News and Notes 102 February 19

NARIC adds 250 items to its collection each month, advertised in its free alert, REHABDATA Connection; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSICS) posts two exercise videos from its SCI Forum series; Rocky Mountain ADA Center seeks participants for its survey on the impact of access to transportation on social opportunities for individuals with disabilities; the Military Families Learning Network posts 80-minute webinar on identifying needs for and locating assistive and cognitive support technologies; New England ADA Center posts YouTube video, Laugh and Learn: A Panel Discussion Featuring Comedians with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes publishes article featuring its Rehabilitation Measures Database in January issue of APMR; the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center seeks applicants for its one-year $3,000 DeVivo Mentored Research Award; PathwaysRTC to host webinar: Youth Advocate for Youth - The Next Transition.

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2014-02-19
NARIC news: 

Did you know that we add about 250 new items to our collection every month? The majority of the documents we collect come from major journals in the fields of disability and rehabilitation. We also collect original research publications such as reports, curricula, guides, and multimedia items produced by more than 250 active NIDRR-funded projects. To find out what we've added, sign up for REHABDATA Connection, our free monthly alert service. By selecting the topics that interest you, you can stay on top of what's happening in your field! 

Resource Highlight: 

Two SCI Forum Videos
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSICS) (H133N110009) has posted two videos from its SCI Forum series. Get Moving! Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury outlines the many ways people with SCI can exercise safely and effectively and provides practical information for getting started and being successful with an exercise program. Love & Marriage After Spinal Cord Injury features three couples who met, fell in love, and got married long after one of the partners had sustained a spinal cord injury. They discuss their secrets to a successful relationship: good communication, shared values, mutual respect, and a sense of humor. Previous SCI Forum videos are available in the NWRSCIS archive

News items: 

Laugh and Learn Video Now Available
The NIDRR-funded New England ADA Center (H133A110028) has posted Laugh and Learn: A Panel Discussion Featuring Comedians with Disabilities (also available on their YouTube Channel). The video offers highlights from the panel discussion organized to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The August 2013 event drew a sell-out crowd and was featured in Turning Disability Into Comedy on WBUR, Boston's NPR station. 

Rehab Measures Database in APMR
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) published Development and use of a knowledge translation tool: The Rehabilitation Measures Database (full text available free of charge) in the January issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR). This article details how the Rehabilitation Measures Database meets the challenge of translating research evidence into routine clinical practice. Lead author Jennifer Moore, PT, DHS, discusses the article in the APMR January podcast (MP3). 

DeVivo Mentored Research Award Open for Applications
The DeVivo Mentored Research Award (PDF), sponsored and administered by the NIDRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) (H133A110002), is a one-year $3,000 research award for trainees who are interested in conducting a research project using data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Database. Applicants and mentors do not need to be affiliated with a NIDRR-funded project but must show substantial knowledge and understanding of the database. Application deadline is July 28th. 

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth - The Next Transition
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (PathwaysRTC) (H133B090019) will host a webinar, Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition, February 25th, 1-2 pm EST. The webinar will focus on stages of development in the process of transitioning from youth advocate to advocate for youth, research related to each stage, as well as guidance both for young advocates in transition and the adults who provide professional development support. Registration is free but required. A related publication is available for download from the host's website (PDF). 

Participate: 

Transportation and Social Participation Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Center (H133A110018) is conducting a survey of individuals with disabilities to understand the impact of access to transportation on social opportunities. The survey is open to individuals with disabilities as well as their advocates, and is available in English and Spanish. Results from this survey will be used to inform the training, materials, and telephone consultation services available from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center and other members of the ADA National Network. Participants will be eligible to win a $25 gift card. For questions, contact Keith Christensen at 435/797-0507. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology but Didn't Know Who to Ask
The Military Families Learning Network recently posted a webinar, What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology but Didn't Know Who to Ask, presented by Marcia Scherer, PhD, president of the Institute for Matching Person and Technology. The 80-minute presentation highlights assistive and cognitive support technologies, resources to locate products and services, and the process for identifying the AT needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities. Individual slides are available, along with a video of the full presentation.