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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!

NARIC introduces the NIDILRR Announcements list as a resource for learning about new grant opportunities, including 60 new projects, ranging from Small Business Innovation Research Phase I studies to 5-year research centers; Research in Focus examines the impact of a brief counseling program to help people with muscle and joint conditions stay employed; Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center launches three new courses on Titles I, II, and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publish the November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, showing ongoing job growth for Americans with disabilities; LiveWell - The Information and Communication Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function selects three new AT apps as part of its App Factory development project; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) will combine its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, February 12th-13th, 2019; the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center seeks participants with traumatic brain injury to test an innovative self-management intervention promoting physical activity and healthy eating; the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services publish Language Access and Effective Communication During Response and Recovery: A Checklist for Emergency Responders.

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2018-12-12

Honoring President George H. W. Bush and his work to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Research In Focus compares ways people with spinal cord injury (SCI) may be able to improve their health; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Improving the Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC) publishes the first in a series of profiles of Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) members; Dorothy Nary, PhD was interviewed by KCUR public radio on improving the visitability for the holidays; an article authored by investigators from several Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers (TBIMS) was selected as the Rehabilitation Science Spotlight article of the month; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center will host a webinar on accessing cultural programs and the arts by people with disabilities; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host a webinar on resources that help expand opportunities for career pathways; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is conducting interviews with adults with disabilities about their experiences accessing health insurance and healthcare services; and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report about the proceedings of a workshop on harnessing mobile devices for nervous system disorders.

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2018-12-05

NARIC Spotlight blog has information on how organizations can welcome customers with disabilities with resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; the New England ADA Regional Center releases new publication, Addiction, Recovery, and the ADA, providing information on how the ADA applies to individuals in recovery from substance addiction; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support (FSRTC) releases report, Research on Family Caregiving Support in the United States: A Strategic Research Plan, providing a roadmap for future research on support for families of people with disabilities and those who are aging; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Serving Customers with Disabilities: A Toolkit, presenting the center's newest customer service training resource for employees in organizations providing service to people with disabilities; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts episode 63 of ADA Live!, Interdisciplinary Outreach in the Post-Secondary Environment: Nothing About Us Without Us; the project Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE): Creating Economic Self-Sufficiency seeks provider agencies and organizations to partner on a clinical trial of the HYPE intervention, testing its effectiveness in supporting youth with mental health conditions in their pursuit of economic self-sufficiency; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) relaunches its Eldercare Locator website, designed to provide easy access to resources for older adults and caregivers, with new features including mobile-optimized design, a geographical search bar, and a Caregiver Corner.

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2018-11-28

NARIC has organized its recently published materials in Spanish into a browsable collection that includes factsheets, guides, articles, and more; the Southwest ADA Regional Center publishes new factsheet, Disability Rights Laws for Public Primary and Secondary Education; principal investigators from several NIDILRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers co-author article, Thirty years of National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Center Research -- An Update, in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Common Sources of Confusion in the ADA and ABA Standards, explaining certain provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act; the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) seeks participants who have survived burns to more than 5% of their body or to hands, feet, face, or genitalia, to take the LIBRE Profile Survey; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer a collection of information and resources for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare but serious condition affecting the nervous system, causing muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak.

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2018-11-21

NARIC Spotlight blog highlights information resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Family Caregivers Month; Research in Focus discusses challenges to healthy weight maintenance for people with traumatic brain injuries; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) introduces new podcast series, Collab Chats, highlighting community inclusion research from NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation and Research Training Centers; MyLife and Goal Guide, life management apps for users with cognitive disabilities developed by Cognitopia, is featured in Eugene Register-Guard newspaper article; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork) hosts webinar, What Does Choice Really Mean When We Talk About Employment?; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Lessons from Case Law Part 1: The Interactive Process; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks participants for survey of individuals who are blind or with visual impairments about their experiences with job retention and career advancement; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) release new infographics on the caregiving in the United States, using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

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2018-11-14

In observance of Health Professions Week, NARIC has information on employment opportunities in the health professions in its Knowledgebase; Research in Focus features a group teleconference program that could help people aging with multiple sclerosis build resilience; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) has five new online Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs focusing on skills for working with youth with mental health conditions and their families; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publishes the October National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report showing the continuing rise in key employment indicators for Americans with disabilities; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inclusive Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inclusive Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery - Getting It Right; the Northeast ADA Regional Center seeks participants from organizations with fewer than 500 employees for a survey of the implementation by small organizations of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the National Council on Disability (NCD) releases annual progress report on national disability policy, Has the Promise Been Kept? Federal Enforcement of Disability Rights Laws, revisiting the 2000 NCD report Promises to Keep: A Decade of Federal Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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2018-11-07

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC offers research and resources for accessibility technology in the workplace in its Spotlight blog; photos and videos from NIDILRR's 40th Anniversary celebration now available from the Administration for Community Living Blog; Research in Focus features active video gaming for people with physical disabilities with the use of an adapted balance board; the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) provides updates on TBI treatment, including long-term recovery, in the September issue of its quarterly newsletter, TBI Updates; the New England ADA Regional Center receives NDEAM Community Recognition Award from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts the 2018 Online KT Conference, "Engaging Ways to Engage Stakeholders"; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Episode 62: Airport Accessibility and the ADA, latest episode of its ADA Live! webcast series; the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (UPMC-SCI) seeks wheelchair-user participants for a study on online wheelchair transfer training; the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor and the Campaign for Disability Employment launch new public service announcement, Working Works, highlighting the importance of helping workers experiencing temporary or permanent disability remain active in the workforce.

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2018-10-31

NARIC's Spotlight blog highlights research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere about self-employment and entrepreneurship for people with disabilities; Research in Focus looks at how a brief program may help people build resilience after a traumatic brain injury; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery offers web resource, Academy for Policy Makers, providing information about policy initiatives in behavioral health and integrated health care; University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UAB-TBIMS) launches Primary Care Provider Education Resource Network for Traumatic Brain Injury; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RRTC/PICL) host webcast, Multifaceted Interventions for Supporting Community Participation Among Adults with Disabilities: A Systematic Review; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) hosts webcast, Shaping the Spinal Cord Injury Research Landscape: How Consumers Can Make a Difference; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) sponsors the LiveWell 2019 Student App Challenge, an app development competition for middle, high school, and college students; the National Council on Disability (NCD) issues report, National Disability Employment Policy, From the New Deal to the Real Deal: Joining the Industries of the Future, assessing the status of employment for people with disabilities under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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2018-10-24

NARIC offers research and resources in mentoring from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Disability Mentoring Day, a nationwide effort coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); NIDILRR celebrates its 40th Anniversary on October 18th, and Sen. Patty Murray issued remarks in acknowledgement of the anniversary which were entered into the Congressional Record; Research in Focus looks at challenges people with traumatic brain injury may face in empathizing with others; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publishes issue brief, Vermont's Progressive Employment Program: A Preliminary Impact Analysis; accessible music technology developed by Dancing Dots, Inc. was featured in the September 30th episode of the Blind and Beyond Radio Show; researchers from the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC) on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities were interviewed for episode of Open Your Eyes, broadcast on Tacoma (MD) Radio and online; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, KT101: An Introduction to Knowledge Translation (or How to Become Impactastic); the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury seeks individuals with spinal cord injury to utilize an app, KeepMvn, to track the rate of wheelchair breakdowns and associated adverse consequences; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor offers two factsheets on mentoring youth and young adults with disabilities: Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth: The What, Why, and How, and Cultivating Leadership: Mentoring Youth with Disabilities.

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2018-10-17

NARIC's Spotlight blog features research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of World Mental Health Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults has a series of training seminars on improving vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to youth and young adults; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) shows job gains for Americans with disabilities in September National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center will host webinar, Stay Calm...Supporting Individuals with Emotional or Behavior Disorders in Community-Based Programs; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments will host State of the Science Conference on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments as part of the 2019 American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference; the World Health Organization (WHO) publishes the Mental Health Atlas 2017, providing information on policies, plans, and laws to support mental health across 170 WHO Member States.

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2018-10-10

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