News and Notes 233 September 28

NARIC offers research and resources available from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Research in Focus looks at how regular exercise and activity can help with breathing difficulties following SCI; TU Collaborative publishes Addressing Sexuality and Intimacy Interests of Persons with Mental Health Conditions: Recommendations for Program Administrators; GOODFEEL Braille Music Translator and Low Vision Lime, technology developed by Dancing Dots, featured on the AT Banter podcast; principal investigator of Impact Prism Adaptation Therapy for Spatial Neglect on Home and Community Outcomes featured on One-on-One on NJTV; RRTC on Vocational Rehabilitation and Developing Strategies to Meet Employee Needs in Changing Economic Environments hosts webinar, Integrating Labor Market Information and Engaging Employers to Hire Minors; Administration for Community Living (ACL) posts series of videos from a Person-Centered Planning in Action Workshop.

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2016-09-28
NARIC news: 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is sponsoring Recovery Month, increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrating the people who recover. People across the disability spectrum may experience substance use disorders, and finding treatment and support can be a challenge. We looked at the research and resources available from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support people with disabilities on the road to recovery.

Research In Focus:
Getting Out and Getting Active May Be Key to Breathing Easier After SCI
This week's Research In Focus looks at how regular exercise and activity can help with dyspnea, or difficulty breathing, after spinal cord injury (SCI).

Resource Highlight: 

Addressing Sexuality and Intimacy Interests of Persons with Mental Health Conditions
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) has published Addressing Sexuality and Intimacy Interests of Persons with Mental Health Conditions: Recommendations for Program Administrators. Talking about intimacy and sexuality with consumers of mental health services has often been difficult for providers. This new monograph reviews the research literature in this often neglected field, recommends policy and program changes that mental health administrators can implement to create a more open atmosphere in their agencies, and suggests training programs for direct service personnel that increases both their comfort level and their clinical skills in talking about sexuality and intimacy within the context of their client relationships.

News items: 

Braille Music Technology Featured on AT Banter
GOODFEEL Braille Music Translator and Low Vision Lime, technology developed by Dancing Dots under several NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research grants, was featured on the AT Banter podcast. Dancing Dots founder Bill McCann discussed Braille music and other assistive technologies used by musicians who are blind or have low vision, as well as his experience as a blind musician and music teacher.

Stroke Research Featured on One-on-One
A.M. Barrett, MD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded project on the Impact of Prism Adaptation Therapy for Spatial Neglect on Home and Community Outcomes (90IF0037), was interviewed for Kessler Foundation Shares Post-Stroke Disabilities Research on One-on-One with Steve Adubato on NJTV. Dr. Barrett demonstrated prism adaptation goggles, a low-cost therapy solution to improve spatial neglect in people who have had a stroke.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Integrating Labor Market Information and Engaging Employers to Hire Minors
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation and Developing Strategies to Meet Employer Needs in Changing Economic Environments (VR-RRTC) (90RT5016) will host a webinar, Integrating Labor Market Information and Engaging Employers to Hire Minors: An Overview of PA OVR's Completed JD-VRTAC Project, October 4th, 2-3pm ET. Presenters from Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (PA OVR) will provide an overview of their projects on labor market information and business engagement. The presentation will include the goals of the projects; how they were implemented; and some accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Person-Centered Planning in Action Workshop
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has posted a series of videos from a Person-Centered Planning in Action Workshop. The workshop, held in August, introduced an example of a long-term services and supports system that has embraced person-centered thinking, planning, and practices. The District of Columbia's No Wrong Door system has incorporated the approach throughout all aspects of home and community-based services for older adults and people with disabilities, including independent living and behavioral health services.