News and Notes 101 February 12

NARIC to exhibit at the 94th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference and Expo in April; NIDRR-funded ADA National Network launches new, user-friendly national website; NIDRR-funded RERC UD seeking home modification practitioners for an online survey; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the NIH offers family health guides for the African American, American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino communities; NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center to host webinar on how to design and deliver an accessible webinar; NIDRR-funded Mobility RERC publishes State of the Science Conference Proceedings in November 2013 issue of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology; NIDRR-funded StatsRRTCand IC-RRTC release a special edition of the Trends in Disability Employment (TID) National Update; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded RERC UD guest blogger discussing universal design on the official blog of Disability.gov.

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2014-02-12
NARIC news: 

This week, we registered to exhibit at the 94th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference and Expo in Baltimore in April. We look forward to meeting many practitioners, researchers, and students who will attend and present! We'll bring along some samples from our collection of more than 200 articles, reports, guides, and other documents on occupational therapy from the NIDRR grantee community, not to mention more than 1,000 from other sources. 

Resource Highlight: 

ADA National Network Website
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) launched its new, user-friendly national website this week. The new website allows visitors to explore resources about the ADA by audience and topic, to learn about the services offered by the ADA National Network, and to locate their regional ADA Center. Visitors to the website can access publications developed by the ADA National Network as well as other ADA-focused organizations, browse an extensive FAQ (frequently asked questions) database, search for information through a focused ADA Portal, read current ADA news, and locate training and awareness events about the ADA. 

News items: 

Mobility RERC Publishes State of the Science Conference Proceedings
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Wheeled Mobility in Everyday Life (Mobility RERC) (H133E080003) published articles highlighting information from its 2012 State of the Science Conference on Wheeled Mobility and Seating in the November 2013 issue of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Four articles (abstracts only) cover the state of the science, public policy, pressure ulcer risk and prevention, and service delivery. Individual copies of these articles may be ordered through NARIC's document delivery service for a small fee. 

National Trends in Disability Employment 2013 Review/2014 Preview Released
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005) released National Trends in Disability Employment 2013 Review/2014 Preview, a special edition of the Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE) National Update. The report includes a year-end review of employment trends for people with disabilities and a look forward to the job picture for 2014. The StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC also released the monthly TIDE report for January

Universal Design in Focus at Disability.Blog
Edward Steinfeld, ArchD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC UD) (H133E100002), discusses The Future of Universal Design as a guest blogger on Disability.Blog, the official blog of Disability.gov. Universal design is an approach to integrate accessibility features into all products and more fully into the physical environment. Dr. Steinfeld points out that the original focus on design for usability needs to be expanded to include attention to social inclusion, health and wellness, and differences in context; three goals that will make it relevant to the broadest population. 

Grantee event: 

Webinar: How to Design and Deliver an Accessible Webinar
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center (H133A110029) will host a webinar, How To Design and Deliver an Accessible Webinar, February 19th, 2-3:30pm EST. This session will examine the use of interactive features, captioning, audio connections, and other features relevant to webinar providers as well as those who develop webinar platforms. Registration is free but required by February 18th. Previous webinars on accessible technology are archived on the website.

Participate: 

Home Modification Practitioner Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC UD) (H133E100002) is conducting an online survey of individuals working as home modification practitioners to yield a comprehensive picture of successful home modification practices. Practitioners may include therapists, architects, contractors, service coordinators, or consumers. Participants will receive a $25 Target gift card as compensation. For questions, contact Danise Levine at 716/829-5903.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

A Year of Health - A Guide to a Healthy 2014 for You and Your Family
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD) at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) offers A Year of Health: A Guide to a Healthy 2014 for You and Your Family, health planners developed with and for the African American, American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino communities. Single copies of the easy-to-read health planners in English and Spanish can be downloaded free of charge. Multiple copies may be ordered for distribution by calling 877/226-4267 (TTY 301/565-2966).