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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!

NARIC mourns principal investigator Chuck Graham of the Great Plains ADA Regional Center; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes two Covid-19-related new tip sheets, on working from home and finishing college classes during the pandemic; Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center publishes article on voting rights for people with disabilities online in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) publishes report, National Trends in Disabilities Employment (nTIDE) workers with Disabilities in the COVID Economy, discussed in special edition of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) will host webinar, Using Video to Translate and Promote Research: Technical Aspects of Shooting Video; the Southest ADA Regional Center will host next episode of ADA Live!, History and the Future of Disability Rights: A Conversation with Judy Heumann; the Southeast ADA Regional Center encourages people with disabilities and their families and service providers to share a moment when they were grateful for the ADA by tagging it #ThanksToTheADA on a social media platform; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) hosts national web conference, The Role of Telehealth to Increase Access to Care and Improve Healthcare Quality.

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2020-05-27

In observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21st, NARIC features research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere about building an inclusive digital world in its Spotlight blog; project INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services publishes two new research briefs on opioid use and opioid use disorder; two researchers at the South Florida Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Center publish article on hurricane prepareness for individuals with spinal cord injury in the journal Spinal Cord Series and Cases; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and the Great Plains ADA Regional Center co-host ADA Online 2020, a series of webinar presentations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), representing a scaled-down version of the 2020 National ADA Symposium, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inclusion Confusion: What Is the Self-ID Form and Why Is It Important? discussing the differences between self-identification and self-disclosure; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the Southeast ADA Regional Center and the Pacific ADA Regional Center to host webinar, The Power of Plain Language: Connect and Reach Across the Web; the Northeast ADA Regional Center to present webinar, Small Business at Work: A Toolkit to Help Small Businesses Leverage the Talents of People with Disabilities; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support of People with Disabilities Across the Life Course seeks participants for a community survey of issues related to the current coronavirus pandemic; the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Program hosts webinar, Working from Home with Ticket to Work, as part of its Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE).

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2020-05-20

In observance of Mental Health Month, this year's theme of which is Tools 2 Thrive, NARIC looks at examples of these tools developed by the NIDILRR grantee community in its Spotlight blog; the Community Life Engagement (CLE) Toolkit was developed to help service providers develop supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders (I/DD) to participate in their communities outside employment; former NIDILRR Switzer fellow and co-investigator for the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center Dawn Neumann, PhD, to receive the Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; the Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities hosts webinar, What Employers Should Expect from a Vocational Rehabilitation Program; the project Connecting Practices to Outcomes: Lessons from the Federal Sector Workplace presents webinar, Connecting Agency Practices to Federal Disability Discrimination Complaints; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the Southwest ADA Regional Center will host webinar, Food Service Providers and the ADA; the Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center seeks participants for study to test group psychological health program for women with spinal cord injury (SCI); the US Access Board publishes three technical bulletins on the accessibility of toilet rooms, bathing rooms, and drinking fountains.

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2020-05-13

In observance of Older Americans month, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-supported research projects on the independence and community participation of seniors in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus examines experiences of Latina family caregivers supporting young adults with disabilities in transition; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities and the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes publish new videos for their series on the Seven Principles of Universal Design; the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BH-BIMS) publishes article, COVID-19 pandemic and the burn survivor community: A call for action; principal investigator of project on Language and Literacy Outcomes of Pre-School Children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to receive the Pediatric Rehabilitation Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) to host next episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar series; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Network Learning Session: Using the California Power Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Technology Landscape for Applicants and Employees who are Blind or Experiencing Vision Loss; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness seeks participants for study on social connections among people with mental illness; US Government official benefits website, Benefits.gov, launched in 2002 by the Department of Labor, is subject of webinar held by the Federal Depository Library Program, Navigating Benefits.gov: A Resource for Community Advocates.

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2020-05-06

NARIC is focusing the collection of disability and rehabilitation research literature on the coronavirus pandemic as described in its Spotlight blog; this week's Research in Focus discusses how rural-urban migration patterns may differ for people with and without disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes new factsheet, How Will the COVID-19 Recession Impact People with Disabilities in Rural America?; two researchers from the Northwest Regional Burn Center Model System Center and the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center receive awards from the American Burn Association (ABA); Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) launches ConnectionsRx, supporting individuals with mental illness during COVID-19; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Decision Points in Your Agency: What to Consider When Working with Youth Peers; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts next episode of ADA Live!, Improving the Lives of Older Adults, including a discussion of the Center for Enhancing Neurocognitive Health Abilities, Networks, & Community Engagement (ENHANCE); the Administration for Community Living (ACL) updates its information resource page,  What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

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2020-04-29

During the coronavirus pandemic, NARIC celebrates National Library Week by providing reference and document delivery services remotely, sharing NIDILRR grantee resources that can be used from home, and adding to its collection of downloadable full-text documents; in this week's Research in Focus, business leaders share their strategies to promote inclusion of workers with disabilities; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes factsheet, Surgical and Reconstructive Treatment of Pressure Injuries; clinical research scientist at the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center will join the Assistive Technology Leadership Expert Panel of the Administration for Community Living (ACL); project director for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Information and Communication Technology for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) and principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded projects on traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, will receive the Edward Lowman Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Collaboration Between Youth Partners and Family Partners in Wraparound; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) launches a series of Virtual Story Slams, the first of which is titled Long-Distance Connections; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Outcomes Measurement seeks participants for an interview study to test a survey of HCBS outcomes; the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posts Director's Message, Coping with Coronavirus: Support for the Autism Community.

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2020-04-22

In observance of Autism Awareness Month, NARIC focuses on NIDILRR-funded research in autism in its Spotlight blog, highlighting recent projects looking at interventions and supports for people with autism and their families described in the Program Database and in NARIC's Research in Focus series; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technology to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge) publishes two Amazon Echo User Guides, Setting Up and Basic Uses; NIDILRR-funded research is highlighted in open-forum article, NIDILRR: Supporting applied research and development to improve the lives of people with mental illness, in the journal Psychiatric Services; NIDILRR researcher Michael Jones, PhD, will receive the 2020 Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transactions ACR) hosts webinar, Are You a College Student with a Mental Health Condition? Managing in the Wake of COVID19: Strategies & Tools to Finish Your Semester; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Parking: What Does Than Mean?, exploring issues of location, type, size, and number of accessible parking spaces as well as ADA standards for accessible design; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, COVID-19, Healthcare, and the ADA, reviewing issues including temporary medical facilities and drive-thru testing sites; the Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities (NRPCD) invites parents with disabilities to submit articles on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic to be published in the NRCPD Community Blog; the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) at the Department of Education publishes VR at Work Today, highlighting vocational rehabilitation (VR) success stories as part of the VR 100th Anniversary celebration.

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2020-04-15

In observance of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, the NIDILRR grantee community commemorizes with a year-long series of monthly themes, including this month's Healthcare Access & Inclusion; the Rehabilitationn Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities publishes article, Should I disclose to my employer? It's more complicated for people with invisible disabilities, in the Spring 2020 Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Newsletter; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) publishes the March National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, discussing recent gains for Americans with disabilities and looking ahead to the impact of the coronavirus on employment for all workers; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts the second episode of a 3-part series of the ADA Live! Podcast, Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center, in collaboration with the ADA National Network, hosts special session of the ADA Audio Conference Series, COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Access to Programs and Services; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: RURAL) is collecting stories about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on people with disabilities in rural communities; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) updates its information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

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2020-04-08

To help adjust to new work settings in the time of Coronavirus, NARIC has explored recent research and resources in telework from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus finds people with childhood disabilities may be at higher risk for chronic diseases as young adults; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities publishes two research briefs, Building Trust and Getting to Know Job Seekers, part of new series Bringing Employment First to Scale; principal investigator for Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) receives the Research Innovation Champion Award from the Brain Injury Association of  Northern New Jersey (BIANJ); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) to host next episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar series, with guest speakers discussing research in employment and individuals returning to the workforce postconviction; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center to host webinar, Essential AND Functional: The Importance of Essential Job Functions for Disability Law Compliance and Inclusion; the Pacific ADA Regional Center to host webinar, ADA Learning Session: Research on ADA Coordinators' Involvement in Accessible Emergency Management; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts series of videos featuring information on the coronavirus and COVID-19 presented in American Sign Language with closed captions.

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2020-04-01

En observancia del Mes de la Historia de la Mujer, NARIC destaca mujeres de la comunidad de concesionarios de NIDILRR que están realizando investigaciones y desarrollo que apoyan la independencia de personas con discapacidades en su blog, Spotlight; el Centro de Investigación y Capacitación para los Caminos a los Futuros Positivos: Desarrollando la Autodeterminación y Vida Comunitaria y Participación (Caminos RTC) publica Entrando un Momento, Volumen 4 en la Serie de Historietas de Caminos, discutiendo conocer a gente nueva y entrar un momento en un centro local para los jóvenes con discapacidades; el personal del Proyecto VR-ROI: Estimando el Retorno de la Inversión en los Programas Estatales de Rehabilitación Vocacional coeditaron El retorno de la inversión en los programas de rehabilitación vocacional, un número especial de la Revista de la Gestión de la Rehabilitación (RGR); el Centro Regional de los Grandes Lagos sobre la ADA organiza un webinar, Las redes sociales accesibles; Padres Empoderando a los Padres: Centro Nacional de Investigación para los Padres con Discapacidades y Sus Familias organiza un webinar, Apoyando las vidas sociales de niños con padres discapacitados; el Centro de Investigación de Rehabilitación y Capacitación para las Soluciones Basadas en el Lugar para la Participación Comunitaria Rural: Salud y Empleo (RTC: Rural, por sus siglas en inglés) invita a los investigadores, proveedores, personas con discapacidades y otros a completar una encuesta para recopilar opiniones de la comunidad antes de rediseñar su sitio web; como Abril es el Mes Nacional de la Salud de Minorías, la Oficina de Salud de Minorías (OMH, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Servicios Humanos ofrece actualizaciones por correo electrónico sobre nuevos instrumentos y recursos para ayudar a los miembros de comunidades minoritarias que pueden estar a más riesgo de ciertas discapacidades y afecciones crónicas.

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2020-03-25

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