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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 staff mourns the passing of Senator Bob Dole, a staunch advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, who regarded the passage of the ADA as one of the proudest moments of his career; This Just In... features a study examining differences in sleep quality, architecture, and sleep-related respiration between patients receiving and not receiving opioid medication during inpatient rehabilitation following TBI; Research in Focus highlights an activity program that pairs rhythmic movements and music to help people post stroke improve their health and physical function; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People who are Blind or Have Low Vision releases latest episode of its Employment Insights Podcast, featuring guest who has grown and managed his own vending business; the Southeast ADA Regional Center reaches 100th episode milestone with its ADA Live! podcast, Show Them How Smart You Are: Self-Advocacy, Parenting, and Autism; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for Users that Are Blind or Low Vision; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-Transition) hosts webcast, A Scoping Review of Community-Based Employment Programs for Transition Youth with Disabilities; the Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment project seeks CRT stakeholders for online survey related to wheelchair service and funding; the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (CDR) releases Assistive Technology and Universal Design: A Toolkit for Interagency Collaboration.

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2021-12-08

In observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), NARIC has assembled items from its Spotlight blog on robotics, technology for aging in place, mobile health, and augmentative and alternative communication, among others; This Just In... features a study examining depression and pain as potential contributors to patient-provider discordance in the assessment of disease activity in youth with lupus; Research in Focus looks at return to driving as a common recovery goal for people following traumatic brain injury; the RRTC on Health and Function of People with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes manual, Enhancing Your Immune Health: Facilitator's Guide; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment publishes research report, Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Rural and Urban People with Disabilities; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, What's the Question?, discussing the most common and also most challenging questions related to the ADA; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers to provide feedback on a new factsheet, Stay Healthy After Traumatic Brain Injury; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) hosts webinar, Accommodation Solutions for Autoimmune Disorders, exploring workplace accommodations and assistive technology options for employees with autoimmune disorders.

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2021-12-01

In observance of Thanksgiving and Pennsylvania's declaration of November as Assistive Technology Month, staff at NARIC offers thanks to AT with a look at some of the latest research and resources in AT from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; This Just In... presents a study analyzing the impact of the Affordable Care Act's Medical Expansion on clinical outcomes and patient disposition after burn injury; the Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision publishes checklists to assist vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals in assessing the need for career advancement or job retention services for employed VR consumers with visual disabilities; ADA Specialist with the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center was interviewed for Can You Race a Triathlon with a Service Dog? in Outside Magazine; the Center for Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts Tips and Tricks for Using Social Media to Improve Knowledge Translation (KT) in Your Employment Research and Practice - Session 2; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inclusive Exhibition Design, discussing the design of museum exhibits for people with and without disabilities, older adults, and children; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) seeks participants with cerebral palsy for a study on patient-provider experiences of people with CP who use AAC; the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) co-hosts Advancing Inclusive Apprenticeships: A National Online Dialogue on Increasing Diversity, Equity Inclusion, and Accessibility in Apprenticeship, in collaboration with the Employment and Training Administration's Office of Apprenticeship, Women's Bureau, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and Wage and Hour Division.

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2021-11-24

In oberservance of the 7th Annual Apprenticeship Week, sponsored by the Department of Labor, NARIC features research in apprenticeship programs and additional resources for inclusive apprenticeship from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight Blog; This Just In... features a study investigating the prevalence of low-risk drinking after moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI); Research in Focus looks at a remotely-delivered program that may help people with intellectual disabilities reach wellness goals; the Community Living Policy Center publishes research brief, #CareCantWait, How Do Inadequate Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Affect Community Living and Health Outcomes?; principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RRTC/PICL) joins the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Group to the Director Working Group on Diversity, Subgroup on Individuals with Disabilities; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Understanding Transportation Barriers for Diverse Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Section 508 - A Celebration of Twenty Years, showcasing the work of influential accessibility professionals who developed the original web accessibility standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 2000 and the revised standards of 2017; the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks public comments on the Draft of Promoting Access to Voting Recommendations for Addressing Barriers to Private and Independent Voting for People with Disabilities.

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2021-11-17

In observance of Veterans Day, NARIC offers resources, supports, and incentives available to employers and hiring managers to hire and retain veterans with disabilities; This Just In... features a study examining differences in health insurance coverage and access to care among workers with disabilities based on states' decisions about expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment releases the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Self-Employment Guide; the Southeast ADA Regional Center honors Veterans with disabilities and their families in the latest episode of ADA Live!; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Agriculture as the Next Mission for Military Veterans of All Abilities, discussing how  veterans can transition to a career in agriculture after acquiring a physical or mental disability during their service; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities hosts webinar, Q2: Effective Secondary Services in Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks speech language pathology (SLP) students and professionals to provide feedback on a new knowledge translation course for SLP students; the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) hosts webinar, Disaster Response and Disability Approaches for Citizen Responders, presenting approaches to increase inclusivity for people with disabilities and with access and functional needs in disaster response.

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2021-11-10

In observance of National Family Caregivers Month, organized by the Caregiver Action Network, NARIC has resources in its Spotlight Blog, including the latest research from the NIDILRR community, to understand the state of caregiving and develop new programs and supports; This Just In... features an article in the Disability and Health Journal on the effects of a consumer-driven home modification invention on community participation for people with mobility disabilities; Research in Focus discusses how Black young adults with mental illness find support from vocational counselors seeking to understand their needs; the Southeast ADA Regional Center posts An Insider's Perspective of the Legal System, latest episode in the Disability Rights Today podcast; principal investigator for recently completed NIDILRR-funded field-initiated projects on stroke to receive the 2021 Freda Newcombe Prize, recognizing distinguished scientists of cognitive neuropsychology, from the British Neuropsychological Society (BNS); the project Research and Education to Support the Science of Independent Living for Inclusion and Engagement: National Center of Excellence RRTC (RESILIENCE RRTC) to host next session of the Built to Scale online seminar series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living hosts seminar, The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19: What We Know and What We Need to Do; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks participants for research study, Parenting Through Leisure, focusing on helping parents with a serious mental illness participate in leisure activities with their child; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at the Department of Health and Human Services publishes report, Physical Activity and the Health of Wheelchair Users: A Systematic Review in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).

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2021-11-03

In observance of World Occupational Therapy Day, readers can find article abstracts on recent research in occupational therapy (OT) from the NIDILRR grantee community in NARIC's REHABDATA database; recording of NIDILRR-hosted webinar, Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic, is now available; This Just In... features article new to the NARIC collection, Return to driving after moderate-to-severe traumatic injury: A traumatic brain injury model system study; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) releases new AAC learning module, Supporting Patient-Provider Communication, part of the AAC Learning Center Moodle; principal investigator for the Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System receives 2021 Visionary Prize from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation; investigator for Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment receives the Distinguished Clinical Award from the Therapy Leadership Council (TLC) during the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) Annual Conference; the Center for Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts two-part virtual training, Tips and Tricks for Using Social Media to Improve Knowledge Translation in Your Employment Research and Practice; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Science Communication and Public Engagement; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Improving Health and Function Through Use of Performance Standards in Wheelchair Selection hosts state of the science webinar series, Give Thanks for Standards, promoting good practice, use, and application of wheelchair and cushion performance standards; the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education publish fact sheet, Supporting Students at Risk for Self-Harm in the Era of COVID-19.

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2021-10-27

In continuing observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, NARIC explores recent employment research highlighted in the Research in Focus series; NIDILRR releases information regarding its 81 new grant and contract awards issued in Fiscal Year 2021; This Just In... features a study using semi-structured interviews to evaluate experiences of breastfeeding among women with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation publishes Policy Research Brief: Predictors of Annual Turnover Among Direct Support Professionals; research from the project Risk of Opioid Use Disorder and Related Consequences: A Longitudinal Study of Spinal Cord Injury was featured in latest episode of the RehabCast podcast from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Community Living Policy Center hosts screening of 6,000 Waiting - A Film About Disability Advocacy; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Learning from Patients to Provide Accessible Healthcare and Effective Communication for Patients who are Blind or have Low Vision; the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Center (DRRP) Program: Research on Healthcare Policy and Disability cohosts webcast, Complex Rehabilitation Technology Service Delivery and Clinical Assessment Research: What Happens Behind the Curtain?; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (RERC TechSAge) seeks participants aged 60-80 with macular degeneration or glaucoma for study that explores everyday activities and challenges of older adults with long-term vision loss; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health is sharing resources to recognize Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month.

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2021-10-20

In continued celebration of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and its theme, America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion, NARIC has assembled resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help organizations build a culture of inclusion at work; This Just In... features a NIDILRR-funded study, Cognitive-communication predictors of employment outcomes 1 and 5 years posttraumatic brain injury; Research in Focus looks at the use, and risk of misuse, of prescription opioids among people with a history of traumatic injury; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness posts the latest episode in its Collab Chats podcast series, Amplifying the Voices of Students with Mental Health Issues on College Campuses; principal investigator for the Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center receives the Becky Adcock Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the the Association of Spinal Cord Professionals (ASCIP); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network hosts webinar, Workers with Long Covid-19 and the ADA; the Trauma Informed Care in Centers for Independent Living (CIL) seeks volunteers age 18 and over to discuss their experiences and perspectives as CIL consumers; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to host virtual event, An Inclusive Talent Pipeline for American Businesses Prize Challenge: Final Grand Prize Event, as part of ACL's NDEAM celebration; the Department of Labor (DOL) will host virtual celebration of NDEAM and the 20th Anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

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2021-10-13

In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC explores resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help connect people with mental illness to meaningful work in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR to host webinar series, Maternal Health and Disability: The Accessibility of Motherhood - A Workshop on Disability and Pregnancy; This Just In... presents a systematic review examining the effectiveness of employment interventions in improving employment outcomes for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); Research in Focus examines how organizational partnerships may improve access to independent living services for people with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Person-Centered Outcomes and Measurements releases Kenny's World: Person-Centered Planning, the inaugural episode of the Inside HCBS podcast; Associate Director for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC): Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities receives "Genius Grant" MacArthur Fellowship for developing devices to enable blind and visually impaired people to access everyday technologies; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network launches quarterly webinar series, Ask an ADA Professional; the project Promoting Entrepreneurship Among Low Income Youth with Disabilities hosts webinar, Supports and Barriers that Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Encounter When Starting Their Businesses; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities hosts webinar, Make No Bones About It: There Is More to Skeletal Health Than Bone Density, and We Have Much to Learn; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities hosts webcast, Effective Vocational Rehabilitation: Services for Transition Age Youth with Disabilities; the project Developing a Career Services Toolkit for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Pursuing Post-Secondary and Technical Education seeks recent graduates of career and technical education (CTE) programs as well as workers in CTE fields with mental health conditions to develop the CTE toolkit; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) publishes article, A Practical Approach to Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation During the Pandemic.

Date sent:
2021-10-06

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