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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 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC has information on current research projects in employment in the NIDILRR Program Database and in the NARIC Research In Focus series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments publishes two new factsheets about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and employment for young people with visual impairments who receive SSI; the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) hosts one-day conference, Moving Forward: Improving Emotional, Physical, and Cognitive Health After Brain Injury; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: A Disability Justice Approach to Disaster Assistance; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks participants 18 years old or older with disabilities for its 2019 National Survey of Health and Disability, exploring how access to health care and insurance may be affecting the lives of people with disabilities; the Campaign for Disability Employment, part of the Office of Disability Employment and Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor, hosts a photo-sharing campaign for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, where people with disabilities and advocates are invited to share photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram highlighting why they are "The Right Talent, Right Now."

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2019-10-02

In observance of Pain Awareness Month, NARIC's Spotlight blog features the latest research and resources on pain, pain management, and opioid use disorder from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; Research in Focus looks at the use of graphics in augmentative and alternative communication devices to help children with autism spectrum disorders build word recognition skills; the project on Improving Assessment of Opioid Use Disorder in People with Disabilities Related to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain publishes new brief, What I want My Doctor to Know About How Arthritis and Chronic Pain Affect My Everyday Life; the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) hosts episode of the SCI Grand Rounds on emergency preparedness and SCI, Uh-Oh, the Sky Is Falling: Emergency Preparedness for People with Spinal Cord Injury; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts episode of ADA Live!, Do You Want a Job or a Career: Reflections on National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Toilet Rooms, reviewing requirements in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA); the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes latest edition of NCCIH Clinical Digest for Health Professionals, Mind and Body Approaches for Chronic Pain.

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2019-09-25

In observation of September 23rd, Falls Prevention Day, NARIC shares resources for falls prevention from NIDILRR and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as well as a guide to falls prevention assistive technology from AbleData; Research in Focus highlights a program that teaches people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become health coaches for their peers; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes Accommodations Comic, the first in an infocomics series highlighting issues facing youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions; principal investigator of the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) was honored at March On for Brain Injury New York City, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of New York State; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Access to Health Care and the ADA: A Review of the Case Law; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities hosts interactive workshop, What Job Seekers with Disabilities and Employers Need to Know About Job Accommodations; the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) at the Department of Transportation and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor host Barriers and Solutions to Complete Trips for All National Online Dialogue to gather input from the public on transportation barriers and solutions for people with disabilities.

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2019-09-18

In observance of the National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, NARIC Director Mark Odum shares his thoughts on living with LME for more than 40 years and the research that has made it possible; Research Approach presents an innovative training program that can help young adults with autism spectrum disorders develop their conversational skills; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) publishes a completely audio configuration guide for blind and low-vision users of the Amazon Echo Dot; Marcia Scherer, PhD, former researcher at the Center on the Effective Provision of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and researcher at the CAREER Project: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment, receives the Diamond Award from the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE); the Center for Rehabilitation and Training Research on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Statistics and Demographics of Disability (RRTC Stats) publish in Report of August Jobs of the National Trends in Employment of People with Disabilities (nTIDE), which shows economic gains for Americans with disabilities; the Southeast Regional Center on the ADA organizes a webinar, Viewing the community and developing connections with a lens towards employment, the fourth in the webinar series Advancing Equal Employment Opportunities and Developing Inclusive Workplaces; The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) organizes a weekly radio series, Healthy Moments, which offers advice on prevention and the control of diseases and disorders that can affect the digestive, endocrine, and urological systems.

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2019-09-11

In observance of National Preparedness Month, NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog to help prepare and recover from events like hurricane Dorian; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery releases Building Financial Wellness, a financial education curriculum for people with mental health and substance abuse issues; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes article, People with disabilities living in the path of Hurricane Dorian, as part of its Disability in America maps series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts the next National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Fair Housing Act and Persons with Disabilities; the ADA National Network seeks Latino/Hispanic participants with disabilities for a survey to understand the information and service needs of Latinos/Hispanics with disabilities with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers resources to help communities through emergency events at its ready.gov website, including a mobile app for iOS and Android with real-time alerts, safety tips, locations for shelters and services, and more.

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2019-09-04

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC has resources from the NIDILRR community to help readers advocate for issues important to their community, such as proposed guidelines from the US Access Board for air carrier onboard wheelchairs, described in more detail in the Elsewhere in the Community section; the project on Improving Assessment of Opioid Use Disorder in People with Disabilities Related to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain releases brief, Assessing and Monitoring Long-Term Opioid Use for People with Chronic and Disabling Arthritis Pain; researcher from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is interviewed in episode of the Speech Unsensored Podcast on access technology for AAC and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts a series of webinars on website accessibility in collaboration with the US Access Board; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Everything You Wanted to Know About Advisory Boards, with directors and advisory board members from two NIDILRR-funded projects discussing how they incorporate best practices for authentic and meaningful engagement to reach their intended outcomes; Learning and Working During the Transition To Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Learning & Working RRTC) hosts webinar, Best Practices for Transition Planning for High School Students with Mental Health Conditions; the US Access Board releases draft advisory guidelines for wheelchairs used on commercial aircraft during flight and provided by air carriers for passengers whose personal wheelchairs cannot be used in the cabin, asking for public comments on the document.

Date sent:
2019-08-28

With students soon heading Back to School, NARIC is looking at courses and webinars from the NIDILRR community, featured in its recent blog post and listed in its Calendars of Events; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments publishes new webcourses for professionals working with older individuals who are blind or have low vision; two researchers from NIDILRR-funded projects will receive  awards, the 2019 Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award and the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award, from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center launches new podcast, Adventures in Accessibility, a story-telling and interview-style podcast designed to raise awareness of accessibility issues; the ADA National Network and the Regional ADA Centers host Twitter Chat: Post-Secondary Education and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA); chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health will join in online platform Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" event on suicide prevention.

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2019-08-21

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded research conducted at the top ten rehabilitation hospitals ranked by US News and World Report; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) publishes new toolkit, Hunting for Better Health Outcomes: A Geocaching Toolkit for Individuals with Mental Illness, geocaching being a world-wide mobile scavenger hunt using global positioning coordinates to find and hide objects; two researchers from the Ohio Regional TBI Model System Center and the Indiana TBI Model System Center receive awards from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA); the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BH-BIMS) launches weekly program of free yoga classes open to people with disabilities, family, friends, and members of the local community; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Opioid Use Disorder and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Health Care Settings; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) to host the 2019 Online Knowledge Translation Conference: Innovative KT Strategies That Work; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks people with spinal cord injuries (SCI), people with burn injuries, and caregivers to give feedback on two new factsheets, Personal Care Attendants and SCI and Delirium After Burn Injury; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) releases issue brief, Wheelchair-Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment: Cutting Edge Technology, Cost-Effective for Health Care Providers, and Consumer-Friendly.

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2019-08-14

NARIC staff mourns the death of Pro Football Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, who, following his son's 1985 spinal cord injury, helped fund the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, where colleagues at the South Florida SCI Model System Center participate in ongoing research; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) develops two Achieve My Plan (AMP) E-Modules to enhance the skills of people who work with youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions; 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 July 2019 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, showing rising economic indicators for Americans with disabilities outpacing those of Americans without disabilities; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA's Office of Disability Integration & Coordination - Who We Are & How We Serve; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Insights on Traveling with a Mobility Disability, discussing the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA) and the ADA and how they apply to travelers with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments seeks participants to field test 4to24, an app for youth with blindness or visual impairment (B/VI) or deaf-blindness (DB) and their parents; the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases several new resources to improve access to health care for people with disabilities, including Modernizing Health Care to Improve Physical Accessibility, Getting the Care You Need: A Guide for People with Disabilities, and Navigating Health Care with a Disability: Our Stories, a Focus on the Provider.

Date sent:
2019-08-07

NARIC has collected celebrations, reflections, events, and remembrances from across the community in observance of ADA Anniversary Month in its most recent Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments publishes A Human Resource (HR) Guide for Working with Employees Experiencing Vision Loss; in honor of the anniversary of the ADA, the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center debuts a Service Animal Resource Hub providing information about service animals and the ADA; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts next episode of the ADA Live! webcast, Improving Lifelong Success: The Morehouse College Approach to Academic Supports for Students with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities hosts webinar, Employment for People with Parkinson's Disease: Team-Based Strategies and Resources; the Southwest ADA Regional Center seeks participants for the ADA Impact 2020 Survey, open to people with personal and/or professional experience in disability issues; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) publishes article, Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), spotlighting achievements in research, development, and systems change, including the 20th anniversary of the Olmstead decision, since the passage of the ADA.

Date sent:
2019-07-31

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