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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 remembrance of Bobby Silverstein, staunch advocate for disability rights, NARIC staff posts an interview with him on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, where he discussed the past, present, and future of the ADA; this week's Research in Focus presents a diabetes prevention program which may help people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and obesity to lose weight, thereby decreasing risk of diabetes and heart disease; This Just In... presents a study examining the impact of a meeting with a vocational rehabilitation (VR) professional and a hiring manager on implicit attitudes about the competence of people who are blind; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction posts latest episode of its Bladder Buzz Podcast, Engineering a Better Bladder; researcher from Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies receives best Early Career Poster award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); principal investigator for the Initiative to Mobilize Partnerships for Successful Assistive teChnology Transfer (IMPACT) was interviewed for AT Update podcast, Healthy Home Lab with Paulina Villacreces and Dr. John Pearlman of the University of Pittsburgh; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Why No One Has to be Normal Anymore; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, The Peer Support Specialist Workforce During COVID-19: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Moviegoing; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) seeks adult participants for study, The Participation of People Who Relay on AAC in the Pre-Service Preparation of Communication, Education, and Medical Professionals; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers information in a video for people with disabilities in areas impacted by disasters related to adaptive or accessibility items that have been damaged and may be eligible for FEMA-assisted repair or replacement.

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2022-11-23

In observance of National Rural Health Day, designated by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, NARIC presents current research projects empowering people with disabilities and providers in rural communities in its Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus presents interviews with legislators and advocates who share challenges and solutions to protecting the rights of parents with disabilities; This Just In... features study investigating how life events such as injuries, health insurance coverage, geography, and occupation events contribute to higher mobility impairment rates in the rural US; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) posts two new episodes of the STAY Tuned: Supporting Transisiton-Age Youth Podcast; the project Lightweight and Affordabe Soft Knee Exoskeletons to Enhance Independent Living for Broad Lower-Limb Disability Populations publishes editorial in special issue of the journal Frontiers in Neurorobotics, How can wearable robotic and sensor technology advance neurorehabilitation?; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Learning from Civil Rights Lawsuits: Effective Communication with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, and Low Vision Incarcerated People; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar on making holiday parties more welcoming for guests with disabilities, Accessible Entertaining: Let's Gather Together; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment hosts virtual Rural Disability Research and Practic Summit; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is recruiting individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and their family members to provide feedback on new factsheet, Nutrition and Spinal Cord Injury; the National Council on Disability (NCD) hosts virtual policy briefing on its report The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities. 

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2022-11-16

NARIC staff mourns the passing of Lois Curtis, the L.C. the 1999 landmark Supreme Court decision, Olmstead vs L.C., that cemented the right of Americans with disabilities to live and participate in communities of their choosing; NIDILRR/ACL seeks input from key stakeholders in the development of its 2024-2029 Long Range Plan by November 21st; Research in Focus researchers explored the impact of COVID-19 on personal assistance services and steps people took to access supports needed to stay independent; This Just In... presents study examining results from service providers undergoing organizational transformation away from sheltered employment; the Southeast ADA Regional Center posts latest episode of ADA Live! series, Supporting Our Veterans: Tips for Job Seekers and Returning Veterans; the Disability Statistics Compendium Annual Report of 2021, published by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) featured in Forbes article, Why is the employment gap for people with disabilities so consistently wide?; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Veterans with Disabilities: An Overview of Veteran Affairs (VA) Resources Supporting Independence an Inclusion; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts webinar, The Knowledge Action Cycle: How Do I Apply It to My Work?; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Common Myths and Mix-Ups; the project Elevate, Evaluate: Self-Evaluation Resource for Behavioral Health Community-Based Organizations conducts survey on state of program evaluation for community-based organizations (CBOs); the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) publishes report, The Impact of COVID-19 on Disability Research: A 2022 Update.

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2022-11-09

In observance of National Family Caregivers Month, NARIC presents NIDILRR-funded research supporting the health and wellness of caregiver communities in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR/ACL releases new video, Learn About NIDILRR: A Leader in Disability Research, Development, Knowledge Transition, and Training; Research in Focus returns with a look at the experiences of family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic; This Just In... presents a study assessing the implementation of on-demand transportation services for people with disabilities; the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities releases an updated Compendium of Data Sources for Parents with Disabilities in the United States 2022; two researchers from NIDILRR-funded projects were selected as University Scholars by the University of Illinois-Chicago; NIDILRR Director interviews principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment Equity for Multiply Marginalized People with Disabilities (LU2E-RRTC) for article in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Blog, Building Equity in Employment: A Q&A with ACL Grantee Dr. Corey Moore; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Geographic Differences in Disaster Risk Vulnerability for People with Disabilities in the US: A Look at Data and Mapping; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) host webcast, Social Media: How to Use Data and Analytics; the project Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Trial hosts webcast, Twenty-Two Cents an Hour: Disability Rights and the Fight to End Subminimum Wages; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation is recruiting participants with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Minnesota for a study about participation in leisure groups; several Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Centers and Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers are accepting applications for fellowships focusing on employment, home- and community-based services (HCBS), and community living and participation; the World Health Organization (WHO) launches Training in Assistive Products (TAP), a free, online resource for increasing the assistive technology workforce with a focus on simple, priority assistive products.

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2022-11-02

NARIC is adding new NIDILRR-funded grants to its Program Database and encourages readers to find future grant opportunities on the NIDILRR Announcements list; NIDILRR/ACL seeks input from key stakeholders in the development of its 2024-2029 Long Range Plan through a series of virtual listening sessions; This Just In... presents a study examining the perspectives of adults with disabilities and opioid misuse; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes two audio factsheets for people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Headaches After TBI and Seizures After TBI; new report from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation, National Report: Worker Anxiety, Depression Surging, highlights the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support professionals (DSPs); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation hosts webinar, Most People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Getting Long-Term Supports Live with a Family Member; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessing the Past: Accessibility in Historic Buildings and Facilities; the Southwest ADA Regional Center conducts survey on service animal use in the workplace; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment Equity for Multiply Marginalized People with Disabilities (LU2E-RRTC) invites underrepresented faculty members and researchers at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to participate in the Visiting Disability and Rehabilitation Equity Researcher Mentorship Program (VERMP); the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) at the Department of Education announces launch of redesigned National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM).

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2022-10-26

In October, National Medical Librarians Month, medical and health sciences librarians are recognized, including the information professionals working at NARIC; NIDILRR/ACL is sponsoring virtual match-making sessions for stakeholders to share information, discuss common research interests, and find partners for research collaborations; This Just In... presents a study exploring the experience of older adults aging in place with long-term mobility disabilities regarding everyday activitiy challenges and strategies to maintain their independence; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes two infocomics about Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and steps in transition planning, Adulting Shorts: The "TEA" on IEPs Part 1 & 2; research on disability and health from several NIDILRR-funded projects featured in Disability and Health, the October 2022 issue of the journal Health Affairs; co-investigator at the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities to receive the Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law from the American Public Health Association (APHA); NARIC is recruiting participants for stakeholder interviews to understand the information needs of the community; the US Access Board is seeking public comments on accessibility related to various types of self-service transaction machines (SSTMs).

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2022-10-19

In celebration of the 50th anniversary the independent living movement, founded in 1972 by the Center for Independent Living as a community hub run by and for people with disabilities, NARIC staff explores some of the history of NIDILRR-funded independent living research and development in the Spotlight blog; This Just In... presents a study on the perspectives of advocates, attorneys, and legislators on barriers and solutions for passing legislation to protect the rights of parents with disabilities; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center publishes three reports summarizing the latest research related to trending topics including acquiring a disability, reproductive health and disability, and high unemployment among people with disabilities; the grant Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) hosts webinar, Transforming Community Mental Healthcare: How to Grow the Youth and Young Adult Peer Workforce; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) hosts webinar, Emerging Driverless and Automated Transportation: Designing for Inclusion; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) seeks photos and information from people with disabilities in rural communities on how they access needed services to live independently; the Administration for Community Living announces the release of the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers, developed jointly by councils created by the RAISE Family Caregiving Act and the Supporting Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Act; the National Institutes of Health announces winners of the 2022 Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story essay contest.

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2022-10-12

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), this year's focus of which is Disability: Part of the Equity Equation, NARIC has information about some of the NIDILRR grantees working in this area in its Spotlight Blog; NIDILRR/ACL, in developing its 2024-2029 Long-Range Plan, is seeking input from key stakeholders, including people with disabilities, their families, and others through a series of virtual listening sessions; This Just In... features a study comparing colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) to CRC mortality in the general population, finding the mortality rate of both groups to be similar; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) publishes policy brief, Disability and Telehealth Since the COVID-19 Pandemic: Barriers, Opportunities, and Policy Implications; research from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) is featured in Rural Disability and Community Participation, a special section of the journal Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ask an ADA Professional Questions RE: Post-Secondary Education and the ADA; Research and Education to Support the Science of Independent Living for Inclusion and Engagement: National Center of Excellence Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RESILIENCE RRTC) hosts Built to Scale Webinar: Scaling Up Evidence-Based Health Interventions; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants with SCI and their families to provide feedback on new factsheet: Nutrition and Spinal Cord Injury;  the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) hosts webinar, NDEAM Employer Chat on Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being.

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2022-10-05

In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NARIC's information specialists highlight the work of Latinx NIDILRR grantees, actors and advocates, and athletes, among others, in its Spotlight Blog; This Just In... presents a study exploring full-time employment status and work continuity among individuals with visual impairments; the National Data and Statistical Center for the Burn Model Systems posts recording, Outcome Measures in the Burn Model System Database, part of a webinar series on the database; principal investigator  of the Initiative to Mobilize Partnerships for successful Assistive teChnology Transfer (IMPACT) was interviewed for article, Pitt's new Healthy Home Lab will help students find solutions for aging in place, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) to host the 2022 State of the Science on Disability Statistics Conference; the Great Lakes Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Amusement Rides; the Workplace Accommodation Expert Support System (Work ACCESS) seeks participants with workplace accommodation experience to validate decision trees helping employees with disabilities, employers, and rehabilitation professionals find information to help making workplace accommodation decisions; the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) releases its Action Plan for Rare Neurodegenerative Diseases Including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), presenting five-year strategy for improving and extending the lives of people living with rare neurodegenerative diseases.

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2022-09-28

In observance of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, organized by the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation, NARIC presents research and resources about the diverse world of rehab from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; NIDILRR/ACL seeks input from key stakeholders, including people with disabilities and their families, researchers, and service providers, in developing its 2024-2029 Long Range Plan; This Just In... presents a study examining driving patterns following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI); the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness publishes resource, A Selected Compendium of Mental Health Programs, Initiatives, and Resources on College Campuses; researcher from the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) receives the 2022 Ernest Bors, MD, Award from the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Building a Successful Document Accessibility Program: Strategies, Methods, and Workplans for Inclusive Programs; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities hosts webcast, Practical Strategies to Increase Graduation Success for Students with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities seeks input from employers hiring people with disabilities for a survey about job accommodations providing an inclusive workplace; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) publishes website, Monkeypox Outbreak Resources, featuring information on the Monkeybox virus; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor debuts web resource, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), bringing awareness to the role of DSPs in providing supports and services to people with disabilities of all ages.

Date sent:
2022-09-21

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