News and Notes 211 April 27

Research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Financial Capability Month; Research in Focus looks at social media as key communication tool for people with ALS; RRTC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments releases Career Advantage for VIPs: An Employment Preparation Primer for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired; researcher from RERC to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multi-Sensory Loss is featured in California magazine; work of 14 engineering students developed under direction of RERC on AAC highlighted in Penn State News; KTDRR hosts two-part webinar, Scoping Review Methods for Producing Research Synthesis; National Child Traumatic Stress Network publishes The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma.

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2016-04-27
NARIC news: 

The White House declared April as National Financial Capability Month, focusing on equipping individuals with the knowledge and protections necessary to secure a stable financial future for themselves and their families. Financial literacy is a key part of community living and participation, from young people with disabilities transitioning to adulthood and their first paying jobs, to employees with disabilities saving for retirement, to older people aging with and into disability and accessing their benefits. We talked about the importance of financial literacy and shared some research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog.

Research In Focus:
For People with ALS, Social Media Can Be a Key Communication Tool to Maintain Relationships and Expand Networks
This week's Research In Focus looks at how people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are tapping into social networks and augmentative and alternative communication to stay connected.

Resource Highlight: 

Career Advantage for VIPs
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (90RT5040) has released Career Advantage for VIPs: An Employment Preparation Primer for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Career Advantage is designed for individuals who are making the transition from high school, college, or training program into the workforce. The self-paced modules take users step-by-step through self-assessment, career exploration, developing resumes, learning effective job-search techniques, and talking to employers about vision loss and accommodations.

News items: 

RERC Researcher Featured in California Magazine
Joshua Miele, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multi-Sensory Loss (90RE5008/H133E110004) is featured in The blind leading the blind: How Berkeley alums are designing an inclusive world in California magazine. The article features Miele and several other alumni of the University of California Berkeley who are developing new technologies for people who are blind or have low vision.

RERC AAC Student Research Highlighted by Penn State News
The work of 14 engineering students, developed under the direction of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) (90RE5017/H133E140026), was highlighted in Students to unveil advanced technology for people with communication barriers in Penn State News. The students aimed to add tone of voice to AAC devices so those devices can better convey mood or individual personality, a feature which is missing in current AAC technology.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Scoping Review Methods for Producing Research Synthesis TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027/H133A120012) will host a two-part webinar, Scoping Review Methods for Producing Research Synthesis. The first part, Introduction to Scoping Reviews and Synthesizing Evidence, TODAY, 3-4:30pm ET, will provide an overview on conducting scoping reviews and applying them to the literature in disability and rehabilitation. The second part, Methods for Scoping Reviews, May 25th, 3-4:30pm ET, will provide an in-depth presentation of the steps of conducting a scoping review, including framing the research question; evidence retrieval; study classification; assessing quality of evidence; data extraction and organization; and collating, summarizing, and reporting the results. Registration for both sessions is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has published The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma. The toolkit consists of a Facilitator Guide and a Participant Manual. Together, they are designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have had traumatic experiences, and how to use this knowledge to support children's safety, well-being, happiness, and recovery through trauma-informed practice.