News and Notes 157 March 25

Resources on returning to work or school following TBI from NIDRR-funded projects and the NARIC collection; newly redesigned and reorganized AbleData website; article from Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) discusses Actual Reality performance assessment tool for people with TBI; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions posts presentations from its 2014 State-of-the-Science Summit on Integrated Health Care; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) co-sponsors forum on transition to retirement for individuals aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) presents webinar on disability and employment; Midatlantic ADA Center conducting survey of reasonable accommodations to employees in hotel and lodging industry; Public Health is for Everyone (PHEToolkit) online toolkit developed by The Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

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2015-03-25
NARIC news: 

We recently worked with a patron whose son experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) at 18 - just before starting college. Though considered "mild," his TBI has had an impact on his returning to school. He's not alone: Many people who have experienced a TBI have difficulty returning to work or school. There are resources available to help! From the NIDRR projects, check out Returning to School After TBI, a factsheet from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (H133A110004), and Getting to Work After TBI Part 1 and Part 2, webcasts from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (H133A100026). You might also like Helpful Tips for Making the Return to School or College Easier Post-TBI from BrainlineMilitary.org. For more research on return to school or work after TBI, check out these publications from the NIDRR community and other sources, indexed in our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

AbleData Information Resources
The NIDRR-funded AbleData (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) project recently debuted its redesigned and reorganized website. The new site makes it easy to search or browse for assistive technology (AT) products, manufacturers, and distributors. Visitors also have quick access to AbleData's information products, including their most recent articles on mobile apps, AT for safe bathing, and resources for veterans with disabilities.

News items: 

NIDRR Research Uses Actual Reality for Functional Assessment in TBI
A new article from the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) (H133A120030) discusses the use of Actual Reality, a new tool for assessing performance of activities of daily living (ADL) in people with TBI. Actual Reality uses Internet-based technology to assess a person’s performance on ‘instrumental’ ADLs (iADLs). Actual Reality: Using the Internet to assess everyday functioning after traumatic brain injury (abstract) is available online ahead of print in the journal Brain Injury.

Integrated Health Care State-of-the-Science Summit Now Online
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions (H133B100028) has posted presentations from its 2014 State-of-the-Science Summit on Integrated Health Care, featuring leading experts on integration of mental and physical health care. Audio presentations with downloadable slides and podcasts from the summit highlight the latest research and interventions to help people manage their emotional and physical wellness while building a meaningful life in the community.

RTC/CL Co-Sponsors Forum on Transition to Retirement
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) (H133B130006) recently co-sponsored a forum on retirement for individuals aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The forum brought together disability advocates and service providers to learn about Transition to Retirement (TTR) (YouTube), an approach developed in Australia that involves older people with I/DD in gradually developing an active, socially-inclusive retirement lifestyle while still working at least part time. The forum was co-sponsored with Arc Minnesota and Living Well Disability Services.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Disability and Employment - Research, Policy, and Practice
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (H133B100030) will present a webinar, Disability and Employment: Research, Policy, and Practice, April 28th, 2-3:30 pm ET. Presenters will discuss two current projects: Distribution of the Returns to Education for People with Early Onset Disabilities, and Design of the National Employment Survey on the Status of Americans with Disabilities. Registration is free but required by April 24th.

Participate: 

Survey of Reasonable Accommodations in the Hotel/Lodging Industry
The NIDRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (H133A110017) and the University of Maryland, College Park are conducting a survey of reasonable accommodations to employees in the hotel and lodging industry. Participants must be human resources professionals in the hotel and lodging industry with experience in providing accommodations to employees with disabilities. Qualified participants are eligible to win a gift card.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Public Health is for Everyone
Public Health is for Everyone (PHEToolkit) is an online toolkit developed by The Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). The PHEToolkit is a one-stop living collection of resources and best practices on health and disability to support the reach of public health efforts to people living with a disability. The PHEToolkit provides public health professionals with resources to enhance their planning efforts in key issue areas: obesity and nutrition, accessibility, emergency preparedness, health care access, tobacco, and physical activity.