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News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond Archive

News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond is a weekly newsletter featuring news, resources, events, and opportunities to participate in research in disability and rehabilitation. Most of the stories focus on the achievements of the 250+ NIDILRR-funded projects across the US. We also include events and resources from other agencies and organizations. To sign up, go to our home page and enter your email address in the big blue box! Learn how to submit an item for the next newsletter. Are you a current subscriber or reader? We would love to know your opinion on the newsletter and how you share it with your colleagues!

NARIC presents achievements and current activities including a brief history of the Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) Model System Centers in its Spotlight blog; registration and agenda are now available for Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities, a virtual event hosted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL); the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes consumer factsheet, Concussion Recovery, in collaboration with UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center, Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System Center, and North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center; researchers from several NIDILRR-funded projects receive awards for posters presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2020 Annual Conference; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Efforts to Increase Health Care Access and Quality of Care for People with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities seeks participants for a survey on strategies to support employment of people with disabilities; the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) publishes article, Tips for Empowering Voters with Disabilities in the 2020 General Election and COVID-19 Crisis.

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2020-10-21

Continuing its recognition of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC explores the efforts of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities in its Quick Looks blog; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and NIDILRR host a NDEAM virtual event, Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities publishes article, Getting Back to Work After Covid-19: Lingering Symptoms Present Challenges for Employers and the ADA; Researchers from four Burn Model System Centers co-authored article, "Living well" after burn injury: Using case reports to illustrate significant contributions from the Burn Model Systems (BMS) Research Program, published online in the Journal of Burn Care and Research; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities will host webinar, Intersectionality at Work: Strategies for Navigating Multiple Forms of Discrimination, as part of the Ask Me Anything About Employment Webinar Series; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accommodations for Hiring and Work, including an overview of the Northeast ADA Regional Center's Small Business at Work Toolkit; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers to provide feedback on new factsheets, Irritability, Anger, and Aggression After TBI and Stress Management Strategies for Caregivers; the Department of Labor (DOL) hosts virtual celebration, Building a Future that Works, to celebrate NDEAM.

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2020-10-14

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR releases information regarding the 71 grants funded in Fiscal Year 2020, available through the NIDILRR Program Database; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes new infocomic, Adulting Shorts: An Interview Tale, Part 1 and Part 2, discussing questions that are illegal for an interviewer to ask during a job interview; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the September 2020 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, an analysis of the latest Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; co-investigator for the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System and the Reinventing Yourself After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Project receives 2020 Mulcahey Award for Research in Outcomes Measurement from the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA); the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) offers free virtual adaptive movement and mindfulness class via Zoom; Temple University Research Rehabilitation and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks respondents to a survey on organizational initiatives and community ideas that support civic participation among people with mental illnesses; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department of Education hosts virtual summit, Attract, Prepare, Retain: OSEP National Summit on Improving Effective Personnel for Children with Disabilities.

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2020-10-07

At the end of National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month, NARIC's project director Mark Odum, who has lived with SCI for more than 40 years, reflects on what SCI Awareness means in 2020; this week's Research in Focus explores how burn injury survivors may face racial/ethnic gaps in community integration after injury; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) publishes brief, Technology Use for Social Connectedness: Exploring the Experiences of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Family Members, and professionals; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, American Red Cross Disaster Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement hosts monthly webinar, National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host a series of 4 podcasts and webinars, Virtual Series: Disability Employment - Looking Back and Moving Forward; the Community Living Policy Center hosts webcast, Disability Rights Are Civil Rights: A Conversation on Inclusive Democracy; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) features the Solution Showcase, a video series highlighting workplace accommodations for workers with a variety of disabilities.

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2020-09-30

In observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Week, NARIC shares resources on falls and falls prevention from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center launches new online course, Readily Achievable Barrier Removal for Small Business, examining how small business owners can address self-site evaluations under readily achievable architectural and communication barrier removal; the New England ADA Regional Center releases article, How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses addiction and recovery, published in the magazine Advances in Addiction and Recovery; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Voting in the COVID-19 Era; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) hosts First Annual Disability Health Symposium: Interdisciplinary Research to Facilitate Solutions; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation hosts the Minnesota Gathering for Person-Centered Practices, a person-centered virtual event bringing together nationally recognized speakers, practitioners of person-centered practices, and real-world families coping with COVID-19 restrictions; the Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction seeks participants for study of Intravesical Probiotic (Lactobacillus) for Urinary Symptoms Among People with Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Who Use Indwelling Catheters; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the US Department of Education publishes two infographics, OSEP Fast Facts: Black or African American Children with Disabilities and OSEP Fast Facts: American Indian or Alaska Native Children with Disabilities.

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2020-09-23

In observance of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, NARIC presents new and existing tools from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere to help readers with spinal cord injury and their families and care teams on the journey to living, learning, and working with SCI; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities releases two webinars on return-to-work for employees with disabilities, Accommodations & Return to Work Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic and Enabling Work Accommodations as an Essential Element of the Return-to-Work Process; two researchers from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery publish article, The Importance of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic, in the journal Psychiatric Services; principal investigator at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision is awarded the John H. McAulay Award from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired; NIDILRR-funded resources, included 40-some items from the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative), are featured in the knowledgebase at SMI Adviser, knowledge translation center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities hosts Successful Business Practices State of the Science Conference; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts #KTDRR20 - Virtual Knowledge Translation Conference: Social Media Strategies for Knowledge Translation; the US Access Board hosts its bimonthly meeting, featuring presentations from NIDILRR representatives and researchers discussing current research to advance accessibility and technology for people with disabilities.

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2020-09-16

NARIC will attend the ADAcon-Virtual, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Virtual Conference hosted by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center, with a virtual booth, tools to chat with people, and a digital literature rack with NIDILRR grantee publications; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes research brief, America at a Glance: Social Isolation and Loneliness During the First Wave of COVID-19; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the August 2020 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, showing marginal increases in key employment numbers for Americans with and without disabilities; researcher from Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) to receive the Ernest Bors MD Award for Scientific Development from the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities to host two-part webcast, How to Be an Influencer in Your Company for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Moving the Needle on Disability Employment, highlighting practical strategies and innovative approaches for increasing the hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities; the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) at the Department of Education releases update of A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.

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2020-09-09

NARIC staff discuss their following of the research of NIDILRR grantees in their latest Spotlight blog post; the topic of Research in Focus is the removal of pedestrian access barriers, required by the ADA, which many local governments have yet to complete; the Model Systems Knowledge Transaction Center (MSKTC) releases narrated slideshow, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); principal investigator  of the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) was interviewed for podcast, From Research to Reality: Improving Outcomes for People with Traumatic Brain Injury, part of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington Brain Injury Today series; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Back to School and Virtual Accessibility; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign: An Innovative Community-Based Approach to Disaster Preparedness; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Criminal Justice and the ADA, reviewing how the ADA has been applied to a range of situations including interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities, effective communication with correctional facilities, solitary confinement and the ADA, and the ADA's role in prisoner release from custody; the Centers for Medicate & Medicaid Services (CMS) issue joint information bulletin, Living at Home in Rural America: Improving Accessibility for Older Adults and People with Disability, produced with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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2020-09-02

NARIC publishes examples of NIDILRR researchers' use of visual methods to share information in its blog to help readers use these innovative tools to share research with their communities; NIDILRR announces its plan for releasing grant forecasts and funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for Fiscal Year 2021; Research in Focus looks at some early signs of consciousness in people recovering from stroke or traumatic brain injury; the Northwest ADA Regional Center and the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center publish factsheet, Accessibility at Drive-Thru Medical Sites; the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center publishes research brief, Digital Access and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), framing digital accessibility as an issue for businesses, agencies, and organizations considered public entities under the ADA; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts virtual Town Hall: Family Caregivers and COVID-19, highlighting the Center's recent finding that family caregivers are being more negatively impacted by the pandemic than their non-caregiver counterparts; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts two-part webinar, Using the ADA and ABA Standards Series: Chapter 8 - Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements, Part 1 and Part 2; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families (NRCPD) seeks essay or video submissions from parents with disabilities who are willing to share their experiences about barriers that they face; the US Department of Health and Human Services releases its Healthy People 2030 framework, establishing public health priorities that help individuals, organizations, and communities improve the health and well-being of the nation.

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2020-08-26

Five months into staff working from home due to COVID-19, NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community to help with telework and staying socially connected and mentally healthy in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes research brief, America at a Glance: COVID-19 and Disability in Rural Areas; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) releases video, Meet Pepper, a Socially Assistive Robot to Provide Respite for Caregivers of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, where the humanoid robot teaches how to do a fist bump, reads a story, and plays a game; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update - August, offering latest perspectives on the implications of COVID-19 for employment of people with disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, COVID-19 and the ADA: Implications for Title II and Post-Secondary Education; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforcing Disability Rights Authorities; the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) seeks participants over the age of 18 with TBI for a survey to measure the impact of COVID-19 on the health, well-being, and mental health of individuals with TBI; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) continues to update its information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

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2020-08-19

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