News and Notes 204 March 9

Get to know the current TBI model systems, available through the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, in observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month; TU Collaborative publishes Creating Welcoming Mental Health Work Environments; February nTIDE Report highlights continuing trends and emerging research; University of Washington TBI Model System publishes new series of TBI InfoComics on Understanding TBI; Great Plains and Rocky Mountain ADA Centers host the 2016 National ADA Symposium; RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) hosts webinar, National Data on People with IDD Living with Family Members; National Alliance for Caregiving, Mental Health America, and National Alliance on Mental Illness release On Pins & Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness.

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2016-03-09
NARIC news: 

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and this year's theme from the Brain Injury Association of America is #NotAloneInBrainInjury. More than 5 million people in the US live with the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI), with new injuries happening every 13 seconds. For nearly 30 years, the NIDILRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers have conducted research on and developed interventions for people with TBI and their families. Each center contributes to a nationwide database which now includes data on more than 13,000 people who have received inpatient rehabilitation for TBI. Get to know the current TBI model systems, their consumer publications, and their research reviews available through the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center.

Resource Highlight: 

Creating Welcoming Mental Health Work Environments
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) has published Creating Welcoming Mental Health Work Environments, a new guide focusing on strategies for creating more welcoming work environments within mental health agencies for staff members with mental health conditions who work in non-peer specialist roles. The TU Collaborative will host a webinar on March 29th at 2pm introducing the guide and the survey that led to its development.

News items: 

February nTIDE Report Highlights Continuing Trends and Emerging Research
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017) reported continuing trends in employment for people with disabilities in February in this month's National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This issue also highlighted emerging research in employment and disabilities such as multiple sclerosis and brain injury and how this research may guide development of programs and practices to expand employment opportunities.

TBI InfoComics Tackle Understanding TBI
The NIDILRR-funded University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System (90DP0031) has published a new series of TBI InfoComics on Understanding TBI. The three-part series introduces readers to TBI, following Mike and his family as he goes through rehabilitation, returns home, and adjusts to new routines and situations. The TBI InfoComics present research findings from the TBI Model Systems in an engaging format, using text and images to share vital and up-to-date information about physical, cognitive, and emotional issues people with TBI may be facing.

Grantee event: 

2016 National ADA Symposium
The NIDILRR-funded Great Plains ADA Center (90DP0020), and the Rocky Mountain ADA Center (90DP0018) will host the 2016 National ADA Symposium, June 19th-22nd, in Denver, CO. The symposium provides the latest information on ADA regulations and guidelines, implementation strategies, and best practices through dynamic, interactive sessions. These sessions are designed to meet the needs of attendees from a variety of occupations and backgrounds, from architects to administrators to advocates. Registration is required and there are related fees. The symposium is sponsored by the NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network.

Webinar: National Data on People with IDD Living with Family Members
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) will host a webinar, National Data on People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Living with Family Members, March 22nd, 2-3:30pm ET. The webinar will present state and national data collected by the Supporting Individual and Families Information Systems Project on individuals with IDD who receive support services while living in the home of a family member. Presenters will discuss how this information may be useful in assessing state systems of support available to individuals and their families. Registration is free and required. To register, email Jennifer Negus at jnegus@hsri.org by March 17th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

On Pins & Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness
The National Alliance for Caregiving, in partnership with Mental Health America and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has released a new study, On Pins & Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness. The study details the obstacles and opportunities facing the 8.4 million American caregivers of adults with mental illness and identifies inadequacies in the US healthcare system in meeting the needs of families who manage moderate-to-serious mental illness.