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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 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.

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2020-01-22

NARIC mourns James Shepherd, founder of the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a rehabilitation facility which has hosted about 40 NIDILRR-funded projects, including 6 current ones; Research in Focus looks at the benefits of community participation for people with serious mental illness; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RRTC/PICL) publishes two factsheets, The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 and The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, part of a series, Out and About: Laws that Protect People with Disabilities; research and training associate at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments receives the 2019 Charlyn Allen Award at the Association of Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (AVRT) Conference; 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 December National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The ADA in Jails and Prisons: A Guide to Accommodating Inmates and Visitors with Disabilities, where presenters will examine a guide published by the Southwest ADA Regional Center, Disability Related Access for Inmates and Visitors Guide; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Employment First and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Effective Communication in Health Care; the Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System seeks female participants for testing a psychological health promotion program for women with spinal cord injury; the Department of Transportation is seeking input on a proposed inclusive design challenge to enable access to automated vehicles for persons with disabilities.

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2020-01-15

Kicking off 2020, in the Spotlight Blog, NARIC Director Mark Odum writes about last year's high points and what's ahead for the disability rights movement; Research in Focus considers how challenges with transportation, health limitations, and other barriers to social connection may impact differently on rural and urban residents with disabilities; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes factsheet, Disparities in Vocational Supports for Black Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions; principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access was interviewed in recent issue of Fast Company; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Earthquake Preparedness for Everyone, with Everyone; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Drugs, Alcohol, and Conduct Rules under the ADA; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The ADA: Employment Rights and Protections of People with Developmental Disabilities; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks participants for its 2019 National Survey on Health and Disability, open to US adults over 18 years old with any type of disability and health care coverage; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks input from people with disabilities, older adults, and their families and caregivers on their experiences with emergencies or disaster situations.

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2020-01-08

At the height of the holiday season, NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help readers with disabilities and caregiver readers arrange some time for self-care; Research in Focus looks at factors that may support or challenge success of participants in vocational rehabilitation (VR); AbleData project publishes new factsheet, Cycling with Assistive Technology (AT) for Adults with a Mobility Disability; Dr. Krause, NIDILRR researcher in projects on spinal cord injury and health care over more than 25 years, honored as a 2019 Health Care Hero by the Charleston (SC) Regional Business Journal; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) hosts webcast, Tools for Assessing Individualized Risk for Unintentional Injuries Among Those with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), featuring researchers from A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-being After Spinal Cord Injury demonstrating calculators designed to predict unintentional injury among those with SCI; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces The Challenge, An Inclusive Talent Pipeline for American Businesses, a competition to modernize employment recruitment, training, and retention for Americans with disabilities.

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2019-12-18

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC shares resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help readers plan an inclusive holiday gift experience; Sara Ruiz, PhD, is appointed Associate Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences; Research in Focus features law enforcement personnel comments on ways to better serve people with disabilities; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center releases new web course, Small Business and the ADA; The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics publish the November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, highlighting rise in job numbers for workers with disabilities; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Building Community Between Law Enforcement and People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD); the Social Security Administration hosts webinar, Career Preparation for College Students with Disabilities.

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2019-12-11

In observance of International Day of Person's with Disabilities on December 3rd, NARIC's Twitter and Facebook feeds highlight NIDILRR-funded projects working in the areas of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals; Research in Focus features older adults sharing what helps them trust home care providers; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness publishes guide, Welcoming Places in the Community: Perspectives from Individuals with Serious Mental Illness; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery releases Policy Academy podcast series episode on labor trends favoring supported employment; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) to host the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar on the latest National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and Travelers with Disabilities: Travel by Air with Service Animals; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA's Section 504 Disability Access Plan; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) seeks participants for its National Survey of Supports Family Members/Adult Allies Provide to Young People During Their Transition Year; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks input on its 202 Strategic Plan for Research to guide its research efforts over the next five years.

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2019-12-04

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, NARIC celebrates the successes of NIDILRR grantees in its News and Notes newsletter; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for upcoming competitions in all areas of disability and rehabilitation, using teleconferences to conduct review meetings; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) debuts new resource, Thinking About Thinking for AAC (TAT4AAC); the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge) hosted meeting with founder of the Tai Chi for Health Institute, a world leader in the field of tai chi for health improvement; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) host two-part webinar series on social media in KT; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Restaurants and Bars; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants with burn injuries and their caregivers to give feedback on new factsheet on sexuality and intimacy after burn injury; the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes new NCCIH Clinical Digest for Health Professionals on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Complementary Health Approaches.

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2019-11-27

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC has posted research and resources on visitability from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to make homes accessible to guests with disabilities during the holiday season; NIDILRR releases information regarding its 64 grants funded in Fiscal Year 2019 and supporting areas of community participation, employment, health and function, capacity building, knowledge translation, and technology for access and function; Research in Focus looks at the role of peer specialists in supporting parents with serious mental illness; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (TACR) publishes tip sheet, How to Talk About Mental Health: Addressing Misunderstandings About Mental Health in the Media; several researchers from NIDILRR-funded projects receive awards at the annual conference of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) held in Washington, DC; INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services presents webinar, The Intersection of Opioid Misuse and Disability - A Focus on Traumatic Brain Injury; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts its 75th episode of ADA Live!, Supported Decision Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All!; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks participants with disabilities and any type of health care coverage, including none, for 2019 National Survey on Health and Disability; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) publishes data profile, Family Caregivers: Examining Caregiver Characteristics, Caregiving Support, and Other Caregiving Dynamics that Differ Between Short Term and Long Term Caregivers.

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2019-11-20

National Information and Referral Day (I&R Day) is celebrated by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), which has certified NARIC's Information Specialists as Community Resource Specialists; NIDILRR has begun to post its Fiscal Year 2020 grant opportunities to the grants.gov database; Research in Focus examines the rates of certain mental health conditions among adults with cerebral palsy; the project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial (VCU DRRP) publishes factsheet for employment services providers, Customized Employment Topics: Interviewing; principal investigator for several projects on childhood traumatic brain injury and its impact on learning was interviewed for The Forgotten Injury, a recent episode of the Full Pre Frontal Podcast; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts workshop and webinar, The ADA: Transition Out of School for Students with Developmental Disabilities; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessibility in the Laboratory; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and Southwest ADA Regional Center host webinar, Our Favorite Inappropriate Questions Under the ADA: Legal and Practical Considerations; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks participants for field test of 4to24, an app for youth with blindness or visual impairment and their parents; Benefits.gov releases a new Benefit Finder, an online questionnaire that recommends benefits consumers may be eligible to receive based on their answers.

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2019-11-13

In observance of Veterans Day, NARIC looks at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere for Vets with disabilities and their families in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus discusses lifestyle factors contributing to a longer life expectancy for people with spinal cord injuries; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) publishes guide, 20 Apps for Student Success, most of which are available for iOS and Android; researchers from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments publish article, Blind people have increased opportunities, but employers' perceptions are still a barrier, in online journal The Conversation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-EP) hosts webcast, Systems to Support Inclusion, discussing systems in place in a local school to support students with disabilities in an inclusive environment; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families hosts webinar, Making the Most of Early Intervention (EI) Services; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Earthquake Preparedness for Everyone, with Everyone; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Outcome Measurement seeks participants with disabilities, 18 years old or older, for a pilot study on new home- and community-based services outcomes surveys; the US Senate Special Committee on Aging releases new report, Falls Prevention: National, State and Local Solutions to Better Support Seniors.

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2019-11-06

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