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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!

In observance of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month as well as Disability Pride Month, NARIC explores research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that look at the intersection of disability and LGBTQIA+ identity in its Spotlight blog; This Just In... examines literature about COVID-19 and the health and rehabilitation implications for racial minorities with disabilities; Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) launches Providing Culturally Competent Mental Health Care to LGBTQIA+ Youth and Young Adults, a collection of resources for providers; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Health and Function of People with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts month-long Twitter Chat about developing, implementing, and disseminating research on integrated behavioral health care; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ask an ADA Pro: Communication Requirements Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the National Data and Statistical Center for the Burn Model Systems hosts webinar, Outcome Measures in the Burn Model System Database, part of the Accessing & Using the Burn Model System Database series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) hosts webinar, Exploring the Intersections of Person and Place: Healthy Aging for Adults with Long-Term Physical Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction (RRTC on Bladder Dysfunction) seeks participants with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction who use indwelling catheters to try a probiotic flush when experiencing urinary symptoms; the Biden-Harris Administration launches new initiative to expand the availability of at-home COVID-19 tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.

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2022-06-29

In observance of the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Olmstead decision determining that unjustified isolation of people with disabilities is unlawful discrimination under the ADA, NARIC staff explores some recent NIDILRR-funded research in community living and participation in the Spotlight blog; This Just In... presents a study interviewing leaders from vocational rehabilitation (VR) and child and adult mental health service systems about supporting the vocational success of transition-age youth with serious mental health conditions; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision releases latest podcast series episode, Employment Insights with the NRTC; 2012-2021 principal investigator for the Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Burn Association (ABA) as well as the 2022 Schilling Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Washington; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Residential Facilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation hosts public forum, Implications of Closing Institutions, discussing deinstitutionalization, remaining challenges, benefits of community living, and policy recommendations; the project Using the National Survey on Health and Disability Panel to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences of Working Age Americans with Disabilities conducts the 2022 National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD) on how access to health care, insurance, and the COVID-19 pandemic may affect people with disabilities; the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) seeks comments and suggestions from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in preparation for its first full committee meeting.

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2022-06-22

In observance of Father's Day this coming Sunday, NARIC offers promising research and resources for fathers with disabilities from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; This Just In... presents a study examining the self-reported frequency of emergency department (ED) visits, ED-related hospitalizations, and reasons for ED visits among people with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) compared with general population data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for the same geographic area; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes two infocomics for SCI and burn injury survivors, Respiratory Health and Spinal Cord Injury, and Itchy Skin After Burn Injury; principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision was interviewed for A Sense of Texas, the podcast of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Network Knowledge Translation Center to host next quartely Twitter Chat, Accessibility and the ADA, on the meaning and accessibility of digital accessibility; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Future of Business is Accessible: Young Business Leaders Talk Full Inclusion; the Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System hosts webinar, Grand Rounds: Sexuality and Sexual Function in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); the project Reclaiming Employment: Self-Employment Resources for Mental Health Service Users seeks users to pilot its Reclaiming Employment Platform, which offers support to people with mental health challenges around work to start and run small businesses; the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) to host two events focusing on new research and development for the disability and rehabilitation community: a Stakeholder Meeting and a Lunch & Learn Webinar.

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2022-06-15

In observance of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month; organized by the National Center for PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs, NARIC has assembled a list of resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with PTSD connect with support at home, at work or school, and in their communities; This Just In... presents a study examining the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults with physical disabilities from marginalized communities in southeastern Michigan; the project on Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies publishes infographic, Diversity of Disability Pathways for Middle-Aged Adults: Implications for Services and Supports; Rocky Mountain Regional ADA Center Specialist joins fellow members of the US Olympic and Panolympic teams for celebration at the White House; Principal Investigator for the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center was interviewed for latest episode of the Mary Christie Institute's Quadcast, focused on college student behavioral health and wellbeing; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center to host webinar, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator: Getting the Job Done; the Administration on Disabilities at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks peer reviewers with disabilities for a variety of grant competitions; the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor publishes new resources to help workers understand their rights to take leave for serious mental health conditions and help employers comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  

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2022-06-08

NARIC has information about its bilingual information services, including interviews with its Spanish/English bilingual information specialist, in its Spotlight podcast; This Just In... presents a study investigating depression in older adults 12 months after a traumatic brain injury (TBI); the National Data and Statistical Center for the Burn Model Systems (NDSC-BMS) publishes two-part series, Accessing and Using the Burn Model System Database: A Webinar Series; the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center announces release of video series on digital access in education, Access for Everyone: Breaking Down Barrier for People with Disabilities, produced in partnership with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Fishing and Boating for a Variety of Disabilities, discussing modified procedures and safety protocols during leisure fishing and boating and competitive events; the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) seeks providers and administrators of disability employment services for study, Which Dissemination Approach Best Reaches NIDILRR Stakeholders: A Comparative Effectiveness Study; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) presents webinar, Personal Use or Reasonable Accommodation: What's What?, examining issues arising when determining a personal use item versus a reasonable accommodation in the workplace.

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2022-06-01

In observance of Stroke Awareness Month, organized by the American Heart Association, NARIC has information on NIDILRR-funded projects supporting people who are recovering from stroke; This Just In... presents a study exploring why people with low vision are underutilizing visual assistive mobile apps; the project TEST - Translating Evidence to Support Transitions: Improving Outcomes of Youth in Transition with Psychiatric Disabilities by Use and Adoption of Best Practice Transition Planning publishes video, Incorporating Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Behavioral Disturbances; research from Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) is featured in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) blog in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month; TU Collaborative hosts webinar, Using Leisure to Talk About Mental Illness, third webinar in the TU Collaborative's Parenting Through Leisure webiinar series; the National Center for Disability and Pregnancy Research (NCDPR) hosts webinar, Disabled Parents in the NICU, featuring parents whose premature babies were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is seeking participants with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families to test new factsheet, A Family Caregiver Guide to Selecting Rehabilitation Programs for Persons with Disorders of Consciousness (DOC); the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) is accepting applications for the 2022 DeVivo Mentored Research Award, a one-year research award for trainees interested in conducting a research project using data from the National NCI Model Systems Database; the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health is seeking public comments on draft themes and goals for its 2022-2027 Strategic Plan, supporting and conducting research in the areas of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.

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2022-05-25

In observance of Older Americans Month, led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), NARIC offers diverse NIDILRR-funded projects supporting people aging with disabilities in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR director to deliver keynote address for virtual conference, Achieving Research Equity & Inclusion, hosted by Mass General Brigham; This Just In... presents study investigating barriers and potential solutions to improving community-living outcomes for people of color with disabilities who have opioid use disorder; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) in collaboration with the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) publish infocomic, Managing Cognitive Demand; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) was featured in Forbes Magazine online article, An Online Resource for Understanding Disability by the Numbers; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Creating Welcoming Park Environments: Inclusion of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts the Second Conference on Caregiving Research; the project on Reclaiming Employment: Self-Employment Resources for Mental Health Service Users seeks users with mental health challenges who seek or are engaged in self-employment to pilot its Reclaiming Employment platform; the US Access Board seeks comments from the public regarding the appropriate low-height of accessible medical diagnostic equipment (MDE).

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2022-05-18

In observance of Better Speech and Hearing Month as well as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month, NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support communication for people with ALS and other neuromuscular disorders in the Spotlight blog; NIDILRR releases report, Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities; This Just In... presents a study on the relationship between unmet need for home and community-based services and health and community living outcomes; Research in Focus explores how both employers and workers with disabilities are feeling the effects of COVID-19 on employment and earnings; the Rehabilitation Research and Training on Employment Policy Center For Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy Research (DIEP-RRTC) launches new podcast, Let's Get to Work: Reimaging Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy; research on wheeled mobility devices from Translating Transfer Training and Wheelchair Maintenance into Practice and the Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment was featured in two segments on WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio station; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Data Visualization: Addressing Barriers and Implementing Section 508 Solutions; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Employment: Long Haulers and COVID; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Information and Communication Technology Access for Mobile Rehabilitation (mRehab) seeks participants who are physical, occupational, or speech-language therapists for a survey on clinician perspectives on patient adherence to home exercise programs (HEPs); the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Insitutes of Health (NIH) host a national essay contest for teens, Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story.

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2022-05-11

In observance of Mental Health Month, organized by Mental Health America, NARIC explores more than 25 articles about interventions, services, and supports for people living with mental health conditions in the Research in Focus series; This Just In... presents a qualitative investigation of health information resources for caregivers and individuals living with spinal cord injury; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation publishes the Spring 2002 edition of Impact: Feature Issue on Inclusive Higher Education for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities; research findings on the impacts of wheelchair breakdowns by Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment have been cited as supporting evidence by members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to introduce the Wheelchair Quality Assurance Act; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Realities of Emergency Management: Understanding Our Realities and How They Impact Inclusive Emergency Management; the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts webinar, Turning Research Findings Into Implementation Activities - The "Knowledge to Action" Cycle: A Conversation with Dr. Ian Graham; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center host webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Small Cities and Towns; the project Using the National Survey on Health and Disability Panel to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences of Working-Age Americans with Disabilities seeks adult participants with disabilities for its 2022 National Survey on Health and Disability; the US Access Board holds virtual meeting on Low Transfer Surface Height for Medical Diagnostic Equipment (MDE) to gather information on the minimum heights that MDE with transfer surfaces can be adjusted to accommodate the broadest range of users.

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2022-05-04

NARIC, being one of the largest libraries with a collection focused on disability and rehabilitation research, offers links to its REHABDATA indexing database and a Spotlight podcast featuring Acquisitions Manager Natalie Collier explaining how more than 300 pieces are added to the collection each month; This Just In... presents a study examining differences between people with and without disabilities in working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their implications for cancer survivors; Research in Focus explores some of the factors connecting life satisfaction among people with traumatic spinal cord injury; the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) publishes tip sheet, Sharing Your Research When Your Audience Includes Members of the Deaf Community; report from the Southeast ADA Regional Center explores disparities in banking for people with disabilities and identifies strategies to close the gaps, including a tested tool banks can use to measure their progress toward full inclusion of all customers; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-IDD) hosts webcast, Career Outcomes: Taking Action Together; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Outcomes Measurement (RTC/OM) hosts webinar, Learn About and Help Test New HCBS Quality Measures; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, An Introduction to Website Accessibility; the Housing and Services Resource Center at the Adminstration for Community Living (ACL) hosts two-part webinar series, Engaging the Disability Community in Fair Housing Planning; the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ) issues The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Opioid Crisis: Combating Discrimination Against People in Treatment and Recovery.

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2022-04-27

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