News and Notes 165 May 20

NIDILRR-funded tools and resources to support inclusive fitness for people with disabilities, available from NARIC in observance of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month; the latest in the NWRSCIS SCI Forum Video series, Get a Handle On It: Maximizing Hand and Arm Function After SCI, is posted; James H. Rimmer, PhD, RecTech principal investigator, to present President's Lecture at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting; articles from three NIDILRR-funded projects finish in the top three places for the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Awards; Interagency Committee on Disability Research to host Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice and Policy; MSKTC to host webinar, Using Social Media to Promote Research; EPM-RRTC in partnership with the Kessler Foundation conducting online survey of employment issues for working-age adults with disabilities; Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) promoting equitable access to fitness and recreation equipment, facilities, and programs to support health and wellness for people with disabilities.

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2015-05-20
NARIC news: 

It's heating up here in the DC area and more people are getting out and getting active. May is designated National Physical Fitness and Sports Month by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Physical fitness is important across the lifespan but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 56 percent of people with disabilities say they don't engage in leisure-time physical activity, and only 23 percent are physically active for at least 30 minutes a day three or more times per week. We've gathered a collection of NIDILRR-funded tools and resources to support inclusive fitness for people with disabilities, as well as research from across the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, available from our collection. Visit us on Facebook and share your tips for staying active!

Resource Highlight: 

Get a Handle On It: Maximizing Hand and Arm Function After SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (H133N110017) has posted Get a Handle On It: Maximizing Hand and Arm Function After SCI, the latest in the SCI Forum Video series. Three occupational therapists describe the various methods used for rehabilitation to improve upper limb function after SCI. Two individuals with tetraplegia also demonstrate devices and solutions for enhancing independence in everyday activities such as eating, dressing, and cooking.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice and Policy
The Interagency Committee on Disability Research, of which NIDILRR is a member, will host the Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice and Policy, June 24th, at the US Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, in Washington, DC. The full-day symposium will examine the state of the science and interactions among employment research, practice, and policy. Panels will discuss how research-based knowledge can affect practice and policy and how practice and policy can influence research. Poster session proposals may be submitted up to close of business TODAY. Registration is free but required by June 16th.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher to Present ACSM President’s Lecture
James H. Rimmer, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (RecTech) (H133E120005), will present one of the four invited President’s Lectures at the American College of Sports Medicine, 62nd Annual Meeting, 6th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise Fatigue next week in San Diego, CA. In his lecture, From Therapist to Trainer: Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, Dr. Rimmer will discuss RecTech research and a Transformative Exercise Framework that supports a patient-to-participant, rehab-to-wellness model that emphasizes a linkage between physical and occupational therapists and community-based exercise trainers.

NIDILRR Grantee Articles Receive Top Honors from ARCA
Articles from three NIDILRR-funded projects finished in the top three places for the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) Research Awards, recognizing and honoring high quality, empirical research in the field of rehabilitation counseling. First place went to Effect of supported employment on vocational rehabilitation outcomes of transition-aged youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A case control study, from the Center for Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities (H133A100007), published in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Second place went to State unemployment rates and vocational rehabilitation outcomes: A multilevel analysis, from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (H133B100034), published in Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. Third place went to The employment environment: Employer perspectives, policies, and practices regarding the employment of persons with disabilities, from the RRTC on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (H133B100017), also published in Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Using Social Media to Promote Research
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) will host a webinar, Using Social Media to Promote Research, May 27th, 1-2pm ET. Presenters from MSKTC and three Model System centers will discuss goals, processes, challenges, and tools for planning a social media strategy, along with examples of how these projects are using social media to engage different audiences. Registration is free but required. To register, contact MSKTC at msktc@air.org.

Participate: 

National Employment Survey
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (H133B100030), in partnership with the Kessler Foundation, is conducting an online survey of employment issues for working-age adults with disabilities. This survey is open to individuals with disabilities or family members of individuals who are employed or seeking employment. The primary purpose of this survey is to understand the mechanisms by which individuals with disabilities strive to work and the challenges they face in doing so. Findings from this survey will inform research and advocacy efforts to develop innovative and sustainable approaches across stakeholder groups to maximize the employment opportunities of people with disabilities.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC)
The Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) is an expanded group of organizations and individuals representing a cross-section of the disability rights, sports, health/fitness, and civil rights communities. IFC promotes equitable access to, and safe use of, fitness and recreation equipment, facilities, and programs to support health and wellness for people with disabilities across the lifespan. IFC offers a range of information and resources on inclusive play, accessible health and fitness programs, and accessible sports, and a certification program for inclusive fitness trainers. IFC is a partnership between the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability.