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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 Pain Awareness Month, NARIC shares research and resources on pain management in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus discusses advance development of psychiatric directives people with psychiatric disabilities can develop before they are no longer able to speak for themselves; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) releases two factsheets on burn injury and TBI; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) announces Student Research Award to two students developing Shuffle Speller prototype AAC system; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing job gains for Americans with disabilities in August nTIDE report; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-PD) will host State of Science Conference on the Employment of People with Physical Disabilities; Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community will host webinar, Employer Engagement: Meeting Needs, Adding Value; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) seeks interview participants for study on participation of rural youth with disabilities in community events; Administration for Community Living (ACL) has developed publication, Principles for Person-Directed Services and Supports During Serious Illness.

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2017-09-06

Following the Houston flooding by hurricane Harvey, NARIC has gathered resources that may help people with disabilities in the recovery process, and included them in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at program aimed at giving stroke survivors self-management skills; New England ADA Regional Center releases two one-minute videos on Aging, Disability, and the ADA; member of Wireless Inclusive RERC to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advisory Council Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee, providing recommendations for enhancing the delivery of emergency messages during disasters; principal investigator of Transitions RTC appointed to Department of Health and Human Services Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC); RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities to host State of the Science Conference; Southeast ADA Regional Center to host 48th episode of ADA Live! Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); FEMA has collection of resources focusing on disability and accessible emergency management.

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2017-08-30

Following Monday's solar eclipse, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded projects supporting young people with disabilities and emerging researchers in STEM disciplines in its recent blog post; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury, co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues open call for symposia, scientific papers, and posters for June 2018 conference, TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy; Research in Focus discusses how mobile health apps can be improved with input from users with physical disabilities; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairment publishes report, Characteristics and Experiences of Youth who are Deaf-Blind; AbleData project publishes Using assistive technology in the workplace, a guest article for the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Blog; two researchers from Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers to receive career recognition awards from the Brain Injury Association of America; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hosts webinar, Defining the Employment Research Agenda; project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial and RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities host webcast, Meaningful Writing: Capturing Strengths and Ideal Conditions of Employment; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine publish report, Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for Vulnerable Adults.

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2017-08-23

In anticipation of the coming academic year, NARIC highlights research and resources in its blog about disability accommodations, advocacy, and ADA Regional Centers from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere for students in all grades and those attending college; Research in Focus finds that rehabilitation professionals, while being knowledgeable about concussion diagnosis and management, could benefit from learning more; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) publishes health promotion curriculum, Partnerships in Wellness (PIW); principal investigator for Wireless Inclusive RERC was interviewed about companies investing in universal design for IBM thinkLeaders Blog; Southwest ADA Regional Center and Great Lakes ADA Regional Center host webinar, The Work of the RESNA Accommodations Special Interest Group (SIG); Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Reasonable Accommodations in Colleges and Universities; US Department of Education debuts redesigned website for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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2017-08-16

NARIC explores the field of disability studies -- the topic this week during the International Conference on Disability Studies in Vancouver, Canada -- with research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in a recent Frequently Asked Questions article on its website; Research in Focus looks at a program designed to help young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) build job skills and gain work experience; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood posts two-part video, Outside-the-Box Accommodations in College, part of the Comeback TV series also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); July National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report highlights continuing gains for job seekers with disabilities; several members of the NIDILRR grantee community inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Diability Mentoring Hall of Fame; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Hearing Loss in the Workplace - Rights and Obligations; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Small Employers; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Putting Accessibility Law in Your Pocket: The Digital Accessibility Legal Update; US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October will be Inclusion Drives Innovation.

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2017-08-09

NARIC features Librarian's Picks, Disability Resources, and the Knowledgebase database on its website to assist patrons in finding supports and services, in addition to its information specialists who are available by phone, email, or chat Monday through Friday; Research in Focus discusses ways caregivers of injury survivors find information and support from user-friendly information on the Web and from support groups; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) posts new video, Women and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), part of the SCI Forum Video series. Principal investigator for NIDILRR-funded projects on aphasia to receive the 2017 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) National Stroke Association Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) hosts webinar, August National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks comments on the proposed framework for Healthy People 2030.

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2017-08-02

NARIC, participant in annual conference of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), explores research on independent living in recent blog post In the Stacks; Research in Focus looks at guided career planning programs for young adults with mental health challenges; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities publishes two research briefs on findings from the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey of 2012-2013; project on Improving Outcomes Using Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing featured on WKRC Cincinnati; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Emergencies: How to Prepare for Them and What to Do Afterwards; Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center seeks participants for survey on the quality of spasticity following SCI; National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center seeks applications for the DeVivo Mentored Research Award; National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress debuts new website and four pilot programs.

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2017-07-26

NARIC shares resources for self-advocacy and voting access in its Spotlight blog in observance of the National Disability Voter Registration Week and the anniversary of the ADA; Research in Focus looks at the accessibility of fitness facilities to people with disabilities; MSKTC publishes 2017 factsheets for SCI, TBI, and burn injury, produced with Model Systems data centers; RTC Rural releases Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit for conducting workshops on building advocacy skills among independent living leaders and youth with disabilities; former project director of Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center was featured guest on Neuman Perspective, a video series hosted by the former Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US Department of State; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Basics for Museums; Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC) co-hosts national conference, Meeting Employer Demand in a Job-Driven Economy: Diversity, Inclusion, and VR's Evolving Role; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts video and slides from It's Loud Out There: Hearing Health Across the Lifespan, the June session of the Public Health Grand Rounds webcast series.

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2017-07-19

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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2017-07-12

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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2017-06-28

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