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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 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (#DDAwareness19), NARIC highlights research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; mothers with physical disabilities share strategies to care for their young children in this week's Research in Focus; the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Center on Customized Employment publishes Customized Employment Case Study #3: Betsy's Case Study, highlighting the discovery phase of customized employment, focusing on the job seeker's strengths; researchers from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) receive the 2019 Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research from the CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Recovery After Disasters and Individuals with Disabilities - What We Know and What We Do Not; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts the March session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, including the first of a three-part series on Disability in Media and the Arts; the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the Department of Labor (DOL) releases report, Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics - 2018, showing positive increases in employment numbers for U.S. workers with disabilities.

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2019-03-06

In observance of International Rare Disease Day, NARIC has resources, from NIDILRR grantees and elsewhere to help bridge gaps in the coordination of services to overcome the challenges of living with a rare disorder; Research in Focus features parents of children with autism sharing their experience with programs and services offered under the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waivers program; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) publishes Conversations About Intimacy and Sexuality: A Training Toolkit Using Motivational Interviewing (MI); research from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) is featured in Phones still aren't quite right for people with disabilities in online magazine Futurity; NIDILRR Switzer Fellow receives 2019 Early Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society (INS); the Southwest ADA Regional Center hosts Episode 66 of the ADA Live! webcast, Theme Parks and Accessibility, including a discussion on navigating Tennessee's Dollywood theme park; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging-in-Place with Long-Term Disability (RERC TechSAge) seeks participants for interview study on everyday challenges faced by Deaf/hard-of-hearing seniors as they age; the World Health Organization (WHO) declares March 3rd as World Hearing Day, focusing on hearing loss screening, including the release of HearWHO, a free app for checking hearing and practicing safe listening.

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2019-02-27

NARIC celebrates the publication of the 350th issue its News and Notes newsletter, launched seven years ago and highlighting resources, events, and achievements of the NIDILRR grantee community; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) publishes Pathways Comics, created by and for young adults with serious mental health conditions and people who care about them; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) co-host two-day event, featuring State of the Science presentations on health insurance and employment among people with disabilities as well as the StatsRRTC's web-based tool, 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; the Great Plains ADA Regional Center to host the National ADA Symposium, June 16th-19th in Grapevine, TX; the Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) to host lecture and webcast, Understanding the Spectrum of Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD); the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center, an online database and resource collection of information on mental health and substance use disorders.

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2019-02-20

In observance of Valentine's Day, NARIC has gathered resources and research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog to help support in building positive relationships; Research in Focus discusses findings that growing up with parents with disabilities can be a positive experience; the University of Wisconsin Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) publishes latest issue of its newsletter, TBI Model System Updates, focusing on TBI and relationships; principal investigator for Innovation in Disability Empowerment and Service Delivery, research director for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center from Cloud to Smartphone - Accessible and Empowering Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and co-director for Promoting Independence and Self-Management Using mHealth, is featured in the APMR January 2019 RehabCast; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Overview of Systematic Review and Research Synthesis; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The ADA, Businesses, and Barrier Removal: What Are the Requirements?; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) hosts 2019 Student Research and Design Competition; the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) will host a series of virtual and in-person meetings to discuss their 2019 report to the President.

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2019-02-13

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded research on blindness and low vision in observance of Low Vision Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Eye Institute; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for upcoming competitions beginning in Spring of 2019; Research in Focus looks at factors associated with recovery and return to community participation of people with serious mental illnesses; the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center publishes wellness issue of its newsletter SCI on Rancho; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes article on rural people with disabilities recovering from the recession in online magazine The Conversation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publish the January National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report, showing job numbers for Americans with disabilities holding steady; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Getting on Track to Employment & Self-Sufficiency: Key Drivers of Inclusive Career Pathways; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts training workshop, Outreach to Policymakers; the Rehabilitation Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) seeks rehabilitation clinicians and practitioners for a survey, Clinician perspectives on mobile rehabilitation (mRehab) interventions and technologies; National Eye Institute's National Eye Health Education Program publishes low-vision resources in honor of Low Vision Awareness Month.

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2019-02-06

Readers can explore NARIC's collection of journal articles, of which the 80,000th was added this month, as well as textbooks and consumer information products by signing up for the REHABDATA Connection monthly email alert service; NIDILRR publishes a new Long-Range Plan for 2018-2023, presenting a five-year agenda to advance applied disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research; Research in Focus looks at perceived benefits, risks, and recommendations for the future of the use of robotic exoskeletons in the rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries; the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System (BHBIMS) Center releases video, Peer Support After Burn Injury; principal investigator at the RRTC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments and principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded RRTCs from 1986 to 2005 to receive awards from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB); the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts 65th episode of ADA Live!, Web Accessibility in a Nutshell; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living hosts webinar, Health Reform and People with Disabilities: Lessons to Date from the CHRIL; the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes is recruiting employees with motor impairments for a series of online surveys; the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) publishes article, The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Gears Up for 2019, posted to the National Library of Medicine's NLM in Focus blog.

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2019-01-30

In observance of the birthday of Ed Roberts, a leading figure in the independent living movement, NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog to help readers recognize the man and his legacy; Research in Focus looks at a program designed to help people with psychiatric disabilities build motivation to work; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes factsheet, Employment Disparity Grows for Rural Americans with Disability; study from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery is featured in episode of the Psychiatric Services From Pages to Practice podcast; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) will combine its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities hosts webinar, Peers Support Parenting Well; the ADA National Network (ADANN) seeks participants for its online surveys to understand the information needs of older people and Latinx/Hispanics with disabilities as well as the people who support them; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to observe Brain Injury Awareness Month by holding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Stakeholder Day on March 12th.

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2019-01-23

In the wake of last weekend's snow fall, NARIC offers information resources for readers with disabilities to navigate work commutes as well as play in the snow; Research in Focus discusses the common occurrence of recovery and independence after severe traumatic brain injury; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) publishes the 2019 Self-Directed Care Calendar, focused on personal medicine allowing a person with a serious mental illness to obtain their choice of resources for achieving their treatment goals; principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded studies on neurologic communication disorders receives the Honors of the Academy from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS); researchers from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments were interviewed for recent episode of WYPL-FM's Eye on Vision; the Great Lakes Regional ADA Center hosts webinar, Accessibility and Inclusion in K-12 Computer Science (CS) Education: Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in the CS for All Movement; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Trauma-Informed Care in Youth-/Young Adult-Serving Organizations; the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) host National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, linking young people to science-based facts about drugs, alcohol, and substance use disorders.

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2019-01-16

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help keep readers' New Year's resolutions in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for upcoming competitions; Research in Focus discusses challenges Hispanic young adults with disabilities may face in transitioning from school to work; Pathways RTC publishes report, Wraparound for Older Youth and Young Adults: Providers' Views on Whether and How to Adapt Wraparound, a team-based strategy to deliver comprehensive services to young people experiencing serious mental health or behavioral challenges; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics have published the December National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, finding that experts remain optimistic for job growth in 2019 for Americans with disabilities, despite dip in job numbers; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Intersection of ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation: A Comprehensive Review with Best Practices for Human Resources Professionals; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs; the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living seeks adult participants with disabilities for interviews about their experiences addressing health insurance and healthcare services; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) publish proceedings from a workshop, Improving Care to Prevent Suicide Among People with Serious Mental Illness.

Date sent:
2019-01-09

NARIC had an exciting year, celebrating NIDILRR's 40th anniversary, publishing 30-plus issues of Research in Focus, and adding more than 900 recently-published NIDILRR-funded products to its REHABDATA database; News and Notes is on hiatus until January 9th, 2019; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication publishes a series of videos showcasing the perspectives of consumers on AAC; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement is cited in United Nations' flagship report on disability and development for 2018; principal investigator for the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center receives the 2019 Rosenthal Memorial Lecture Award from the American Psychological Association's Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, recognizing her achievements in improving rehabilitation care for patients with TBI; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Entrances, Doors, and Gates; the Department of Health and Human Services is accepting comments on the objectives for Healthy People 2030, an initiative that assists HHS in setting its and the nation's public health agenda.

Date sent:
2018-12-19

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