News and Notes 187 October 21

Education programs and resources developed by the NIDILRR community featured on NARIC blog in observance of National Health Education Week sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education; video of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) from Boston-Harvard Burn Model System; principal director of Great Plains ADA Center receives lifetime achievement award from the University of Missouri; principal investigator of RecTec appointed Chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board; KTDRR to host online conference, KT Solutions for Overcoming Barriers to Research Use; National Center for Homeless Education and US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs present webinar, Serving Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities.

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2015-10-21
NARIC news: 

It's National Health Education Week, sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education. Health education efforts can range from large scale campaigns, like Let'sMove.gov, to outreach to underserved communities, such as bringing farmers markets to inner city communities. We looked at a range of health education programs and resources developed by the NIDILRR community, as well as research in health education and promotion from NIDILRR grantees and elsewhere, in our blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Understanding tDCS: Using Brain Stimulation in Burn Injury Research
The NIDILRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Model System (H133A120034) has created a video demonstration of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). The video introduces tDCS, a non-invasive method of brain stimulation, and describes how it is used in the research setting, specifically to study the effect of tDCS on pain and itch following burn injury.

News items: 

Great Plains ADA Center Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Jim de Jong, principal director of the NIDILRR-funded Great Plains ADA Center (H133A110022), has received the Lee Henson Access Mizzou Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Missouri (second item). Mr. de Jong received the award in recognition of his efforts toward capacity building for universal design and ADA implementation along with his commitment to further the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of campus and community life.

RERC PI to Chair President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board
James 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), has been appointed Chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board for 2016. Dr. Rimmer's appointment recognizes his significant contribution to the research and science behind health promotion programs for people with disabilities aimed at reducing obesity; increasing physical activity; and improving nutrition for youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities.

Grantee event: 

Next week! Online Conference: KT Solutions for Overcoming Barriers to Research Use
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) will host KT Solutions for Overcoming Barriers to Research Use: An Online Conference, October 26th, 28th, and 30th (1-5 pm EDT). Presentations and interactive discussions will help researchers in the disability, independent living, and rehabilitation fields to identify barriers to the use of their research, as well as effective KT strategies to overcome these barriers. Registration is free but required for single days or the full conference. Please register by October 23rd.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Serving Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities
The National Center for Homeless Education and the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs recently presented a webinar, Serving Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities. The PowerPoint and three related issue briefs provide information for parents, educators, and administrators. Topics covered include the educational rights of children and youth with disabilities experiencing homelessness and practical strategies to support these children and keep them enrolled in school.