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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!

Virginia Commonwealth University TBI Model System's TBI Today issue on relationship intimacy following TBI; participants sought for survey on the use of voice telecommunications technology among adults with hearing impairments; National Council on Disability releases annual progress report on federal disability policy; Pathways RTC receives 2012 Best Article Award from the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work; Webinar: Service Animals Under the FHA and the ADA, presented by Northwest ADA National Network Center; Southeast ADA National Network Center to air third episode of the free radio program ADA Live! Accessible Meetings and Events.

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Spread diabetes awareness during American Diabetes Month through the American Diabetes Association's Day in the Life of Diabetes Campaign -- nearly 100 related documents available from NARIC; new SCI Grand Rounds recording on cardiometabolic component hazards accompanying SCI; participants sought for Wireless RERC survey on the usefulness of Wireless Emergency Alerts; new report from Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council on sports-related concussions in youth; ADA Centers presented with awards from the Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability; special issue of Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education focusing on concepts behind positive psychology, articles of which are available on RRTC-EBP-VR website; completely foldable Morph Wheel developed by Maddak, Inc., RERC, and KT4TT wins Popular Science award; webinar: Promoting Positive Development Among Emerging Adults With Serious Mental Health Conditions.

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Research and resources for veterans with disabilities and their families from NIDRR-funded projects available from NARIC; Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition, a guide developed by Pathways RTC and Youth MOVE National; participants sought for a mini survey on urinary tract infections conducted at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital; applications accepted for the Minorities in Science and Engineering summer internship at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center; Through the Looking Glass announces winners of its 2013 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities; RRTC on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with SCI releases new report on prevention and management of secondary conditions in SCI; Webinar: Accessible PDFs Part 2: Tables, Forms, and More, hosted by ADA National Network and Great Lakes ADA Center, with Part 1 being available from the ADA Online Learning archive; three-day webcast series featuring the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Center hosted by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation.

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National Family Caregivers Month, collection of resources for family caregivers available from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services; TATE toolkit, a set of resources to teach the use of AT for cognition to people with brain injuries; proceedings published of Pathways RTC's 2013 State of the Science Conference: Improving Outcomes for Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions; Managing Someone Else's Money, four guides for financial caregivers, available from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau; results of survey study on pain, fatigue, and depression in persons with SCI published by RRTC on Aging with Physical Disabilities; Virginia Commonwealth Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center project director receives Innovations in Treatment Award from the North American Brain Injury Society; research from the RRTC on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities highlighted in recent issue of Bloomberg BNA Employment Discrimination Report; RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (NRTC) to host State of the Science Conference in April 2014.

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US Department of Labor ODEP on workplace safety for people remaining employed past the age of 65, and documents from the NARIC collection on aging and workplace accommodations; Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center introduces newsletter, SCI on Rancho; participants sought for a program pairing blind college students with mentors in their career fields who are also blind; materials available from the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center); eBook on financing long-terms wervices for seniors and individuals with disabilities available from IOM Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence; ARRT Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation fellow named director at the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata, India; Report from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics shows a higher percentage of employed people with disabilities compared to last year; ADA National Network presents webinar on veterans and service animals.

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month; NARIC's collection of informational material on Down Syndrome; video exploring employment after SCI; participants sought for survey on exercise and SCI; Senate HELP Committee report, Transforming the American Work Force as the ADA Generation Comes of Age, released; director of NIDRR-funded NNJTBIS interviewed by local TV stations during consumer conference on TBI; work of NIDRR-funded VCU ASD Career Links highlighted in Wall Street Journal article on its program helping students with ASD find employment; presentation of NIDRR funded research on improving health care access for people with disabilities at the National Home & Community Based Services Conference.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month; fall prevention factsheet for seniors with a physical disability; practitioners in community rehabilitation settings sought as participants in a survey of the use and value of evidence-based practice (EBP); ODEP offers the Soft Skills to Pay the Bills video series and discussion guide; NIDRR grantee study explores employer attitudes toward people with visual impairments; rehabilitation outcomes measures featured at meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society; MSRRTC article on MS and workplace accommodations in Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation; registration for Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics.

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Resources from NIDRR-funded projects focusing on SCI featured in observation of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month; Managing Pain After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) added to MSKTC Hot Topic Module Series; participants with SCI sought for survey collecting information to be used in the NWRSCIS Tips from the Wheel World series and newsletter; A Better Botttom Line: Employing People With Disabilities from the National Governors Association; quarterly Grand Rounds focusing on SCI and co-occurring TBI, available in video and PDF formats; Southeast ADA Center launches montly Internet radio program ADA Live!; director of NIDRR-funded project receives 2013 Clinical  Biomechanics Award;  NNJTBIS-hosted consumer conference: Brain Injury: The Challenge of Change.

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In observation of Hispanic Heritage Month, studies on access to and utilization of services for people with disabilities in different ethnic groups are highlighted; ADA Quick Tips factsheet on service to customers with disabilities; participants with SCI sought for input on factsheets on bladder and bowel health, driving, and knowledge of SCI; community-edited accessible playgrounds database debuted on NPR website; Stats RRTC's September Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE); self-management support intervention to study barries to health access for rural Americans; webinar on creating accessible PDF documents; webinar: ADA and territorial laws and policies in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Resources for seniors in observation of Healthy Aging Month; two new SCI Forum Videos from Northwest Regional SCI System Center; participants sought for survey on cholesterol and SCI; webcast: Technology and Health: Aging Safely and More Independently; grantee giving presentation on Web accessibility as part of FCC Speaker Series; service dogs in the workplace topic of interview in Huffington Post; webcast: Building Blocks for Accessible Healthcare; webcast: AQASR, a document and checklist designed to help assess the strengths and weaknesses of systematic reviews.

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