News and Notes 247 January 18

NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Thyroid Awareness Month; Research in Focus highlights new findings on the impact of Medicaid expansion on employment for people with disabilities; ThinkWork releases video, Organizational Transformation: From Workshops to Community Employment II; LiveWell and Shepherd Center release an app for smartwatches, BreatheWell for Wear; research from RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities featured in article in Momentum Magazine from the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society; RRTC on Self-Directed Recovery and Integrated Health Care hosts Twitter chat, "How do we integrate behavioral healthcare for the public good?" Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) publishes A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.

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2017-01-18
NARIC news: 

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists is encouraging individuals to talk to their healthcare provider about screening for thyroid disorders and cancers. That's just one of several important health screenings one should have on a regular basis. However, studies have shown that people with disabilities may miss out on these screenings for several reasons including lack of awareness, inaccessibility of facilities and equipment, or focusing on addressing disability issues and missing out on general healthcare. We assembled some research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with disabilities access the screenings they need at every age.

Research In Focus:
Expanding Medicaid Programs May Allow More People with Disabilities to Participate in the Workforce
This week's Research In Focus highlights new findings on the impact of Medicaid expansion on employment for people with disabilities.

Resource Highlight: 

Organizational Transformation: From Workshops to Community Employment II
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork) (90RT5028) has released a video, Organizational Transformation: From Workshops to Community Employment II, the latest in the 44 Webinar series. Provider agencies across the country are transitioning from segregated “sheltered” workshop options to supporting integrated community careers for people with disabilities. This process of organizational transformation can be both exciting and challenging for provider staff and the people they serve. The video covers findings from a panel of experts who examined six characteristics considered essential for provider transformation, as well as one organization's experience in making this transition.

News items: 

RERC Releases BreatheWell App
The NIDILRR-funded LiveWell - The Information and Communication Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (90RE5023) and the Shepherd Center have released an app, BreatheWell for Wear, in the Google Play Store. BreatheWell for Wear was developed for Android Ware smartwatches and is designed to assist people with mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in managing stress through diaphragmatic breathing. BreatheWell for Wear assists the user in performing deep, slow, diaphragmatic breathing by providing visual and auditory guidance to pace breathing. Features include a heart rate display, calming sounds, and programmable reminders. BreatheWell is available free from the Google Play Store.

Resilience Research Highlighted in Momentum
Research on resilience from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (90RT5023) was featured in an article, The resilience factor, in Momentum Magazine from the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. Dawn Ehde, PhD, and Alex Terrill, PhD, discussed their work on resilience for those living and aging with MS. Dr. Terrill discussed findings from a survey of more than 1,800 people living with physical disabilities, assessing resilience, depression, pain, fatigue, and quality of life. Dr. Ehde discussed the center's qualitative research on resilience and MS.

Grantee event: 

Twitter Chat: Integrating Behavioral Healthcare for the Public Good
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Self-Directed Recovery and Integrated Health Care (90RT5038) will host a Twitter chat on the topic “How do we integrate behavioral healthcare for the public good?” January 25th, 2-3pm ET. Center staff will be joined by Paolo del Vecchio, director of the Center for Mental Health Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, to pose and answer questions on integrating behavioral healthcare in public health services. To participate, follow @UICHealthRRTC and use the hashtag #doIBHcare on Twitter. A Twitter account is required to post comments or questions. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has published a guide, A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (PDF). The guide for students, youth, and parents addresses transition planning, services, and requirements; education and employment options for students after leaving school; and supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities. This guide also includes real life examples, a sample flow chart of the transition process, and a glossary of key terms used in the transition process.