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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 Falls Prevention Awareness Week, NARIC shares resources on falls and falls prevention from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center launches new online course, Readily Achievable Barrier Removal for Small Business, examining how small business owners can address self-site evaluations under readily achievable architectural and communication barrier removal; the New England ADA Regional Center releases article, How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses addiction and recovery, published in the magazine Advances in Addiction and Recovery; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Voting in the COVID-19 Era; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) hosts First Annual Disability Health Symposium: Interdisciplinary Research to Facilitate Solutions; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation hosts the Minnesota Gathering for Person-Centered Practices, a person-centered virtual event bringing together nationally recognized speakers, practitioners of person-centered practices, and real-world families coping with COVID-19 restrictions; the Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction seeks participants for study of Intravesical Probiotic (Lactobacillus) for Urinary Symptoms Among People with Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Who Use Indwelling Catheters; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the US Department of Education publishes two infographics, OSEP Fast Facts: Black or African American Children with Disabilities and OSEP Fast Facts: American Indian or Alaska Native Children with Disabilities.

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2020-09-23

In observance of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, NARIC presents new and existing tools from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere to help readers with spinal cord injury and their families and care teams on the journey to living, learning, and working with SCI; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities releases two webinars on return-to-work for employees with disabilities, Accommodations & Return to Work Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic and Enabling Work Accommodations as an Essential Element of the Return-to-Work Process; two researchers from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery publish article, The Importance of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic, in the journal Psychiatric Services; principal investigator at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision is awarded the John H. McAulay Award from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired; NIDILRR-funded resources, included 40-some items from the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative), are featured in the knowledgebase at SMI Adviser, knowledge translation center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities hosts Successful Business Practices State of the Science Conference; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts #KTDRR20 - Virtual Knowledge Translation Conference: Social Media Strategies for Knowledge Translation; the US Access Board hosts its bimonthly meeting, featuring presentations from NIDILRR representatives and researchers discussing current research to advance accessibility and technology for people with disabilities.

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2020-09-16

NARIC will attend the ADAcon-Virtual, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Virtual Conference hosted by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center, with a virtual booth, tools to chat with people, and a digital literature rack with NIDILRR grantee publications; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes research brief, America at a Glance: Social Isolation and Loneliness During the First Wave of COVID-19; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) releases the August 2020 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, showing marginal increases in key employment numbers for Americans with and without disabilities; researcher from Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) to receive the Ernest Bors MD Award for Scientific Development from the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities to host two-part webcast, How to Be an Influencer in Your Company for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Moving the Needle on Disability Employment, highlighting practical strategies and innovative approaches for increasing the hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities; the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) at the Department of Education releases update of A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.

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2020-09-09

NARIC staff discuss their following of the research of NIDILRR grantees in their latest Spotlight blog post; the topic of Research in Focus is the removal of pedestrian access barriers, required by the ADA, which many local governments have yet to complete; the Model Systems Knowledge Transaction Center (MSKTC) releases narrated slideshow, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); principal investigator  of the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) was interviewed for podcast, From Research to Reality: Improving Outcomes for People with Traumatic Brain Injury, part of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington Brain Injury Today series; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Back to School and Virtual Accessibility; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign: An Innovative Community-Based Approach to Disaster Preparedness; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Criminal Justice and the ADA, reviewing how the ADA has been applied to a range of situations including interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities, effective communication with correctional facilities, solitary confinement and the ADA, and the ADA's role in prisoner release from custody; the Centers for Medicate & Medicaid Services (CMS) issue joint information bulletin, Living at Home in Rural America: Improving Accessibility for Older Adults and People with Disability, produced with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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2020-09-02

NARIC publishes examples of NIDILRR researchers' use of visual methods to share information in its blog to help readers use these innovative tools to share research with their communities; NIDILRR announces its plan for releasing grant forecasts and funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for Fiscal Year 2021; Research in Focus looks at some early signs of consciousness in people recovering from stroke or traumatic brain injury; the Northwest ADA Regional Center and the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center publish factsheet, Accessibility at Drive-Thru Medical Sites; the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center publishes research brief, Digital Access and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), framing digital accessibility as an issue for businesses, agencies, and organizations considered public entities under the ADA; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts virtual Town Hall: Family Caregivers and COVID-19, highlighting the Center's recent finding that family caregivers are being more negatively impacted by the pandemic than their non-caregiver counterparts; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts two-part webinar, Using the ADA and ABA Standards Series: Chapter 8 - Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements, Part 1 and Part 2; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families (NRCPD) seeks essay or video submissions from parents with disabilities who are willing to share their experiences about barriers that they face; the US Department of Health and Human Services releases its Healthy People 2030 framework, establishing public health priorities that help individuals, organizations, and communities improve the health and well-being of the nation.

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2020-08-26

Five months into staff working from home due to COVID-19, NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community to help with telework and staying socially connected and mentally healthy in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes research brief, America at a Glance: COVID-19 and Disability in Rural Areas; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) releases video, Meet Pepper, a Socially Assistive Robot to Provide Respite for Caregivers of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, where the humanoid robot teaches how to do a fist bump, reads a story, and plays a game; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts webinar, nTIDE COVID-19 Update - August, offering latest perspectives on the implications of COVID-19 for employment of people with disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, COVID-19 and the ADA: Implications for Title II and Post-Secondary Education; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforcing Disability Rights Authorities; the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai (NY-TBI-MS) seeks participants over the age of 18 with TBI for a survey to measure the impact of COVID-19 on the health, well-being, and mental health of individuals with TBI; 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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2020-08-19

In anticipation of back to school, NARIC has gathered resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help this school year be a successful one for all students; the project on Self-Management Assistance Through Technology (SMART) - Virtual Coaches for Wheelchair Users releases app, My Wheelchair Guide; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RRTC/PICL) publishes 9th edition of Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities, released in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ADA; the New England ADA Regional Center hosts two-part webinar, Addiction and Recovery Workshop During Covid-19 - Part 1 and Part 2; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Planning for Pedestrians with Disabilities: Sharing Successes and Gaps from ADA Transition Plans Around the US, discussing transition plans to identify and remove barriers in sidewalks and intersections, as required by the ADA; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) hosts lecture and webcast, Getting More Out of Less: Increasing the Signal to Noise Ratio in the Spinal Cord, part of the Knowledge in Motion lecture series, where presenters will discuss how the  inhibitory/excitatory balance in the spinal cord is disrupted in spinal cord injuries; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks people 18 years old or older with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers to provide feedback on a factsheet, Cognitive Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury; also recruited are people 18 years old or older with burn injuries and their caregivers to provide feedback on the MSKTC factsheet Sexuality and Intimacy; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosts two-part webinar series on creating effective, accessible communications throughout the disaster cycle, Effective ACCESSIBLE Communications. Part 1 will discuss plain language writing and use of virtual platforms, while Part 2 will provide resources for print, television, and radio communication strategies.

Date sent:
2020-08-12

In observance of the ADA Anniversary month, NARIC publishes information about Title IV - Telecommunications and Title V - Miscellaneous Provisions, the last two titles of the ADA, with research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhwere in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes Community Assessment for Accessible Rural Events (CAARE) Toolkit; LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function announces the winners for their 2020 Student App Challenge, apps to be used within assistive and accessibility spaces; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Supporting Youth Peers During COVID-19; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA Perspectives on Emergency Management, COVID-19, and People with Disabilities; Research and Education to Support the Science of Independent Living for Inclusion and Engagement: National Center of Excellence Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RESILIENCE RRTC) is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowship program focusing on implementation science research; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks input via email from stakeholders on the new Strategic Framework for Action: State Opportunities to Integrate Services and Improve Outcomes for Older Adults and People with Disabilities.

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2020-07-29

In continuing observance of the ADA Anniversary Month, NARIC lists research and resources on Title III of the ADA, nondiscrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and in commercial facilities, including digital accessibility, in its Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus looks at improving working conditions and benefits of Direct Support Professionals to improve services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; the Americans with Disabilities Act Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA PARC) Advancing Participation Equity for People with Disabilities releases video, The Right to Live in the Community: A Long Journey for People with Disabilities; WayFinder, app developed by AbleLink Technologies, Inc., is featured in news story, New App Makes Mass Transit Accessible to People with Cognitive Disabilities, in Streetsblog USA; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Digital Accessibility: What Have We Learned and What Does the Future Hold?; project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webcast, Customized Employment Topics: Information Interviewing; the Livewell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function opens its 2020-2021 annual App Factory Grant Competition, focusing on mobile health (mHealth) and mobile rehabilitation (mRehab); the US Access Board will host a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ADA with a virtual public meeting.

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2020-07-20

In its continued recognition of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight Blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Persons with Physical Disabilities releases video, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Chronic Pain: Expanding Access via Telehealth; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) reports on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on medical and support services for people with disabilities in results from a national survey of Centers for Independent Living (CIL); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms, covering features and considerations for ensuring access to virtual meeting platforms based on Section 508 Standards; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Physical Access in Health Care, providing an overview of physical access requirements under the ADA for different types of health care facilities; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) seeks participants for the Sequences of Employment and Education Study (SEED Study), open to persons age 16 to 25 with mental health conditions who have lived experience in foster care. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee at the Department of Health and Human Services releases its 2019 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, addressing topics including screening and diagnosis, biology, risk factors, interventions, services, lifespan issues, and infrastructure surveillance.

Date sent:
2020-07-15

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