News and Notes 103 February 26

NARIC offers information and referral services in Spanish; NIDRR-funded AbleData project releases consumer guide for choosing AT products; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center seeks veterans with TBI for study of health information needs; Federal Communications Commission Accessibility & Innovation Initiative to host presentation on innovations in voting accessibility March 11th; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded projects Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism and Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to receive the 2014 Eden Autism Services' Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NYBIMS) featured in recent issue of Good Housekeeping; TBI research from several NIDRR-funded TBI Model System Centers is the focus of articles in the October 2013 issues of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Independent Living to host March 5th seminar on a tool for measuring usability of community sites.

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2014-02-26
NARIC news: 

Did you know we offer information and referral services in Spanish? Our bilingual information specialist answers requests from Spanish speakers in the US and internationally by phone, email, chat, and our Spanish-language Facebook and Twitter channels. We also blog in both English and Spanish and translate our original publications for naric.com. Can you recommend any resources for Spanish speakers with disabilities? Drop us a line

Resource Highlight: 

Tips for Choosing AT Products for Yourself
The NIDRR-funded AbleData (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) project recently released Tips for Choosing Assistive Technology (AT) Products for Yourself (PDF). The guide offers advice on determining what type of assistance is needed and finding appropriate AT solutions that offer the best performance, comfort, cost, and reliability. 

News items: 

Paul Wehman to Receive Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship
Paul Wehman, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded project on Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism: A Replication Study of an Internship Model to Identify Evidence Based Practices (H133A120140) and the recently-completed project on Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (H133A080007), will receive the 2014 Eden Autism Services' Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship. The award recognizes Dr. Wehman's career in the field of autism research. 

Good Housekeeping Highlights TBI Research
Wayne Gordon, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NYTBIMS) (H133A120084), was featured in Like Son, Like Mother, in a recent issue of Good Housekeeping. The article highlights one woman's efforts to understand the effects of her own childhood concussion, including meeting with Dr. Gordon and his recommendation of cognitive training

Traumatic Brain Injury Research Featured in APMR
Research on traumatic brain injury (TBI) from several current and completed NIDRR-funded TBI Model System Centers (H133A031713, H133A070042, H133A070030, H133A120037, H133A070040, H133A060038, H133A070033, H133A070027, H133A070022, H133A120085, H133A070039) is the focus of five articles from the October 2013 issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR). Four articles discuss disorders of consciousness including outcomes, comorbidities, and care needs; functional outcomes after 5 years; medical complications during inpatient rehabilitation; and rehospitalization rates (abstracts only). A fifth article, Prior history of traumatic brain injury among persons in the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Database, is available in full text from APMR. John Whyte, PhD, of the NIDRR-funded Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (H133A120037), and Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, of the Veterans Administration, served as co-editors of this issue and discuss disorders of consciousness research in the October APMR podcast (MP3). Full text of the four disorders of consciousness articles may be ordered through NARIC's document delivery service for a nominal fee. 

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Map Your Community's Usability - A New Tool to Empower Consumers
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Independent Living (H133B110006) will host a webinar, Map Your Community's Usability: A New Tool to Empower Consumers, March 5th, 2-3pm EDT. Presenters will discuss the Community Health Environment Checklist (CHEC), a tool that offers a standardized way to measure the usability of sites in the community, such as restaurants, banks, and shopping centers. Registration is free but required

Participate: 

Veterans with TBI Health Information Needs Study
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (H133A110004) is seeking veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while serving on active duty for a study of health information needs. The study includes a 60-minute telephone interview and questionnaire. Qualified participants will be compensated $75 for their time. For questions or to volunteer, call 202/403-5600 or email msktc@air.org

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Innovation in Voting Accessibility
The Federal Communications Commission Accessibility & Innovation Initiative will host a presentation, Innovation in Voting Accessibility, March 11th, 9-11:15am EDT, at the FCC Commission Meeting Room and via webcast. Juan E. Gilbert, PhD, chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division at Clemson University, will discuss the Prime III electronic voting system and other voting innovations. Registration is recommended to attend the live event. Send registration information to aiispeaker@fcc.gov. No registration is required to view the live webcast. Technology demonstrations will follow the presentation.