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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!

At back-to-school time, NARIC provides information for professionals seeking continuing education credits in its Resource Highlight, Events, and Spotlight blog; Research in Focus discusses health consequences following wheelchair breakdowns; the VR-ROI Project: Estimating Return on Investment (ROI) in State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs publishes Return on Investment in Vocational Rehabilitation: A Primer; Paul Wehman, PhD, principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects on employment, receives Distinguished Scholarship Reward from Virginia Commonwealth University in recognition of his research in employment for people with disabilities; principal investigator of Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) receives Excellence Reward from the American Paraplegia Society and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP); Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts ADA Live! webcast series episode, Supported Decision-Making (SDM) and Conservatorship; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Federal Facilities & the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standard - A Refresher; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor releases official poster for the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

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2018-08-29

NARIC's Spotlight blog features NIDILRR-funded research and other resources in disability statistics, demographics, and geography; registration is open for NIDILRR's 40th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC; Research in Focus looks at a community-based behavioral support program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health conditions; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery offers a Solution Suite for Health and Recovery; co-principal investigator of the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System of TIRR to receive the William Fields Caveness Award from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA); the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Embracing Accessibility in the Whole Organization: New Approaches and Resources; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases Prevalence of Disabilities and Health Care Access by Disability Status and Type Among Adults -- United States, 2016 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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2018-08-22

NARIC's Spotlight Blog features research and resources on accessibility from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), signed into law 50 years ago this month; new guideline for managing disorders of consciousness, partly funded by NIDILRR, was published in journals Neurology and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Research in Focus discusses strains caused by balancing work and family and their effect on caregivers of children with behavioral health disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) creates toolkit, Building an Online Presence: Using Online Media to Promote Community Inclusion; Dr. Miele from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities was interviewed on future use of Braille on The World in Words podcast from Public Radio International; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) highlights State of the Science posters from RESNA conference on its RERConAAC Twitter feed; Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center seeks Brand Ambassadors to represent the Center; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts State of the Science Track at the Fall 2018 Conference of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE); the US Access Board marks 50th anniversary of the ABA with celebration at its conference space and via webstream.

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2018-08-15

NARIC offers answers to information requests in the Frequently Asked Questions section on its website, as well as the Answer Queue, If You Liked..., and Research in Brief sections on its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at the link between successful employment and the ability to navigate transportation for people who are blind or visually impaired; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) publishes Impact: Feature Issue on the Direct Support Workforce and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities; according to the Stats RRTC July nTIDE Report, experts remain optimistic about future job gains despite slight declines in employment rates among people with disabilities in the US; research from TBI Model System Centers and other TBI-related projects is featured in the July/August issue of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR); the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) conducts interviews with individuals with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and burn injury, along with caregivers and registered nurses, to better understand health information needs of individuals with these injuries; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Too Much Information: Use of Mental Health Questions in the Bar Licensing Application Process; the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launches ATscale: A Global Partnership for Assistive Technology (AT), along with partners from the US and the international community, with the aim of helping 500 million people get the AT they need by 2030.

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2018-08-08

In the latest Spotlight blog post, NARIC looks back at the origins of REHABDATA Connection, its literature awareness service, as part of the preparations for NIDILRR's 40th Anniversary; NIDILRR Director Jaeger announces the retirement of Ruth Brannon, Director of the Office of Research Services; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes factsheet, Maintenance Guide for Users of Manual and Power Wheelchairs, also available in Spanish; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communicaion (RERC on AAC) announces finalists for its 2018 Student Research and Design Competition; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Getting It Right - An After-Action Report on Major Disasters of 2017-2018; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, Pre-Employment Services in Inclusive Higher Education Settings: The What, Where, and How of Good Collaboration; the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health offers information, also available in Spanish, on Adapting Activities for People with Alzheimer's Disease, providing caregivers information and resources to make a range of activities enjoyable for a person with the disease.

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2018-08-01

NARIC is reviewing milestone publications on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from the NIDILRR community in observance of the 28th anniversary of the signing of the ADA; Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center debuts YouTube Channel featuring short videos about the ADA and accessibility; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center joins Baltimore Orioles in celebration of ADA anniversary; New England ADA Regional Center hosts event, Laugh 'n' Learn - Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 28th Anniversary at the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Voting Rights and Accessible Polling Places, the latest episode in the ADA Live! webcast series; Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State posts video, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Signing Ceremony, July 26, 1990, featuring clips of the ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

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2018-07-25

NARIC offers FAQ article on laws protecting voting rights of people with disabilities, as well as research and resources on access to voting from the NIDILRR community, in observance of National Disability Voter Registration Week; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) publishes manual, Using Social Media to Enhance Community Participation; Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) Centers are highlighted in spring edition of THE Challenge! quarterly magazine of the Brain Injury Association of America; principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded projects on spinal cord injury receives 2018 Goldschmidt Award from MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Open Question & Answer (Q&A), with representatives from the US Access Board answering participants' questions related to accessibility standards and other Board rulemaking; July 2018 issue of Benefits.gov Compass newsletter, published by the Department of Labor (DOL), features A guide to benefits.gov for people with disabilities, as well as resources for disaster preparedness and the launch of the DOL's apprenticeship.gov website.

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2018-07-18

In observance of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, sponsored by the Office of Minority Health (OMH), NARIC's Spotlight blog features work from the NIDILRR research community and elsewhere to address disparities in mental health diagnosis and care among US minority groups; NIDILRR Deputy Director presented at the Korea National Research Institute's International Symposium on Rehabilitation Research, highlighting NIDILRR-funded research in health promotion for people with disabilities; Research In Focus presents research indicating that people with disabilities may offer an untapped pool for volunteer organizations; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities releases report detailing findings from the Family & Individual Needs for Disability Support (FINDS) study; StatsRRTC releases nTIDE June 2018 Jobs Report, noting a modest downturn in job force participation for people with disabilities, following two years of steady gains; researcher from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities is featured in Disabled People in STEM on the Disability Visibility Project podcast; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities to host webcast, Improvement and Use of Social Skills in the Labor Market for People with Physical Disabilities; Social Security Administration (SSA) to host webinar, Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations.

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2018-07-11

NARIC recommends health promotion resources from the NIDILRR community in observance of Men's Health Month; researcher from the project on Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment Through Microenterprise publishes article, Self-employment for people with psychiatric disabilities: Advantages and strategies, in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research; position papers from the WHO Global Research, Innovation, and Education on Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit, at which a co-investigator of the Center on Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitiation Agencies served as co-convenor, have been published in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Disaster Response Efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) seeks vocational rehabilitation managers and supervisors to participate in a study on an online training program designed to enhance their abilities to translate research findings into practice; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) publishes report, Aging and Disability - Beyond Stereotypes to Inclusion: Proceedings of a Workshop.

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2018-06-27

In recognition of the State of Washington's Ride Transit Month and its focus on public transportation options, NARIC highlights resources developed by the NIDILRR grantee community and others to help transportation administrators and advocates in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments releases second edition of A Transportation Guide For Persons Who are Blind or Have Low Vision; study entitled Rehospitalization over 10 years among survivors of TBI: A National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Study, published by several Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers, receives the 2018 Mitchell Rosenthal Award for best scientific publication using data from the TBI Model Systems National Database; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities hosts webinar, Discovering ME: Using a Youth-Focused Discovery Process to Build Customized Work-Based Learning Experiences; the US Department of Transportation (DOT) seeks public comment on amending its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals.

Date sent:
2018-06-20

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