News and Notes 212 May 4

NARIC highlights research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day; NIDILRR 2016 Grants Forecast updated; Research in Focus features insights from people with SCI on returning to work; Aging RRTC publishes two plain-language summaries of research on healthy aging with physical disabilities; TU Collaborative health fair, focused on health and wellness for people with psychiatric disabilities, was featured on CBS Philly and KYW News Radio; principal investigator on the project on the Impact of Prism Adaptation Therapy for Spacial Neglect on Home and Community Outcomes was interviewed on One on One with Steve Adubato on NJTV; KTDRR hosts webcast on writing webpages, research briefs, consent forms, and other educational materials in plain language; VCU-RRTC seeks people with physical disabilities for online survey on barriers and supports to employment; Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issues report, Policy and Research Needs to Maximize Independence and Support Community Living: Workshop Summary

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2016-05-04
NARIC news: 

Tomorrow is Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, promoted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This year's theme is Finding Help, Finding Hope, and explores how communities can increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders and their families. We highlighted research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere focusing on children's mental health and supporting children and youth with mental health conditions as they learn and grow in our Spotlight blog.

Research In Focus:
What Do People with SCI Need to Know Before They Return to Work?
In this week's Research In Focus, people with spinal cord injury (SCI) share what they learned about the connection between good health and returning to work.

Resource Highlight: 

Plain-Language Summaries of Research on Healthy Aging with a Disability
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (Aging RRTC) (90RT5023/H133B130018) has published two new plain-language summaries of research on aging with physical disabilities. How have recent Medicaid changes affected beneficiaries with disabilities? compares Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities who had been switched over to managed care with those who had not, to see how satisfied both groups were with their healthcare and whether they were able to get all of their medical needs met through their health plan. How to sidestep chronic health problems as you age looks at five health problems that are common among adults with long-term physical conditions and at what age they tend to get these health problems.

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 May 3rd at https://forecast.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

TU Collaborative Health Fair Featured on CBS Philly
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021/H133B130014) held a health fair focusing on health and wellness for people with psychiatric disabilities, which was featured on CBS Philly and KYW News Radio. Assistant Director Gretchen Snethen, PhD, was interviewed about the fair and the importance of physical activity for people with psychiatric disabilities.

Stroke Therapy Research Featured on NJTV
A.M. Barrett, MD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded project on the Impact of Prism Adaptation Therapy for Spatial Neglect on Home and Community Outcomes (90IF0037/H133G120203), was interviewed on One on One with Steve Adubato on NJTV. Dr. Barrett explained issues of spatial neglect following stroke and demonstrated the prism adaptation therapy currently in development. She discussed how prism therapy may improve the lives of stroke survivors.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Plain Language Strategies
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027/H133A120012) will host a webcast, Plain Language Strategies, May 11th, 3-4pm ET. Kelly Warmington will share concrete tips and tools for writing webpages, research briefs, consent forms, and other educational materials in plain language. Registration is free and required and continuing education credits are available.

Participate: 

VCU-RRTC Survey on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) (90RT5035/H133B130011) is seeking people with physical disabilities to complete an online survey on barriers and supports to employment. Eligible participants are US citizens between the ages of 18 and 65 with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, spina bifida, or other physical disabilities. Participants who complete the survey may be eligible to win one of 100 $25 gift cards.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Policy and Research Needs to Maximize Independence and Support Community Living: Workshop Summary
The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has issued a report, Policy and Research Needs to Maximize Independence and Support Community Living, summarizing a public workshop held October 6th, 2015.The workshop explored the policies and research needed to support community living and maximizing independence for older adults and individuals with disabilities. This workshop was hosted by the Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence. The report may be downloaded free of charge.