News and Notes 250 February 8

NARIC highlights current Burn Injury Model System Centers and their NIDILRR-funded research in observance of National Burn Awareness Week; Research In Focus offers tips for mental health peer counselors and their supervisors to support job success; MSKTC releases Exercise After Burn Injury, the latest in the Hot Topic module series; principal investigator of TU Collaborative is interviewed in Temple News article, Temple professor starts faculty disability committee; TechSAge research is featured in CSA Journal article, Technologies to support people "aging with disability;" StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing employment gains for job seekers with disabilities in January nTIDE Monthly Update; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, What Every Tenant and Landlord Needs to Know About ADA Access Violations in Public Accommodation Facilities; American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) posts video, Music, Movement, and the Mind in Rehabilitation, a symposium presented at the ACRM 2016 Annual Conference.

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2017-02-08
NARIC news: 

This week is National Burn Awareness Week, sponsored by the American Burn Association (ABA). According to the ABA, approximately 486,000 people went to emergency rooms in the US for burn injuries between 2010 and 2014. Most people survive burn injuries, but can be left with significant scarring and other conditions leading to life-long disability. NIDILRR-funded research in this area includes the Burn Injury Model System Centers, funded for more than 20 years, as well as individual research and development projects focusing on employment, health and function, and community living. We invite you to explore the current Burn Injury Model System Centers and the history of NIDILRR-funded research in this area. You might also be interested in our Research In Focus articles on burn injury and its impact on mobility and communication, and the potential for telerehabilitation to support positive outcomes for people in recovery.

Research In Focus:
Tips on Promoting Job Success for Peer Providers at Community Mental Health Agencies
This week's Research In Focus offers tips for mental health peer counselors and their supervisors to support success on the job.

Resource Highlight: 

Hot Topic: Exercise After Burn Injury
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) has released Exercise After Burn Injury, the latest in the Hot Topic module series. This suite of free resources consists of videos, a factsheet, and a narrated slideshow that explains how exercise can enhance recovery and quality of life for people who have experienced a burn injury. The featured video and brief video clips introduce viewers to the importance of exercising after burn injury via discussions with burn survivors and healthcare professionals at the NIDILRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center. A previously released Hot Topic module is also available for Employment After Burn Injury.

News items: 

Temple News Focuses on Supporting Faculty with Disabilities
Mark Salzer, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021), was interviewed in an article, Temple professor starts faculty disability committee, in Temple News. Dr. Salzer discussed the importance of supporting faculty members with disabilities, including mental health concerns, and how faculty with disabilities are treated can impact students with those same disabilities.

TechSAge Research Featured in CSA Journal
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (TechSAge) (90RE5016) is featured in an article, Technologies to support people “aging with disability” (PDF), in the most recent issue of CSA Journal, from the Society for Certified Senior Advisors (CSA). The article discusses the complex challenges that people aging with disabilities can face and spotlights TechSAge projects and products that address those challenges. The article is available in full text from the project's website.

nTIDE Reports Solid Start to 2017 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 employment gains for job seekers with disabilities in the January National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Monthly Update. The report highlights ten consecutive months of employment gains for job seekers with disabilities in general and showcases customized employment as a successful approach for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: What Every Tenant and Landlord Needs to Know About ADA Access Violations in Public Accommodation Facilities
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0089) will host a brown bag webinar, What Every Tenant and Landlord Needs to Know About ADA Access Violations in Public Accommodation Facilities, February 15th, 12:30-1pm ET. The webinar will cover tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including access requirements and common misconceptions, access violations on leased properties, best practices to avoid lawsuits, handling "drive-by" lawsuits, and common conflicts around accessibility issues and how to avoid them. Registration is free and required. Individuals can also participate by conference call.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Music, Movement, and the Mind in Rehabilitation
The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) has posted a video, Music, Movement, and the Mind in Rehabilitation, a symposium presented at the ACRM 2016 Annual Conference. The session features leading researchers in rehabilitation and music therapy, along with musician Ben Folds and professional dancer and movement therapist Pamela Quinn, who has had Parkinson's disease for 20 years. The unique, multidisciplinary demonstration and lecture showcase emerging studies and data on music and rhythm on healing.