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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!

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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NARIC Project Director Mark Odum joins panel discussion on employment focusing on inclusion in professional sports hosted by Administration for Community Living and Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society; NIDILRR Deputy Director Dr. Kristi Hill discussed NIDILRR's employment-related research, training, and knowledge translation activities in panel discussion at Health and Human Services National Disability Employment Awareness Month event; Research in Focus looks at connection between pneumonia and pressure ulcers in cases of spinal cord injury; Wireless RERC publishes brief, Accessibility, Usability, and Design of Wearables and Wirelessly Connected Devices; RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities featured in special issue of journal Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families hosts webinar, Working with Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families: Strategies and Solutions for Social Workers; University of Michigan Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Community Living and Participation accepts application for two post-doctoral fellowships for training on methods of community-based research applied to rehabilitation; National Council on Disability publishes National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, the 2017 edition of its report on the state of disability policy in the US.

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NARIC participates in three disabilities-focused events during October: the World of Possibilities Disabilities: Healthy Aging and Independent Living Expo, the virtual Knowledge Translation (KT) Conference, and the Abilities Expo; the Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues its open call for scientific papers and posters for its June 2018 conference; Research in Focus highlights people living with long-term physical disabilities, who have valuable experience and wisdom to share about aging successfully; Transitions RTC publishes research brief, There's More to Young Adult Unemployment Than Mental Health: What Else to Look For; research at Rusk Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System of Care at NYU was featured in RehabCast, the official podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Service Animals, the 50th episode of the ADA Live! webcast series; Northeast ADA Regional Center seeks participants for study of reasonable accommodation policy and practice within small employers; Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Job Accommodation Network (JAN) releases 2017 update to annual study of Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact.

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NARIC offers studies from its collection and links to resources on help for adults with disabilities who live with food insecurity in observation of National Health Education Week and World Food Day; Research in Focus highlights new research on the use of transcranial direct stimulation to help alleviate nerve pain in people with SCI; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families releases Compendium of Health Data Sources for Parents with Disabilities in the United States, 2017; RERC TechSAge technology featured in Using technology to help older adults keep their independence on CNN; co-principal for Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center receives James J. Peters Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Spinal Cord Professionals (ASCIP); RRTC on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts interactive webinar, Ask Me Anything About Individual Placement and Support (IPS) with Bob Drake; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Power of Apprenticeship: Including People with Disabilities; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) posts video, Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward, based on 2017 report.

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NARIC offers abstracts of articles from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, as well as its recent blog post on physical therapy (PT), in observance of National Physical Therapy Month and the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) campaign on raising awareness of PT as an alternative to opioids in the treatment of chronic pain; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury, co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues open call for symposia, scientific papers, and posters for its June 2018 conference; Research in Focus looks at key elements for successful transition from sheltered to integrated services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults releases new research brief, Performance Management for State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies Serving Transition-Aged Youth; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing gains for job seekers with disabilities in October nTIDE report; project on Improving Outcomes Using Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is featured in The Hearing Review; Pathways RTC presents webinar, The Development and Validation of an Assessment of Youth/Young Adult Voice in Agency-Level Advising and Decision Making; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to host The Accessibility Innovations Expo, featuring technologies designed to advance accessibility for people with disabilities.

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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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