News and Notes 158 April 1

Ten years of articles, books, and reports on autism from the NIDILRR-community available from NARIC in observation of April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day; transportation resources for blind or low-vision persons available from RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired; TU Collaborative director interviewed regarding community-based mental health services on WHYY public radio network; article from Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center wins clinical research award from the Journal of Burn Care and Research; goal management app GoalGuide is highlighted in Exceptional Parent magazine; webcast, Assistive Technology Solutions in the Workplace, hosted by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities; Autism Speaks publishes Is It Autism and if So, What Next? A Guide for Adults.

Date sent: 
2015-04-01
NARIC news: 

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, organized by Autism Speaks which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. We've learned so much about autism in the last decade, leading to earlier diagnoses and better interventions for communication, behavior, and life skills. Current NIDILRR-funded research in autism includes projects focusing on supports for families, successful transition and employment outcomes, and technology for independent living. Take a look at 10 years of articles, books, and reports on autism from the NIDILRR community and other sources, indexed in our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Transportation Resources for Persons Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired offers a variety of information resources on transportation for individuals with blindness and low vision. A Transportation Guide for Persons Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision and Transportation One Pagers are aimed at helping consumers overcome barriers to transportation, using plain language to cover topics ranging from public transportation to orientation and mobility training. A customized transportation plan offers counselors and consumers a tool to discuss transportation routes and identify options in the community.

News items: 

Community-Based Mental Health Services in Focus on WHYY
Mark Salzer, PhD, director of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) was interviewed by WHYY, Philadelphia's public radio network, on frequent hospitalization of people with psychiatric disabilities. Dr. Salzer discussed the importance of connecting individuals to treatment resources in the community as a way to reduce rehospitalization.

Model System Article Wins Clinical Research Award
An article from the NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (NWRBMS) has received the Clinical Research Award from the Journal of Burn Care and Research (JBCR). An expanded delivery model for outpatient burn rehabilitation (abstract) discusses use of an expanded care coordinator to supplement existing outpatient services. The clinical research award recognizes the best clinical research paper submitted by a nonphysician. The article appears in the January/February issue of JBCR.

Goal Management Technology Highlighted in Exceptional Parent
GoalGuide, a cloud-based goal management app developed under a NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, is the subject of Making goals meaningful and manageable in the March issue of Exceptional Parent (subscription required). GoalGuide is designed to be a cognitively accessible tool to enable users to create their own goals, monitor their own performance, designate incentives for goal achievement, and instantly see a chart of their progress. Parents and teachers can share in the process and teachers can manage multiple students' goal portfolios. GoalGuide is currently in beta testing. The article can be ordered from NARIC’s document delivery service with accession number J70615.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Assistive Technology Solutions in the Workplace
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) will host a webcast, Assistive Technology Solutions in the Workplace, April 9th, 2-2:45pm ET. Presenters will discuss successful workplace accommodations for vocational rehabilitation clients. This is part of a series of webcasts on employment hosted by the VCU-RRTC. Other topics include job search skills, plans to achieve self-support, customized employment, and more. Registration is free but required for individual sessions or the entire series.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Is It Autism and If So, What Next? A Guide for Adults
Autism Speaks has published Is It Autism and If So, What Next? A Guide for Adults. The guide is designed for adults recently diagnosed with or who suspect they may have an autism spectrum disorder. The guide provides an overview of autism and associated conditions, information about diagnosis and next steps in accessing services, and resources regarding employment, support, and advocacy.