News and Notes 163 May 6

NARIC offers collection of resources from the NIDILRR community in observance of Older Americans Month; White House gathering information for Conference on Aging; ADA National Network publishes The ADA National Network 2015 Profile; director of University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury and the Collaborative on Mobility Training receives John Stanley Coulter Award from the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); researchers at Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living, and Southeast ADA Center receive NARRTC awards; VCU-RRTC hosts webcast, Understanding Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS); Wireless RERC calls for proposals for the App Factory to develop assistive and accessibility apps for mobile platforms; Disability.gov offers 14 Guides to Information and Resources.

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2015-05-06
NARIC news: 

The month of May plays host to a wide range of health-related events including Older Americans Month, sponsored by the Administration for Community Living, marking the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. This year's theme is Get Into the Act, focusing on the importance of community engagement as a tool for enhancing the well-being of older adults. Meanwhile, the White House is gathering input on how advances in science and technology can improve quality of life for older Americans as part of the upcoming Conference on Aging. NIDILRR-funded research in aging covers the broad range of these issues, from robotics to creating accessible communities. We've put together a collection of resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help you and your community "Get Into the Act!"

Resource Highlight: 

ADA National Network Profile
The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) has published The ADA National Network 2015 Profile. The profile offers an overview of the activities of the Network, including the ADA Knowledge Translation Center, and highlights the unique projects of each of the 10 regional centers, such as training initiatives, community partnerships, exciting events, and extensive collections of written and multimedia materials.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives ACRM's Coulter Award
Michael L. Boninger, MD, director of the NIDILRR-funded University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury and the Collaborative on Mobility Training (H133N110011 and H133A120004), will receive the 2015 John Stanley Coulter Award from the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Coulter Award recognizes professional achievements that have contributed significantly to the field of rehabilitation. As the 2015 Coulter Lecturer, Dr. Boninger will present From Neuroprosthetics to Wheelchairs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Assistive Technology at the annual ACRM conference in October.

NARRTC Awards Recognize NIDILRR Research
The work of several NIDILRR-funded projects and researchers was recognized at last week's annual meeting of NARRTC. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (H133B100017) received the Best Paper Award for Disability inclusive employer practices and hiring of individuals with disabilities (full text) in the journal Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education. Glen White, PhD, director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (H133B110006), and Peter Blanck, JD, PhD, principal investigator of the Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021), shared the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing their contributions to the field of disability through research, teaching, service, knowledge translation, and advocacy.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Understanding Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) (H133B130011) will host a webcast, Understanding Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS), May 14th, 2-2:45 pm ET. Presenter Lucy Miller will describe the individuals most likely to benefit from Social Security's PASS work incentive, and review how the program can help pay for items or services beneficiaries may need to achieve their employment goals. Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

App Factory Call for Proposals
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) invites experienced developers based in the US to submit proposals for the App Factory to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry 10, iOS, Windows Phone). Apps developed in previous years through this program have included AccessNote by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB); BrailleTouch by BrailleTech, LLC; Smart Steps by Smart Steps, LLC; ZyroSky by Zyrobotics; and IDEAL Group Reader by Apps4Android. Proposals are due by June 30th (PDF).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Disability.gov Guides to Information and Resources
Disability.gov offers 14 Guides to Information and Resources, addressing a range of topics of interest to people with and without disabilities. Guides cover assistive technology, emergency preparedness, laws and rights, benefits and financial help, education, employment, and much more. Each guide includes a descriptive introduction, quick links to get started, and deeper links for more resources on the topic.