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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!

NARIC's diverse workplace team shares research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the theme of which is "Inclusion Drives Innovation"; Research in Focus looks at coaching program that helps youth with emotional or behavioral disorders to become more engaged in their treatment planning; University of Alabama Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center releases video, Professional Insights into Managing Pregnancy After SCI; work of former KTDRR and KTER director John Westbrook, PhD is posthumously recognized with inaugural John Westbrook Prize created by the Campbell Collaboration; TechSAge RERC is featured on recent episode of Connect web series produced by Fulton County (GA) Government Television; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, How Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST) Are Being Implemented in Three States; RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health hosts webinar, Promoting Health and Leadership in Project SEARCH Programs; Wireless RERC seeks participants for its updated Survey of User Needs (SUN) for Wireless Technologies; National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health publishes Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia in latest issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest for Health Professionals.

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NARIC offers new video, Get to Know NARIC, showing how to navigate inside its website, including the REHABDATA and NIDILRR Program Databases; Research in Focus discusses problem-solving styles of adolescents with TBI facing social situations; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families debuts website featuring training and technical assistance to support parents with disabilities and their families, as well as disability professionals and researchers; amantadine-related research from Brain Research in Aggression and Irritability Network (BRAIN): Building Evidence-Based Approaches to Managing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is highlighted in latest episode of APMR's RehabCast podcast; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center to host webcast, Intermittent Low Oxygen Therapy (iLOT): A Breath-Taking Approach to Improve Function After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); Southwest ADA Regional Center seeks participants for survey on the use of assistance animals by people with disabilities in public settings; Administration for Community Living (ACL) issues brief, Educating Adults About Chronic Disease Self-Management.

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In observance of National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month, NARIC's Director Marc Odum reflects on the future of SCI, and NARIC shares research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in the Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus looks at the connection between depression and behavior problems after TBI; Transitions RTC publishes new factsheet, Saving Money for a Better Life While on SSI: What Can the ABLE Act Do for Me?; Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center and LIBRE Project share information on burn injury and recovery at Burn Survivors of New England (BSONE) Walk for Advocacy and Awareness; KTDRR hosts webcast, Can We Still Call It Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) if We Deviate from the Evidence?; Healthy Aging RRTC hosts webinar series, State of the Science: Advances at the Intersection of Aging and Long-Term Disability; Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) project at Virginia Commonwealth University has fellowship position openings for postdoctoral students of neurological conditions and disorders; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) release The Promise of Assistive Technology: An Interactive Guide to Selected Products and Funding Sources.

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NARIC presents resources for getting involved in community-level emergency preparedness in observance of National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA); the Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsered by NIDILRR, continues open call for symposia, papers, and posters for its June 2018 conference, TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy; Research in Focus looks at how people with TBI use the Internet and social media for information and support; LiveWell RERC publishes research brief, Link Checkers and Basic Accessibility Testers for Websites; RTC: Rural launches social media campaign as part of #MapMonday, highlighting findings from the Geography of Disability Project; Pathways RTC to present webinar, Mental Health Needs and Service Use Among Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) to host State of the Science Update, sharing results of two ENACT clinical trials, Work It employment and BOOST exercise studies; National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posts Living with Low Vision, a five-part, two-minute video series available in English and Spanish.

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In observance of Pain Awareness Month, NARIC shares research and resources on pain management in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus discusses advance development of psychiatric directives people with psychiatric disabilities can develop before they are no longer able to speak for themselves; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) releases two factsheets on burn injury and TBI; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) announces Student Research Award to two students developing Shuffle Speller prototype AAC system; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing job gains for Americans with disabilities in August nTIDE report; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-PD) will host State of Science Conference on the Employment of People with Physical Disabilities; Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community will host webinar, Employer Engagement: Meeting Needs, Adding Value; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) seeks interview participants for study on participation of rural youth with disabilities in community events; Administration for Community Living (ACL) has developed publication, Principles for Person-Directed Services and Supports During Serious Illness.

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Following the Houston flooding by hurricane Harvey, NARIC has gathered resources that may help people with disabilities in the recovery process, and included them in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at program aimed at giving stroke survivors self-management skills; New England ADA Regional Center releases two one-minute videos on Aging, Disability, and the ADA; member of Wireless Inclusive RERC to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advisory Council Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee, providing recommendations for enhancing the delivery of emergency messages during disasters; principal investigator of Transitions RTC appointed to Department of Health and Human Services Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC); RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities to host State of the Science Conference; Southeast ADA Regional Center to host 48th episode of ADA Live! Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); FEMA has collection of resources focusing on disability and accessible emergency management.

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Following Monday's solar eclipse, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded projects supporting young people with disabilities and emerging researchers in STEM disciplines in its recent blog post; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury, co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues open call for symposia, scientific papers, and posters for June 2018 conference, TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy; Research in Focus discusses how mobile health apps can be improved with input from users with physical disabilities; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairment publishes report, Characteristics and Experiences of Youth who are Deaf-Blind; AbleData project publishes Using assistive technology in the workplace, a guest article for the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Blog; two researchers from Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers to receive career recognition awards from the Brain Injury Association of America; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hosts webinar, Defining the Employment Research Agenda; project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial and RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities host webcast, Meaningful Writing: Capturing Strengths and Ideal Conditions of Employment; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine publish report, Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for Vulnerable Adults.

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In anticipation of the coming academic year, NARIC highlights research and resources in its blog about disability accommodations, advocacy, and ADA Regional Centers from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere for students in all grades and those attending college; Research in Focus finds that rehabilitation professionals, while being knowledgeable about concussion diagnosis and management, could benefit from learning more; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) publishes health promotion curriculum, Partnerships in Wellness (PIW); principal investigator for Wireless Inclusive RERC was interviewed about companies investing in universal design for IBM thinkLeaders Blog; Southwest ADA Regional Center and Great Lakes ADA Regional Center host webinar, The Work of the RESNA Accommodations Special Interest Group (SIG); Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Reasonable Accommodations in Colleges and Universities; US Department of Education debuts redesigned website for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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NARIC explores the field of disability studies -- the topic this week during the International Conference on Disability Studies in Vancouver, Canada -- with research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in a recent Frequently Asked Questions article on its website; Research in Focus looks at a program designed to help young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) build job skills and gain work experience; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood posts two-part video, Outside-the-Box Accommodations in College, part of the Comeback TV series also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); July National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report highlights continuing gains for job seekers with disabilities; several members of the NIDILRR grantee community inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Diability Mentoring Hall of Fame; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Hearing Loss in the Workplace - Rights and Obligations; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Small Employers; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Putting Accessibility Law in Your Pocket: The Digital Accessibility Legal Update; US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October will be Inclusion Drives Innovation.

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NARIC features Librarian's Picks, Disability Resources, and the Knowledgebase database on its website to assist patrons in finding supports and services, in addition to its information specialists who are available by phone, email, or chat Monday through Friday; Research in Focus discusses ways caregivers of injury survivors find information and support from user-friendly information on the Web and from support groups; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) posts new video, Women and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), part of the SCI Forum Video series. Principal investigator for NIDILRR-funded projects on aphasia to receive the 2017 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) National Stroke Association Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) hosts webinar, August National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks comments on the proposed framework for Healthy People 2030.

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