News and Notes 207 March 30

Articles on nutrition from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere featured in NARIC Spotlight blog in observance of National Nutrition Month; NIDILRR continues to post its FY 2016 grant opportunities in HHS Grants Forecast Database; Research in Focus highlights program on healthy eating and activity for people with serious mental illness; RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) releases report, In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; RERC researcher Joshua Miele presents 2016 Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies at San Francisco State University; Capti Narrator developed by Charmtech Labs featured on Fox 5 News (NY); RRTC on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts webinar series, nTIDE Lunch & Learn; Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), of which NIDILRR is a member, releases proceedings from Accessibility and Usability in Health Information Technology conference.

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2016-03-30
NARIC news: 

March is National Nutrition Month, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year's theme is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right. Whether you're planning meals for the week or heading out to your favorite restaurant, there are many tools, apps, programs, and guides available to help you make healthy food choices. We looked at a few selections from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog. Visit us on Facebook to share your favorite way to "savor the flavor of eating right!"

Research In Focus:
A New Program Shows Promise in Helping People with Serious Mental Illness Fight Obesity and Embrace Wellness
This week's Research In Focus highlights a program that teaches people with serious mental illness how to incorporate healthy eating and activity into their lives.

Resource Highlight: 

In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) has released a report, In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2013. The report, based on RTC/CL's National Residential Information Systems Project (RISP), presents national and state-level data on publicly-funded residential service setting types, setting sizes, funding authorities, and expenditures for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the United States. In addition to the national report, data are available in brief state profiles that highlight specific findings in an interactive graphic format that allows readers to quickly access state data and see comparisons between states.

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 March 30th at http://www.acf.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

RERC Researcher Presents Longmore Lecture
Joshua Miele, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multisensory Loss (90RE5008/H133E110004), presented the 2016 Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies on March 2nd at the Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. The lecture series recognizes leaders in disability studies, culture, and history. Dr. Miele's lecture was titled How Access Really Happens: Disability, Technology, and Design Thinking.

Capti Narrator Featured on Fox 5 News
Capti Narrator, technology developed by Charmtech Labs LLC under several NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants (90BI0023, H133S130028, 90BI0005, 90BI0004, H133S110023, H133S110028, H133S090065), was featured in School children learn with the help of narration software on Fox 5 News (NY). The story highlighted the features of the program and how it supports students who may have learning disabilities or are second language learners. The program is in use in 40 schools in New York state, with plans to expand to schools in 100 districts by September.

Grantee event: 

nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5037) is hosting a webinar series, nTIDE Lunch & Learn, on the first Friday of each month, with the next webinar airing April 1st at 12pm ET. The webinars include the results of the latest nTIDE report on employment trends for people with disabilities in the US. Webinars also include news and updates from the field of disability employment, as well as invited panelists who will discuss current disability-related findings and events. Registration is free and required and previous episodes are archived.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Accessibility and Usability in Health Information Technology
The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), of which NIDILRR is a member, released the proceedings from Accessibility and Usability in Health Information Technology: A Research and Action Conference to Empower People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Caregivers. Over 35 thought leaders representing users, providers, health information technology (IT) researchers and developers, and federal leadership shared their perspectives on current issues and potential levers of change to move the agenda for accessible and usable health IT forward. Recorded presentations from the September 2015 conference are also available.