News and Notes 105 March 12

The 25th anniversary of The World Wide Web, whose inventor was also funded by NIDRR to develop the Web Accessibility Initiative; NIDRR-funded RRTC-EBP-VR releases a training module, Integrating research into VR Practice; participants with SCI sought for survey of their primary care providers' ability to meet their health care needs; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) releases its First Responders Behavioral Health Mobile App; NIDRR releases its Organization Highlights Report for fiscal year 2013; NIDRR-funded researchers publish study of the impact of self-awareness and depression on self-reported satisfaction with life among individuals with TBI; February Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE) report of  "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released; NIDRR-funded Successful Employment and Quality Work Life After Severe Disability Due to Spinal Cord Injury hosts March 13th webcast.

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2014-03-12
NARIC news: 

This week, the Web as we know it turns 25 with the anniversary of a paper by Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposing an "information management system" that would become the World Wide Web. Later, Sir Berners-Lee would lead the NIDRR-funded Web Accessibility Initiative (2000-2005) (H133A000500), to develop and promote technical solutions and educational resources to improve the accessibility of the Web for people with disabilities. NIDRR grantees continue to research and develop innovations in accessibility and usability for the Web and cloud computing (H133A130057, H133S130028, H133S130040; H133S120055, H133S120067, H133A110020, H133A110028, H133A110029, H133G100072, H133G100211, H133B100022, H133E090001, H133E080022). 

Resource Highlight: 

Integrating Research into VR Practice
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) (H133B100034) recently released Integrating Research into VR Practice, a self-paced training module for practitioners. The module introduces evidence-based practice and guides readers in formulating well-defined, answerable questions; seeking the best evidence; critically evaluating evidence; and applying it to individual clients. An online reference form is also available

News items: 

NIDRR Releases FY 2013 Organization Highlights Report
NIDRR recently released its FY 2013 Organization Highlights Report (PDF). The report provides a summary of NIDRR's activities and accomplishments during the 2013 fiscal year. It includes a foreword from Charlie Lakin, NIDRR's director from 2011 to February 2014, who also introduces NIDRR's new director John Tschida

Study Highlights Self-Reporting Among People with TBI
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NNJTBIMS) (H133A120030), and visiting scholar and 2004 NIDRR Research Fellow Yael Goverover, PhD (H133F040018), recently published The impact of self-awareness and depression on subjective reports of memory, quality-of-life, and satisfaction with life following TBI (abstract) in the February issue of Brain Injury. The authors found that among individuals with TBI, depression and self-awareness affect subjective reports of memory, quality of life, and satisfaction with life. 

February TIDE Report Released
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130005) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005) released the February Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This report compares labor force participation rates for employment-aged people with disabilities to those without disabilities. It also compares current data to the same period in 2013. Previous TIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Beyond 90 Days - Successful Employment After Disability TOMORROW
The NIDRR-funded project Successful Employment and Quality Work Life After Severe Disability Due to Spinal Cord Injury (H133A120122) will host a webcast, Beyond 90 Days: Successful Employment After Disability (PDF), March 13th, 12-1pm EST. Project Director James Krause, PhD, will present on research from this project, as well as that from the NIDRR-funded Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110005) and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (H133B130011). Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

Survey of Primary Health Care Needs of Individuals with SCI
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090002) at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital is conducting a survey of individuals with SCI regarding the ability of their primary care providers to understand and meet their health care needs. The results of this brief survey will be used to understand the information needs of the SCI community and develop related materials. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

First Responders Behavioral Health Mobile App
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the First Responders Behavioral Health Mobile App. The free app offers first responders immediate access to field resources for aiding disaster survivors. Users can search for and map behavioral health service providers in an impacted area, review emergency preparedness materials, and send resources to colleagues. The app is available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry.