News and Notes 239 November 9

NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Veterans Day; NIDILRR posts its updated forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database; NIDILRR continues to host listening sessions to help inform future funding priorities; Research in Focus looks at the most common health problems for people aging with physical disabilities; Langston University RERC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities publishes report, An Evaluation of a Disability and Health Institutional Research Capacity Building and Infrastructure Model (IRCBIM) at a Tribal University: A Case Study Approach; TIKTOC RERC participates in University of Michigan's 2016 Investing in Ability: Diversity Includes Disability events; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar: FEMA Promising Practice: Working with Disability Partners in FEMA Long-Term Recovery Programs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine host workshop: Affordable and Accessible Housing for Vulnerable Older Adults and People with Disabilities Living in the Community.

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2016-11-09
NARIC news: 

This week we will celebrate Veterans Day, honoring the men and women who have served in the US Armed Forces. More than 9.7 million veterans between 18 and 64 live in the US, and about 12% of these have one or more disabilities. These disabilities can include physical disabilities, such as limb loss and paralysis; cognitive disabilities such as those from traumatic brain injuries; sensory disabilities such as visual and hearing disabilities; and mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. In addition, more than 9.1 million veterans are over the age of 65, and nearly 40% of these vets have at least one service-connected or age-related disability. As you celebrate Veterans Day, take a look at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that may be helpful for vets in your community.

Research In Focus:
Which Health Problems Are Most Common for People Aging with Physical Disabilities?
As people with physical disabilities age, they may be likely to develop one or more of the most common health conditions. This week's Research In Focus looks at which ones are most common, and when they're likely to develop.

Resource Highlight: 

Evaluation of a Disability and Health IRCBIM at a Tribal College/University
The NIDILRR-funded Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (90RT5024) has published a report, An Evaluation of a Disability and Health Institutional Research Capacity Building and Infrastructure Model (IRCBIM) at a Tribal College/University: A Case Study Approach (PDF). This report includes key results derived from an analysis of in-depth individual interviews, document review, and participant observation data. The report documents IRCBIM benefits and implementation challenges as perceived by faculty members, staff, administrators, and students. These results may help shape future research capacity building policy initiatives and strategies such as IRCBIM at American Indian tribal colleges and universities, and other minority serving institutions.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR 2017 Grants Forecast UPDATED
NIDILRR continues to post its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database with the most recent updates posted November 3rd at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

Next Strategic Planning Listening Session Nov 18th
NIDILRR continues to host listening sessions across the country to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction. The next live session will be held in Boston, MA, November 18th, 10am-1pm ET. The public may attend in person or by phone and registration is required. Comments may also be submitted by email to NIDILRRFuture@acl.hhs.gov. More information about this and future sessions is available online.

News items: 

RERC Research Featured at Investing in Ability
Two faculty from the NIDILRR-funded Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) (90RE5012) recently participated in the University of Michigan’s 2016 Investing in Ability: Diversity Includes Disability events. Principal Investigator Michelle A. Meade, PhD, presented on Healthcare Disparities and Disability: Identifying and Addressing Modifiable Factors (PDF) at the University of Michigan Medical School. Co-Investigator Seth Warschausky, PhD, presented on Supporting the Health Self-Management Needs of Youth with Disabilities (PDF) to the community at the Ann Arbor District Library.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Working with Disability Partners in FEMA Long-Term Recovery Programs TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, FEMA Promising Practice: Working with Disability Partners in FEMA Long-Term Recovery Programs, TOMORROW, 2:30-4pm ET. FEMA Disability Integration Advisors work closely with disability partners to ensure they are embedded into all areas of recovery, and disability partners play a crucial role in the long-term recovery of any community. This webinar will feature FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) staff discussing coordination efforts with local disability partners in recent disasters, including long-term recovery of the local community after large-scale disasters. Registration is free and required. Previous FEMA Promising Practice webinars are also available.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Affordable and Accessible Housing Workshop
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a workshop, Affordable and Accessible Housing for Vulnerable Older Adults and People with Disabilities Living in the Community, December 12th at the National Academies of Science Building in Washington, DC. This one-day public workshop will explore the role of housing as a social determinant of health for older adults and people with disabilities, particularly among people of color and low income groups. Subject matter experts will be invited to present and participate in discussions on topics surrounding the affordability, availability, and importance of housing for these populations. Registration is free and required.