News and Notes 189 November 4

Resources from the NIIDILRR community and other sources available from NARIC in observance of Veterans Day; ExploreVR, vocational rehabilitation compendium available from Explore VR: Increasing Adoption and Utilization of a Web Based Open Share Public Portal of Survey Data on VR and Other Employmnet Service Providers; Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, of RERC AAC interviewed on the AT Update podcast; article from EPRRTC receives 2015 Editor's Choice Award from National Rehabilitation Association; Northeast ADA Center hosts webinar, Air Travel for Individuals with Disabilities: Intersection of the Air Carriers Access Act and the ADA; MSKTC seeks veterans with TBI and their caregivers for studies of their health information needs; President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) publishes annual report, Leveling the Playing Field: Improving Technology Access and Design for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

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2015-11-04
NARIC news: 

Next Wednesday is Veterans Day, honoring the men and women who have served in the US military in times of war and peace. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 22 million veterans in the US, and more than 4 million are veterans with disabilities. We've gathered resources from the NIDILRR community and other sources to support veterans with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them. To all current and former members of the military: Thank you for your service, stay safe, and be well.

Resource Highlight: 

ExploreVR: Informing Research, Policy, and Practice
The NIDILRR-funded project Explore VR: Increasing Adoption and Utilization of a Web Based Open Share Public Portal of Survey Data on VR and Other Employment Service Providers (H133G130110) offers ExploreVR, a vocational rehabilitation (VR) compendium for researchers, students, consumers, practitioners, and policy makers in the VR field. ExploreVR includes webinars, journal articles, and briefs, and an Open Data Lab to share and download data on VR and related topics.

News items: 

BCI and AAC Research on AT Update
Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC AAC) (H133E140026), was interviewed on the AT Update podcast. Dr. Fried-Oken discussed advances in AAC and brain computer interface (BCI) technologies that assist people with degenerative communication disorders such as aphasia and ALS.

EPRRTC Article Wins Editor's Choice Award
An article from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EPRRTC) (H133b100017) has received the 2015 Editor's Choice Award from the National Rehabilitation Association. Employer practices in improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities: A transdisciplinary and employer-inclusive research approach, which appeared in a special, open access issue of Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, was recognized for its quality, scientific rigor, and impact on the field of rehabilitation.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Air Travel for Individuals with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110020) will host a webinar, Air Travel for Individuals with Disabilities: Intersection of the Air Carriers Access Act and the ADA, November 18th, 1-2p ET. LaWanda Cook and Chris Sweet from the Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability will provide an overview of the implications of the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on air travel, from booking a flight to boarding and deplaning. Issues such as emergency evacuation and traveling with a service animal will also be addressed. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Veterans with TBI and Their Caregivers for Health Information Needs Studies
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) seeks veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers for studies of their health information needs. Participants should be veterans over 18 who have sustained a TBI. Caregivers of veterans are also invited to participate to gain a better understanding of their own health information needs. Qualified individuals will participate in an one-hour phone interview and will be compensated $75 for their time. For more information, contact MSKTC at msktc@air.org or 202/403-5600.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Leveling the Playing Field: Improving Technology Access and Design for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) has published its annual report to the President, Leveling the Playing Field: Improving Technology Access and Design for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PDF). The Committee sought to advance the goals of improving the accessibility of technology for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) by increasing research and providing incentives for development, strengthening the policies to ensure people with ID have access to necessary technology, and increasing the access, quality, and affordability of technology. Recommendations for federal policy are included in the report.