News and Notes 246 January 11

During this week of the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, NARIC blog features assistive technology developed by NIDILRR community; NIDILRR welcomes three new staff members; NIDILRR continues to post its 2017 Grants Forecast; Research in Focus looks at the kinds of electronic devices people with SCI use; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes two new factsheets: Adaptive Sports and Recreation and Exercise After SCI; researcher at Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) was featured in annual report of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD); Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) report continuing positive employment trends in December nTIDE Monthly Update; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) hosts webinar, Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disability; RERC on Augmentative and Alternative Communication hosts Student Research and Design Competition in collaboration with RESNA; National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) hosts a Community of Practice (CoP): Section 508 Frustrations and Fixes, an open space to share perspectives about barriers to creating accessible digital materials.

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2017-01-11
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Welcome to the first issue of News and Notes for 2017! It may be icy-cold here in DC, but the talk this week is all about the cool technology that was on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Amid the virtual reality goggles and cute robots, CES organizers and exhibitors also showcased the growing market for assistive technology. Visit our blog to see what cool tech the NIDILRR community is developing and one grantee's efforts to get the industry talking about accessibility!

Research In Focus:
What Kinds of Electronic Devices do People with Spinal Cord Injury Use?
This week's Research In Focus looks at how a user's age and the severity of their spinal cord injury may influence the choice between computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Resource Highlight: 

New SCI Factsheets
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) has published two new factsheets which emphasize the important role that exercise and adaptive sports and recreation activities can play after spinal cord injury (SCI). Adaptive Sports and Recreation describes different types of sports in which people with SCI can participate and sports equipment they can use. Exercise After SCI describes the benefits of exercise, general guidelines for exercise activities and recommendations for different activities, and tips for planning and maintaining an exercise routine. These factsheets were developed in collaboration with the Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and the National Center on Health. Physical Activity, and Disability. Both factsheets are available in English and Spanish.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Welcomes New Staff Members
NIDILRR has recently added three new staff members. Amanda Reichard, PhD, Rasheda Parks, PhD, and Sarah Ruiz, PhD. Dr. Reichard brings to NIDILRR her expertise in health disparities and health promotion for people with disabilities, as well as disability-related public health surveillance. Dr. Parks' expertise is in behavioral health services and aging adult program evaluation. Dr. Ruiz is a gerontologist with expertise in research and evaluation of evidence-based practices and programs for older adults and people with disabilities.

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 January 5th at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Recognized by AUCD
Andrew Myers, a member of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) (90RT5025), was featured in Navigating change by identifying needed supports for successful community living in the annual report of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Mr. Myers is one of six researchers nationwide included in the annual report. The article highlighted Mr. Myers' research in rural disability, geography, and housing, and recognized his commitment to building a stronger, more inclusive society. Mr. Myers' research was featured in an August 2016 issue of Research In Focus.

Latest nTIDE Shows Continued Gains for Job Seekers with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017) reported continuing positive employment trends in the December National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Monthly Update. According to the report, this has been the longest run of employment gains for Americans with disabilities since the Great Recession. The January 6th nTIDE Lunch and Learn webinar is available online.

Grantee event: 

Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disability
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) (90RT5020) will host a webinar, Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disability, January 19th, 3-4pm ET. The myths and misconceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often lead to rules and restrictions that make healthy relationships difficult to obtain. This webinar will explore the facts and myths around relationships and sexuality for people with IDD. Presenters will discuss the importance of laying the foundation for healthy relations early on through social skills and education and will present resources and strategies for teaching healthy sexuality and promoting sexual abuse prevention. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Student Competition: AAC Use in Hospital Settings
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) (90RE5017) is hosting a Student Research and Design Competition, in collaboration with RESNA, to advance understanding and enhance AAC technologies to improve outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs. The 2017 competition is designed to stimulate research and development on the topic of AAC use in hospital settings. The competition is open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, worldwide. The first-place student project will receive a research and development award to support the project and attendance at the 2017 RESNA conference. Submission guidelines and additional resources are available online. Entries must be submitted by May 12th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Section 508 Frustrations and Fixes
The National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) is hosting a Community of Practice: Section 508 Frustrations and Fixes. The community of practice (CoP) is an open space to share perspectives about barriers to creating and remediating accessible digital materials, and to identify bridges that will lead to more widespread digital accessibility. The CoP will operate from January 9th through March 17th, with new topics posted each week. Accessibility technical experts will lead discussions and share relevant resources with members. The group will be using Facebook as the community platform. To request access to the group, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/Section508/.