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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 welcomes new NIDILRR director Dr. Robert Jaeger; NIDILRR issues new Request for Information (RFI) on opioid use disorder among people with disabilities; Research in Focus looks at Internet-based training program building parenting skills and reducing behavior challenges in children with TBI; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) releases newest version of its Employment Research Database, featuring research related to the employment of people with disabilities; researcher on Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment was co-convenor of WHO Global Research, Innovation and Education in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit; fellow in Rusk Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (RUSK ARRT) Postdoctoral Fellowship to present on her research, Subjective and Objective Fall-Related Factors and Dual-Task Performance in Older Adults, at the 2018 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) to host student research and design competition on Access and AAC; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and Southwest ADA Regional Center to host webinar, Custom AT Solutions for Employment; Social Security Administration (SSA) releases RFI related to improving adult economic outcomes for youth with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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NARIC marks the anniversaries of civil rights pioneers Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ed Roberts, the latter of whom fought for the rights of people with disabilities, and offers FAQ listing protective laws along with research and resources regarding disability-related rights and responsibilities; RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities publishes new factsheet, Tips for Healthy Eating & Healthy Aging; co-director of project on Translating Transfer Training and Wheelchair Maintenance into Practice, as well as a member of the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, was interviewed for episode of RehabCast: The Rehabilitation Medicine Update from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); co-investigator for Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families publishes article, Parents with disabilities  face an uphill battle to keep their children, in Pacific Standard online magazine; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) hosts webcast, Innovative Surgical Strategies to Restore Movement and Reduce Spasticity After SCI; Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Best Practices in Training Service Providers in Transition Competences; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Campbell Collaboration Best Practices: Grey and International Literature; Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (NSA) National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) hosts webinar, NCRTM: Your Trusted Source for Reliable and Accessible Rehabilitation Information.

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NARIC blogs about toolkits, guides, and information resources from NIDILRR-funded projects to help keep New Year's resolutions about making healthy choices, building stronger relationships, succeeding on the job, and getting more involved in the community; Research in Focus discusses benefits of testosterone screening for young men with SCI; project on Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment Through Microenterprise publishes briefs highlighting results of research on self-employed individuals with psychiatric disabilities; faculty mental health guide developed by RRTC on Community Living and Participation for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities featured in recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education; RRTC on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes featured in November issue of Rehabilitation Psychology; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Webinar Series: The History of Disabilities; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, A Frontline View of the Oroville Dam and Sonoma and Napa Wildfire Disasters; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities conducting test study on employment building plan called Build Your Plan; ODEP Campaign for Disability Employment Policy hosts Twitter chat on disability-inclusive culture across an organization's employment lifecycle.

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In celebration of year-end holidays, NARIC recommends articles on AT gift ideas for self-grooming, management of fatigue and stress, enjoying time with family and friends, and meal planning; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes Let's Talk Employment: A Guide to Employment for Family Members; researcher at Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center presents lecture on Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Medicine and the Health Professions: The Experience of Physicians with Disabilities for Partners Network Grand Rounds; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts The History of Disability, Lessons from the Past, the 52nd episorde of ADA Live!; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) hosts release of 2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) releases ApprenticeshipWorks Guides for Youth, Educators/Service Providers, and Business.

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NARIC staff disseminates information to AbilitiesExpo attendees on resources related to new research on disability, available on NARIC website; Research in Focus features workplace accommodations for people with disabilities; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes new factsheet, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After Burn Injury; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and the RRTC on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) report ongoing job gains for Americans with disabilities in National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) November 2017 Jobs Report; Assistive Technology Enabling Communication project is highlighted in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) blog; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, 2017: The Year in Review; Mid-Atlantic Regional ADA Center hosts webinar, Everybody Rides: One County's Approach to Safe, Accessible Bus Stops; Northwestern University Policy Research Fellowship accepting applications for the two-year Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publishes summary, People Living with Disabilities: Health Equity, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Proceedings of a Workshop.

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NARIC looks at the influenza vaccine and how it can be overlooked when managing a disability or chronic condition for National Influenza Vaccination Week; Research In Focus looks at an online program that may help people with TBI build emotion regulation skills; RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired published two articles on career mentoring and role models/mentors; RERC for Successful Aging with a Disability: Optimizing Participation Through Technology (Optt-RERC)'s video is featured in Toyota's Mobility Unlimited Challenge; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar on universal accessibility, emergency preparedness, and disaster response; NIH's News in Health covers new technologies for managing diabetes.

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NARIC staff wishes readers a Happy Thanksgiving, while hoping to meet some of them at Abilities Expo, held in Chantilly, VA, in early December; RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities posts videos from the State of the Science: Advances at the Intersection of Aging and Long-Term Disability; staff from Northeast ADA Regional Center interviewed for Know Your Rights on the Aging Insights web series produced by the New Jersey Foundation for Aging; RRTC on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, Customized Employment: An Overview; Southwest ADA Regional Center seeks participants for survey about the use of service animals and other assistance animals by people with disabilities in public settings; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) publishes guide, A Roadmap to Behavioral Health, developed in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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In Spotlight blog, NARIC looks at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that align with the goals of United Nation's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, whose 2017 theme is Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Society for All; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) continues open call for scientific papers and posters for June 2018 conference; Research in Focus explores experiences of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) disclosing MS diagnosis at work; Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) develops Technology Transfer Planning Template (TTPT); two NIDILRR community members from RTC: Rural and project on Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), while RTC: Rural investigator was also honored at the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL); Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts ABLE Accounts: Answers to Your Questions, Episode 51 of the ADA Live! webcast series; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Looking Ahead: Frontier Accessibility Issues; Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration releases report, Accessible Shared Streets: Notable Practices and Considerations for Accommodating Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities.

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NARIC blog features current research and resources on caregiving from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Family Caregiver Month; information about 70 NIDILRR-announced grant awards for 2017 is now included in NIDILRR Program Database, available from NARIC website; Research in Focus looks at the impact of experience and expectations for young job seekers who are deaf-blind; Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) develops guidebook, Conducting a Competing Product Search; history and impact of Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) is focus of new article, How a diverse research ecosystem has generated new rehabilitation technologies: Review of NIDILRR's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers, in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation; investigator at RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health and RRTC on Family Support gives testimony before US Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on Working and Aging with Disabilities: From School to Retirement; Northeast Regional ADA Center hosts webinar, Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education; Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) accepting applications for 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) releases Pressure Injury Prevention in Hospitals Program, helping healthcare organizations implement AHRQ's Pressure Ulcer Prevention Toolkit.

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In observance of Veterans Day, NARIC blog features research and resources from the NIDILRR community and beyond promoting full community participation of Veterans with disabilities; Research in Focus looks at common complications people with SCI may experience in first year following rehabilitation; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) releases hot topic module, Changes in Memory After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); research from Healthy Aging RRTC cited in How resilience training can help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in recent issue of US News and World Report; research from Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Fom Cloud to Smartphone - Accessible and Empowering Information and Communication Technology and project on Promoting Independece and Self-Management Using mHealth featured in Patient Engagement HIT article; Northwest ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Kayaking, Rafting, and Ziplining: Making Community Recreation and Adventure-Tourism Accessible to All; Northeast ADA Regional Center seeks participants for three surveys to identify information needs of older adults and members of the Hispanic/Latino community with disabilities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Transportation Research Board releases guidebook, Enhancing Airport Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities.

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