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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!

In observance of Women's History Month, NARIC highlights women from the NIDILRR grantee community conducting research and development supporting the independence of people with disabilities in its Spotlight blog; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes Dropping In, Volume 4 in the Pathways Comics Series, discussing meeting new people and dropping in to a local center for youth with disabilities; staff from the VR-ROI Project: Estimating Return on Investment in State Vocational Rehabilitation Programs co-edited Return on Investment for State Vocational Rehabilitation Programs, a special issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration (JRA); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Social Media; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families hosts webinar, Supporting the Social Lives of Children with Disabled Parents; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation: Health and Employment (RTC: Rural) invites researchers, providers, people with disabilities, and others to complete a survey to gather input from the community in advance of redesigning its website; April being National Minority Health Month, the Department of Human Services' Office of Minority Health (OMH) offers email updates of new tools and resources to help members of minority communities who may be at higher risk for certain disabilities and chronic conditions.

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2020-03-25

In response to restrictions brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, NARIC has assembled resources from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere to help readers and their families stay engaged, active, and connected to the world; NIDILRR adds two new staff members that bring expertise in community-based mental-health services as well as research in disability policy and aging and disability; Research in Focus explores the benefits of mobile health technologies for people with disabilities and the rehabilitation practitioners who support them; the New England ADA Regional Center and the ADA National Network publish new factsheet, The ADA, Addiction, Recovery, and Employment; researcher at the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center receives the 2020 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) hosts webinar, Using Video to Translate and Promote Research: An Introduction to Video Production; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a Healthcare Setting; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks people with serious mental illness and mental health providers to share their experiences with community participation; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has updated its information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Date sent:
2020-03-18

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the Industrial Rehabilitation Act, which established the first federally-funded vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs for  people with disabilities not acquired through military service, NARIC's Resource Highlight features a new guide for VR counselors working with employers, and its Spotlight blog looks at the history of NIDILRR-funded projects in VR; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments publishes practice guide, Recommendations for VR Professionals Regarding a First Meeting with an Employer; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) reports on continued job gains for Americans with Disabilities in the February National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report; principal investigator for the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai was interviewed for The Body Heals the Mind, an episode of the Road to Resilience podcast; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The ADA and Religious Institutions, about how Title I of the ADA applies to religious entities as employers; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Living Systematic Reviews, which are reviews that are updated regularly rather  than every few years; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment and Prescription Drug Container Labels; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants with disabilities and their caregivers to review new consumer information products; individuals with TBI for factsheets on topics including behavior problems and sleep apnea, and individuals with burn injuries for factsheets and videos on sexuality and intimacy after injury; the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the NIH hosts the Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series on novel approaches in mental health and pain.

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2020-03-11

In observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded studies on brain injury in its Research in Focus blog and elsewhere; Research in Focus finds sexual and gender minorities with autism spectrum disorder may face challenges to getting needed healthcare; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) releases two-part video series, Improvables, part of eLearning Tools suite; article from the RRTC on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery, Correlates of co-occurring diabetes and obesity among community mental health program members with serious mental illnesses, was selected as an Editor's Choice by the journal Psychiatric Services; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Using the California Power Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center and The Arc of Northern Virginia offer webinar, The ADA: Recap in Plain Language; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Polling Facilities and the ADA; the OSU Nisonger Rehabilitation Research and Training Center: Can You Hear Me Now? Listening to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Health Research seeks participants for a survey of the practices and accommodations used by mental health professionals providing treatment to adults with intellectual disabilities; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has created information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Date sent:
2020-03-04

NARIC will be at the Reeve Summit in downtown DC, a gathering of researchers, providers, and advocates from the spinal cord injury (SCI) and paralysis community; Research In Focus looks at a promising system that may help teens with autism stay focused in the classroom and beyond; the Great Plains ADA Regional Center published a new factsheet on how disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) has released the latest Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance; the Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families will host a webinar, Today's Little People Parenting Perspective: Parenting from Newborn to Young Adults; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host the next episode of ADA Live!, Living with a Disability: Four People Share Their Stories; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) will host the next episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar series; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks occupational therapy (OT) professors and instructors to review a new knowledge translation course for OT students; and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) seeks input on important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR).

Date sent:
2020-02-26

News and Notes, of which this is issue #400, was launched in January of 2012 to bring attention to resources from the NIDILRR grantee community to support the independence of people with disabilities; Research in Focus looks at a brief couples therapy program for partners of people with brain injuries; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics releases the 2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and its Supplement, web-based tools to pool disability statistics; the WayFinder app, developed by AbleLink Tech to help people with cognitive disabilities ride public transit, was featured in news story on NBC Channel 4 in Columbus, OH; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) will host webinar, Aging with Cerebral Palsy; the ADA National Network (ADANN) will host Twitter chat on Voting Access; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks participants for its 2020 Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technologies, open to all users regardless of age or ability; the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) provides free assistance to people with disabilities, seniors, and others who may need help with preparing their taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), information about which is available on the IRS website.

Date sent:
2020-02-19

In observance of Valentine's Day, NARIC looks at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support and celebrate strong, healthy relationships for all readers, including those with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities and the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Universal Design in the Workplace publish a video series on the Seven Principles of Universal Design; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) publishes the January National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, showing small gains for working-age people with disabilities; the Community Living Policy Center hosts webinar, Best Practices in the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule: Bringing HCBS to the 21st Century; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) hosts webinar, How Bibliometrics Can Support Model System Research: An Overview of Citation Measures and Their Use; the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center seeks adult burn survivors to participate in the LIBRE Journey Study on the impact of burn injury on relationships with family and friends, social interactions, work and employment, and romantic and sexual relationships; the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe releases report, What Is the Evidence of the Role of the Arts in Improving Health and Well-Being? A Scoping Review.

Date sent:
2020-02-12

In observance of National Burn Awareness Week, celebrated by the American Burn Association (ABA), NARIC explored the history and current activities of NIDILRR-funded Burn Model System Centers in its Spotlight blog; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes three new consumer factsheets for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI), available in English and Spanish; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (RMADAC) has new pocket guide, Interacting with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, created for the Colorado Springs Police Department to increase effective communication between its officers and citizens with disabilities; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Inclusive Emergency Planning, when presenters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will discuss how they are able to engage with the disability community to achieve all-hazards emergency plans; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders; the Great Plains ADA Regional Center hosts the 2020 National ADA Symposium in Kansas City, MO, with session topics including recreation facility standards within the ADA, ADA implementation in emergency management, barrier free healthcare, and digital accessibility; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks participants with significant mental health challenges to share their stories about the importance of love and intimate relationships; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will host Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Stakeholder Day on March 3rd, in observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Date sent:
2020-02-05

In anticipation of the 2020 Census, NARIC advises that the Census is accessible to everyone, including residents with disabilities, and encourages everyone to look for their invitation to participate, beginning in mid-March; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes new comic study guides as companions to the Pathways Comics series, designed for service providers to work with young people with mental health conditions; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts episode 77 of ADA Live!, Making Our Elections Accessible: Equal Access for Voters with Disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Chapter 2: Scoping - New Construction, reviewing scoping requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and exceptions to the standards that apply to new construction; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center hosts twice-monthly podcast, Adventures in Accessibility, discussing accessibility obstacles faced by people with disabilities and their solutions; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is recruiting people with traumatic brain injuries and caregivers to provide feedback on a factsheet on Concussion Recovery; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) releases podcast, Furthering FEMA's Commitment to People with Disabilities and Older Adults, discussing FEMA's shift in its approach to serving the disability community since the 2017 disaster season.

Date sent:
2020-01-29

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC explores different ways people with disabilities and their families can participate in research that may have an impact on their lives; Research in Focus highlights a program that uses rhythmic music and movement to improve fitness in people with multiple sclerosis (MS); the project Internet Safe and Strong Program for Men with Disabilities releases multi-component program, Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program Toolkit; researcher from the South Florida Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Center co-authors commentary, Preparing individuals with spinal cord injury for extreme storms in the era of climate change, in EClinical Medicine published by The Lancet; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) announces five winners of its 2020 App Factory competition to support the development of new assistive technology apps; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Section 508 Questions and Answers with the Access Board and GSA; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) to release the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, which provides national- and state-level statistics on people with disabilities and the government programs that serve them; the Southwest ADA Regional Center seeks participants who have experience with disability issues for a survey on the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health hosts webinar, Expanding Career Pathways for Youth and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Employment as a Social Determinant of Health.

Date sent:
2020-01-22

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