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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!

Resources available from the NARIC collection in observance of National Mentoring Month; new assistive technology (AT) information projects from the AbleData project; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accepting nominations for its Fourth Annual Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility; talking tactile maps, developed by Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multisensory Loss and Touch Graphics, featured in Atlantic CityLab article; two articles from NIDRR-funded model systems among the most popular in the last six months' issues of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center debuts Primary Care Provider Resource website; Great Plains and Southeast ADA Centers to host the ADA National Network's National ADA Symposium.

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Do-it-yourself AT product listings in AbleData project, publications on AT inventions from the NIDRR community and other sources; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) publishes Emphasizing the Positive, summary of interventions to increase happiness in people with spinal cord injuries; University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Research Registry seeks participants with spinal cord injury for various studies; ODEP and LEAD Center releases report, Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work; NIDRR announces it will fund Field Initiated Projects (FIP) applications submitted in fiscal year 2014 rather than publishing the FIP funding opportunity for 2015; RERC on AAC was highlighted in article on Penn State researchers in Centre Daily newspaper; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities announces 2015 webcast series; Northeast ADA Center to host webinar, Exams and Testing, on delivering exams and courses to individuals with disabilities.

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REHABDATA collection now spans more than 60 years of disability and rehabilitation research, with nearly 100,000 abstracts; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) releases Family Leisure Toolkit; Community Toolbox announces Out of the Box Competition honoring innovative approaches to promoting community health in communities worldwide; Tackle football should be off-limits to kids, commentary published by investigator at Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS); nTIDE report highlights job growth for Americans with disabilities; Rory Cooper, PhD, of University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury named Fellow by National Academy of Inventors; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) and Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) host webcast, Inventions that Work - Employment of Cancer Survivors.

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Resources from NIDRR and beyond for individuals pledging to be more fit and active in the new year; webcasts in the Knowledge in Motion Education Series available from New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC) and the Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System Center (S-HSCIMS); participants sought by Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) and Beneficial Designs for survey on technology usability by people with cognitive disabilities; University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Services announces launch of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals; New England ADA Center launches ADA 25 Boston website in celebration of 25th anniversary of the ADA; Boston Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center publishes article examining psychological outcomes of survivors of a local nightclub fire; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities launches YouTube channel featuring interviews with project investigators; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation (KTDRR) hosts webcast on standards for AT funding.

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Summary of News and Notes 2014 highlights and appeal for respondents to News and Notes reader survey; MSKTC releases Vision Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System seeks participants for burn injury treatment study; RESNA and Whirlwind Wheelchair International announce DIY Assistive Technology Design Competition; researcher from Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation featured in YouTube video on brain injury research and rehabilitation; researchers from New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center receive DeVivo Mentored Research Reward; RERC-ACT assistive robot toy featured in article, A toy for Jadyn: Pioneering work in socially assistive robots; VCU-RRTC announces 2015 webcast series covering a range of workplace issues.

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To guide readers for the holidays, NARIC has publications on accessible gifts for children with disabilities; Virginia Commonwealth University TBI Model System Center publishes Fall issue of TBI Today newsletter; Aging RRTC seeks participants for a survey on minorities with SCI; Census Bureau releases new report, Older Americans with a Disability: 2008-2012; director of RTC/CL delivers Presidential Address at American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities annual conference; RERC UD and Touch Graphics publishes article on wayfinding technology in Experiential Graphics Magazine; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC releases nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing more Americans with disabilities finding employment; Northeast ADA Center presenting webinar, ADA: Back to Basics.

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Resources from NARIC in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) offers Engaging Policymakers, online course for researchers; Great Lakes and Southwest ADA Centers seek participants for a survey designed for young adults in post-secondary settings on their experience using AT; United Nations has designated December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD); researcher from Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EPRRTC) interviewed in New York Times article regarding the disclosure of mental disorders to employers; ADA Knowledge Translation Center publishes Community Collaboration Ensures Access to Art for All; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) posts 2014 KT Conference archive; Southeast ADA Center's monthly ADA Live series continues with Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.

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Thanksgiving greetings and reminder of News and Notes survey; RTC/CL releases Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability; TIKTOC seeks participants with SCI for testing of SCI-HARD game; multi-partner campaign, Commit to Inclusion, for including people with disabilities in physical activity, nutrition, and obesity programs and policies; NIDRR hosts presentation, Voting System Interactions for People with Disabilities: Integrating Cloud-Based Accessibility; project director for Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center presents at ISBI 2014; NWRSCIS and University of Washington MSKTC publish systematic review of exercise, SCI, and cardiovascular risk; StatsRRTC to release 2014 Compendium of Disability Statistics on December 3rd, followed by Research-to-Policy Roundtable.

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Short reader survey seeks comments on News and Notes; SCI on Rancho - Fall 2014 newsletter highlights robotic technologies; RRTC-EBP VR seeks VR professionals for survey testing their knowledge of evidence-based practice; National Council on Disability releases 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report; Transitions RTC and Center on Transition to Employment for Youth With Disabilites present webinar, Determined to Succeed - Preparing for POstsecondary Education and Employment; book by investigator at Southeast ADA Center, eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities; Andy Winnegar from Southwest ADA Center interviewed on KRQE regarding accessibility issues in the construction of sidewalks and streets in Albuquerque, NM; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) presents webcast on Healthcare Access and Utilization After SCI.

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opened in DC, publications related to veterans with disabilities available from the NIDRR community and elsewhere; Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System offers videos on exercises for individuals with burn injuries; Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer publishes article: Development of a measure of knowledge use by stakeholders of rehabilitation technology in SAGE Open Medicine; White House and US Department of Health and Human Services launches The 2015 Conference on Aging Website; nTIDE Report shows employment on the rise for people with disabilities; director of Mid-Atlantic ADA center publishes Hospitality, accessibility, and the ADA in; webcast: advantages of an interdisciplinary primary care/spinal cord medicine clinic; webcast: RESNA Catalyst Project and services and resources available through the Statewide Assistive Technology Programs.

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