News and Notes 213 May 11

NARIC posts research and resources from the NIDILRR community under Right Resources, Right Now heading in its Spotlight Blog; NIDILRR posts updated 2016 Grants Forecast in HHS Grants Forecast Database; NIDILRR seeks public comment on proposed Transportation Priority; Research in Focus features web-based motivational program for smokers with serious mental illness who wish to quit smoking; Project TEAM intervention teaches teens and young adults with disabilities to identify and generate solutions to environmental barriers; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC release April National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report on status of Americans with disabilities in the workplace; principal investigator of Spaulding-Harvard TBI Model System Center featured in NBC's Dateline: On Assignment; VCU-RRTC hosts webcast, Experiences and Employment of Veterans with Amputations; National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), funded by the Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration, provides information to professionals and organizations on increasing transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities in the community.

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2016-05-11
NARIC news: 

May seems to be the month of choice for national observances! Take a look at our calendar of events and you'll see more than 25 observances for vision, hearing, and speech; older Americans; chronic conditions such as hepatitis, arthritis, celiac disease, and osteoporosis; mental health; and many more! We post research and resources from the NIDILRR community in our Spotlight Blog under the heading Right Resources, Right Now. Each article features products and publications you can use in your monthly observances, plus the latest research articles from the NIDILRR community and other sources in the US and internationally.

Research In Focus:
How Do You Motivate Smokers with Serious Mental Illness to Consider Quitting?
This week's Research In Focus looks at a web-based motivational program designed to set smokers with serious mental illness on the path to quitting.

Resource Highlight: 

Project TEAM Intervention
The NIDILRR-funded Project TEAM: Teens Making Environmental and Activity Modifications (90IF0032) has published the complete Project TEAM intervention, which teaches teens and young adults with disabilities how to identify barriers in their physical and social environment, generate solutions to those barriers, and advocate for changes in the environment. The full intervention manual and workbooks are available free of charge to agencies and organizations that serve youth with disabilities. To request a copy of the intervention, contact yellbulab@gmail.com.

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 5th at https://forecast.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

NIDILRR Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Transportation Priority
Review the Priority in Word (46KB) or PDF (128KB). Email comments on the Priority to Marlene.Spencer@acl.hhs.gov by May 20th, 2016.

News items: 

Positive Employment Trend Continues According to April nTIDE Report
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022/H133B130015) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017/H133B120005) released the April National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report on the status of Americans with disabilities in the workplace. According to the report, key economic indicators increased for people with disabilities, improving from April 2015. The report also highlighted vocational research to overcome barriers to employment after stroke.

NIDILRR Researcher Featured in Dateline: On Assignment
Joseph Giacino, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center (90DP0039) was interviewed for Life or Death Decisions on Dateline: On Assignment on NBC. Dr. Giacino discussed research on severe TBI and neuroplasticity, or the brain's ability to recover from injury both shortly after injury and over long periods of time.

Grantee event: 

Experiences and Employment of Veterans with Amputations
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) (H133B130011) will host a webcast, Experiences and Employment of Veterans with Amputations, May 26th, 2-3:15pm ET. Presenters will discuss research in employment of veterans with amputations, including a question and answer chat session. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), funded by the Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration, promotes the availability and accessibility of transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, and communities. NADTC provides information and technical assistance in response to specific issues or questions from professionals and organizations with an interest in increasing transportation options in the community. The website offers publications, news, webinars, training events, and resources on community grant opportunities.