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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!

NARIC offers information and referral services in Spanish; NIDRR-funded AbleData project releases consumer guide for choosing AT products; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center seeks veterans with TBI for study of health information needs; Federal Communications Commission Accessibility & Innovation Initiative to host presentation on innovations in voting accessibility March 11th; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded projects Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism and Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to receive the 2014 Eden Autism Services' Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NYBIMS) featured in recent issue of Good Housekeeping; TBI research from several NIDRR-funded TBI Model System Centers is the focus of articles in the October 2013 issues of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Independent Living to host March 5th seminar on a tool for measuring usability of community sites.

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NARIC adds 250 items to its collection each month, advertised in its free alert, REHABDATA Connection; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSICS) posts two exercise videos from its SCI Forum series; Rocky Mountain ADA Center seeks participants for its survey on the impact of access to transportation on social opportunities for individuals with disabilities; the Military Families Learning Network posts 80-minute webinar on identifying needs for and locating assistive and cognitive support technologies; New England ADA Center posts YouTube video, Laugh and Learn: A Panel Discussion Featuring Comedians with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes publishes article featuring its Rehabilitation Measures Database in January issue of APMR; the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center seeks applicants for its one-year $3,000 DeVivo Mentored Research Award; PathwaysRTC to host webinar: Youth Advocate for Youth - The Next Transition.

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NARIC to exhibit at the 94th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference and Expo in April; NIDRR-funded ADA National Network launches new, user-friendly national website; NIDRR-funded RERC UD seeking home modification practitioners for an online survey; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the NIH offers family health guides for the African American, American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino communities; NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center to host webinar on how to design and deliver an accessible webinar; NIDRR-funded Mobility RERC publishes State of the Science Conference Proceedings in November 2013 issue of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology; NIDRR-funded StatsRRTCand IC-RRTC release a special edition of the Trends in Disability Employment (TID) National Update; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded RERC UD guest blogger discussing universal design on the official blog of

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News and Notes is 100 issues old, with over 700 news stories from the NIDRR community available in a searchable archive on the NARIC website; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) releases Employment After Burn Injury Hot Topic Module; EPRRTC publishes article, New Research on Disability in the Workplace, in Ability Magazine; Webinar: Immigration and Refugee Resources for Older Adults and People with Disabilities presented on February 11th; presentations from the 2012 Interagency Conference on Aging with Disability published in Aging with Disability: Demographic, Social, and Policy Considerations; RERC-ACT to host the 2014 International Conference on Smart Homes, Assistive Technology, and Health Telematics (ICOST 2014); principal investigator of NY-TBI-MS interviewed in the New York Daily News regarding risks, symptoms, and treatments for TBI.

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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month, in observation of which the NARIC collection can be searched for extensive publications on blindness and low vision; Presentations from Conference on Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in People After SCI; caregivers of individuals with TBI sought for survey regarding their health information needs; free web guide called I Have Alzheimer's Disease launched by the Alzheimer's Association; several NIDRR researchers contribute to a new World Health Organization report on SCI; NIDRR-funded Charmtech Labs exhibits Capti, a cross-platform application providing universal access to digital content, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES '14); multiple Tech4POD presentations and exhibits offered at  the 2013 meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine; Southeast ADA National Network Regional Center's monthly ADA Live! webcast series features service animals.

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NARIC offers articles on telework as a reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities; proceedings from the 2013 State of the Science Meeting on Policy and Employment for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities; expert participants sought for online survey on technology use among people with cognitive disabilities; Physician's Guide to Assisting Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy in Transition to Adult Healthcare released; researchers from NIDRR-funded TBI projects receive awards from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; research from NIDRR-funded Wireless RERC among Top Ten Alerting Stories of 2013 in Emergency Management; NIDRR fellow receives award from the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Career Development and Transition; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities announces 2014 Webcast Series.

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NARIC's website, Twitter feed in English and Spanish, and Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest pages; four-module course on outcome measurement from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes; participants sought for shoulder pain prevention study at the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center; report from the Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue on federal legislative and regulatory barriers to transition outcomes for youth with disabilities; Think College receives award from the National Down Syndrome Society; researcher at the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center featured in article in The New York Times Magazine; December TIDE report of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released from StatsRRTC; Webcast: Neuroregenerative Properties of Dental Pulp Cells and their use in promoting neurorecovery for people with SCI.

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First News and Notes issue of 2014; information about visitability, a design approach integrating basic accessibility features into all newly built dwellings, available from the NARIC collection; Annual Disability Statistics Compendium available from NIDRR-funded StatsRRTC; participants with burn injuries sought for survey conducted by the Northwest Regional Burn Model System; workshop, Hearing Loss and Healthy Hearing, hosted by the Institute on Medicine and the National Research Council; development by NIDRR-funded project on Classification and Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Interventions of a rehabilitation treatment taxonomy (RTT) featured in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMJ); video from highlights NIDRR-funded research on pediatric traumatic brain injury; NIDRR-funded researcher discusses the concept of visitability and the impact of non-visitable homes on wheelchair users in interview by; treatment of common types of chronic pain in SCI patients topic of Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center SCI Forum, Managing Chronic Pain, January 14th.   

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Reader input on News and Notes requested; Wireless RERC releases research brief on cellphone Internet use by people with disabilities; volunteers with SCI sought for study about daily physical activities and history of respiratory health; "Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work," a YouTube video from the SSA about services offered through the Ticket to Work program; staff from NIDRR-funded Pathways RTC to serve as guest editors of 2014 issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research (JBHS&R); free national radio program "ADA Live! Effective Communication" airs the first Wednesday of every month; State of the Science Conference: Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap, April 8th and 9th in Bethesda, MD.

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Advice on keeping warm in winter from Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System's Tips from the Wheel World series; publication from NIDRR-funded Transitions RTC outlines federal programs that can improve career outcomes for youth with mental health conditions; RRTC-EBP-VR piloting community of practice (CoP) on bridging the gap between research and practice in vocational rehabilitation; free online training module from the Department of Defense on providing computer/electronic accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing users; foldable Morph Wheels for manual wheelchairs, developed with NIDRR funding, wins Design of the Year award from the London Design Museum; Wireless RERC selects software developers for its App Factory; StatsRRTC releases its November Trends in Disability Employment report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; webcast: Using Client Centered Practice and Patient-Reported Outcomes, hosted by Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes. 

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