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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 observance of Father's Day, NARIC offers research and resources on parenting from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support fathers with disabilities and those who have children with disabilities; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families offers interactive map of current state legislation supporting parents with disabilities; the Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) have published the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, noting a slight improvement in employment statistics; researcher from the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury receives honor for life-changing innovations from the US Patent and Trade Office; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Effective Communication: What Does It Mean? offering insider's view on best practices for effective communication with someone who is deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Research Evidence Training: An Overview of Meta-Analysis and Effect Size; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Emergency Stair Travel Devices; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks volunteers for advisory group to evaluate community participation efforts in coordinated specialty care (CSC) programs for transition-aged youths with early psychosis; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor issues updated version of its guide, Building an Inclusive Workforce, featuring four steps to recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities.

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2019-06-12

In observance of Global Running Day, NARIC features research on the connection between physical activity, health, and community participation in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) publishes research brief, Survey of User Needs, SUNSpot 2: Use of Wireless Technology Features and Wireless Device Activities by Individuals with Disabilities, 2017-2018, discussing technology including real-time-text, intelligent assistants, and visual and audio display options; navigation technology developed by the Cognitive Assistance Lab at Carnegie Mellon University and used in the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Robotics and Automation for Inclusive Transportation to improve navigation in indoor environments for people with visual impairment are featured in article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the LiveWell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Information and Communication Technology Access hosts its State of the Science Conference at RehabWeek 2019 in Toronto; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ensuring Access on Public Right of Way Projects, presenting activities and institutional operations that can keep pedestrian access flowing; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) hosts a Section 14(c) National Dialogue on the present and future of disability employment, including the roles of subminimum wages and competitive integrated employment in light of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which authorizes employers to pay less-than-minimum wages to workers with disabilities.

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2019-06-05

In observance of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month and Better Speech and Hearing Month, NARIC looks at research and resources on ALS and speech-language pathologies in its Spotlight blog; the ADA Knowledge Translation Center and the New England ADA Regional Center publish factsheet, the ADA, Addiction, and Recovery; Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury, video produced by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, receives Silver Telly Award; principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) was interviewed by The Exchange on New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts June session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, featuring latest Jobs Report release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts latest episode of Ada Live!, Effective Communication, Accessible Health Care, and the ADA; the project Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies seeks adult participants with physical disabilities for its Aging and Disability Study; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) release brief report, Artificial Intelligence Applications for Older Adults and People with Disabilities: Balancing Safety and Autonomy: Proceedings of a Workshop.

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2019-05-29

NARIC answers questions from Spanish speakers about disability and rehabilitation in its monthly blog series, Answered Questions/Preguntas y Respuestas, drawing on information from NIDILRR-funded projects, items in the Research in Focus series, and resources from organizations serving English and Spanish speakers in the US and abroad; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes guide, Important Information for Parents and Friends of Young People Experiencing Psychosis: Lessons Learned From Young Adult Graduates of EASA; the Rehabilitation Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) hosted the 2019 Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank at Pennsylvania State University; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Curbside Access, providing information on designing sidewalk connections to modes of transportation such as transit, passenger vehicles, and share-bike systems; the project on Career Self-Management Through Job Crafting for People with Physical and Mild Cognitive Disabilities: a Mixed Methods Study seeks adult participants with disabilities for a study developing a program to help people to re-envision and refine aspects of their job; the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), of which NIDILRR is a member, has released its Government-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2021, a comprehensive plan for disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research.

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2019-05-22

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on the topic of digital access and inclusion in observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD); the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) posts video, Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community, featuring principal investigator of the project A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living Policy publishes new report, Driverless Cars and Accessibility: Designing the Future of Transportation for People with Disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts monthly webinar series, Health Care and the ADA - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health host essay challenge, Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story, seeking essays from US high school students, aged 16 to 18, that describe a teen's understanding of a mental health issue that can promote better health and well-being in their communities.

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2019-05-15

In observance of National Nurses Week, NARIC highlights the work of rehab nurses, including research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on the topic, in its What is...? series; Research in Focus looks at a new program to empower Latinx parents of children with autism spectrum disorders; the project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial publishes new factsheet, Customized Employment Topics: Social Capital, discussing relationships that form as people interact with each other at home, work, and in the community; principal investigator for the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC) receives the Sylvia Walker National Multicultural Award, named for an African-American pioneer in the field of rehabilitation, from the National Rehabilitation Association; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Safe and Accessible Intersections, discussing basic design requirements for curb ramps, street crossings, and pedestrian signals; the Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community hosts webinar, What Do We Know? Employer Engagement Lessons from the Diversity Partners Project; the White House declares May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, highlighting two programs to support inclusive fitness: the Presidental Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) and I Can Do It! (ICDI).

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2019-05-08

In observance of Mental Health Month, NARIC features publications, guides, and research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at challenges aging with spinal cord injuries can present to health, home, and relationships; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) publishes new resource, Tackling Mental Health Prejudice and Discrimination; principal investigator of the project on Dose-Response Effects of Transformative Exercise in Improving Health and Function in Adults with Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was interviewed in the March episode of the RehabCast podcast from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) hosts webinar, Multi-Component Engagement Program - Considerations for Service Provision to Young Adults Early in Their Recovery; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts Season Four Episode Five of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series; the US Access Board holds training session on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and a town hall meeting.

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2019-05-01

NARIC staff is at the annual NARRTC meeting and conference, Inclusive Disability Research and Practice: Building on our History, and posting about the conference on Twitter (@naricinfo, with posts tagged with #NARRTC); Research in Focus highlights research showing that parents with serious mental illnesses may face more scrutiny from child protective services; the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) has updated its Recent Trends in Causes of Spinal Cord Injury Data Sheet; co-principal investigator for the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center receives the ACRM Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; research from the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NTTBIMS) was featured in news segment, Traumatic Brain Injury Victims Learn How to Ward Off Obesity, on Dallas-Fort Worth NBC station; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Open Question and Answer Session on the Revised 508 Standards; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Obligations and Sidewalk Basics, explaining standards for accessible sidewalks; the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) hosts webinar, Using Benefits.gov as a Tool for Citizens in Need, presenting the website, which features a publicly available database of over 1,200 government benefits and programs.

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2019-04-24

In observance of Autism Awareness Month, NARIC features autism-related studies in its Spotlight blog and REHABDATA database; Research in Focus looks at a new program to support college students with traumatic brain injuries; INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services publishes three issue briefs on the impact of the opioid crisis on people with disabilities; principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects on speech and aphasia receives the Illinois Clinical Achievement Award from the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA); principal investigator for the Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (NWRBMS) receives the President's Leadership Award from the American Burn Association (ABA); Psychiatric Services: From Pages to Practice podcast features two articles, one from the RRTC on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and the other from the University of Illinois at Chicago National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (NIDILRR-funded through 2010); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Drop-In Centers as a Low-Barrier Engagement Strategy for Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) hosts event, A Woman's Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs, featuring a panel presentation with the authors of two books from the perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum.

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2019-04-17

In observance of National Minority Health Month, NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support inclusive wellness and the health of people with disabilities from minority communities; Phillip Beatty, PhD, has been appointed Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences; Research in Focus looks at self-directed care as a promising path to enhance recovery for people with serious mental illness; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation publishes Impact: Feature Issue on Inclusive Education for K-8 Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities; principal investigator for the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers from 2002 to 2017 will receive the 2019 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) has relaunched its #MapMonday series highlighting data on the geography of disability in the US; the Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webcast, Instructional Strategies for Acquisition and Maintenance of Customized Job Tasks; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ask the EEOC: Open Question and Answer, featuring presenters from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posts videos from the conference SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research.

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2019-04-10

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