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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!

Publications available from NARIC and other sources in relation to voting during election week; two reports available from RTC/CL on status of and trends in long-term services and supports for people of intellectual and developmental disabilities; RRTC on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes relaunches discussion forum RehabMeasures for Clinicians; Zero Project publishes the Zero Project 2014: Focus on Accessibility; co-principal investigator of MARS3 is named editor-in-chief for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation; consumer conference held by Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System was featured on WMBC-TV; Wireless RERC to participate in panel at the FCC's Accessible Wireless Emergency Communications Forum; webcast: The ADA and Law Enforcement, focusing on the application for Title II of the ADA in the law enforcement setting.

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Publications on employment available from NARIC as National Disability Employment Awareness Month draws to a close; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation (KTDRR) releases 2014 KT Casebook; TU Collaborative seeks input from religiously-affiliated organizations that welcome individuals with psychiatric disabilities for the purpose of developing a publication guiding other religious communities in this outreach; Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy launches web portal, led by the agency's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT); Lime Lighter, developed by Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology, featured in article about middle-school drummer with visual impairment;  Through the Looking Glass announces winners of its 2014 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities; principal investigator for VCU-RRTC receives award from Foundation for Life Care Planning and Research; webcast: ADA Live - Service Animals.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month: resources from the NARIC collection and elsewhere includes information about self-employment for people with disabilities; RRTC-EBP VR releases research summary of the effect of vocational rehabilitation services on employment outcomes for adults with cerebral palsy; Self-Management Assistance Through Technology (SMART) project seeks wheelchair user input for the development of a smartphone app that guides users through the process of selecting a wheelchair; the American Academy of Neurology offers free magazine Neurology Now for people with neurologic conditions and their caregivers; ENACT releases proceedings from its 2014 Arthritis State of the Science conference; former NIDRR Fellow publishes paper on home visitability for people with disabilities in October APMR; principal investigator of RecTech serves as guest editor of quarterly research digest from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, offering guidelines for promoting inclusive fitness; Northeast ADA Center to host webinar: Section 503, the ADA Amendment Act, and Disability Service Providers.

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Publications from the NIDRR community and other sources in observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month; AbleData project releases two fact sheets on trying AT products before buying and using AT for staying active with a disability; RRTC/CL recruiting human service professionals for study of innovative programs in community-based residential services for adults with disabilities; US Dept of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy releases fact sheet and toolkit on workplace flexibility; RecTech's principal investigator led panel discussion at the recent Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities; Maddak's Morph Wheels foldable wheelchair wheels, developed in collaboration with RERC and and KT4TT, featured in Washington Post article; KTDRR to host the 2014 KT Conference: Effective Media Outreach Strategies.

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Publications available from NARIC in observation of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month; Pathways RTC releases tip sheet, Getting the Most Out of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR); TU Collaborative seeks mental health agencies to partner for study of community living and participation; Families and Work Institute and Society for Human Resource Management publish 2014 National Study of Employers: Including the Talents of Employees with Disabilities; NIDRR seeks visitors to its website for participation in one-hour focus group; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC release September nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; ADA National Network led by Pacific ADA Center offering monthly webinar series on Emergency Management and Preparedness; Transitions RTC hosts webinar, Promoting Successful Transitions for Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions.

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Over 70 active NIDRR-funded research projects highlighted in observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM); latest RRTC-EBP VR quarterly newsletter has articles on motivational interviewing to improve employment outcomes; VCU-RRTC seeks participants with disabilities for focus groups exploring their work experiences; Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law releases report on promoting employment of people with mental illness; AskJAN blog features NIDRR fellow's work on assistance dogs in the workplace; EPM RRTC releases video from its September forum on services and supports promoting employment among workers with disabilities; Southeast ADA Center continues monthly webcast series with The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); EPM RRTC researchers to discuss plans for expanding employment for people with disabilities in webinar hosted by RespectAbility USA.

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September is National Preparedness Month; information available from NARIC on emergency preparedness and disability; TU Collaborative publishes online resource manual, Your College Community; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities recruiting participants for survey; Association of University Centers on Disabilities publishes Grant Writing and Grant Management Tool Kit for Self-Advocates; RTC/CL researcher interviewed about inclusive playgrounds on Al Jazeera America; RRTC-EBP VR research featured in Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation; App Factory project at Wireless RERC releases knowledge mining app for people with print disabilities; webinar: Measure-ABLE - Enhancing Accessible Outcomes Measurement for People with Disabilities.

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NARIC exhibiting at the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference in Crystal City, VA; Healthy Aging RRTC released Living with a Neurological Condition or Injury: The Power of Social Support; RRTC-EBP VR invites vocational rehabilitation practitioners to join a community of practice focusing on motivational interviewing (MI) and individual placement and support (IPS); WebAIM released the results of its 2014 survey of web accessibility practitioners; Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation has published study on the impact of cultural diversity in brain injury rehabilitation in June issue of NeuroRehabilitation; project on Access to Electronic and Personal Health Records highlighted in Healthy Designs issue of User Experience; Great Plains ADA Center focus in first issue of Regional Success Stories, new series highlighting the achievements of the 10 ADA National Network Centers; Great Lakes ADA Center hosts webinar, Android is Accessible. Really.

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September designated National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, over 40 NIDRR-funded projects focused on SCI; Wireless RERC releases SUNspot research brief on wireless device modifications by adults with disabilities; University of Alabama SCIMS seeks participants for study on women with SCI during pregnancy, labor, and delivery; White House announces call to nominate Champions of Change in the area of disability employment; NIDRR seeks recent visitors to its website for focus group; Northern New Jersey SCIS publishes report examining the impact of race and ethnicity in SCI; Rory Cooper, associate director of University of Pittsburgh Model Center on SCI featured in PN/Paraplegia News; online KTER State of the Science Conference: Knowledge Translation for Employment Research

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Statistics on people in the US living with SCI; information from NWRSCIS on managing chronic pain following SCI; parents of children with TBI sought for study assessing a web-based intervention for youth with TBI; Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification presents The Art of Rehabilitation Counseling video; NIDRR seeks visitors to its website for participation in focus group; NNJSCIS publishes study linking built environment and community participation for adults with disabilities; Mid-Atlantic ADA Center discusses accessibility and the DC music scene on the Bandwidth blog on NPR station WAMU; Southeast ADA Center continues its monthly ADA Live Series with Web Accessibility.

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