News and Notes 203 March 2

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, research by NIDILRR grantees supporting people with developmental disabilities is available in NARIC collection of articles; Research in Focus looks at the impact of college and university training as VR intervention for job seekers with disabilities; RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities publishes Immigration Trends' Impacts on State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Minority Application Rates; MSKTC publishes factsheet on pregnancy and women with SCI in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); RRTC for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) and the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition have developed Effective Practices and Predictors Matrix; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) hosts webinar, Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community; Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) releases Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with IDD.

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2016-03-02
NARIC news: 

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, raising awareness of the many ways people with developmental disabilities contribute to our society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in six children aged 3 through 17 have one or more developmental disabilities, which begin during the developmental period and can affect physical function, learning, language, and behavior. The NIDILRR community has conducted research and developed resources in this area for more than 30 years, generating more than 1,000 publications indexed in our collection. Take a look at the collection and meet a few of the current NIDILRR grantees supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Research In Focus
Does College Training Have a Role to Play in VR?
This week's Research In Focus looks at the impact of college and university training as a vocational rehabilitation (VR) intervention for job seekers with disabilities.

Resource Highlight: 

Immigration Trends' Impacts on State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Minority Application Rates The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (90RT5024) has published Immigration Trends' Impacts on State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Minority Application Rates: A National Time Series Forecast Model Demonstration Study (PDF). This research policy brief describes the efficacy of two empirical forecast models that could accurately predict the impact of immigration trends on new application rates to state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies across racial and ethnic groups. These models may help state VR agencies to develop new policy initiatives that respond rapidly to the needs of minority group members.

News items: 

Pregnancy and Women with Spinal Cord Injury Factsheet in APMR
Pregnancy and Women with Spinal Cord Injury, a factsheet from the NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004), has been published as an education/information page in the March 2016 issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The factsheet outlines what may happen during each trimester of pregnancy as well as during labor, delivery, and post-delivery. The factsheet also describes how a spinal cord injury (SCI) may impact each phase of pregnancy. Also included are online resources for women with SCI who are contemplating pregnancy. The factsheet is available free of charge and may be reproduced for educational purposes.

New Matrix Highlights Effective Practices for Positive Post-School Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC EBP-VR) (990RT5014), in collaboration with the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition, developed an Effective Practices and Predictors Matrix. The matrix identifies effective practices that promote positive post-school outcomes for all students with disabilities. Practices are identified by level of evidence as evidence-based, research-based, or promising, depending on the amount, type, and quality of research conducted.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0077) will host a webinar, Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community, TODAY 3-3:45pm ET. Three presenters will introduce their NIDILRR-funded projects focusing on translating the findings and products of disability and rehabilitation research and development into practice. The presenters will also describe the knowledge translation strategies they plan to employ to increase the use of research previously funded by NIDILRR. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) has released Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2006-2013 (PDF). This report summarizes the employment and economic outcomes for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities between 2006 and 2013 in the US. The report presents data for each state and the nation as a whole. Data are reported for young adults who may still be eligible for school services as well as those who have left the education system. The report is a part of ICI's ThinkWork! group of projects, supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), that promote integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.