News and Notes 252 February 22

NARIC recently catalogued its 75,000th journal article, an occasion to describe several ways that readers can access the NARIC site to explore the collection; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program competition; AbleData project publishes new factsheet, Assistive Technology (AT) for Video Gaming; Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center announces new partnership with Make a Hero, producers of adaptive sports film The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising, to spread awareness of the ADA in communities where the film will be broadcast; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); SoundFit Ultrasonic Performance Diagnostic for Lower-Body Prostheses seeks healthy adults with above-knee amputations to test its tool, which evaluates how well a prosthesis socket fits the residual limb; Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative of the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy publish report, Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work: Key Facts, Critical Information Gaps, and Current Practices and Proposals.

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2017-02-22
NARIC news: 

Did you know we recently cataloged our 75,000th journal article? Our collection grows by more than 300 items per month, covering the spectrum of disabilities across the life span. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles, our collection includes thousands of factsheets, guides, reports, and other information products from NIDILRR-funded projects, as well as other agencies and organizations. You can browse through our most recent additions, sign up for our monthly literature awareness service, explore the collection by keyword, or try an advanced search to target just the materials you need. Need help? Contact our information specialists by phone, email, or chat!

Resource Highlight: 

AT for Video Gaming
The NIDILRR-funded AbleData project (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) has published a new factsheet, Assistive Technology (AT) for Video Gaming (PDF). The factsheet provides information about accessible game consoles and video games, adaptive game controllers, and other helpful resources about accessible gaming. The factsheet also covers educational and exercise games, and discusses some of the benefits of video gaming such as improving cognitive and executive functions. AbleData's database of AT products also includes examples of video games and modified game controllers.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Seeks Reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition
NIDILRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for its FIP competition (research and development) for multiple dates in April, May, and June. Expertise in specific fields is requested (see full list). NIDILRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to Theresa San Agustin, the competition manager.

News items: 

Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center Partners with Make a Hero
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0094) announced a new partnership with Make a Hero, producers of the award-winning adaptive sports film The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising, to spread awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to more than 80 million households. The Center will work with local media and organizations to promote awareness of the ADA in communities where The Movement will be broadcast. Through this partnership, the Center will reach more than 100 media markets, sharing information about the ADA National Network and the resources available to individuals, businesses, agencies, and organizations.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live: Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the ADA
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host a webcast, Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), March 1st, 1-1:30pm ET. This episode of ADA Live! will cover when a food allergy may be considered a disability, recommendations and examples of accommodation requests, and how one settlement agreement helped to increase awareness of food allergies and celiac disease as disabilities under the ADA. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Participate: 

Lower-Body Prostheses Study
The NIDILRR-funded project SoundFit Ultrasonic Performance Diagnostic for Lower-Body Prostheses (90BI0033) is seeking healthy adults with trans-femoral (above knee) amputations to test SoundFit, an ultrasound diagnostic tool that evaluates how well a prosthesis socket fits the residual limb. Participants must be healthy with trans-femoral amputation, between the ages of 18 and 69, and have a daily-use prosthesis that they are comfortable using on a regular basis. Eligible participants may receive up to $25 for completing the study. For more information, contact andy@ftllabscorp.com or 303/317-6566.

Elsewhere: 

New Report Highlights Critical Gaps and Promising Practices in Employment
The Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative of the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy have published a report, Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work: Key Facts, Critical Information Gaps, and Current Practices and Proposals. The report provides useful information to agencies and organizations interested in piloting interventions to improve employment outcomes among people with disabilities. The report summarizes the most promising current job-retention strategies implemented by states, proposed demonstrations related to SAW/RTW, and relevant literature on early intervention and workforce retention of people with disabilities.