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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!

May is Mental Health Month, NIDRR-funded RRTC on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions has published a guide to planning a successful health fair for people living with mental health disorders; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center offers a knowledge translation rool, Testing Factsheets with Consumers; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities seeking participants with physical disabilities for focus groups as part of study on employment; webcast on vocational rehabilitation, Making the VR Connection, hosted by the Youth Transitions Collaboration and the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS); NIDRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition for May and June; Nancy Chiaravalloti at NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center delivers 63rd Mendel Lecture at Saint Peter's University; Paul Wehman, director of NIDRR-funded Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism: A Replication Study of an Internship Model to Identify Evidence Based Practices, publishes Autism and (un)employment in the Richmond Times Dispatch; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury to host webcast: Ambulation and Secondary Complications After Spinal Cord Injury.

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With May designated Healthy Vision Month, Getting Started kit from VisionAware offers resources to help people who are new to vision loss; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) has released recording of A Peer Navigator Health Promotion Intervention for People with SCI; NIDRR-funded Healthy Aging RRTC has published How to Age Well with Secondary Problems; US Access Board has published new online guides for the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards; NIDRR seeks reviewers for its Field Initiated Program (FIP) competition for May and June 2014; work of the NIDRR-funded project on Classification and Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Interventions featured in March issue of Physical Therapy; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Physiology Benefiting People with Disabilities named to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board; NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center continues its ADA Live series with Emergency Shelter Preparedness: Two Perspectives.

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April is Minority Health Month, articles on health disparities and health promotion from the NIDRR community and other sources available from NARIC; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Prosthetics and Orthotics publishes online education module on quality improvement for prosthetic and orthotic clinicians; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living seeking participants with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers, living in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, to test a health promotion curriculum; Institute of Medicine and National Research Council announce Play It Safe Video Contest, soliciting minute-length videos from youth ages 13 to 22 that promote awareness and treatment of sports-related concussions; NIDRR seeks expert peer reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; study from the recently-completed NIDRR-funded Controlled Study of Venlafaxine XR for Depression After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) examining post-traumatic psychological growth following SCI is published in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine; staff at NIDRR-funded National Center on Parents with Disabilities and their Families contribute two chapters to Disabled Mothers: Stories and Scholarships by and About Mothers with Disabilities; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities to host webcast: A Measure for Studying Successfully Employed People who Use Wheelchairs.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, five NIDRR-funded projects focus on alcohol and substance abuse, and the NARIC document collection includes more than 280 related publications from the NIDRR community; NIDRR-funded AbleData project releases information sheet on options to pay for assistive devices; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center seeks input and ideas on future SCI factsheet topics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Rounds to present webcast on autism spectrum disorder; NIDRR seeks expert peer reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; the NIDRR-funded New England ADA Center and the Institute for Human Centered Design to host art exhibit/poetry slam featuring artists and poets with disabilities; NIDRR-funded StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC releases nTIDE Monthly Update of "first Friday" date from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; NIDRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems to host webinar: Reliability and Error in Measurement Instruments Developed with Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory 

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April is Autism Awareness Month; NARIC staff to bring several publications on autism from the NIDRR grantee community to the World of Possibilities Expo on Saturday, April 12th in Rockville, MD; NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) has published Buddhism and Responses to Disability, Mental Disorders, and Deafness in Asia, a Bibliography; NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Project (ARRT) seeking candidates for a new post-doctoral fellowship program in disability policy research; registration open for 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities, held December 1st-3rd; NIDRR seeks expert peer reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; articles from three NIDRR-funded projects appearing in the April issue of Disability and Health Journal; NIDRR-funded Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders has published review of transition services for youth with autism online in Research on Social Work Practice; fellow with NIDRR-funded ARRT in Pediatric to Adult Transition project awarded Bors Award for Scientific Development; NIDRR-funded Great Lakes and Pacific ADA Centers to host May 22nd webinar: Web Accessibility Analytics and Open Source Tools for Inspecting and Auditing Web Resources for Accessibility.

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NARIC will be in booth 360 at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo in Baltimore, MD, and will give out free passes to the April 12th World of Possibilities Expo in Rockville, MD; NIDRR-funded NWRSCIS has posted Tips for Choosing the Right Wheelchair as part of the SCI Forum Video series; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes is seeking volunteers for an evaluation of its Rehabilitation Measures Database; Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement and National Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning release publication, Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Money and Retirement; NIDRR seeks expert reviewers for its Field Initiated Program competition; principal investigator in NIDRR-funded RRTC on Community Living Policy publishes commentary on improving the provision of long-term services and supports in The Gerontologist; two NIDRR-funded ADA National Network Regional Centers to host the National ADA Symposium 2014 in Denver, CO.

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Publications available from NARIC in observation of National Nutrition Month; NIDRR-funded Wireless RERC releases SUNspot, a newsletter sharing findings from data collection for the Survey of User Needs (SUN) on usability of wireless technology for people with disabilities; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded TEAMM-RERC in recent TED Radio Hour on NPR, titled "Can a prosthetic limb feel?"; National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative assists consumers with disabilities in enrolling for coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces; NIDRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative, partially funded by NIDRR, publishes Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0; principal investigator for several NIDRR SBIR and field-initiated projects receives PitchJam Award for the video modeling self-management app ScanDo; two conferences hosted by NIDRR-funded projects: Arthritis State of the Science Meeting hosted by RRTC-ENACT, and Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap.

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With Spring arriving, NARIC has several publications available on gardening and horticulture; recent webinar, Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness, available in recording or PDF format; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities is collecting examples of workplace accommodations that include assistive technology; FCC accepting nominations for the Third Annual Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility; NIDRR-funded RERC for Prosthetics and Orthotics featured in online magazine Modern Farmer; health fair planning guide available from NIDRR-funded RRTC on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired to host State of the Science Conference on improving employment outcomes for this population.

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The 25th anniversary of The World Wide Web, whose inventor was also funded by NIDRR to develop the Web Accessibility Initiative; NIDRR-funded RRTC-EBP-VR releases a training module, Integrating research into VR Practice; participants with SCI sought for survey of their primary care providers' ability to meet their health care needs; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) releases its First Responders Behavioral Health Mobile App; NIDRR releases its Organization Highlights Report for fiscal year 2013; NIDRR-funded researchers publish study of the impact of self-awareness and depression on self-reported satisfaction with life among individuals with TBI; February Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE) report of  "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released; NIDRR-funded Successful Employment and Quality Work Life After Severe Disability Due to Spinal Cord Injury hosts March 13th webcast.

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Information about Trisomy, including Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome, available from Support Organization for Trisomy (SOFT) as well as NARIC; three webcasts posted by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center seeks adult African American and Latino/Hispanic participants with TBI for survey of health information needs; the National Youth Leadership Network and the Center for Rural Strategies offers training guide on living with disabilities in rural communities; NIDRR-funded research fellow publishes article on service dog use in the workplace in ISRN Rehabilitation; Life Expectancy Tool for individuals with SCI available from NIDRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC); NIDRR-funded National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families to host conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges; NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center to host webinar: The ADA and Religious Institutions.

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