News and Notes 241 November 23

NARIC has gathered information and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support caregivers of family members with disabilities; NIDILRR continues to post forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in Grants.gov database; Research in Focus looks at challenges and rewards of caring for family member with spinal cord injury; TU Collaborative publishes survey report, Community Inclusion from the Perspective of Caregivers; overTHERE, app developed by Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multi-Sensory Loss, now available to iPhone users; research from RRTC on Family Support featured in Family Support of Persons with Disabilities Across the Life Course, a special issue of the Journal of Family Social Work; monthly installment of nTIDE Lunch and Learn webinar series covers November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report published by IC-RRTC and RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) publish report, Families Caring for an Aging America.

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2016-11-23
NARIC news: 

This week, families in the US will come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. We would like to say Thank You to the more than 43 million people who provide care or support for a family member with a disability. Family caregivers and family supports make it possible for people with disabilities and those aging into disability to remain in the community. It can be both challenging and rewarding to take on this role, as you'll see in this week's Research In Focus highlighted below. We gathered information, research, and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support family caregivers as they care for the people they love. From all of us here at NARIC: Happy Thanksgiving!

Research In Focus:
Caring for a Family Member with Spinal Cord Injury Can Be Both Challenging and Rewarding
Research In Focus for this week looks at the challenges and rewards of caregiving, from the perspectives of both caregivers and those receiving care.

Resource Highlight: 

Community Inclusion from the Perspective of Caregivers
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) has published a report, Community Inclusion from the Perspective of Caregivers. In a recent survey, caregivers shared their perspectives on topics such as access to treatment, services, and housing; employment and finances; education and supports; friendships and intimate relationships; religion and spirituality; recreation and community events; and health and wellness. This report, produced in collaboration with Mental Health America, offers a close-up view of the entrenched stigma and barriers that caregivers say their loved ones, and they themselves, experience that impact many aspects of their lives.

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 21st at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

New App Helps Pedestrians Find Their Way
overTHERE, an app built on technology developed by the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multi-Sensory Loss (90RE5024), is now available to iPhone users. The free app gives pedestrians who are blind or have low vision a quick and easy way to access accurate location information about businesses and other points of interest. The app builds on the RERC's Talking Signs project and uses Google map pins to tell iPhone users about places in their immediate area.

Family Support Research in JFSW
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Family Support (90RT5032) was featured in Family Support of Persons with Disabilities Across the Life Course, a special issue of the Journal of Family Social Work (JFSW). Investigators Sandy Magaña, PhD, and Brian Grossman, PhD, co-edited the issue, which features four articles by the RRTC team reviewing current research on families who support children and adults with disabilities. The full text of the editorial introduction, as well as abstracts for the individual articles, are available free of charge.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: nTIDE Lunch & Learn
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (90RT5032) will host a webinar, nTIDE Lunch & Learn, December 2nd, 12-1pm ET. This installment of the monthly series will cover the November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report, published by the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (90RT5022), and how the latest jobs reports fit into longer-term employment trends. Presenters will also discuss programs and research from across the country addressing current issues in employment and disability. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Families Caring for an Aging America
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) have published a report, Families Caring for an Aging America. The result of an expert committee, the report provides an overview of the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults, as well as the personal impact of caregiving on health, economic security, and overall well-being. The report also examines the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs and interventions designed to support family caregivers, and concludes with recommendations for developing a national strategy to effectively engage and support them. The full report is available free of charge.