News and Notes 184 September 30

NARIC's collection of research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM); Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center releases factsheet: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Respiratory Health; Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center publishes An RCT to treat learning impairment in traumatic brain injury: the TBI-MEM trial; article from Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research and Training Center one of most cited articles in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Southeast ADA Center hosts webcast: The Interplay Between Guardianship and the ADA; project on Dynamic Supported Mobility for Infants and Toddlers with Cerebral Palsy seeks participants for study on effects of two different types of physical therapy on the motor development in toddlers with cerebral palsy; Administration for Community Living (ACL) launches new campaign: What is Brain Health?

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2015-09-30
NARIC news: 

Tomorrow will be the first day of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), now celebrating its 70th anniversary! President Harry S. Truman signed the first declaration for "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week" in August 1945. Learn more about the history of NDEAM and other disability and employment milestones in this interactive timeline from the Office of Disability Employment Policy. We put together a collection of research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to use as you plan your NDEAM activities.

Resource Highlight: 

SCI and Respiratory Health
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (H133A110004) has released a new factsheet: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Respiratory Health. The factsheet describes how the respiratory system changes after SCI and provides basic information to manage respiratory health. The factsheet is available in English and Spanish.

News items: 

TBI-MEM Trial Shows Promise for Improving Learning and Memory After TBI
The NIDILRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NNJTBIMS) (H133A070037/H133A120030) has published results of a study using the modified Story Memory Technique (mSMT) to improve memory in adults with moderate to severe TBI. An RCT to treat learning impairment in traumatic brain injury: The TBI-MEM trial, published in Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair, reports  evidence that mSMT improved both memory and everyday function in individuals who received the 10-session memory retraining protocol. The full article is available free in full text.

NIDILRR Grantee Article is APMR's Most Cited, Most Downloaded
An article from the NIDILRR-funded Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (1999-2002) (H133P990001) is one of the most cited and most downloaded articles from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR). The effects of exercise training on elderly persons with cognitive impairment and dementia: A meta-analysis (abstract) was originally published in 2004 and has since been cited by more than 470 peer-reviewed publications. This article is available from the NARIC collection as J46760.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live! The Interplay Between Guardianship and the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) will host a webcast, The Interplay Between Guardianship and the ADA, October 7th, 1pm ET. This latest installment of the ADA Live series will feature Jonathan Martinis, legal director for the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and the project director of the National Resource Center for Supported Decision Making. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Participate: 

Cerebral Palsy Study in PA
The NIDILRR-funded project on Dynamic Supported Mobility for Infants and Toddlers with Cerebral Palsy (H133G140166) is conducting a study to learn how two different types of physical therapy affect motor development in toddlers who have or may have cerebral palsy. Eligible participants are children between the ages of 12-36 months with cerebral palsy or motor delay who can initiate pulling to stand, including children who are not yet able to walk. Participants are randomly assigned to one of two types of physical therapy over 12 weeks with testing every 6 weeks at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Participants will receive modest compensation. For more information contact Jennifer Swope, MS at 267/426-7803 or swopej@email.chop.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

What is Brain Health?
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has launched What is Brain Health?, a new campaign offering information about how the brain changes over time and steps to take to maintain brain health and sharpness. The campaign features tips and tools for promoting brain health, educational videos, testimonials from real people, and an interactive feature showing how the brain changes with age.