News and Notes 192 December 2

NARIC Spotlight Blog highlights NIDILRR community's engagement in International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPD); NIDILRR hosts Stages of Development (SoD) Webinar; Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center publishes guide, TBI: What College Disability Specialists and Educators Should Know About Executive Functions; Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults, intervention studied by Transitions RTC, is highlighted by Council of State Governors (CSG) Justice Center; study from Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on aging with Developmental Disabilities (RRTCADD) reveals health needs of adults with autism; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast series: Implementing Behavior Support Strategies in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices; RERC TechSAge accepts entries of innovative, technology-enabled design solutions for TechSAge Design Competition 2016; Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks public comment on proposed rule for independent living (IL) programs.

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2015-12-02
NARIC news: 

Tomorrow is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPD), declared by the United Nations (UN) as a day to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. Events at the UN headquarters in NY are scheduled around three sub-themes: Making cities inclusive and accessible for all, improving disability data and statistics, and including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development. We took a look at how the work of the NIDILRR community fits in with these three themes in our Spotlight Blog. Tag your social media with #IDPD to let the world know how you're celebrating!

Resource Highlight: 

TBI: What College Disability Specialists and Educators Should Know About Executive Functions
The NIDILRR-funded Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (H133A120037) has published TBI: What College Disability Specialists and Educators Should Know About Executive Functions (PDF). The four-page guide defines executive functions and how they are affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI), and describes the unique challenges that students with TBI face in the college environment. The guide also offers specific academic strategies that may be helpful for deficits in executive function. The guide was developed in collaboration with Chapman University.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Stages of Development (SoD): Review of Public Comments and Possible Actions TODAY
NIDILRR will host a webinar, Stages of Development: Review of Public Comments and Possible Actions, TODAY, 2-3pm ET. NIDILRR staff will present a summary of public comments submitted to NIDILRR providing feedback on the Stages of Development framework, and possible actions based on these comments. Registration is free but required, and space is limited.

News items: 

RRTC Intervention Highlighted by CSG Justice Center
Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults (MST-EA), an intervention studied by the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (H133B140040), is highlighted in a new research brief from the Council of State Governors (CSG) Justice Center. The brief, Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Young Adults in the Juvenile and Adult Criminal Justice Systems (PDF), highlights MST-EA as a promising model for justice-involved youth. Participants who received the intervention showed reductions in mental health symptoms, justice system involvement, and associations with antisocial peers. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Study Reveals Health Needs of Adults with Autism
A study from the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (RRTCADD) (H133B080009) shows that adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to experience serious health problems such as seizure disorders and depression. The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (abstract), reveals a need for greater advocacy and awareness to ensure that adults with autism have access to appropriate and effective care.

Grantee event: 

Webcast Series: Implementing Behavior Support Strategies in VR Practices
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) will host a webcast series, Implementing Behavior Support Strategies in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices, December 7th and 9th, 3pm ET. The series will examine issues and challenges around evidence-based practice and VR. The first webcast will introduce comprehensive behavior supports and discuss how they can be used to support VR clients. The second webcast will provide more in-depth information about the behavior assessment and intervention process. Registration is free but required for single webcasts or the full series. Continuing education credits are available.

Participate: 

Technology for Successful Aging Design Competition 2016
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge) (H133E130037) is accepting entries for the TechSAge Design Competition 2016, looking for innovative, technology-enabled design solutions for the aging population. Individuals, teams, or companies may submit designs in four categories: Health at home, social connectedness, active lifestyle, and community mobility. Twelve finalists will receive monetary support for design development and cash awards will be given to three winning products or services. Entries are due by January 15th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ACL Seeks Comments on Independent Living Proposed Rule
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has published a proposed rule for independent living (IL) programs that is open for public comment through January 15th. The proposed rule consolidates and streamlines prior regulations and provides details regarding new requirements included in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), such as new core services and development of state plans for IL. ACL has published a step-by-step guide to submitting comments online.