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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 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

NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Public Health Week; James R. Whitehead, EdD, joins the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as the Director of NIDILRR; Research in Focus finds strong relationships may help adolescents adjusting to a traumatic brain injury (TBI); the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center adds three new training courses to its online course catalog: 2010 ADA Standards, Disability Awareness and Etiquette, and Service Animals and the ADA; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) publishes five articles as special issue of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), featuring research presented at the RERC's 2018 State of the Science Conference; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: We All Want Disability Inclusion in Emergency Management - New Research on What Is Actually Happening; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts April session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, featuring details of the latest Jobs Report release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and announcements from the disability employment field; the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) National Science and Technology Council releases report, Emergency Technologies to Support an Aging Population.

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2019-04-03

In observance of March as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, NARIC offers information on research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that supports the independence and inclusion of people with CP; Research in Focus examines the role of education in the employment of youths with mental health disorders and involvement with the criminal justice system; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork RRTC) publishes report, A Roadmap to Competitive Integrated Employment Strategies for Provider Transformation, the latest in the Bringing Employment First to Scale series; research article from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge), In-home and remote use of robotic body surrogates by people with profound motor deficits, was published in the open-access journal PLoS One; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host Episode 67 of the ADA Live! webcast, Opioid Addiction and the ADA; the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress is recruiting individuals who are blind, have visual or print disabilities, or have physical disabilities for a survey on their experiences accessing and using technology.

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2019-03-27

NARIC offers informational resources on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in light of recent events such as the New Zeeland mosque attack and catastrophic weather in the South and Midwest; Research in Focus discusses self-employment as a promising path to build income for people with psychiatric disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) posts five new video briefs on key concepts and skills for working with youth in transition; principal investigator for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center was interviewed on brain damage in online magazine Tonic; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, What Is a Public Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) hosts webcast, 2019 Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community, including discussion of the project, A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, What's New with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1?; the Civil Rights Center at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) at the Department of Labor (DOL) publishes new guide, Promising Practices in Achieving Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.

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2019-03-20

In observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month, NARIC has gathered information about brain injury research, rehabilitation, and recovery from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere in its Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus looks at technology offering a new strategy for helping children with autism spectrum disorders learn sight words; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) releases new Hot Topic module, Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); NIDILRR Switzer Fellow receives the 2019 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Websites: What is Required?; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor Experiences with Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS): Lessons from the Field; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Basic Steps and Procedures for a Campbell Systematic Review; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) offers co-host training for managers and supervisors in vocational rehabilitation (VR) as part of a study of research liaisons in VR agencies; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition seek comments from the public as they develop the National Youth Sports Strategy to increase inclusion and participation of young people with disabilities in youth sports.

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2019-03-13

In observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (#DDAwareness19), NARIC highlights research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; mothers with physical disabilities share strategies to care for their young children in this week's Research in Focus; the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Center on Customized Employment publishes Customized Employment Case Study #3: Betsy's Case Study, highlighting the discovery phase of customized employment, focusing on the job seeker's strengths; researchers from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) receive the 2019 Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research from the CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Recovery After Disasters and Individuals with Disabilities - What We Know and What We Do Not; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts the March session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, including the first of a three-part series on Disability in Media and the Arts; the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the Department of Labor (DOL) releases report, Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics - 2018, showing positive increases in employment numbers for U.S. workers with disabilities.

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2019-03-06

In observance of International Rare Disease Day, NARIC has resources, from NIDILRR grantees and elsewhere to help bridge gaps in the coordination of services to overcome the challenges of living with a rare disorder; Research in Focus features parents of children with autism sharing their experience with programs and services offered under the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waivers program; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) publishes Conversations About Intimacy and Sexuality: A Training Toolkit Using Motivational Interviewing (MI); research from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) is featured in Phones still aren't quite right for people with disabilities in online magazine Futurity; NIDILRR Switzer Fellow receives 2019 Early Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society (INS); the Southwest ADA Regional Center hosts Episode 66 of the ADA Live! webcast, Theme Parks and Accessibility, including a discussion on navigating Tennessee's Dollywood theme park; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging-in-Place with Long-Term Disability (RERC TechSAge) seeks participants for interview study on everyday challenges faced by Deaf/hard-of-hearing seniors as they age; the World Health Organization (WHO) declares March 3rd as World Hearing Day, focusing on hearing loss screening, including the release of HearWHO, a free app for checking hearing and practicing safe listening.

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2019-02-27

NARIC celebrates the publication of the 350th issue its News and Notes newsletter, launched seven years ago and highlighting resources, events, and achievements of the NIDILRR grantee community; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes Pathways Comics, created by and for young adults with serious mental health conditions and people who care about them; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) co-host two-day event, featuring State of the Science presentations on health insurance and employment among people with disabilities as well as the StatsRRTC's web-based tool, 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; the Great Plains ADA Regional Center to host the National ADA Symposium, June 16th-19th in Grapevine, TX; the Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) to host lecture and webcast, Understanding the Spectrum of Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD); the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center, an online database and resource collection of information on mental health and substance use disorders.

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2019-02-20

In observance of Valentine's Day, NARIC has gathered resources and research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog to help support in building positive relationships; Research in Focus discusses findings that growing up with parents with disabilities can be a positive experience; the University of Wisconsin Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) publishes latest issue of its newsletter, TBI Model System Updates, focusing on TBI and relationships; principal investigator for Innovation in Disability Empowerment and Service Delivery, research director for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center from Cloud to Smartphone - Accessible and Empowering Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and co-director for Promoting Independence and Self-Management Using mHealth, is featured in the APMR January 2019 RehabCast; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Overview of Systematic Review and Research Synthesis; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The ADA, Businesses, and Barrier Removal: What Are the Requirements?; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) hosts 2019 Student Research and Design Competition; the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) will host a series of virtual and in-person meetings to discuss their 2019 report to the President.

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2019-02-13

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded research on blindness and low vision in observance of Low Vision Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Eye Institute; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for upcoming competitions beginning in Spring of 2019; Research in Focus looks at factors associated with recovery and return to community participation of people with serious mental illnesses; the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center publishes wellness issue of its newsletter SCI on Rancho; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes article on rural people with disabilities recovering from the recession in online magazine The Conversation; 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 January National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report, showing job numbers for Americans with disabilities holding steady; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Getting on Track to Employment & Self-Sufficiency: Key Drivers of Inclusive Career Pathways; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts training workshop, Outreach to Policymakers; the Rehabilitation Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) seeks rehabilitation clinicians and practitioners for a survey, Clinician perspectives on mobile rehabilitation (mRehab) interventions and technologies; National Eye Institute's National Eye Health Education Program publishes low-vision resources in honor of Low Vision Awareness Month.

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2019-02-06

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