News and Notes 208 April 6

Research and resources in OT from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Occupational Therapy Month; NIDILRR posts grants forecast and vacancies announcement; Research in Focus on supports for job seekers with autism spectrum disorders; Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) releases video series on Bowel Management, Pressure Ulcer Prevention, and Pneumonia Prevention; March nTIDE Report shows signs of possible turnaround for status of Americans with disabilities in the workplace; Alan Jette to receive John Stanley Coulter Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); Southeast ADA Center hosts ADA Live! webinar, Supported Decision-Making, continuing conversation from an earlier ADA Live! episode; RERC on AAC hosts Student Research and Development Competition in collaboration with RESNA; Rehabilitation Services Administration at the Department of Education releases Understanding the Affordable Care Act: A Toolkit for VR Counselors.

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2016-04-06
NARIC news: 

It's Occupational Therapy Month, sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Occupational therapy (OT) is one of the fastest growing occupations in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. OTs are essential to helping people who have experienced an illness or injury to return to work, play, and everyday life. They assist people with disabilities across the life span, from early childhood and preschool, through school and work, and into senior life. We took a look at the broad range of research and resources in OT from the NIDILRR community and other sources, all available through our collection.

Research In Focus:
The Right Supports Can Improve Opportunities for Job Seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This week's Research In Focus highlights supported employment and Project SEARCH and how both interventions can improve employment outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorders.

Resource Highlight: 

Managing Medical Complications After SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) (90SI5011) has released a three-part video series, Managing Medical Complications After Spinal Cord Injury: Bowel Management, Pressure Ulcer Prevention, and Pneumonia Prevention. The 30-minute videos provide information to individuals with SCI and caregivers on management and prevention of these conditions, which can have a significant impact on day-to-day activities and quality of life if they are not managed properly. The videos may also be ordered on DVD free of charge by emailing SCIResearch@KesslerFoundation.org.

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 April 5th at http://www.acf.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

NIDILRR Vacancies Announcement
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking applicants for 2 vacancies at NIDILRR: Program Specialist (Evaluation) and Program Specialist (Disability Statistics Research). Closing date for applications is April 14th.

News items: 

March nTIDE Report Shows Steady Indicators, Possible Turnaround
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5017) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5022) released the March National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report on the status of Americans with disabilities in the workplace. According to the report, key economic indicators remained steady for people with disabilities, which may be an initial sign of a turnaround. The report also discusses strategies that help people return to work after illness or injury.

Alan Jette to Receive ACRM Coulter Award
Alan Jette, PT, PhD, principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR projects (90DP0055/H133A130023; 90SI5013/H133N120002; 90AR5012/H133P120001; H133N110019; H133P050001; H133P990004; H133F50022), will receive the John Stanley Coulter Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Coulter Award recognizes significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation. Dr. Jette will deliver the John Stanley Coulter Award Lecture during the 2016 ACRM conference on the topic of strategies for moving rehabilitation from innovation dissemination to actual implementation.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live! - Episode 31: Supported Decision-Making: Continuing the Conversation, TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (90DP0019) will host a webinar, ADA Live! - Episode 31: Supported Decision-Making: Continuing the Conversation, TODAY 1-1:30p ET. Presenters will follow up on the most frequently asked questions from Episode 25: The Interplay Between Guardianship and the ADA and Supported Decision-Making. This episode will also highlight how supported decision-making can help people with disabilities make their own decisions and direct their own lives, as well as ways to access appropriate supports and services to make that happen. The webinar is free and no registration is required.

Participate: 

RERC on AAC Student Research and Development Competition
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) (90RE5017) is hosting a Student Research and Development Competition in collaboration with RESNA. The competition is designed to stimulate research and development on the topic of tone of voice in speech output for AAC systems. It is open to any high school, undergraduate, or graduate student around the world. The first-place student will receive a research and development award to support the project and attendance at the 2016 RESNA conference. Submission guidelines and additional resources are available online. Entries must be submitted by May 12th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Understanding the Affordable Care Act: A Toolkit for VR Counselors
The Rehabilitation Services Administration at the Department of Education announced the release of Understanding the Affordable Care Act: A Toolkit for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors, a result of the 37th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues. The toolkit is designed as a resource for VR counselors on how the changes in the health care system can provide additional opportunities to eliminate barriers to employment for people and businesses. By using this toolkit, counselors may better understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect their clients, refer their clients to experts for help, and include health coverage in a plan for education or employment.