News and Notes 232 September 21

In observance of Rehabilitation Act's 43rd anniversary, members of NARIC team share how the act and work of the NIDILRR community have impacted them; Research in Focus shows how community conversations can bring diverse stakeholders together to build consensus; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center posts new video, Up, Up, and Away: SCI and Travel, the latest in the SCI Forum Video series; Dr. Fried-Oken from RERC on AAC interviewed in New Brain-Computer Interface has Monkeys 'Typing' Up a Storm for KQED in Northern California; principal investigator for Participation, Subjective Well-Being, Health, and Spinal Cord Injury: A 40-Year Longitudinal Study gives keynote address at Medical University of South Carolina Faculty Convocation; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, State of the Community Virtual Conference: How the ADA Trainer/Leadership Network is Changing Local Communities; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research hosts webinar, Assessing Empirical Evidence for KTE Readiness; National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine release report, Measuring Recovery from Substance Abuse or Mental Disorders.

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2016-09-21
NARIC news: 

This month marks the 43rd anniversary of the signing of the Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act), a key piece of civil rights legislation that established important programs in vocational rehabilitation, independent living, advocacy, and employment. It prohibits discrimination by the Federal government in employment, benefits, program participation, and use of information and communication technology. The Rehab Act also established what would become the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the reason NARIC is here today! Members of the NARIC team who live with disabilities shared how the Rehab Act and the work of the NIDILRR community have impacted them personally and professionally in our blog.

Research In Focus:
Community Conversations Can Bring Diverse Stakeholders Together to Build Consensus
This week's Research In Focus shows how this group format can ensure that everyone has a voice in issues that are important to the community.

Resource Highlight: 

Up, Up, and Away: SCI and Travel
The NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (90SI5006) has posted a new video, Up, Up, and Away: SCI and Travel, the latest in the SCI Forum Video series. Travel options have improved for people with disabilities, but the word "accessible" in the travel industry is no guarantee that travelers will actually be able to access lodging, transportation, or sightseeing venues. A panel of four individuals share their stories of traveling as wheelchair users with SCI, strategies for planning and researching trips, tips for what to pack and what to carry, and being prepared when plans fall apart.

News items: 

Brain-Computer Interface Technology in Focus at KQED
Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) (90RE5017) was interviewed in New Brain-Computer Interface has Monkeys 'Typing' Up a Storm for KQED, public media for Northern California. Dr. Fried-Oken discussed new research and development of brain-computer interface communication technology for people with severe neurological and neuromuscular disabilities.

NIDILRR PI Highlights Diversity and Inclusion in Convocation
James S. Krause, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded project on Participation, Subjective Well-Being, Health, and Spinal Cord Injury: A 40-Year Longitudinal Study (90IF0015), gave the keynote address at the Medical University of South Carolina Faculty Convocation in September. Dr. Krause has contributed significantly to research in spinal cord injury throughout his career. He spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion at the university and beyond for persons with disabilities.

Grantee event: 

State of the Community Virtual Conference: How the ADA Trainer/Leadership Network is Changing Local Communities TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0071) will host a webinar, State of the Community Virtual Conference: How the ADA Trainer/Leadership Network is Changing Local Communities, TODAY, 1-2pm ET. Members of the ADA Training/Leadership Network (TLN) have conducted ADA training for thousands of civic organizations, businesses, municipalities, employers, and community groups. This virtual conference will highlight the work of the TLN to increase understanding and implementation of the ADA in the community. Registration is free and required.

Webcast: Assessing Empirical Evidence for KTE Readiness

The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0077) will host a webcast, Assessing Empirical Evidence for KTE Readiness, September 27th, 3-4pm ET. The session will introduce a newly created tool to help individuals interested in knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) to assess the readiness of completed research for KT potential. The End of Grant Readiness Tool consists of two major sections: (1) an assessment of the quality and strength of the evidence supporting the knowledge, and (2) an assessment of the significance of the knowledge to stakeholders and end-users. Each section is scored, based on criteria, and the final score is used to help guide decisions about KT activities based on three broad categories of ‘readiness.’ Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Measuring Recovery from Substance Use or Mental Disorders
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine have released a report, Measuring Recovery from Substance Use or Mental Disorders. The report summarizes presentations and discussions from a workshop to explore options for expanding the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) behavioral health data collections to include measures of recovery from substance use and mental disorders. The full text is available free of charge.