH with Autism Supports, an intensive internship training program in a hospital setting which resulted in high levels of competitive employment in areas such as cardiac care, wellness, ambulatory surgery, and pediatric intensive care units. 

Grantee event: 

Save the Date: Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics (Stats RRTC) (H133B080012) will release its Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics in conjunction with its Second Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable, December 11th, in Washington, DC. The Roundtable will provide an opportunity for disability advocates, policymakers, and researchers to discuss ways that research can assist policymakers in developing programs, policies, and legislation that support people with disabilities. Registration will open in September. Video from the 2012 Roundtable is available online


Hearing Aid Compatibility Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) is gathering data on the compatibility of cell phones with hearing aids and cochlear implants. The survey is open to all users of hearing aids or cochlear technology. Participants may enter a drawing for one of four $50 Amazon gift cards. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Survey on Living with Disability and Disasters
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched a survey of people living with disabilities on their coping capacity in the face of a disaster event. The survey focuses on issues such as self-management, safety, preparedness, and national and local disaster planning. The survey is open through September 25th and is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. Results will be shared at the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: Living with Disability and Disasters on October 13th.