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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 blog features information about NIDILRR community and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in observance of the anniversary month of the ADA; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and NIDILRR announce open call for symposia, scientific papers, and posters for June 2018 conference; Research in Focus looks at connection between alcohol use and SCI; Pathways RTC has developed new policy guide, Changing the Rules: A Guide for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Change Policy; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report record 15 months of job gains for people with disabilities in their nTIDE Monthly Update; two researchers at Rehabilomics receive 2016 Mitchell Rosenthal Award for paper, Prognostic models for predicting posttraumatic seizures during acute hospitalization, and at 1 and 2 years following TBI; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Planning & Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, & eLearning; project on The Relations Among Pain, Depression, and Resilience, and Their Prediction of Life Satisfaction in Men and Women with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is recruiting individuals with traumatic SCI for study on resilience after SCI; US Census Bureau publishes collection of resources, Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26.

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NARIC blog shares research and resources on cataracts and other eye diseases from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Cataract Awareness Month; Healthy Aging RRTC publishes How to Reduce Stress Through Mindfulness, the latest in the Aging Well with a Physical Disability Factsheet Series; ADA National Network offers ADA Anniversary Toolkit, providing monthly themes to celebrate the anniversary; researchers from the RRTC on Community Living serve as guest editors for a special issue of the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community; researchers from the TU Collaborative were interviewed in Portrait of faculty mental health in a recent issue of Inside Higher Education; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) hosts webcast, Disclosing Disability in the Workplace; Pathways RTC seeks participants for national survey on training needs for improving services to youth and young adults with mental health needs; the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program and the Office of Disability Employment Policy Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) host Twitter chat, Employment for People with Disabilities.

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During the week of the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) conference, NARIC shares research and resources for physical therapy from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its blog; Research in Focus looks at post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after spinal cord injury (SCI); AbleData project publishes new factsheet, Find the Right Channel: Communication Aids for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; Mobile Accommodation Solutions (MAS), an app developed under the project Mobile Accommodations Tool: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, was on display at the 2017 mEnabling Summit; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts ADA Live! The History of Disability, Lessons from the Past; Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) seeks participants in a Facebook Group study to determine if people with physical disabilities can gain needed information on employment; Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) LEAD Center hosts webinar, Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment, featuring a set of strategies that can benefit job seekers facing barriers to employment.

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NARIC's blog features information on dementia and Alzheimer's disease from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month; NIDILRR program Administration for Community Living debuts a redesigned and reorganized website at; Research in Focus shows that relationships with employers may have benefits for vocational rehab agencies and their clients; Wireless RERC publishes factsheet, Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Access; principal investigator for New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center to receive the 2017 Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication hosts Doctoral Student Research Think Tank in AAC at Penn State; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities hosts webinar on Effective Rural Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Job Development; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center hosts event, Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) for people with SCI; Accessible Environmental Information Application for Individuals with Visual Impairments conducts survey of individuals with visual impairments about user needs and challenges for development of iOS-based indoor environment wayfinding app; Administration for Community Living (ACL) releases Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Independent Living Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities.

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NARIC highlights research and resources on aphasia from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in a recent blog post, in observance of National Aphasia Awareness Month; Administration for Community Living published its Public Access Plan, which makes available to the public peer-reviewed publications and scientific data from research funded by ACL/NIDILRR; TU Collaborative publishes a Country Mental Health Administrators' Toolkit for Promoting Community Inclusion; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC reports employment gains of people with disability for 14 consecutive months in the nTIDE Monthly Update; three investigators from NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Centers to receive awards during the 2017 Annual Assembly of the AAPM&R; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center presents webinar, Accessible Tourism - Good Economic Strategy; Pathways RTC hosts webinar, Increasing Providers' Skills for Working with Youth: Exploring the Effectiveness of Online 'Remote' Training; Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment in Microenterprise seeks participants for online survey on self-employment and small business ownership by individuals with psychiatric disability; Administration for Community Living's National Limb Loss Resource Center hosts webinar, The Transportation Security Administration Presents -- Traveling with Limb Loss.

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NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month; Research in Focus discusses the role of augmented signs in deterring drivers from occupying parking spaces designated for lift- and ramp-equipped vehicles; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes factsheet on Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), also available in Spanish; New England ADA Regional Center debutes new resource, ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments; investigator for New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NY-TBI-MS) to receive Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities hosts webcast, Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Individuals with Physical Disabilities; Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Office on Women's Health (OWH) launch new website on Oral Health.

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NARIC blog posts feature research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help readers with disabilities Age Out Loud in observance of Older Americans Month; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) releases report, based on its National Residential Information Systems Project (RISP), In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; two team members from Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) discuss My Care, My Call peer health coaching intervention for people with SCI on RehabCast podcast in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Rory Cooper of University of Pittsburgh Model Cener on Spinal Cord Injury featured on cover of New Mobility; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Translating the Evidence on Individual Placement and Support (IPS) into Practice: Applications with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (SERSCIMS) conducts survey of the qualities of spasticity after SCI; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publish report, The Promise of Assistive Technology (AT) to Enhance Activity and Work Participation, the result of a committee of experts that included NIDILRR grantees.

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NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD); Research in Focus looks at challenges to sustaining a successful evidence-based employment program; Pathways RTC publishes Justice and Recovery, the 2017 issue of its annual Focal Point research review; principal investigator of Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center receives the 2017 Jennett Plum Award for Clinical Achievement in the Field of Brain Injury Medicine from the International Brain Injury Association; Parents Taking Action was featured in Connecting Latino parents to autism resources and counseling on Univisión Chicago; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Housing Accessibility Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act; Measurement of Community Participation Using a Computer Adaptive Test in Persons with Burn Injuries (LIBRE) seeks participants to test questions for the LIBRE Profile questionnaire measuring the social impact of a burn injury; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hosts webinar, What Older Americans and their Caregivers Should Know About Robocalls, Scams, and the Latest Technology and Accessibility Issues.

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NARIC offers information from the NIDILRR community and other sources in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month; Research in Focus discusses challenges adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities may face in staying physically active; TU Collaborative publishes Promoting Supportive Academic Environments for Faculty with Mental Illnesses; principal investigator of Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model Center receives 2017 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation; ThinkCollege, NIDILRR-funded 2008-2012, highlighted in The Atlantic magazine's May article The path to higher education with an intellectual disability; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hosts webinar, Ideal Versus Real: How Data Can Drive Employment Service Practices, part of the 44 Webinar series; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Free Web Evaluation Tools: What They Can (and Can't) Do; US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) offers Q&A factsheet, Depression, PTSD, and Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.

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NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with arthritis add more activity in observance of Arthritis Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month; MSKTC publishes new factsheet, Urinary Track Infection and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); Dr. Joshua Miele, team leader at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities, interviewed for the Disability Visibility Project at StoryCorps San Francisco; Transitions RTC presents webinar, Employing Young Adult Peer Support Workers: A Toolkit for Providers; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Clear and Effective Emergency Communications over Wireless Devices; RERC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks employment success stories of people with visual impairments and blindness; President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition celebrates National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, encouraging people to #MoveInMay.

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