News and Notes 221 July 6

NARIC at RESNA/NCART Annual Conference along with RERCs, from which NARIC has over 1,000 papers in its collection; message from NIDILRR's Director; NIDILRR grants forecast moves to Grants.gov; Research in Focus looks at programs connecting youth with disabilities to supports after leaving high school; MSKTC publishes factsheet, Adjusting to Life After Spinal Cord Injury; co-director of University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury wins inaugural Martin Mickle Outstanding Innovator Award; researchers from Burn Injury Model System Centers publish article on 20 years of BIMS research in Journal of Burn Care and Research; RRTC on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities hosts webcast, A Study of Quality Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS); TIKTOC Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center seeks participants to test SCI-HARD, a mobile game to help individuals with SCI/D improve self-management skills; Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) releases Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies.

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2016-07-06
NARIC news: 

Next week we will exhibit at the RESNA/NCART Annual Conference in Arlington, VA, along with our friends at AbleData. We expect to see staff from many of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) presenting on their research and development activities. Since 1983, the RERCs have conducted research and development on everything from wheelchair design to cloud computing. Our collection includes more than 1,000 items from these prolific projects! Will you be at RESNA? Stop by and say hello!

Research In Focus:
For Youth with Disabilities, Finding Help and Support After High School Can Be a Challenge
This week's Research In Focus looks at programs that may help connect young people with disabilities to key services and supports once they leave school.

Resource Highlight: 

Adjusting to Life After Spinal Cord Injury
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0012) has published a new factsheet, Adjusting to Life After Spinal Cord Injury. The factsheet provides information and resources to help people new to spinal cord injury (SCI), including returning home after injury, managing health, and adjusting to changes in family life and independence.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

A Message from NIDILRR's Director
NIDILRR Director John Tschida shares thoughts on the potential for research and development in community-based, long-term services and supports (LTSS) and invites comments on how NIDILRR can assist in advancing this research agenda.

NIDILRR Grants Forecast Moves to Grants.gov
NIDILRR postings of both forecasted and current grant opportunities have been moved to http://www.grants.gov, and NIDILRR will be posting any new opportunities on grants.gov going forward. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, click the Search Grants tab and enter NIDILRR in the keyword field or 93.433 in the CFDA field.

News items: 

Model Systems Researcher Receives Inaugural Marlin Mickle Award
Rory Cooper, PhD, co-director of the NIDILRR-funded University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (90SI5008), received the inaugural Marlin Mickle Outstanding Innovator Award from the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute. Dr. Cooper received the award for his dedication to translating research from the lab to the market and for fostering a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in his students.

20 Years of Burn Injury Model System Research
Researchers from current and recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Burn Injury Model System Centers (90DP0035) have published The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Burn Model System: Twenty years of contributions to clinical service and research (abstract), available online ahead of print in the Journal of Burn Care and Research. The article examines the research and achievements of the Burn Injury Model System Centers and highlights the system as a model for collaborative research that is multidisciplinary and outcome focused.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: A Study of Quality Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with MS
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU RRTC) (90RT5035) will host a webcast, A Study of Quality Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), July 14th, 2-2:45pm ET. Presenters will discuss progress and findings from a current study of employment outcomes among people with MS, along with what those findings mean for people with MS. The presentation will also include comparisons of this study's findings with other employment research, as well as recommendations for policy based on the most current findings. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

SCI-HARD Mobile Gaming Study
The NIDILRR-funded Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (90RE5012) is seeking young people with spinal cord injury or dysfunction (SCI/D) to test SCI-HARD, a mobile game designed to help individuals with SCI/D improve self-management skills. The game is available for Android and Apple devices. Participants must be English-speaking, between the ages of 13 and 29, and have a SCI/D. Eligible participants may receive up to $100 for completing the study. For more information, contact sci-hardgame@umich.edu or 734/615-6720.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has released Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies. The Competencies outline recent advances in knowledge and practice skills that public health professionals need to include people with disabilities in the core public health functions: assessment, policy development, and assurance. This resource includes strategies, examples, and e-learning modules on how to implement the competencies in the daily work of the public health professional as well as embed them into existing public health curricula and trainings. Development of the Competencies was funded by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).