News and Notes 228 August 24

NARIC has gathered resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help students with disabilities get "back to school;" Research in Focus on how transportation use may impact community participation for people with disabilities; RERC on Universal Design in the Built Environment debuts isUD: Innovative Solutions for Universal Design; Switzer Fellow Dr. Dobryakova quoted in article on fatigue research on website BBC Future; Knowledge utilization and ADA technical assistance information, article from Great Lakes ADA Regional Center, wins 2016 Editors' Choice Award by the editors of the Journal of Rehabilitation; MSKTC seeks participants for testing new factsheet, Healthy Eating After Burn Injury -- For Kids; KTER presents webinar, A Tailored Offer of Technical Assistance as a Knowledge Translation (KT) Strategy; National Association for Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) launches National Aging and Disability Business Center, funded in part by the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

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2016-08-24
NARIC news: 

Students across the US are college-bound this week, moving into dorm rooms or off-campus housing. For students with disabilities, this week may also include meeting with the disability services office, arranging access to buildings or transportation to and around campus, managing personal care assistants on campus, and figuring out new technology options for access to coursework. We gathered some resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help students with disabilities get "back to school!"

Research In Focus:
Independent Transportation Can Lead to More Opportunities for People with Disabilities
This week's Research In Focus looks at how transportation use may impact community participation for people with and without disabilities.

Resource Highlight: 

isUD: Innovative Solutions for Universal Design
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment recently debuted Innovative Solutions for Universal Design (isUDtm) (90RT5022), a collection of evidence-based solutions for creating inclusive and healthy environments. Users must create a free account to explore the collection. Each solution includes applicable goals of UD and describes when in a project it might be applied, such as design development or operations. Many of the solutions include supporting information such as drawings, photographs, and best practices. The current collection includes solutions for UD of public and commercial buildings. In the future, the collection will expand to include housing, transportation, products, and more.

News items: 

Fatigue Research in the Spotlight at BBC Future
NIDILRR Switzer Fellow Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD (90SF0009), was quoted in an article, The daily struggle of living with extreme fatigue, on the website BBC Future. Dr. Dobryakova was interviewed about her fellowship research on the corticostriatal circuit, which is involved in processing pleasure and motivation in the brain, and how dopamine can impact fatigue in people with neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis and certain brain injuries.

Great Lakes ADA Center Article Wins Editors' Choice Award
Knowledge utilization and ADA technical assistance information (PDF, see page 19), an article from the NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0024), was selected for the 2016 Editors' Choice Award by the editors of the Journal of Rehabilitation. The article was published in the April-June 2015 issue of the journal. The Editors' Choice Award recognizes individual articles for their quality, scientific rigor, and impact on the field of rehabilitation. The entire issue is available online free of charge.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Offering Tailored Technical Assistance as a KT Strategy
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0077) will present a webinar, Offering Tailored Technical Assistance as a Knowledge Translation (KT) Strategy, August 30th, 3-4pm ET. Research Director Ryan Williams, PhD, will present findings from a study that tested the use of follow-up technical assistance to support knowledge gains and application among those who attended a webinar on employment issues for cancer survivors. Registration is free and required and continuing education credits are available.

Participate: 

Burn Injury Consumer Factsheet Testing
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0012) is seeking qualified candidates to test a new factsheet, Healthy Eating After Burn Injury – For Kids. Qualified participants must be over 18 years old and may include individuals with burn injuries, their family members, and caregivers. Participants will be compensated with a $25 gift card. For questions or to volunteer, contact the MSKTC at 202/403-5600 or msktc@air.org.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Aging and Disability Business Center
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) recently launched the National Aging and Disability Business Center, funded in part by the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The Center offers resources, training, and technical assistance to build and strengthen partnerships between aging and disability community-based organizations (CBOs) and the nation’s health care system. Resources include a free webinar series to educate and support CBOs and health care payers to provide quality care and services to older adults and people with disabilities.