News and Notes 202 February 24

NARIC's field trip to the National Sports Center for the Disabled and resources on winter sports from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; NIDILRR 2016 Grants Forecast updated; phone-delivered program teaching people with MS to manage their symptoms; MSKTC releases toolkit, Best Practices for Using Charts and Graphs to Communicate Research Findings; RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics releases Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and companion Disability Statistics Annual Report; RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment debuts revamped version of UniversalDesign.com website; Southwest and Great Lakes ADA Centers along with the RESNA Catalyst Project host webinar, The ADA, Sensory Disabilities, and Assistive Technology; Justice in Aging releases report, Stengthening Low-Income Older Adults and Caregivers.

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2016-02-24
NARIC news: 

What's New at NARIC?
We're more than half-way through Winter, and there is still plenty of time to get out and enjoy some outdoor sports like skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating! We took a field trip to the National Sports Center for the Disabled last week and had the chance to chat with the volunteer instructors and see how they build and adapt winter sports equipment for a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Check out our blog post about the visit and a look at research and resources on winter sports from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere.

Research in Focus:
Could a Phone-Delivered Program Teach People with MS What They Need to Know to Manage Their Symptoms?

This week's Research In Focus highlights a trial of a telephone-delivered self-management intervention giving people with multiple sclerosis the tools and information they need to manage their symptoms.

Resource Highlight: 

Best Practices for Using Charts and Graphs to Communicate Research Findings
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0012) has released a new toolkit, Best Practices for Using Charts and Graphs to Communicate Research Findings. The toolkit presents guidelines for effectively using a variety of charts and graphs to present research findings, including guidance on selecting the right type of chart or graph, practical tips for presenting different types of charts, and examples of proper use and misuse of graphs. The toolkit also includes guidance on making charts and graphs accessible.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR 2016 Grants Forecast UPDATED
NIDILRR continues to post its FY 2016 grant opportunities in the HHS Grants Forecast Database with the most recent updates posted February 17th and 19th at http://www.acf.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and Report Now Available
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (90RT5022) announced the latest release of the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and the companion 2015 Disability Statistics Annual Report. The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. The Compendium and Report were presented February 4th in Washington, DC. Video and transcripts of the release and data panel discussion are also available.

RERCUD Debuts Revamped UniversalDesign.com
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERCUD)  (90RE5005) recently debuted a redesigned and updated version of the UniversalDesign.com website. Originated by the team at Universal Designers and Consultants, the site has been entrusted to the RERCUD and the IDeA Center, to become a central portal for universal design resources, including articles, links, and other new content from the RERCUD and other sources.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The ADA, Sensory Disabilities, and Assistive Technology TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (90DP0022) and the Great Lakes ADA Center (90DP0024) in collaboration with the RESNA Catalyst Project will host a webinar, The ADA, Sensory Disabilities, and Assistive Technology: Core Technologies for Nonvisual Access, TODAY, 3pm ET. Presenters will discuss recent ADA cases involving access, employment-related technology, and examples of auxiliary aids that are useful in places of public accommodation for persons who are blind or have low vision. Registration is free but required and continuing education credits are available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Strengthening Low-Income Older Adults and Caregivers
Justice in Aging, with the support of the Albert and Elaine Borchard Center on Law and Aging, released a new report, Advocacy Starts at Home: Strengthening Low-Income Older Adults and Caregivers. The report introduces Margaret and her story of being a family caregiver, discusses the problems that result from the strain of poverty on low-income family caregivers, and offers solutions to help support older adults and their caregivers. An accompanying video highlights the challenges that caregivers face in helping their loved ones age at home.