News and Notes 214 May 18

NARIC shares resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog in observance of Older Americans Month and Mental Health Month; NIDILRR 2016 Grants Forecast with updates as of May 12th; NIDILRR seeks comment on proposed transportation and health service delivery models priorities; Research in Focus on improving access to behavioral and educational services for children with ASD; NWRSCIS posts Managing Personal Caregivers: A Panel Discussion; TU Collaborative PI is plenary speaker at Second Annual Conference of the Association for Community Integration Programs; PI of Spaulding Harvard TBI System Center interviewed for Just keep going segment on CBS Sunday Morning; Capti Narrator makes 50,000 eBooks available through partnership with Project Gutenberg; MSKTC hosts webinar, Engaging the Media; University of Minnesota RRTC/CL has developed Make Work a Part of Your Plan video and webinar series.

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2016-05-18
NARIC news: 

May is both Older Americans Month and Mental Health Month. The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging and the National Council on Behavioral Health are hosting a Twitter chat TODAY at 2pm ET. The chat will promote and raise awareness of resources for older adults at risk for or living with mental health and substance use challenges. Look for @nationalcouncil to post questions and use the hashtag #BH365 to join the conversation. We shared resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our Spotlight blog that you can use to support people aging with mental health conditions in your community.

Research In Focus:
Changes in Policy May Mean Better Access to Interventions for Children with ASD
This week's Research In Focus asks, How can we improve access to key behavioral and educational services for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)?

Resource Highlight: 

Managing Personal Caregivers: A Panel Discussion
The NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (H133N110017) has posted Managing Personal Caregivers: A Panel Discussion, the latest in the SCI Forum video series. Four individuals with cervical SCI share their stories, tips, and hard-won wisdom on the topic of personal caregivers. Each panelist presents different experiences with finding and retaining reliable, competent, and affordable caregivers and paying for care to meet the panelists' unique needs.

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 12th at https://forecast.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

NIDILRR Seeking Public Comment on Two Proposed Priorities
NIDILRR is seeking public comment on two priorities: Review the proposed transportation priority in Word (46KB) or PDF (128KB); review the proposed health service delivery models priority in Word (36KB) or PDF (115KB). Email comments on these priorities to Marlene.Spencer@acl.hhs.gov. Comments for the transportation priority are due by May 20th, 2016. Comments for the health service delivery model priority are due by May 27th, 2016.

News items: 

NIDILRR PI to Present Plenary at A4CIP
Mark Salzer, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021), will be a plenary speaker at the Second Annual Conference of the Association for Community Integration Programs (A4CIP), May 27th at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX. Dr. Salzer will discuss the concepts underlying the value of community integration and participation as a key aspect of health, the evidence base indicating that people with serious mental health issues would, could, and should participate in the community like everyone else, and strategies for promoting community participation.

NIDILRR Researcher on CBS Sunday Morning
Joseph Giacino, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Spaulding Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) System Center (90DP0039/H133A120085), was interviewed for Just keep going on CBS Sunday Morning. The story followed Dylan Rizzo and his recovery from severe TBI. Dr. Giacino discussed research in long-term recovery from TBI.

50,000 eBooks Now Available Through Capti Narrator
Capti Narrator, technology developed by Charmtech Labs LLC under several NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research Grants (90BI0023; H133S130028; 90BI0005/H133S120055; 90BI0004/H133S120067; H133S110023; H133S110028; H133S090065), now makes over 50,000 free eBooks available, through a partnership with Project Gutenberg. Capti Narrator makes eBooks, documents, and webpages available in a personal audio book library where users can listen to them on the go or at leisure, switch between devices, and continue from where one left off. While attractive for consumers with and without visual disabilities, Capti is also being adopted by schools worldwide as a resource for language learning and for providing alternative formats for students with reading difficulties. Capti Narrator users, including teachers and students, can now add classic titles from the Project Gutenberg library and listen at any time.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Engaging the Media
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0012/H33A110006) will host a webinar, Engaging the Media, May 24th, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss the current media landscape, partnering with communications and public relations offices within organizations, and tips for working effectively with the media. They will also offer guidance on generating news stories and gauging the media's interest in research, with examples from successful media campaigns from the Model Systems projects. To register, email msktc@air.org. Previous KT webinars are available in an archive.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Make Work a Part of Your Plan
The University of Minnesota Research and Training Center on Community Living, through funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, has developed Make Work a Part of Your Plan video and webinar series. The series was developed to deliver positive narratives about competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities in Minnesota and across the US. In a time of changing systems and services, the series provides individuals, families, and professionals with information around raising expectations for employment, as well as participation, innovative ideas, strategies, best practices, and direction for the future of employment support.