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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 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

In response to restrictions brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, NARIC has assembled resources from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere to help readers and their families stay engaged, active, and connected to the world; NIDILRR adds two new staff members that bring expertise in community-based mental-health services as well as research in disability policy and aging and disability; Research in Focus explores the benefits of mobile health technologies for people with disabilities and the rehabilitation practitioners who support them; the New England ADA Regional Center and the ADA National Network publish new factsheet, The ADA, Addiction, Recovery, and Employment; researcher at the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center receives the 2020 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) hosts webinar, Using Video to Translate and Promote Research: An Introduction to Video Production; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a Healthcare Setting; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks people with serious mental illness and mental health providers to share their experiences with community participation; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has updated 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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2020-03-18

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the Industrial Rehabilitation Act, which established the first federally-funded vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs for  people with disabilities not acquired through military service, NARIC's Resource Highlight features a new guide for VR counselors working with employers, and its Spotlight blog looks at the history of NIDILRR-funded projects in VR; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments publishes practice guide, Recommendations for VR Professionals Regarding a First Meeting with an Employer; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) reports on continued job gains for Americans with Disabilities in the February National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report; principal investigator for the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai was interviewed for The Body Heals the Mind, an episode of the Road to Resilience podcast; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The ADA and Religious Institutions, about how Title I of the ADA applies to religious entities as employers; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Living Systematic Reviews, which are reviews that are updated regularly rather  than every few years; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment and Prescription Drug Container Labels; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants with disabilities and their caregivers to review new consumer information products; individuals with TBI for factsheets on topics including behavior problems and sleep apnea, and individuals with burn injuries for factsheets and videos on sexuality and intimacy after injury; the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the NIH hosts the Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series on novel approaches in mental health and pain.

Date sent:
2020-03-11

In observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded studies on brain injury in its Research in Focus blog and elsewhere; Research in Focus finds sexual and gender minorities with autism spectrum disorder may face challenges to getting needed healthcare; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) releases two-part video series, Improvables, part of eLearning Tools suite; article from the RRTC on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery, Correlates of co-occurring diabetes and obesity among community mental health program members with serious mental illnesses, was selected as an Editor's Choice by the journal Psychiatric Services; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Using the California Power Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center and The Arc of Northern Virginia offer webinar, The ADA: Recap in Plain Language; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Polling Facilities and the ADA; the OSU Nisonger Rehabilitation Research and Training Center: Can You Hear Me Now? Listening to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Health Research seeks participants for a survey of the practices and accommodations used by mental health professionals providing treatment to adults with intellectual disabilities; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has created information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Date sent:
2020-03-04

NARIC will be at the Reeve Summit in downtown DC, a gathering of researchers, providers, and advocates from the spinal cord injury (SCI) and paralysis community; Research In Focus looks at a promising system that may help teens with autism stay focused in the classroom and beyond; the Great Plains ADA Regional Center published a new factsheet on how disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) has released the latest Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance; the Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families will host a webinar, Today's Little People Parenting Perspective: Parenting from Newborn to Young Adults; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host the next episode of ADA Live!, Living with a Disability: Four People Share Their Stories; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) will host the next episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar series; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks occupational therapy (OT) professors and instructors to review a new knowledge translation course for OT students; and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) seeks input on important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR).

Date sent:
2020-02-26

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