RehabWire Volume 1 Number 8, September 1999

Finding the information you need is often as easy as www. This edition of RehabWire takes you online to find journals, clearinghouses, and other resources. We also look at what some NIDRR projects are doing in cyberspace.

New Research: Selections from REHABDATA

Wisor, D., Miller, M. A., Kreutzer, J. S. (1998) Brain Injury Online: Assessing And Using The Internet For Consumers And Healthcare Professionals. NeuroRehabilitation, 10, 67-73. Research Training Grants Program, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia. Accession Number: J35098.
Abstract: Article telling both consumers and health care professionals how to use the Internet to gather and exchange information about traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Amtmann, D., Johnson, K. L. (1998) The Internet And Information Technologies And Consumer Empowerment. Technology and Disability, 8(3), 107-113. Washington Assistive Technology Alliance (WATA), Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Accession Number: J35513.
Abstract: Article about the benefits for people with disabilities of using the Internet and information technologies. Brief case studies are used to illustrate how the Internet and information technologies can empower people with different functional limitations.

Amtmann, D., Johnson, K. L. (1998) Increasing Access To Higher Education Through The Use Of The Internet. Technology and Disability, 8(3), 133-139. Washington Assistive Technology Alliance (WATA), Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Accession Number: J35516.
Abstract: Article about ways use of the Internet can provide students with disabilities greater access to higher education. Brief case studies are used to illustrate areas of potential benefit including: reducing trips to campus; manipulating print materials; communication with students and faculty; presenting class projects; developing leadership skill by serving as class assistant or instructor; and distance learning. Barriers to access are also discussed.

Hayes, M. G. (1998) Individuals With Disabilities Using The Internet: A Tool For Information And Communication. Technology and Disability, 8(3), 153-158. RESNA. Accession Number: J35519.
Abstract: Article describing sites on the Internet that may be of particular interest to persons with disabilities, their family members, and assistive technology service providers. The article describes sites related to assistive technology, disability policy and legislation, employment, leisure and travel, and information accessibility.

(1998) Locating Information About SCI. Spinal Cord Injury - InfoSheet #1. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Secondary Complications in Spinal Cord Injury, University of Alabama/Birmingham, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Additional information is now available in the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network on the World Wide Web ( Accession Number: O13050.
Abstract: This information sheet contains information sources about spinal cord injury (SCI), including research and information centers, agencies, and organizations for consumers (InfoSheet #2 is a similar publication for SCI professionals). Databases are listed as well as other online communication resources for Internet Sites, listservs, and bulletin board services in the area of SCI and disabilities.

New resources: Finding it online

Computer reading a book. Some journals place all or part of their issues online. Others place the whole journal online, but only make it available to subscribers. Many post only the current table of contents hoping visitors will subscribe. Here’s a virtual newsstand of online journals:

NIDRR Projects: Research in the New Millenium.

NIDRR Projects move disability and rehabilitation research to the Internet.

Access to Convergent Media, WGBH Educational Foundation (H133G990105) led by Larry R. Goldberg. Richard Johnson, EdD, Project Officer.
Abstract: The goal of this project is to make it possible for people who are blind or visually impaired to effectively use convergent media by influencing industry standards and developing new media delivery technologies. Convergent media refers to programming and services growing out of the intersection of broadcast and cable television, digital television, PC, and Internet technologies.
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Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange, State University of New York - Buffalo (H133A990010) led by John Stone, PhD. Paul R. Ackerman, PhD, Project Officer.
Abstract: The mission of The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) is to improve rehabilitation services by obtaining and disseminating information on international rehabilitation research and practices. Among CIRRIE's primary objectives is to develop and maintain an international research database, fully accessible from a web site, organized according to the major types of rehabilitation research, as delineated in the NIDRR Long-Range Plan.
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Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project to Disseminate Independent Living Research Information Through the Mass Media to Persons with Disability, Exploding Myths, Inc. (H133A980045) led by Cynthia Jones. Ellen Blasiotti, Project Officer.
Abstract: This project disseminates research information on Independent Living (IL) through the popular mass media. Dissemination efforts will include an interactive Web site to provide information and resources about IL research to members of the popular mass media, researchers, and consumers.
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Trails Web Site with Universal Access Information, Beneficial Designs, Inc. (ED-98-CO-0046) led by Peter W. Axelson and Denise A. Chesney. William Peterson, Project Officer.
Abstract: This project develops the Trails Web site to provide universal access information for trails throughout the United States, making the site useful to all hikers, regardless of their ability. The Trails Web site contains Trail Access Information on numerous hiking trails and allows users to search for trails that meet their specific access needs.
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Total Access: An Innovative System to Provide Destination Accessibility Information for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Meeting the Challenge, Inc. (H133G980013) led by Patrick Going. Judith Fein, Project Officer.
Abstract: This project develops and tests a system that provides access information about destinations in the Colorado area. Through the use of standardized documentation, a City-Line-like telephone audiotex service, and Internet Web sites, the design phase of this effort produces prototypes of destination access information for several locations.
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The Adaptive Device Locator System on the World Wide Web, Academic Software, Inc. (RW980370) led by Warren E. Lacefield, PhD and Penelope D. Ellis. Robert J. Jaeger, PhD, Project Officer.
Abstract: This project moves the Adaptive Device Locator System (ADLS), a unique and valuable national resource, by transforming the entire Locator System database content and program code into a World Wide Web site on the Internet. The finished site lists computer access products that companies provide; vendor links allow ADLS visitors to jump directly to other commercial sites once appropriate assistive technology devices are located.
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Development of a Consumer-Responsive Resource on Assistive Technology Information, Macro International, Inc. (H133G80048) led by Robert Gold and Lynn Halverson. Ellen Blasiotti, Project Officer.
Abstract: This project establishes "AT in the Media," a database of up-to-date resources on comparative assistive technology information. Since this project works in conjunction with the existing ABLEDATA project, consumers with disabilities can access the new database through the ABLEDATA Web site and through access to ABLEDATA information specialists. The resources are organized in two Web site areas called the Reading Room and AT Forum. In addition, two new Web-based resources are enable consumers and service providers to obtain information from other consumers or experts.
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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Information Technology Access, University of Wisconsin/Madison (H133E980008) led by Gregg C. Vanderheiden, PhD. Williams Peterson, Project Officer.
Abstract: This RERC improves access by individuals with all types, degrees, and combinations of disabilities to a wide range of technologies, including computers, ATMs, kiosks, point-of-sale devices and smartcards, home and pocket information appliances, Internet technologies (XML, XSL, CSS, SMIL, etc.), intranets, and 3-D and immersive environments.
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MEDLINEplus ( points users to libraries, clearinghouses, publications, databases, and directories (including MEDLINE and PreMEDLINE).