News and Notes 168 June 10

Resources from NARIC and the NIDILRR community in observance of National Aphasia Awareness Month; MSKTC releases new toolkit, Presenting Data Using Infographics; director of New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center interviewed for NBC Health News story about comedian Tracy Morgan's brain injury; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC show increased job growth for people with disabilities in this month's nTIDE report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; KTDRR hosts webcast, Cultural Competence Resources from CIRRIE; Institute for Educational Leadership is collecting stories from the ADA Generation: youth and young adults with disabilities who grew up under the ADA.

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2015-06-10
NARIC news: 

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Aphasia Association. Aphasia affects a person's ability to use and understand language but doesn't affect his or her intellect. According to the National Aphasia Association, about 2 million Americans experience aphasia, most often as a result of a stroke, but it can also be caused by brain injury, a brain tumor, or other neurological conditions. We've recommended some resources from the NIDILRR community and our own collection to help you learn more about aphasia and other communication disorders.

Resource Highlight: 

Presenting Data Using Infographics Toolkit
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) has released a new toolkit, Presenting Data Using Infographics (PDF). Infographics are visual representations of information, data, or knowledge that can present a great amount of complex information succinctly. The toolkit describes five of the most common types of infographics and provides tips for how they may be used as part of knowledge translation activities.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher on the Importance of Rehabilitation in TBI
Wayne Gordon, PhD, director of the NIDILRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NY-TBI-MS) (H133A120084), was interviewed for Tracy Morgan's brain injury: Recovery can take years, experts say on NBC Health News. Dr. Gordon described the type and intensity of rehabilitation people with TBI may undergo, the importance of starting rehabilitation quickly, and how people with TBI and their families adjust to post-injury life.

May nTIDE Report Shows Strong Employment Gains for People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005) reported job growth for people with disabilities continued to increase in May, as shown in this month's National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most notably, gains for people with disabilities outstripped those for people without disabilities, though the employment gap is still significant.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Cultural Competence Resources from CIRRIE TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) will host a webcast, Cultural Competence Resources from CIRRIE, TODAY, 3-3:50p ET. Presenters will introduce a number of resources related to cultural competence that are available through the NIDILRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) (H133A100021). Registration is free but required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Stories from the ADA Generation
The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is collecting stories from the ADA Generation: youth and young adults with disabilities who grew up under the ADA and their allies. Stories can be personal narratives, reflections, or other creative work. IEL is particularly interested in stories related to transition to adulthood, including secondary and postsecondary education; work skills, internships and employment; and independent living. IEL will publish selected stories on its website and social media, and will include them in IEL's ADA celebrations. Submissions are due by July 1st.