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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 shares examples of "elevator speeches", short media research presentations given by NIDILRR grantees, in its Spotlight blog;  NIDILRR organizes virtual event, Building the Research Pipeline: Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS); Research in Focus compares barriers to volunteer activity between people with and without disabilities; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center adds two new courses to its online course catalog, Document Accessibility and Presentation Accessibility; fellow in the Rusk Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Postdoctoral Fellowship (Rusk ARRT) receives the 2021 Senil Sengupta VA Student Research Travel Award, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, to present his research on adapting to limb loss at the 2021 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference; principal investigator for the Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center is named to the editorial board of the journal Spinal Cord; the Community Living Policy Center hosts webinar, Using Medicaid to Support Parents with Disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Social Media Management Accessibility Basics; the Administration for Community Living releases Annual Report on Centers for Independent Living for Program Year 2019.

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2020-12-09

NARIC staff mourn the passing of Dr. Peg Nosek, founder and executive director of the Center for Research on Women With Disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine and principal investigator for five NIDILRR-funded studies over more than 25 years; people aging with mobility disabilities share common challenges and strategies for success in this week's Research in Focus; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), in collaboration with researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury System Center and the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center, publishes consumer factsheet, Personal Care Attendants and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment publishes two resources on the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of people with disabilities, America at a glance: Early fears realized as COVID-19 surges in rural counties and Unemployment among people with disabilities during COVID-19; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Improving Health and Function Through Use of Performance Standards in Wheelchair Selection launches website, wheelchairstandards.com, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Impact of COVID-19 on Corrections and Law Enforcement: A Roundtable Discussion; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Disability in a COVID World: Employment, Communications, Physical Spaces, and Mental Health; December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, declared since 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly.

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2020-12-02

In anticipation of a holiday hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, NARIC staff wishes its readers a happy and healthy Thanksgiving; Research in Focus looks at needed supports of parents with psychiatric disabilities encountering the legal system; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness releases training course, Creating Welcoming Parks and Recreation Environments: A Training for Professionals and Volunteers; investigators at the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System of TIRR and the Spaulding-Harvard TBI Model System Center interviewed for October issue of RehabCast: the podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, focusing on recent article, Post-traumatic confusional state: A case definition and diagnostic criteria; the New England ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for Healthcare Providers: A Virtual Training; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Using the ADA and ABA Standards: Chapter 10: Recreation Facilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision is accepting applications for the 2021 Putting Your Best Foot Forward (PYBFF) Trainer Workshops, open to professionals providing direct services to youth with visual impairments; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the Department of Education celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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2020-11-25

In observance of National Caregivers Month, NARIC explores recent efforts and resources for caregivers from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its blog; Research in Focus explores how a peer-led health management program may benefit health, hopefulness, and employment of people with serious mental illness; INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services publishes one-page guide, Supporting People with Disabilities and Opioid Use Disorder: A Guide for Providers; principal investigator for Promoting Entrepreneurship Among Low-Income Youth with Disabilities receives University Scholars Program Award from the University of Illinois in Chicago; researcher at the Rehabilitation Research and Training on Employment Policy: Center for Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy Research and the Southeast ADA Regional Center co-authors article, Gig workers with disabilities: Opportunities, challenges, and regulatory response, published in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Kiosks, covering accessibility of interactive public kiosks for the widest range of people; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Including People with PTSD: A Personal Perspective, led by a first-responder to the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Disease Prevention hosts virtual workshop, NIH Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshop: Can Physical Activity Improve the Health of Wheelchair Users?

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2020-11-18

In observance of Veterans' Day, occurring next Wednesday, NARIC explores research related to supporting veterans living with service-connected disabilities and their families indexed in the NARIC collection; Research in Focus discusses job crafting, a possibly under-utilized strategy to improve job satisfaction and career growth for workers with disabilities; the Southeast ADA Regional Center publishes webpage, Resources: Veterans and Military Families, sharing information from the ADA National Network and its regional centers, and from around the veteran and disability communities; researcher from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) receives the John Westbrook Award for Contributions to Knowledge Translation (KT) from the Campbell Collaboration; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement hosts monthly webinar, National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Spotlight on Mental Health: Understanding Psychiatric Advance Directives, legal documents allowing individuals with serious mental illness to state their treatment preferences in the event of commitment to a hospital; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Protecting Your Mental Health During the Pandemic and Holidays, a follow-up to the ADA Live! podcast series on mental health issues during the coronavirus outbreak; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Job Accommodation Network (JAN) hosts webcast, The Top 10 Veteran-Related Accommodation Questions and Answers.

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2020-11-04

During this last week of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC features research in employment programs and interventions from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; in this week's Research in Focus, people with disabilities describe features of mobile health apps that would increase accessibility; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes factsheet, Voting Tips for People Living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), in collaboration with researchers from the Indiana TBI Model System Center; research from the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course was highlighted in USA Today article, For family caregivers, COVID-19 is a mental health crisis in the making; Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE), Creating Economic Self-Sufficiency, was highlighted in WBNG 12 News, HYPE program to begin at Binghamton University; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Medical Marijuana and the ADA: Hashing Out How States and Employers Cope with Medical Marijuana; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Using the ADA and ABA Standards: Chapter 9: Built-in Elements, reviewing scoping and technical provisions for built-in elements in the Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) continues to update 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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2020-10-28

NARIC presents achievements and current activities including a brief history of the Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) Model System Centers in its Spotlight blog; registration and agenda are now available for Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities, a virtual event hosted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL); the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes consumer factsheet, Concussion Recovery, in collaboration with UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center, Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System Center, and North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center; researchers from several NIDILRR-funded projects receive awards for posters presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2020 Annual Conference; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Efforts to Increase Health Care Access and Quality of Care for People with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities seeks participants for a survey on strategies to support employment of people with disabilities; the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) publishes article, Tips for Empowering Voters with Disabilities in the 2020 General Election and COVID-19 Crisis.

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2020-10-21

Continuing its recognition of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC explores the efforts of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities in its Quick Looks blog; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and NIDILRR host a NDEAM virtual event, Employment Innovation: Improving Work for People with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities publishes article, Getting Back to Work After Covid-19: Lingering Symptoms Present Challenges for Employers and the ADA; Researchers from four Burn Model System Centers co-authored article, "Living well" after burn injury: Using case reports to illustrate significant contributions from the Burn Model Systems (BMS) Research Program, published online in the Journal of Burn Care and Research; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities will host webinar, Intersectionality at Work: Strategies for Navigating Multiple Forms of Discrimination, as part of the Ask Me Anything About Employment Webinar Series; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accommodations for Hiring and Work, including an overview of the Northeast ADA Regional Center's Small Business at Work Toolkit; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers to provide feedback on new factsheets, Irritability, Anger, and Aggression After TBI and Stress Management Strategies for Caregivers; the Department of Labor (DOL) hosts virtual celebration, Building a Future that Works, to celebrate NDEAM.

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2020-10-14

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR releases information regarding the 71 grants funded in Fiscal Year 2020, available through the NIDILRR Program Database; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes new infocomic, Adulting Shorts: An Interview Tale, Part 1 and Part 2, discussing questions that are illegal for an interviewer to ask during a job interview; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the September 2020 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, an analysis of the latest Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; co-investigator for the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System and the Reinventing Yourself After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Project receives 2020 Mulcahey Award for Research in Outcomes Measurement from the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA); the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BHBIMS) offers free virtual adaptive movement and mindfulness class via Zoom; Temple University Research Rehabilitation and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks respondents to a survey on organizational initiatives and community ideas that support civic participation among people with mental illnesses; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department of Education hosts virtual summit, Attract, Prepare, Retain: OSEP National Summit on Improving Effective Personnel for Children with Disabilities.

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2020-10-07

At the end of National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month, NARIC's project director Mark Odum, who has lived with SCI for more than 40 years, reflects on what SCI Awareness means in 2020; this week's Research in Focus explores how burn injury survivors may face racial/ethnic gaps in community integration after injury; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) publishes brief, Technology Use for Social Connectedness: Exploring the Experiences of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Family Members, and professionals; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, American Red Cross Disaster Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement hosts monthly webinar, National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host a series of 4 podcasts and webinars, Virtual Series: Disability Employment - Looking Back and Moving Forward; the Community Living Policy Center hosts webcast, Disability Rights Are Civil Rights: A Conversation on Inclusive Democracy; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) features the Solution Showcase, a video series highlighting workplace accommodations for workers with a variety of disabilities.

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2020-09-30

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