News and Notes 223 July 20

NARIC sharing resources from the NIDILRR community at the National Association of States United for Aging  and Disability (NASUAD) Information & Referral Center Webinar; Research in Focus looks at how spirituality is linked to quality of life in people with SCI; MSKTC releases new factsheet: Memory and Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); two new disability etiquette courses from Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center spotlighted on Fox 21 News; TBI Model System National Data and Statistical Center enrolls its 15,000th participant in the TBIMS National Database, the largest longitudinar database on TBI in the world; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Pets, and the Law; Viscardi Center accepting nominations for the 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, recognizing leaders who have helped improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in all areas of community living.

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2016-07-20
NARIC news: 

July is steaming along here in DC! This afternoon, we'll be spending some time with the members of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD), presenting to the agencies and organizations that provide home and community-based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. As part of NASUAD's free Information & Referral Center Webinar series, we will be sharing resources from the NIDILRR community that these organizations can use right now to support the full participation of people with disabilities in their communities. Grab a cool beverage and join us today at 3pm ET. Registration is free but required.

Research In Focus:
How is Spirituality Linked to Quality of Life in People with Spinal Cord Injury?
In this week's Research In Focus, we look at the connection between spirituality and adjusting to life after spinal cord injury.

Resource Highlight: 

Memory and Moderate to Severe TBI
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0012) has released a new factsheet, Memory and Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The factsheet explains memory problems that may affect people with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), and provides strategies for how to manage memory difficulties. The factsheet is also available in Spanish (PDF).

News items: 

Disability Etiquette Course in the News
Two new disability etiquette courses from the NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0018) were spotlighted in Rocky Mountain ADA Center Offering Free Disability Etiquette Courses on Fox 21 News. The free, interactive courses are made to apply to real world situations where people with and without disabilities might connect, and answer questions that are sometimes hard to ask. The first course targets understanding of the ADA’s definition of a person with a disability and how to engage in personal and professional settings. The second course covers best practices for interacting with specific disability types.

TBI Model System National Database Reaches 15,000 Participants
The NIDILRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) National Data and Statistical Center (90DP0013) enrolled its 15,000th participant in the TBIMS National Database (PDF) on July 7, 2016. The TBIMS National Database contains data collected from participants in the TBIMS Program and is the largest longitudinal database of TBI in the world. The network of TBIMS Centers works together to collect information for research on outcomes after TBI, following participants up to 20 years post-injury. Individuals enrolled in the TBIMS National Database are critical to advancing understanding in the field of the lifetime impact of TBI.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Pets, and the Law TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0024) will host a webinar, Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Pets, and the Law, TODAY, 2-3:30pm ET. Presenters will cover the federal law and provide a sampling of the state law regarding service animals and assistance/emotional support animals in public settings, housing, and transportation. The session will involve reviews of legislation, regulations, guidance, case law, and recent news items regarding service animals and claimed service animals. Registration is free and required and continuing education credits are available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Viscardi Achievement Awards Open for Nominations
The Viscardi Center is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. These awards recognize leaders who have helped improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in all areas of community living. Nominations are open to individuals in the US and internationally, representing academia, healthcare, government, and non-profit and corporate sectors. Nominations are due by September 30th.