News and Notes 249 February 1

NARIC offers research on play and children with disabilities from the NIDILRR community in observance of Global School Play Day; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for 2018-2023; NIDILRR posts its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in Grants.gov database; researchers compare in-home and clinic-based robotic rehabilitation in Research in Focus; VR-ROI Project: Estimating Return on Investment (ROI) in State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs publishes first issue of its bi-annual newsletter VR-ROI; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC publish National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) 2016 Review/2017 Preview of national data released by Bureau of Labor Statistics; Rusk ARRT fellow presents her research at the 2017 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference; VCU-RRTC announces 2017 Webcast Series with diverse range of employment topics, the first of which features employment outcomes of transition-aged youth with physical disabilities; National Council on Aging (NCOA) releases improved version of its BenefitsCheckUp tool, a free web-based tool that helps seniors and caregivers screen private and public benefit programs.

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2017-02-01
NARIC news: 

Today is Global School Play Day! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics: Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. This is true for children with and without disabilities. When play is inclusive, it not only encourages development, it gives all children the opportunity to play together and sets the foundation for a more inclusive society. Take a look at research on play and children with disabilities from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere (including international research), available from our collection.

Research In Focus:
Doing Robot-Guided Ankle Exercises at Home Can Help Improve Walking Skills for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Researchers compare in-home and clinic-based robotic rehabilitation in this week's Research In Focus.

Resource Highlight: 

VR-ROI Newsletter
The NIDILRR-funded VR-ROI Project: Estimating Return on Investment (ROI) in State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs (90DP0070) has published the first issue of its bi-annual newsletter VR-ROI (PDF). This issue introduces the project and describes recent project activities such as analysis of the Virginia Longitudinal Data System, collaborating on the 9th Annual Summit on Performance Management in Vocational Rehabilitation, and understanding how the VR-ROI project fits within the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The issue also pays tribute to David Dean, PhD, and his NIDILRR-funded work to develop scientifically valid ROI models for state VR programs.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Seeks Comments on Draft Long-Range Plan
NIDILRR is requesting comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2018-2023 (PDF). This long-range plan provides an overview of the state of people with disabilities in the United States and NIDILRR’s current investments and potential future directions for research grants. NIDILRR is publishing the draft plan to obtain public comment on the proposed research and development activities to help the agency fulfill its mission. Comments will be accepted by email to NIDILRRfuture@acl.hhs.gov. Comments are due by close of business on Monday, March 20th.

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 25th at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

nTIDE Special Edition Presents Year-in-Review
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) have published a National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) 2016 Review/2017 Preview of national data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This nTIDE special edition looks at the trend in positive employment gains for people with disabilities in the US in 2016. The edition compares the current trend to previous years and offers a look-ahead for 2017. Learn more about this report and related research in employment and disability in the next nTIDE Lunch & Learn webinar, February 3rd, 12-1pm ET.

NIDILRR ARRT Fellow to Present at Rehabilitation Psychology 2017
Valerie Ellois, PhD, a fellow in the NIDILRR-funded Rusk Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Postdoctoral Fellowship (Rusk ARRT) (90AR5014) will present her research, Characteristics of Firearm Brain Injury Survivors in the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) National Database: A Comparison of Assault and Self-Inflicted Injury Survivors, at the 2017 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference. The research resulted from a collaboration between the TBIMS and ARRT programs and has implications for targeted prevention efforts and community-based programs focusing on violence and/or suicide prevention in select regions of the country. Dr. Ellois' participation in the conference is supported by the 2017 Sunil Sengupta VA Student Research Travel Award, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Grantee event: 

VCU-RRTC Announces Webcast Series
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) (90RT5035) has announced its 2017 Webcast Series. The eight-lecture series features a diverse range of employment topics including transition-aged youth, law and policy, job accommodation, work and disability benefits, service delivery, disability disclosure, and findings from current studies of employment and physical disabilities. The series begins February 23rd, 2-2:45pm, with Customized Employment as an Evidence-Based Practice to Improve the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Aged Youth with Physical Disabilities. Registration is free and required for single webcasts or the entire series.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NCOA Debuts Redesigned BenefitsCheckUp
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has released a new and improved version of its BenefitsCheckUp tool. The free web-based tool can help older adults and caregivers screen over 2,000 private and public benefit programs. The questionnaire directs visitors to local and national benefit and assistance programs, and visitors can search for specific types of benefits such as employment, housing, transportation, healthcare, and food assistance.