Search News & Notes

News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond Archive

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's Spotlight blog post takes readers through three paths to browse, explore, and dig deeper into NARIC's publications and databases; Research in Focus discusses how, for people with TBI, online socializing may help staying connected with their community, online and offline; the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center releases video series, Mission Possible: Emotional Wellness after TBI; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts next episode of ADA Live!, The ADA Then and Now, Celebrate the ADA's 30th Anniversary with the Honorable Tony Coelho; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Geographic Distribution of Accessible Medicaid Participating Primary Care Offices in LA County; the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (UPM-SCI) seeks wheelchair-using participants for two studies, Web-Based Maintenance Training, testing a free, web-based wheelchair maintenance program, and Equity and Assistive Technology for Individuals with SCI, testing an app tracking wheelchair breakdowns, recording repair information, and tracking distances traveled; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) hosts webinar, Addressing Social Isolation Through Technology Solutions.

Date sent:
2020-06-24

In observance of the anniversary of Olmsted vs. L.C., NARIC offers information on NIDILRR-funded projects conducting research and developing activities that support community living for people with disabilities; Research in Focus finds that ex-offenders with disabilities may experience racial gaps in employment and earnings; the Community Living Policy Center releases two policy briefs, Short-Term Money Follows the Person Extensions Resulted in a Significant Drop in State Efforts to Transition People Out of Institutions and Unaffordable, Inadequate, and Dangerous: Housing Disparities for People with Disabilities in the US; principal investigator for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center was interviewed for the June 2020 episode of RehabCast, the podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) presents webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update, also livestreamed on Facebook; the Center for Research Training and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts webinar, Do We Need More Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) in Dementia Caregiving? An Analysis of 595 Unique Studies, the first in the center's Scholarship Series; the ADA National Network hosts Twitter chat on Olmstead and the history of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks participants for a field test of 4to24, an app for youth with blindnes or visual impairment and their parents; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health releases its Strategic Plan for Research, providing a framework for advancing research priorities that support the Institute's mission to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, leading to prevention, recovery, and cure.

Date sent:
2020-06-17

In observance of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness month, NARIC offers information resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with PTSD find support and treatment in their community; Research in Focus discusses the role of resilience for helping people with physical disabilities stay employed; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) develop a series of social media videos on COVID-19 and disability; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and  Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, showing increases in key employment numbers for Americans with disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Healthcare Accessibility Resource Roadmap, showing how the ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities to people with drug and alcohol addictions during recovery and treatment; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities (CVU-RRTC-EP) hosts webcast, Key Disability Employment Terms - Frequent Phrases Employers Should Know; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks participants for survey on using wireless technology to create and maintain social connections for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes four articles offering guidance and resources on COVID-19 for people with disabilities, families and caregivers, and professionals supporting community participation; articles included in People Who Need Extra Precautions - Others at Risk.

Date sent:
2020-06-10

In observance of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month organized by the American Migraine Foundation, the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has factsheet on Headaches After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), also available in graphic form, TBI and Headaches Infocomic; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Improving the Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC) publishes guidance for employers and for employees who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or Deaf/Blind working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic; the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers (TBIMS), in collaboration with the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Evidence and Practice Committee (ACRM EPC), publish position statement, Minimum Competency Recommendations for Programs that Provide Rehabilitation Services for People with Consciousness Disorders, in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM RRTC) hosts webinar, nTIDE Lunch & Learn, discussing the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Integrating the Access and Functional Needs Coordinator Role into Your Emergency Operations Center; the Community Living Policy Center hosts webinar, Long-Term Services and Supports Coordinator: A Promising Practice to Advance Independent Living Philosophy and Recovery Principles Within Integrated Care, about the establishment of a Long-Term Services and Supports (LTS) Coordinator in the Massachusetts OneCare Program; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks clinicians to provide feedback on a new factsheet, Outpatient Pain Management for Burn Survivors; the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is conducting an Inclusive Design Challenge seeking innovative technology and design solutions that enable people with disabilities to use automated vehicles.

Date sent:
2020-06-03

NARIC mourns principal investigator Chuck Graham of the Great Plains ADA Regional Center; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) publishes two Covid-19-related new tip sheets, on working from home and finishing college classes during the pandemic; Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center publishes article on voting rights for people with disabilities online in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) publishes report, National Trends in Disabilities Employment (nTIDE) workers with Disabilities in the COVID Economy, discussed in special edition of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) will host webinar, Using Video to Translate and Promote Research: Technical Aspects of Shooting Video; the Southest ADA Regional Center will host next episode of ADA Live!, History and the Future of Disability Rights: A Conversation with Judy Heumann; the Southeast ADA Regional Center encourages people with disabilities and their families and service providers to share a moment when they were grateful for the ADA by tagging it #ThanksToTheADA on a social media platform; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) hosts national web conference, The Role of Telehealth to Increase Access to Care and Improve Healthcare Quality.

Date sent:
2020-05-27

In observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21st, NARIC features research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere about building an inclusive digital world in its Spotlight blog; project INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services publishes two new research briefs on opioid use and opioid use disorder; two researchers at the South Florida Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Center publish article on hurricane prepareness for individuals with spinal cord injury in the journal Spinal Cord Series and Cases; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and the Great Plains ADA Regional Center co-host ADA Online 2020, a series of webinar presentations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), representing a scaled-down version of the 2020 National ADA Symposium, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inclusion Confusion: What Is the Self-ID Form and Why Is It Important? discussing the differences between self-identification and self-disclosure; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the Southeast ADA Regional Center and the Pacific ADA Regional Center to host webinar, The Power of Plain Language: Connect and Reach Across the Web; the Northeast ADA Regional Center to present webinar, Small Business at Work: A Toolkit to Help Small Businesses Leverage the Talents of People with Disabilities; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support of People with Disabilities Across the Life Course seeks participants for a community survey of issues related to the current coronavirus pandemic; the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Program hosts webinar, Working from Home with Ticket to Work, as part of its Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE).

Date sent:
2020-05-20

In observance of Mental Health Month, this year's theme of which is Tools 2 Thrive, NARIC looks at examples of these tools developed by the NIDILRR grantee community in its Spotlight blog; the Community Life Engagement (CLE) Toolkit was developed to help service providers develop supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders (I/DD) to participate in their communities outside employment; former NIDILRR Switzer fellow and co-investigator for the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center Dawn Neumann, PhD, to receive the Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; the Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities hosts webinar, What Employers Should Expect from a Vocational Rehabilitation Program; the project Connecting Practices to Outcomes: Lessons from the Federal Sector Workplace presents webinar, Connecting Agency Practices to Federal Disability Discrimination Complaints; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the Southwest ADA Regional Center will host webinar, Food Service Providers and the ADA; the Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center seeks participants for study to test group psychological health program for women with spinal cord injury (SCI); the US Access Board publishes three technical bulletins on the accessibility of toilet rooms, bathing rooms, and drinking fountains.

Date sent:
2020-05-13

In observance of Older Americans month, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-supported research projects on the independence and community participation of seniors in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus examines experiences of Latina family caregivers supporting young adults with disabilities in transition; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities and the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes publish new videos for their series on the Seven Principles of Universal Design; the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BH-BIMS) publishes article, COVID-19 pandemic and the burn survivor community: A call for action; principal investigator of project on Language and Literacy Outcomes of Pre-School Children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to receive the Pediatric Rehabilitation Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) to host next episode of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar series; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Network Learning Session: Using the California Power Safety Power Outages for Inclusive Emergency Planning; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Technology Landscape for Applicants and Employees who are Blind or Experiencing Vision Loss; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness seeks participants for study on social connections among people with mental illness; US Government official benefits website, Benefits.gov, launched in 2002 by the Department of Labor, is subject of webinar held by the Federal Depository Library Program, Navigating Benefits.gov: A Resource for Community Advocates.

Date sent:
2020-05-06

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)?

Date sent:
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.

Date sent:
2020-04-22

Pages