News and Notes 161 April 22

Spring gardening resources from NIDILRR grantees and elsewhere; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center's video on parenting with an SCI; KTDRR to host new Community of Practice on Knowledge Translation and Evidence for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CoP-EDR); Aging RRTC featured on APMR Podcast highlighting falls research; ADA Center publishes article in Journal of Community Psychology on the use of participatory action research (PAR) to understand accessibility of community settings; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement in Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes to host webinar, Outcome Measurement Selection in Individuals with SCI; Southwest ADA Center conducts survey on the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work, an ASL video series from the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program.

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2015-04-22
NARIC news: 

Spring has officially sprung here in the DC area: Millions of tourists visited the cherry blossoms last weekend and the National Arboretum is full of flowering dogwoods, magnolias, and lilacs! If you're a gardener, you may be dusting off your trowel and gloves as the growing season gets underway. We've put together a collection of resources from NIDILRR grantees and elsewhere to help you and your green thumb get back to planting!

Resource Highlight: 

The ABCs of Parenting with an SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (H133N110017) has posted a video, The ABCs of Parenting with an SCI, the latest in the SCI Forum Video series. The panel discussion features individuals with different levels of SCI who came to parenting at different points in their injury timelines. They share their experiences, insights, practical tips, and coping mechanisms for handling a multitude of parenting issues.

News items: 

KTDRR Opens New Community of Practice
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) will host a new Community of Practice on KT and Evidence for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CoP-EDR). The CoP-EDR will focus on the creation, evaluation, and use of evidence and related topics identified by the members. The inaugural activity for the CoP will be a meeting and teleconference on the topic of plain language, April 23rd, 12pm ET. For more information on the teleconference and CoP-EDR, contact Joann Starks at joann.starks@sedl.org.

Falls Research Highlighted in APMR Podcast
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (Aging RRTC) (H133B130018) was featured on the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Podcast. Patricia Matsuda, PT, DPT, was interviewed about the Aging RRTC's research on how often people aging with a physical disability report falling. A plain-language summary of this research, plus fall prevention resources, are available from the Aging RRTC's website.

ADA Center PAR Research Highlights Need for Access and Inclusion The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) has published an article, The March Goes On: Community Access for People with Disabilities (abstract), in the March issue of the Journal of Community Psychology. The article discusses the use of participatory action research (PAR) to understand present-day accessibility of important and understudied community settings. The authors find that, although progress has been made in providing access, barriers persist and more needs to be done to achieve full accessibility and inclusion. Research for this article was conducted under a previous grant cycle.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Outcome Measurement Selection in Individuals with SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) will host a webinar, Outcome Measurement Selection in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), May 15th, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will describe the process that the SCI EDGE Taskforce of the American Physical Therapy Association utilized to recommend outcome measures for use in the SCI population to assist researchers and clinicians in their practice. The webinar will provide examples of how to utilize these recommendations with examples across each International Classification of Function (ICF) domain. Registration is free but required. This webinar is presented in partnership with the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation.

Participate: 

Survey of the Impact of the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (H133A110027) is conducting a survey investigating the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The survey is open to people with personal or professional experience on disability issues. The information gathered will help researchers understand what aspects of society have become more accessible due to the ADA, where improvements are still needed, and how to further the goals of the ADA. These findings will also provide a foundation for further research on the ADA and its impact on people with disabilities.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work
Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work is a new American Sign Language (ASL) video series from the Ticket to Work program at the Social Security Administration. These videos can help interested Social Security disability beneficiaries who are Deaf or hard of hearing learn about the Ticket to Work program, how work may affect benefits, and the resources available to find and keep a job. More information about the program can also be obtained by contacting the Ticket to Work Help Line at 866/968-7842 or 866/833-2967 (TTY).