News and Notes 196 January 13

NARIC Spotlight blog features recent IT research and technology improving lives of people with disabilities from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; new research on relationship between VR agencies and potential employers; Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System posts podcast, Integrating Yoga into a Plan of Care for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC show continuing trends in employment for people with disabilities in nTIDE December report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; technology developed under Self-Management Assistance Through Technology project and RERC on Telerehabilitation highlighted in HME News; Pacific ADA Center hosts webinar, FEMA Promising Practice: Communication Outreach and Toolkits; registration is open to 2016 NARRTC Conference highighting research by the NIDILRR community; Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center recruits participants for its Multicenter Evaluation of Memory Remediation after Traumatic Brain Injury with Donepezil (MEMRI Study); ODEP and LEAD Center publish three Employment First Technical Briefs.

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2016-01-13
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Are you starting 2016 with a new smartphone or tablet? Billions of these devices are in use around the world, bringing amazing computing power literally into the palm of your hand. How can this technology improve the lives of people with disabilities, and the caregivers and professionals supporting them? We looked at recent research and technology from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog to find out.

Research In Focus:

Business and VR Can Build Partnerships for Employment Success
This week's Research In Focus highlights new research on what makes for a strong relationship between vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and potential employers.

Resource Highlight: 

Integrating Yoga into a Plan of Care for Individuals with SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) (90SI5011) has posted a podcast, Integrating Yoga into a Plan of Care for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, part of the SCI Grand Rounds series. Karyn Baig, clinical specialist in physical therapy, discussed the role of yoga in physical and respiratory therapy following SCI and other neuromuscular conditions. She also demonstrated how people with SCI can develop a yoga practice.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

nTIDE December Report Highlights Continuing Employment Trend
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 continuing trends in employment for people with disabilities in December, as shown in this month's National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

News items: 

nTIDE December Report Highlights Continuing Employment Trend
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 continuing trends in employment for people with disabilities in December, as shown in this month's National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Mobility Apps Highlighted in HME News
Virtual Wheelchair Coach and iMHere, technology developed under the NIDILRR-funded Self-Management Assistance Through Technology (H133A130025) project and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation (2004-2009) (H133E040012), were highlighted in UPitt: Ground zero for mobility apps in HME News. Virtual Wheelchair Coach, in development, educates users on acquiring, using, and maintaining manual and powered wheelchairs. iMHere is an interactive mobile health and rehabilitation app which allows clinicians to monitor self-care regimens such as skincare and medication management for patients with spina bifida and spinal cord injuries, and intervene in real time.

Grantee event: 

2016 NARRTC Conference Registration Now Open
The 2016 NARRTC Conference, the largest single conference highlighting research by the NIDILRR community, will be held May 5th and 6th in Alexandria, VA. This year’s conference will include keynote speakers, symposia, and networking and poster sessions. Paper and poster proposals are currently being accepted. Registration is open to all, including those outside the NIDILRR grantee community, and there are related registration fees.

Participate: 

MEMRI Study in MA
The NIDILRR-funded Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (H133A120085) is recruiting participants for its Multicenter Evaluation of Memory Remediation after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with Donepezil (MEMRI Study). This 10-week study will seek to determine if donepezil is an effective treatment for memory problems among adults with TBI. Eligible participants must be local to the Charlestown, MA area, 18 to 60 years old, who have sustained a TBI more than 6 months ago, and have a family member or friend who can also participate. Participants will be compensated for each study visit. For more information, contact Laura A. Burns, lburns2@partners.org, 617-952-6192.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Employment First Technical Briefs
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center have published three Employment First Technical Briefs for anyone working to implement Employment First at the state, regional, or agency level. Each brief offers summaries and technical guidance for separate topics: Using federal policy to promote Employment First systems change efforts, federal legal framework that supports competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities, and criteria for performance excellence in Employment First state systems change and provider transformation.